March 5, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A stifling first-half defensive performance propelled No. 20/13 Navy women's lacrosse past George Washington, 14-8, on Wednesday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids have held their first six opponents to eight goals or less to begin the season.
"We knew coming in that George Washington would be a handful to defend and I think that we were able to pass that test today, especially holding them to three goals in the first half," said head coach Cindy Timchal.
Navy (6-0) held George Washington (3-2) to three goals on nine shots in the first half to build a four-goal lead, 7-3. The Mids held an 8-2 advantage in draw controls. Navy's defensive unit held the Colonials top-two offensive attackers, Jaime Bumgardner and Rachel Mia, who combined for 21 goals coming into the contest to just one shot in the first half.
"We did a good job in limiting both Bumgardner and Mia's touches throughout the entire game," said Timchal. "Overall, we were resilient on defense by keeping their top-two offensive threats along with the rest of GW's attacking unit to grab the win."
Senior co-captain Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) tallied two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to keep Navy's lead at four, 9-5, with 20:03 remaining in the contest.
Following a Colonial goal from the stick of Allie Rash at the 18:20 mark, the Mids went on a 5-0 run in a span of 11:08 to extend their lead to eight, 14-6, with 6:35 left. Senior co-captain Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) sparked Navy's run with back-to-back goals. Gennaro's first goal resulted from teammate Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.), who launched a pass from midfield to the 12-meter arc, off a stoppage of play, to give the Havertown, Pa. native a one-on-one opportunity. Gennaro then tallied her second goal off a free-position shot.
George Washington looked to attempt a comeback, tallying two scores and cut the deficit to six, 14-8, with 1:32 remaining. Navy however retained possession for the final minute of the contest to improve to 6-0.
Coughlin paced Navy's offense, tying her career best of five goals. Gennaro recorded four goals to extend her streak of consecutive games with at least one goal to 22, which ties for the third-longest streak in program history with ex-Mid Kathy Young. Generi tallied a game-best six points on two goals and four assists.
"We knew we had to step up our game on the offensive end today and I felt that both Jill [Coughlin] and Aimee [Gennaro] responded well with a combined effort of nine goals," Timchal said.
Navy junior goalkeeper Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) recorded a season-high seven saves on 15 chances to improve to 6-0 in net. George Washington goalkeeper Mackenzie Jones received the loss, allowing nine goals on nine chances.
Navy will open up Patriot League play on Saturday, March 8 against Lafayette at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Opening draw is set for 12 noon and can be seen live in high-definition and for free on PatriotLeague.TV and navysports.com (.)