Feb. 26, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Behind Loren Generi's five points on four goals and one assist, No. 20/11 Navy women's lacrosse defeated Villanova, 9-8, on Wednesday at Villanova Stadium. Head coach Cindy Timchal and the Mids tallied the program's 100th win.
Having taken Navy as a club team in 2007, Timchal laid down the foundation for the program and took just 123 games before reaching the 100th win. Navy is the second program in Timchal's career to have reached at least 100 wins under her tutelage (also at Maryland). Timchal leads the nation in career wins in the sport of lacrosse (men's or women's) with 436.
"Today was a special today, especially not knowing this was the program's 100th win until a sign from the crowd popped up and said `congratulations on #100'," said Coach Timchal on the program's milestone. "Being able to travel to a BIG EAST school like Villanova and beat them on the road made the win a bit more special."
Generi had another stellar game, recording her fifth-straight game of at least five points (4g, 1a) in a game. Co-captains Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) and Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) each tallied a goal to extend their respective goal streaks to 21 and eight.
"With most of being in either middle school or high school when the program began and then be a part of achieving the program's 100th win means a lot to us," said Generi. "We are glad that we were the team to do it, especially against a team like Villanova."
Villanova (1-1) did not allow Navy to come into Villanova Stadium uncontested for its 100th program win. The Wildcats opened up the game with a goal from Shannon Galvin at 26:52 to grab the first lead.
Navy (5-0) responded with four-straight goals in an eight-minute span for the game's largest lead of three, 4-1, with 16:49 left in the half. Katie Gallagher
(Bel Air, Md.) and Generi scored back-to-back free-position goals to spark the run. Gallagher, from behind the net, fed Generi, who crashed into the 8-meter cone and beat Villanova goalkeeper Julia Todd for Navy's third consecutive goal. The run ended with Generi dishing to freshman Kaitlan Moynihan
(Bel Air, Md.), who faked the goalie going low and hit underneath the crossbar.
Villanova came back with its own four-goal run to end the half and regain the lead, 5-4. The Wildcats used four different goal scorers, two of which came off of free-position opportunities. During the stretch, Villanova caused three crucial turnovers that resulted in goals to grab its second lead of the game.
Navy wasted very little time to begin the second half, rattling off two quick goals in a span of six minutes to take back the lead, 6-5, with 24:02 left. Miranda Beal (Colorado Springs, Colo.) jump started the Mids' offense with the first goal of the second half. Generi followed up with her third goal of the contest two minutes later.
The Wildcats ended the run, as Galvin finished off a pass from teammate Jessica Mucci to tie the game at six with 21:20 left.
Coughlin and Generi took back the lead for Navy, 8-6, with back-to-back goals in a nine-minute span. Coughlin converted the Mids third free-position opportunity and Generi followed from a well-fed ball by Gennaro.
Following a yellow card that was given to Generi, the Wildcats took advantage of the man up opportunity given to them. Villanova's Mucci found teammate Becca Hetrick in the middle of Navy's defense to cut the deficit to one, 8-7, with 7:03 remaining.
With a one-goal lead, Navy looked to cycle around the ball for the final minutes of the contest. Villanova then took its goalie from outside the crease and had it defend a Navy attacker. Gennaro took advantage of the open-goal opportunity with 2:14 left to give Navy a comfortable two-goal, 9-7.
The Wildcats retaliated with a goal 44 seconds later but it was not enough as Navy hung on to a 9-8 win. Mids' goalkeeper Annie Foky recorded five saves on 13 chances and improved to 5-0 in the net. Villanova's starting goalkeeper Todd allowed four goals in the first 13:11 before being relieved by teammate Jaclyn Fraum (5 GA, 5 Sv) for the final 46:49. Todd received the loss.
After stringing five-straight wins, Navy will look to extend its streak to six against George Washington on Wednesday, March 5 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Game is slated for 4 p.m.