#9 Loyola Downs Irish to Claim Big East Crown

After a goal by Gavin cut the lead to one, the third-seeded Greyhounds tied the score when Heneberry beat her defender coming from behind the goal and passed across the crease to Caroline Hager for a quick stick goal with 22:08 remaining in the first half.

The score would go back and forth for the remainder of the half. After Kaitlyn Brosco gave the Irish a 3-2 lead, Rehfuss tied it up again with 17:58 remaining.

Ansley Stewart and Jenny Granger gave the Irish a 5-3 lead, but Loyola went on a 3-0 run with goals by Rehfuss, Heneberry and Gavin to give the Greyhounds their first lead of the game with 1:48 left in the first half.

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(Washington, D.C.) ... Notre Dame came up just short in it's bid to win a second Big East title on Saturday afternoon at Georgetown's Multi-Sport Facility, dropping a 12-10 decision to the Loyola Greyhounds.

The Irish were led by two-goal games from Shaylyn Blaney, Kaitlin Keena and Jaimie Morrison while Kaitlyn Brosco, Ansley Stewart, Kailene Abt and Jenny Granger scored single goals.

Loyola was led by Big East offensive player of the year Grace Gavin, who had three goals and an assist in the win. Mary Heneberry also scored three times with Abby Rehfuss and Marlee Paton adding two goals and Carolyn Hager and Taryn VanThof one each.

Greyhound's goaltender Kerry Stoothoff was named the tournament's most valuable player as she made 10 saves in the game, six in the second half, to preserve the win for Loyola. Notre Dame goalkeeper Ellie Hilling finished the contest with five saves.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Irish, as Notre Dame is now 10-9 on the year. The win improved Loyola to 16-2 on the season. The Greyhounds, ranked ninth to start the week, will advance to the NCAA Tournament next weekend as they take the Big East automatic berth.

Notre Dame got off to a fast start scoring twice in the first 21 seconds to take a 2-0 lead. Blaney set up Keena who drove down the left side and beat Stoothoff up high just 12 seconds into the game.

Nine seconds later, Abt grabbed a draw at midfield and carried it through the Loyola defense firing a shot past Stoothof from inside the eight-meter arc and the Irish were ahead by two.

Gavin got her first of the game at 28:09 to cut the lead in half before things settled down.

The next goal came over six minutes later when Hager took a feed from Heneberry and bounced a shot past HIlling at 22:08 to make it 2-2.

The Irish would retake the lead on an outstanding run by Lauren Fenlon who carried the ball out of the Notre Dame zone all the way to the restraining line where she hit Brosco with a pass. The freshman midfielder drove straight to the goal and beat Stoothoff inside the left post for a 3-2 Notre Dame lead.

Rehfuss answered back for the Greyhounds with her first of the game at 17:58 to tie the score, 3-3.

The Irish would get the next two goals to build a 5-3 lead. Stewart took a pass from Keena off a free-position to the left of Stoothoff and beat her with a shot under the cross bar at 14:58 and Granger gave Notre Dame its second two-goal lead at 9:03 when she converted a feed from Tamasitis from behind the goal. The assist was the first of three for the Irish playmaker as she had seven in the tournament. She also set the single-season assist mark at Notre Dame with 46 for the year.

Loyola answered with the next two goals inside the four-minute mark, 17 seconds apart as they got players behind the defense for breakaway chances.

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