No. 4 Loyola sprints past Cincinnati
Gavin tallies goal in 50th-consecutive game, leads rout
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Loyola's Grace Gavin scored 82 seconds into Friday's game, giving her a goal in her 50th-consecutive contest, as the No. 4 Greyhounds jumped out to a 12-1 halftime lead and defeated host Cincinnati, 17-3, in their Big East Conference opener at Nippert Stadium.
Abby Rehfuss scored all four of her goals in the first half, and Gavin tallied three of her four before the break, to help the Greyhounds jump in front by double digits.
Mary Heneberry and Gavin put Loyola (9-0, 1-0) on top, 2-0, with a pair of goals in just 82 seconds before Marissa Pierson tallied the Bearcats' first of the game.
From that point, forward, however, Loyola would score 11 unanswered, holding Cincinnati (2-8, 0-2) scoreless for more than 36 minutes.
Gavin's first goal gave her at least one in each of the Greyhounds last 50 games, dating back to March 30, 2008, at Penn State, one of two times she was held without a goal as a collegian. Earlier on Friday, Gavin was named The Baltimore Sun's women's lacrosse player of the week.
Rehfuss used a Kellye Gallagher outlet pass in transition to score with 22:21 left in the first half, and she then scored unassisted just 32 seconds later. Rehfuss, who scored a career-high six goals last Sunday against Denver, had a hand in the next Loyola goal, assisting on Taryn VanThof's tally with 21:00 on the clock.
Gavin scored back-to-back goals to make Loyola's advantage, 7-1, with 18:48 to go before halftime. She then assisted on the Greyhounds' eighth goal, Rehfuss' next goal 2:45 later before Marlee Paton and VanThof ripped off unassisted scores at 8:13 and 7:02.
Rehfuss added her fourth of the half at 3:22, and Kelly Quinlan scored with 16 ticks left on the first-half clock to make it 12-1 going into the locker room.
Gavin opened scoring in the second half with a goal at 25:35 before Kylie Ramsland broke through for the Bearcats with 22:11 left in regulation.
The Greyhounds' defense would not allow much more from that point forward, as Kerry Stoothoff and Meg Steffe combined in goal to make three saves and allow just the three goals.
Cass Cursaro scored her first of the season on a free-position shot with just under 17 minutes to play, and Quinlan added her second of the game over seven minutes later.
Ashley Cahill scored for Loyola with 3:56 left, and Maggie Hague tallied a Cincinnati goal 1:11 before the end. Helen McCutcheon capped scoring with a goal with 41 seconds left in the game for the Greyhounds.
Loyola's defense forced 25 Bearcats' turnovers, and the Greyhounds picked up 26 ground balls. Paton and Gallagher led the way with four ground balls each.