April 18, 2009

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Louisville Rallies to Upset No. 16 Loyola

from press release

Louisville rallied from a 6-1 first-half deficit to come back and beat No. 16 Loyola, 13-12, in BIG EAST Conference action Saturday afternoon on Diane-Geppi Aikens field.

Louisville (9-5 overall, 3-4 BIG EAST) came out strong in the second half, scoring the first three goals. Louisville's Bergan Foley scored two of the three goals, giving the Cardinals a 11-9 lead, their lead of the game.

The Cardinals kept Loyola (10-5, 3-4) scoreless for nine minutes in the second half, until Grace Gavin took a shot that bounced off the post and went in, putting the Greyhounds down a goal nine with 21 minutes to play.

Shortly thereafter, Louisville answered with goals by Lianne Bobal and Foley. Within the last six minutes of the game, Loyola turned on its offensive spunk when senior Colleen O'Keefe took a strong drive to the net and received a free position shot. On the free position, O'Keefe gave Gavin a flip pass and she beat Louisville goaltender Jen Heup, making the score 13-11.

Loyola continued to answer with a strong defensive effort in the last five minutes by senior Meg Taylor. Taylor caused a turnover by Heup right in front of the goal, and scooped up the ground ball. She scored on the wide-open net, giving her a career-high of three goals for the making it a one-goal game with 4:27 left.

"We made too many mistakes and let them get too far ahead of us," Head Coach Jen Adams said. "They capitalized on our mistakes and we didn't stop them when we had to."

The Cardinals, however, maintained possession for much of the game's remainder, and Heup made two saves on Loyola free-position shots to seal the win. The Greyhounds started out strong in the first half, earning a 6-1 lead 12 minutes. Taylor scored the first goal of the day for Loyola one minute and 10 seconds into the game off a turn over by Heup,, similar to the one that ended the game.


Gavin followed Taylor shortly after taking a strong drive to the goal and scoring in the top right corner of the net. Louisville answered when Elizabeth Lovejoy received a pass by Emily Dashiell, giving the Cardinals their first goal of the match.

Loyola answered immediately back with a goal by Taylor who caught a pass on her cut to the goal from Emily Gibson. Mary Clare Taylor, O'Keefe and Maury Kenny each scored a goal to give Loyola the 5 goal lead.

The Cardinals did not let the five goal lead get in their way as they were able to score seven more goals before the end of the half putting them only down by a goal at half time, 9-8.

During this game sophomore Abby Rehfuss set a career high with eight draw controls.

The Greyhounds take action again on April 29 in Princeton, New Jersey at 7 p.m.


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