Women's Lacrosse Fights Past Saint Joseph's, 16-11
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Navy women's lacrosse team (5-1) battled Saint Joseph's (2-2) to a 16-11 victory on the road at Sean Sweeney Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The Midshipmen had five players combine for 16 goals, including Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.), and Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) who tallied four goals apiece.
"This was our fourth game in 10 games," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "I thought the players played with a lot of character. You have to play strong on the road, which we were able to do tonight. Saint Joseph's came out with a lot of passion. They came out at us hard and fast. Once we adjusted, we locked in. We had a great second half. We overcame a lot of physical play. I am proud of the team."
Offensively, five Mids scored in the game with all five players registering multiple goals. The Collins twins each had four goals apiece, while Larkin also contributed four goals on the night. Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) and Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) added two goals apiece. Jenna Collins and Larkin paced the team with two assists apiece to lead the way with six points. Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) also recorded an assist.
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her fifth win of the season at goal. The senior tallied seven saves in a complete-game effort. The defense tallied eight caused turnovers, led by senior captain Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) who led the team with four. Jenna Collins and Smith each had four ground balls, while Harris led the team with eight draw controls. Jenna Collins added seven draws and O'Sullivan controlled six draws.
Saint Joseph's opened the game hot, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. Harris converted a pass from Larkin for Navy's first goal of the game. The Hawks responded to go up 4-1, but the Mids answered with a 4-1 run to tie the game at 5-5. On the run, Julia Collins, Harris, O'Donnell and Jenna Collins each recorded goals.
SJU regained the lead with a pair of goals, but back-to-back goals by Jenna and Julia Collins knotted the score at 7-7 with 4:30 to play in the first half. Tied at 7-7, Larkin gave the Mids its first lead of the game with a goal with 13.9 second remaining in the first half to send the game into intermission with Navy up 8-7.
The Mids started the second half with a pair of goals by Larkin and Julia Collins to push the lead to 10-7 and cap off a 5-0 run.
The Hawks closed the gap to one with back-to-back goals, but a 6-2 run over the final 21 minutes sealed the victory for the Midshipmen. O'Donnell scored off a free-position attempt to start the run and Julia Collins took a pass from sister Jenna to extend the lead to three at 12-9. Following a Saint Joseph's goal, Jenna Collins and Larkin each converted free-position shots to go up four. The duo each had unassisted goals to make the score 16-10 with under five minutes to play. The home team used a goal with just under a minute to play to provide the final score of 16-11.
Navy returns to action on Tuesday, March 13 as the Midshipmen travel to Gainesville, Fla. to take on the Florida Gators. Opening draw is slated for 1:00 p.m. against the nationally-ranked Gators.