Larkin Sparks Women's Lacrosse Victory Over Winthrop
SPARKS, Md. - Tewaaraton Award Watch List player Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) scored five goals and chipped in four assists to lead Navy women's lacrosse (4-1) with nine points in a 22-11 victory over Winthrop (1-3) on a windy Saturday night at Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md.
Navy was able to use 28 players in the game, including six players who saw their first action of the season.
"We were able to get a lot of players into the game," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "Winthrop came to town with a lot of energy, led by a senior class. Coming off of the BC game and playing a feisty Winthrop team, I am pleased with the performance. We could have come up with a few defensive stops, but we will get back on that. I am proud of the offense, getting some things clicking. Not ideal weather conditions these last few days, but pleased that we got the game in and pleased that we are playing great Navy lacrosse right now."
Offensively, Larkin scored four of her five goals in the second half, helping the Midshipmen to 10-4 advantage in the second stanza. The sophomore, who leads the team in assists with 12, had four of the teams' nine helpers.
Navy had eight players score in the game with six notching multiple goals and four recording hat tricks. Along with Larkin, Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.), and Caitlin Blanche (Crofton, Md.) posted hat tricks. The Collins twins scored four goals apiece, while Blanche registered her first collegiate hat trick with three goals in her first start as a Midshipmen. Natalie Irwin (Annandale, Va.) also made the most of her first collegiate start, netting the first two goals of her career. Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) chipped in two goals, while Mackenzie Orr (Berwyn, Pa.) and Carley Seekamp (East Hampton, N.Y.) each added a goal apiece.
Defensively, the Midshipmen caused 12 of the Eagles' 17 turnovers. Seven different players caused a turnover in the game with four causing multiple turnovers. Harris paced the team with three caused turnovers, while Julia Collins, Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.), and Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) each added two caused turnovers apiece.
Navy used three goalies in the contest. Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) was credited with the win, tallying the most minutes between the pipes. Gab Harchelroad (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Annie Maloney (Ellicott City, Md.) each saw time at goal, with the duo each notching a save apiece.
Navy was the first team to scratch the scoreboard as Harris buried a goal into the back of the net off of an assist from Larkin.
Following back-to-back goals by the Eagles, the Midshipmen scored seven of the next eight goals to take control of the game. Jenna Collins converted a free-position goal to spark the run. Harris followed with a goal off a Larkin assist. Blanche scored her first goal of the game on a free-position attempt and Orr closed the 4-0 run with a free-position goal with 19:26 to play in the first half.
Winthrop scored to cut the deficit to 5-3, but goals by Jenna Collins, Irwin and Larkin pushed the advantage to 8-3 with just over 10 minutes to play in the half.
The Eagles used a pair of goals by Nicole Beatson to trim the margin to 8-5, but Julia Collins scored three consecutive unassisted goals to give the designated home team a 11-5 advantage. Beatson and teammate Kristen Shriver scored to close the margin to 11-7, but Irwin's second goal of the game sent the two teams into halftime with Navy in front 12-7.
Navy won the first five draw controls of the second half and used the ball control to its advantage, netting five straight goals. Julia Collins started the run, finding the back of the net off of an assist from her sister Jenna. Larkin scored her first goal of the second half with an assist from Julia Collins to push the lead to 14-7. Blanche used assists from Larkin to net back-to-back goals and give the Mids a nine-goal edge. Larkin closed the 5-0 run to start the second half with an unassisted goal to put Navy up 10 at 17-7 with 24 minutes to play.
Winthrop ended the Navy run with a pair of goals, but the Midshipmen answered with five of the next six goals to go ahead 22-10. Jenna Collins and Larkin each had a two of the Mids final five goals, while Seekamp closed out the scoring for Navy. The Eagles used a goal with 30 second on the clock to provide the final margin of 22-11.
Navy returns to action on Wednesday, March 7, at St. Francis (Pa.). Opening draw is slated for 3:00 p.m. in Philadelphia.