Strong Second Half Propels Women's Lacrosse to 21-10 Win
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 10 Navy women's lacrosse team (2-0) finished the game on an 11-1 run to post a 21-10 victory against Columbia (0-1) on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Midshipmen had five different players record hat tricks on the day to pace the offense.
"I am proud of the team," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "Columbia comes to us as one of the few Ivy's we've played. It was a great opportunity coming off of the Ohio State win last week. I am proud of our players. I just thought it took a while to get into our groove. They are another physical team. I credit Columbia. They are used to playing Princeton and Penn, Harvard and Yale. They are all good in the Ivy League. They are not going to back down. We gave up a couple of goals, but Columbia earned those goals. We will need to do better when we step out against Michigan next week, but I am proud of the team effort. I am proud of coming back with the draw controls to give us the gap that we need in a game with pure, unbelievable execution on the offensive end."
Navy won the draw battle 25-7 with the Collins twins combining for 24 of the Midshipmen's draw controls. Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) tied the school record with 15 draws in the game, while Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) tallied nine draws. The only Navy draw not controlled by the Collins was credited to the team on a ball that rolled out of bounds.
The possessions created by controlling the draw led to 44 shots by Navy, compared to 21 by Columbia. The Mids were able to convert 21 shots into goals with seven different players scoring, six, notching multiple goals, and five registering hat tricks. The Collins twins joined Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) with a team-best four goals on the day, while Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) and Molly O'Sullivan (Centreville, Va.) chipped in three goals apiece. Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) recorded her first multi-goal game of the season with a pair of scores and Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) also found the back of the net.
The Midshipmen also tallied 10 assists on their 21 goals. Larkin, who led the team last season in helpers, paced the squad with three, while the O'Sullivan cousins each added two assists.
Defensively, the Mids' backline was able to keep the Lions off the scoreboard during long stretches to allow the offense to extend the advantage. Goalies Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) and Gab Harchelroad (Pittsburgh, Pa.) allowed just two goals in the final 25 and a half minutes of the game, allowing the Navy offense to use an 11-1 run to seal the victory.
In the first half, Navy was the first to score, using a 6-0 run to build a comfortable lead. O'Donnell opened the scoring with a free-position goal just a minute into the game. The O'Sullivans notched back-to-back goals in a 22 second span to push the lead to 3-0. Julia Collins extended the advantage to a handful with a pair of goals and sister Jenna closed the run with a free-position goal.
The Lions ended the run with their first goal of the game, but Julia Collins responded with her third goal of the first half to give the Mids a 7-1 advantage with 15:38 to play.
Columbia's Victoria Kalmaras and Alexandria Absey teamed up three times in a row to close the gap to 7-4. Kalmaras found Absey charging in front of the goal on three consecutive offensive sets and Absey found the back of the net for her first hat trick of the season.
Leading 7-4, the two teams exchanged goals over the final 10 minutes of the first half. Jenna Collins stopped the mini run by the Lions, but a Columbia goal trimmed the margin back to three at 8-5. O'Donnell converted a pass from M. O'Sullivan, but the visitors answered to send the game into halftime with Navy up 9-6.
In the second half, Larkin opened up the scoring with a goal off of Julia Collins pass to put the Mids in front 10-6, but back-to-back goals by Absey trimmed the margin to 10-8.
Up by two, Navy used an 11-1 run to seal the victory. Harris and Larkin opened up the run with a goal apiece in a 25-second span. Julia Collins found th back of the net for the fourth time, while M. O'Sullivan used her fourth goal of the season to pusch the lead to 14-8. Free-position goals by Jenna Collins and Larkin doubled the Lions up at 16-8. With 11 minutes to play, Jenna Collins scored her second goal of the run to push the lead to nine. Columbia scored a goal to trim the margin to eight, but goals by Harris, Larkin, M. O'Sullivan, and O'Donnell put the game out of reach.
Columbia scored with 29 ticks on the clock to provide the final score of 21-10.
Navy returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 25 as the Mids take on Michigan at 1:00 p.m. at Rip Miller Field.