ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored four goals as No. 18/14 Navy (10-1, 3-0 PL) earned a 15-8 win over visiting Lafayette (6-5, 0-2 PL) in a Patriot League women's lacrosse matchup at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Mids won their 13th consecutive game against a Patriot League school.
"It was a great victory for Navy women's lacrosse," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "I thought we did a lot of great things today. We had good execution and we had a lot of good shooting takes. We had solid defensive pressure and made some key saves when we needed them. Patriot League games are always tough and I'm proud of our team for coming through with the victory."
Navy was able to open a 6-1 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game with its strong transitional defensive play. Navy's pressure forced Lafayette to clear just 2-of-9 opportunities in the first half, while committing eight turnovers.
"We really wanted to pressure the ball and we did that well in the first half," said Timchal. "That was critical for us."
Young got Navy on the board at the 28:08 mark in the first half and then scored again seven minutes later. Junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored just 14 seconds after Young as Navy extended its lead to 3-0.
Lafayette's Ana White scored her first of five goals at 18:51 before Navy went on a 3-0 run in a 1:25 span. Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) opened the run with a goal and then senior midfielder Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.) followed with a strike 52 seconds later. Junior Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) finished off the spurt with an eight-meter goal 33 seconds after Young's goal.
White and Navy sophomore midfielder Casey Browne (Miller Place, N.Y.) then alternated scoring the next four goals, with White scoring two eight-meter goals and Browne burying two unassisted strikes. Kathy Young scored an eight-meter goal with 3:33 left in the first, but Lafayette answered a minute later to cut Navy's halftime lead to 9-4.
White and Laura Kleiber scored a pair of goals to open the second half as the Leopards got within three, but a five-minute 4-0 Navy run put the game out of reach at 13-6 with under 15 minutes to play.
The 4-0 spurt began when sophomore midfielder Lindsay Rheiner (Wycombe, Pa.) intercepted a pass right by Lafayette's cage and immediately shot and scored for her first career goal. Gennaro then sandwiched two goals around a DePompeo strike, with her second coming off an assist from Young.
White netted her fifth at 11:25 but back-to-back goals by Young and sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) kept Navy comfortably ahead.
Eight different players scored goals for Navy, including all seven starting attackers and midfielders.
Young matched her season high with five points on four goals and one assist. Gennaro scored a hat trick to go along with three ground balls. DePompeo had three points on one goal and two assists and Generi had a team-high six draw controls.
Rheiner tallied four draw controls, two caused turnovers and one ground ball to go along with her first career goal. Senior defender Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.) had two ground balls and one caused turnover.
Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) made four saves, caused one turnover and scooped up two ground balls while allowing eight goals. Foky improves her season record to 8-1.
White led Lafayette with five goals and had five ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers.
Navy outshot Lafayette, 31-17, and held a 20-15 edge in ground balls. Lafayette won the draw control battle, 13-12. Navy was a perfect 13-for-13 on clears while Lafayette was 11-for-19.
Navy has now won at least 10 games in each of its six years at the Division I level.
The Mids will host UC Davis in a non-conference game on Wednesday at 4:00 PM.
Patriot League Standings
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