Loyola's Gavin Named Finalist for Honda Award

BALTIMORE Loyola University Maryland senior Grace Gavin added to her growing list of postseason honors when she was named a finalist for the prestigious Honda Sports Award for women's lacrosse.

The award, which is given annually to the top women's lacrosse player in the nation, is part of the larger Honda-Broderick Cup, an honor given each year to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

Gavin is the second Loyola student-athlete from any team to be named a finalist for the award in her respective sport. Suzanne Eyler of the women's lacrosse team was a 2003 finalist. All three of Loyola's current women's lacrosse coaches Head Coach Jen Adams and Assistant Coaches Dana Dobbie and Katie Chrest have been nominated for the award. Adams won the honor in 2000 and 2001, the first two years of the women's lacrosse recognition.

She is joined by three other finalists for this year's award: Northwestern's Shannon Smith and Maryland's Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann. The winner, which is chosen by nationwide voting by collegiate Senior Women's Administrators, will be announced on June 6.

Gavin, who on Thursday was named the WomensLax.com National Co-Attacker of the Year, concluded her career as the Greyhounds' all-time leader in goals and point and also set single-season records in both categories as well.

She was named the Big East Conference Attacker of the Year and earned All-Big East honors for the fourth time. Gavin also finished her career as the Big East's all-time leader in goals scored in conference games with 94. Also, she was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team for the fourth-consecutive year on Thursday.

During the Greyhound's final regular-season game of 2011, Gavin set the school record for points scored, and she added the goals scored record in the Big East Championship game, a contest Loyola won, 12-10, over Notre Dame. The Baltimore native finished with 229 goals and became the first Greyhounds' player to eclipse the 300-point mark, tallying 311.

Gavin scored five goals last weekend in the NCAA Quarterfinals against North Carolina, setting the Loyola single-season mark with 71. She broke a 32-year old record set in 1979 by Mary Beth Akre who had 68.

She also tallied 82 assists and 154 draw controls in her four-year career, both the No. 2 marks all-time at Loyola.

Gavin is one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, which will be presented to the top women's lacrosse player in the nation on June 2 in Washington, D.C.

2011-06-01



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