BALTIMORE, Md. – Abby Rehfuss and Grace Gavin each scored six goals, and Meg Decker tallied 10 draw controls, as No. 5 Loyola defeated visiting Denver, 20-10, in non-conference action on Sunday at Ridley Athletic Complex.
After Denver closed to within two goals with just over two minutes remaining before halftime, the Greyhounds scored eight unanswered goals to take control of the contest. Jenn Etzel scored her second goal of the game for the visiting Pioneers with 2:01 left before the break, cutting Loyola’s one-time six-goal lead to 7-5.
Grace Gavin, however, scored two consecutive unassisted goals before halftime to put the Greyhounds 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.
“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 more than 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 had a 22-10 advantage in draws and 25-17 lead in ground balls. Marlee Paton had a game-high five ground balls for Loyola.