March 27, 2011

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Gavin, Rehfuss, Decker Lead Loyola Blowout

from press release

BALTIMORE – Abby Rehfuss and Grace Gavin each scored six goals, and Meg Decker tallied 10 draw controls, as the No. 6/5 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team defeated visiting Denver University, 20-10, in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.

After Denver closed to within two goals with just over two minutes remaining before halftime, the Greyhounds (3-0 overall) scored eight unanswered goals to take control of the contest.

Jenn Etzel scored her second goal of the game for the visiting Pioneers (2-8) with 2:01 left before the break, cutting Loyola's one-time six-goal lead to 7-5.

Grace Gavin, however, scored two unassisted goals in a row before halftime to put the Greyhounds (8-0) ahead, 9-5, at the half. Abby Rehfuss then went on a mini-run of her own, scoring three goals and assisting on a Mary Heneberry score in less than three minutes to start the second half.

Gavin added another goal, and Joanna Dalton scored off a Heneberry assist with 25:29 left in regulation to give the Greyhounds a 15-5 lead.

Lauren Ciccomascolo scored for the Pioneers with 23:07 left to stop Loyola's 8-0 run, and Alex Befus added another Denver goal less than three minutes later.

Six different Loyola players scored the Greyhounds' first six goals of the game, giving them a 6-1 advantage.

"Abby and Grace obviously had great individual performances with six goals each, but I think that it was overall a very solid team effort," Head Coach Jen Adams said. "Meg Decker had a terrific game with 10 draw controls, and I was pleased with the way that we came out and played well all around.

"We needed to do this in our final regular-season non-conference game before we start what will be a very tough BIG EAST Conference schedule."

Decker opened the scoring less than three minutes in to play,and Gavin, who assisted on Decker's goal, scored with 18:19 left in the first half to put Loyola up 2-0. Etzel made it a one-goal game, but Cara Filippelli scored at 16:39 on a free-position shot for Loyola, igniting a 5-0 Greyhounds' run.

Taryn VanThof used a Gavin pass to score her third goal in the last two games 2:11 after Filippelli's score. Dalton, Helen McCutcheon and Gavin all recorded goals, as well, during the run.

Befus put an end to the run that lasted over 11 minutes with a free-position goal that started a 4-0 run for Denver. Kara Secora scored twice leading up to Etzel's goal that make it 7-5.

Gavin tallied three goals, including two in the final two minutes of the first half, to put Loyola up, 9-5, at halftime.

Loyola had a season-high 45 shots and put 31 of them on cage. The Greyhounds also controlled a 22-10 advantage in draws and 25-17 lead in ground balls. Marlee Paton had a game-high five ground balls for Loyola.

The Greyhounds start Big East Conference play next weekend when they travel to Ohio and Indiana for a pair of games. They face Cincinnati at 3 o'clock on Friday before taking on Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m.


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