#6 Loyola Runs by #19 UMass in NCAA Opener

The Greyhounds also held Massachusetts more than eight goals below its 2011 average of 15.05 per game. The Minutewomen's seven goals matched their season-low set on March 26 in a loss to Northwestern.

Kerry Stoothoff had seven saves in goal for the Greyhounds, and Kellye Gallagher caused five turnovers and picked up five ground balls.

"We knew that we had to be good with our hot (reads) and go hard when we slid to them," Gallagher said. "We had to get there quick when we were hot, and we knew Kerry would be there behind us."

Loyola had another run of significance in the first half when it jumped out to a 5-1 lead. The teams traded goals in the first six minutes with Paton scoring for Loyola and O'Donnell tallying one for UMass, but when Paton cut to goal from the right side and passed to Hager following from just behind, Hager's bounce-shot goal started a 4-0 Greyhounds' run.

Taryn VanThof scored off a Gavin assist, and Decker added her first of the game at 16:19 before Rehfuss made it five goals by five different Loyola players to start the game. Her score off a Paton assist came at 12:23 to put the Greyhounds on top, 5-1.

Gavin was held without a goal for the first time since March 30, 2008, against Penn state, snapping the nation's longest active streak of consecutive games with a goal at 59. Her three assists, however, extended her points scored streak to a national-best 66 games.

She moved into second-place all-time at Loyola with 80 career assists, passing Erica Mawhorr '94 and Rita Ciletti '86 during the game.

Loyola enjoyed a 14-9 advantage in draw controls, as Decker, Rehfuss and VanThof each had three. The Greyhounds also caused 13 of UMass' 18 turnovers. In addition to Gallagher's five, Ana Heneberry caused three, and her older sister, Mary, caused two.

The victory was the first in NCAA play for Loyola since 2003 when the Greyhounds defeated Yale, 13-7, in the Second Round to advance to the Final Four for the fifth time in school history. Saturday was also their first appearance in the tournament since 2004.

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BALTIMORE - A four-goal Loyola run in the second half set-up a 14-7 win for the 6th-seeded Greyhounds knocking UMass out of the NCAA Tournament First Round. Loyola, ranked fifth nationally, was led by Meg Decker's season-high five goals, while 19th-ranked UMass was led by Haley Smith'stwo goals. The Minutewomen finish the season with a 17-3 overall record - the second most wins in program history.

Katie Ferris and Tanner Guarino each had a goal and an assist for the Minutewomen, while Jackie Lyons, Jesse O'Donnell and Lauren Terracciano each scored one goal. Katie Florence took the loss in goal making nine saves.

Along with Loyola's (17-2) Decker, Mary Heneberry scored three goals, while Marlee Paton scored one and added three assists. Tewarraton finalist Grace Gave was held without a goal for the first time in 59 straight games, but did tie a team-high with three assists. Kerry Stoothoff made seven saves in goal for the win.

Paton opened the game's scoring giving Loyola a 1-0 lead nearly four minutes into play. O'Donnell responded for the Minutewomen just under two minutes later to tie the game with a free position goal.

The Greyhounds scored four straight after that before Lyons scored thanks to a nice feed from Ferris with 9:23 left in the first half making it a 5-2 game.

Each team traded goals to close out the first half with Loyola taking a 6-3 lead into intermission - just the third time this season UMass trailed at the half.

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