March 11, 2011

Gavin Matches Career-High as Loyola Women Beat Cornell to Move to 4-0

from press release

BALTIMORE - Grace Gavin matched her career-high with seven goals and eight points, and the sixth-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team defeated visiting Cornell University, 14-8, on Friday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Defensively, Kerry Stoothoff made several spectacular saves, posting 12 in goal for the Greyhounds (4-0 overall)

Gavin scored three of the game's first four goals, helping the Greyhounds jump out to a 4-1 advantage. She added a fourth goal 3:22 before halftime and then tallied three after the break.
Gavin dodged out of a double-team on the left side, cut to the middle and scored her seventh goal of the game with 17:20 to play, tying her career-high.

Gavin put the Greyhounds on the scoreboard first with a score a little over two minutes into the game, notching the first of four first half goals for the senior.

Jessi Steinberg answered with 18:17 remaining in the half to pull Cornell even, 1-1. Gavin then tallied two more on individual efforts to complete the hat trick, followed by an Abby Rehfuss goal from a free position shot to make the score 4-1 with 15:38 left in the first half.

Steinberg scored her second between two Libby Johnson goals as the half wound down to tie the game again at 4-4.

The Greyhounds' defense responded and the offense took over, scoring three straight goals to enter halftime with a 7-4 advantage.

With 3:58 before the halftime break, Mary Heneberry notched her second of the season off of a Meg Decker pass to break the deadlock at 5-4.

Gavin added another with a shot that fooled Cornell goalkeeper Kyla Dambach as Gavin fell to her right, making the score 6-4 with 3:22 left in the half.

Loyola ended the half in style, scoring one more with two seconds left. After a fantastic Kerry Stoothoff save, Gavin sprinted down the field before giving the ball to Decker, who converted from the right side on an impressive shot to give the Greyhounds a 7-4 lead to end the half.

Loyola heads to Delaware on Wednesday, March 16, to take on the Blue Hens at 4 p.m.

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