April 3, 2011

Loyola Laughs Last in See-Saw Win over Irish

from press release


Loyola midfielder Grace Gavin (4g, 3a) evades Notre Dame's Megan Sullivan during the teams' Big East encounter Sunday in South Bend.

© TD Paulius/Midwest Lacrosse Photography

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame tied the game at 6-6 with a pair of goals just over two minutes into the second half, but the No. 5 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team responded by scoring four of the next five goals, and the Greyhounds recorded a 13-10 victory over the host Fighting Irish in Big East Conference action.

Sunday's win was the first-ever for Loyola over Notre Dame in six attempts.

Grace Gavin scored two goals in the final 7-minutes, 38-seconds of the first half to give the Greyhounds (10-0 overall, 2-0 BIG EAST) a 6-4 lead at halftime. She then tallied a goal and an assist in the 4-1 Loyola run that broke the game open.

She finished with a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Abby Rehfuss added three goals, and Caroline Hager finished with two goals and an assist.

Notre Dame led 2-1 after 15 minutes of first-half action, but Rehfuss scored with 14:21 left in the stanza to start a 3-0 Loyola run that saw Meg Decker and Cara Filippelli also score to put the Greyhounds in front, 4-2, with 13:23 to play before halftime.

Shaylyn Blaney converted a free-position shot into a goal, and Kailene Abt scored 28 seconds later to tie the contest at 4-4 at the 10-minute mark.

Gavin, however, tallied her first two goals of the game at 7:38 and 5:05 to put Loyola on top going into the locker room.

The Greyhounds won the opening draw control of the second half, but the Fighting Irish forced a turnovers, and Jenny Granger scored 1:34 into the frame. After Abt controlled the ensuing draw, Kaitlin Kenna scored unassisted to knot things up at 6-6 just over two minutes into the second half.

After Loyola goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff caused a Notre Dame turnover, the Greyhounds had an offensive possession that netted two attempts from the 8-meter arc. Loyola did not take a shot on the first, but Gavin scored on the second, and Loyola was in front for good with 24:27 to play.

Notre Dame had a free-position shot just over three minutes later, but Stoothoff made one of her six saves on Kaitlyn Brosco's attempt, and Loyola cleared the ball into its offensive zone where Mary Heneberry was fouled and bounced in a low free-position shot to put the Greyhounds up two.

Maggie Tamasitis scored for Notre Dame coming out of a Fighting Irish timeout, but Rehfuss buried a free-position shot, and Gavin fed a pass to Hager who was waiting on the right side of the crease, and Hager's quick-stick goal put Loyola in front, 10-7 with 16:29 remaining.

Megan Sullivan scored for Notre Dame 2:29 later, but neither the Fighting Irish, nor Loyola could put the ball in the back of the goal for the next eight minutes.

Rehfuss broke the scoreless streak with her third goal of the afternoon, pushing the Greyhounds' advantage back to three, 11-8, with 5:57 to play.

A Blaney free-position goal just 16 ticks of the clock later made it a two-goal game once again, but Stoothoff made a save on a Blaney shot the next Notre Dame possession, and she fed an outlet pass over the top to Rehfuss.

Rehfuss found Gavin streaking into the offensive end, and Gavin scored with 4:37 to play. She then assisted on another Hager goal with 1:58 left in the game, putting Loyola in front by four.

Loyola won 15-of-25 draw controls in the game. Cara Filippelli and Gavin each had four draw controls.

The Greyhounds continue Big East action when they return to Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday evening to take on Louisville at 5 o'clock.


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