PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Following another 2-0 week, two Loyola student-athletes have earned BIG EAST women’s lacrosse weekly honors. Senior Grace Gavin has been tabbed BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while senior Kellye Gallagher is the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
The duo has helped No. 6/3 Loyola begin the year with an undefeated record of 10-0. The Greyhounds are off to their best start since 2003 and ranked No. 3 in today’s debeer/Inside Lacrosse Media poll. It is the team’s highest ranking since earning the No. 1 spot in 2003. The 2003 Final Four team raced out to 14 straight victories en route to a 17-2 final record. That team ended the regular season ranked No. 1.
Gavin earns BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after recording 12 points in a 2-0 week for Loyola. The senior totaled eight goals, six draw controls and four assists, helping her team to a pair of league wins. In a 17-3 win at Cincinnati, Gavin had five points, including four goals. In a 13-10 win at Notre Dame, she had seven points, including four goals and four draw controls. This is the third time Gavin has earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors this season, she also earned the award on March 14 and March 28.
Gallagher led the Greyhounds defense in a 2-0 week, including a pair of conference wins on the road. The senior totaled nine ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls. In a 17-3 win at Cincinnati, she had four ground balls and two caused turnovers. In a 13-10 win at Notre Dame, Gallagher had five ground balls and helped Loyola earn its first win against the Irish in six tries.
BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
Jackie Doherty, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Had seven ground balls, six caused turnovers and four draw controls in a 1-1 week
Jordy Kirr, Georgetown, Sr., A
Totaled 11 points, including six assists in a 2-0 week; scored her 100th career goal recently and is closing in on 100 career assists (98)
Liz Lovejoy, Louisville, Sr., A
Scored a team-leading eight goals in a 1-1 week; had five points, including four goals in a 12-6 win over then-No. 13/12 Vanderbilt
Monica Negron, Louisville, Fr., D
Helped lead a defense which keyed a 12-6 win over then-No. 13/12 Vanderbilt; it tied the lowest total Vandy has been held to this year
Brittney Testa, Connecticut, So., GK
Tied her season-high with 12 saves in a 14-12 loss to league-rival Georgetown; also had two caused turnovers and one ground ball