No. 13 Loyola Runs Past Cincinnati in Big East Action

BALTIMORE Mary Heneberry scored five goals and Grace Gavin recorded seven points on three goals and a career-high four assists as the 13th ranked Loyola Greyhounds ran past Cincinnati, 16-6 in a BIG EAST conference matchup Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. The victory was Loyola's sixth straight win.

Cara Filippelli (3g) and Emily Gibson (2g) also had multi-point efforts for the Greyhounds.

Caroline Hager recorded the first goal of the game with an unassisted goal at 24:43, but Laura Simanski answered the call for the Bearcats two minutes later with a goal of her own.

Gibson and Filippelli then scored back-to-back goals for the Greyhounds to give Loyola a 3-1 lead at 17:35. Katie Liberatore cut the lead to 3-2 at 11:37, but that was as close as the Bearcats would get.

After Heneberry and Gavin scored two straight goals on free-position shots, Natalie Starvaggi scored on a free-position of her own, prompting Loyola head coach Jen Adams to call a timeout at 4:47 as Loyola held a 5-3 lead.

The Greyhounds responded quickly after the timeout and went on a 4-0 run to end the half as Heneberry completed the hat trick.

Leading 9-3 at the half, Loyola scored two more consecutive goals as Heneberry recorded her fourth goal and Gavin completed her hat trick with 22:50 remaining.

Simanski scored her second goal of the game at 21:59, but Gavin took over from there, recording all four of her assists on a pair of goals by Filippelli and one each by Helen McCutcheon and Kathleen Barranco.

Gavin had a fifth assist taken away midway through the second half as a behind-the-back goal by Meg Decker was waved off.

The Greyhounds outshot the Bearcats, 45-19 as Loyola tallied a season-high in the category. The 'Hounds also recorded a season-high 27 ground balls and a season-low 12 turnovers on the day.

Kerry Stoothoff played just over 49 minutes in net for the Greyhounds in the victory, stopping seven shots. Meg Steffe recorded one save in the final 10:03.

Cincinnati's Katherine Russo kept the Bearcats in the game early making several stops, but Loyola finally solved the sophomore keeper. Russo stopped 17 shots on the day.

Gavin also led Loyola with four draw controls and was second on the team in with three ground balls. Ana Heneberry, the younger sister of junior teammate Mary Heneberry, led the team with four ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Loyola is back in action Monday, April 5, when they host 14th-ranked Notre Dame in a pivotal BIG EAST conference matchup. Opening draw from the Ridley Athletic Complex is slated for 12:00 pm.

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BALTIMORE Laura Simanski scored three goals for the University of Cincinnati (4-5, 0-2 BIG EAST) lacrosse team but the Bearcats lost, 16-6, to No. 13 Loyola University Maryland (8-3, 2-0 BIG EAST) in a BIG EAST contest on Saturday afternoon.

Cincinnati kept the score close with Simanski and Katie Liberatore scoring unassisted goals in the first nine minutes of the game. Natalie Starvaggi scored on a free position shot with 4:47 on the clock, making the score 5-3, but the Greyhounds scored the last four goals of the period, holding a 9-3 advantage at halftime.

Loyola tacked on two more goals before Simanski scored on a free position attempt in the second half. Simanski scored again, assisted by Katie Kiriazoglou, and Liberatore closed out the scoring for UC on a free position attempt with 3:48 left in the game. The Greyhounds scored two goals in between each of Cincinnati's last two goals and finished the scoring with 54 seconds remaining for the final score, 16-6.

Cincinnati was even with Loyola on draw controls (12) and had 16 less fouls (39-23). Katherine Russo had 17 saves in goal for the Bearcats.

UC returns to Nippert Stadium for its next game, playing on Friday, April 9, at 4:00 p.m. against Georgetown in a BIG EAST contest. Cincinnati and Georgetown will work together in conjunction with the charitable organization, Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ), to raise public awareness about pediatric brain tumors. Admission is free.


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