Women’s Lacrosse Falls Short to Loyola, 13-9, In League Opener
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Despite a game-high four goals from freshman attacker Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.), the Navy women’s lacrosse team (5-3, 0-1 Patriot League) fell short to Loyola (Md.), 13-9, on Saturday in the Patriot League opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
“This one certainly stings, but the good part about this is we know what we have to work on to get better and move on,” Larkin said. “We held strong for the majority of the game and hopefully this isn’t the last time we can get a crack at Loyola.”
After Loyola (1-6, 1-0 Patriot League) built a three goal lead in the first 4:15, Larkin looked to carry the load on the offensive end for Navy. The Alexandria, Virginia native tallied back-to-back goals in a 2:06 span to cut the deficit to one, 3-2, with 20:11 left in the first half.
The Greyhounds, however, responded with three-straight goals to end the half and built their lead to four, 6-2. Junior attacker Frankie Kamely led the offensive run with two assists, while Loyola used three different scorers.
Junior midfielder Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) and Kamely traded goals early in the second half to keep the score within four, 7-3, with 27:22 remaining on the clock.
Larkin then sparked Navy’s run of three straight over the next 1:57 to bring the deficit back down to one, 7-6, with 24:38 left. Larkin fed sophomore attacker Meg O’Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.), during a transition off a Loyola turnover, and slotted in her lone tally of the game. On Navy’s next goal, Larkin backed down her defender to receive a free-position attempt, which she converted for her third goal of the game. Senior co-captain Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) capped the run with an unassisted tally.
Loyola came back by scoring four of the game’s next five goals to reclaim a four-goal lead, 11-7, with 14:08 remaining. Sophomore midfielder Taylor VanThof led the charge, tallying both of her goals during the stretch.
Navy freshman Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.), who was key on the draw control with a game-high six, grabbed the ensuing draw, took it from midfield and scored her first career goal to bring the Mids within three, 11-8, with 12:41 left in the game.
The Greyhounds, however, scored two of the three final goals and was able to milk the clock to grab the 13-9 victory to extend their unbeaten streak in the Patriot League to 32 consecutive games.
“Our slow start to the game was not ideal and definitely hurt us to be down three goals that early,” Navy head coach Cindy Timchal said. “Loyola was hungry to get there first win and credit them to how they played for 60 minutes. I give our team credit for rededicated themselves in the second half and competing as well as they did for the final 30 minutes.”
Navy kept up with Loyola in every facet of the game, outshooting the Greyhounds, 23-26, and holding advantages in ground balls, 22-16, draw controls, 13-11, clears 16-of-16 to 21-15 and turnovers, 15-23.
Larkin paced the Mids on offense with a team-best five points on four goals and one assist. Jenna Collins extended her multi-point streak to 19 consecutive games with two goals. O’Donnell, Harris and Young each chipped in with a goal as well.
Harris also had a strong game in the midfield for the Mids, tallying team highs in draws (6), and caused turnovers (3).
Navy will wrap up its four-game homestand as it hosts Holy Cross on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Opening draw is set for 2 p.m. and will be streamed live and for free on the Patriot League Network.