No. 5 Loyola Nets First 10 to Defeat Villanova

VILLANOVA, Pa. No. 5 Loyola (13-0 overall, 3-0 Big East) recorded 10 of the game's first 12 goals before halftime and went on to post a 16-6 victory over Villanova (4-6 overall, 0-3 Big East) in a Big East game played here on Sunday.

Junior Justine Donodeo scored two goals for Villanova while seniors Rachel Lasda and Carly Miller and sophomore Shannon Lane added one apiece. Sophomore Maria Bowman contributed a goal and an assist for the 'Cats.

Marlee Paton scored four goals for Loyola while Mary Heneberry added two goals and two assists for the Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds came north from Baltimore with an unblemished record and the Wildcats were looking to halt their streak. But Loyola grabbed the upper hand in the game's opening minutes with when Abby Rehfuss (assist) and Grace Gavin (goal) teamed up for the first score of the day 1:16 into the contest. Heneberry's unassisted goal gave Loyola a 2-0 lead before an unassisted goal from junior Donodeo cut the Wildcats' deficit in half with 22:43 left in the first half.

Two Loyola goals scored within 58 seconds of each other made the count 4-1 in favor of Loyola with 21:00 to go. Gavin and Rehfuss teamed up again for a goal at 17:02 to extend the lead to 5-1 and that was followed by goals from Joanna Dalton and Heneberry that pushed the count to 7-1.

Lasda got one back for Villanova when tallied a goal with 13:20 left before intermission before Loyola scored the last three goals of the half to make the count 10-2 at the break.

The Wildcats scored twice early in the second half to narrow the gap to 10-4. Bowman found Shannon Lane parked in front of the net at 27:55 and Lane converted the pass into a goal. Bowman then picked up an unassisted goal exactly three minutes later for VU.

A pair of goals by Paton in a 1:44 span early in the half pushed the Loyola lead to 12-4. Kelly Quinlan then scored off a free position attempt at 16:26 to give the Greyhounds a 13-4 edge.

Donodeo and Miller got the Wildcats final two goals of the afternoon. The final score was 16-6 in favor of Loyola. Villanova resumes Big East action on Friday when it visits Cincinnati before heading to Louisville for a game Sunday.

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VILLANOVA, Pa. Grace Gavin became the third player in Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse history to eclipse the 200-goal mark in her career when she scored less than two minutes into a 16-6 Big East Conference victory at Villanova University on Sunday afternoon.

Gavin scored off an Abby Rehfuss assist just 76 seconds into the game to join Janet Eisenhut '83 and Stacey Morlang '02 as the only Greyhounds to score 200 or more. Eisenhut tallied 223 during her career, and Morlang scored 221.

The early goal helped set in motion a first half that saw Loyola (12-0 overall, 4-0 Big East) go ahead by eight at halftime, 10-2. Gavin scored three times in the first half, and Mary Heneberry added a pair of goals before the break, as well.

Marlee Paton scored one during the first half and led the Greyhounds with four overall. It was the second time in as many games that the freshman scored four in a game after tallying that number on Friday in a victory over Louisville.

The four-goal game by Paton is her fourth of the season, raising her goal total to 27, second-most on the team this year. Her 27 goals are most by a Loyola freshman since Gavin and Rehfuss scored 38 and 35, respectively, as freshmen in 2008.

Gavin and Heneberry each scored goals for Loyola in the first two-minutes, 31-seconds of Sunday's game before Justine Donodeo put the Wildcats (4-6, 0-3) on the board nearly five minutes later.

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