Lacrosse Cruises Past Lehigh Thanks to Collins' Career Night
March 28, 2018
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior midfielder Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) scored a career-high seven goals to help lead No. 13 Navy women's lacrosse (8-2, 3-0 Patriot League) past Lehigh (6-5, 1-2 PL), 18-7, on a rainy Wednesday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
Jenna Collins finished the game with a team-high eight points, recording her 10th hat trick of the season on a career-high seven goals. The senior fell one goal shy of tying the school record for goals in a game, which was most-recently tied by her sister Julia against UMass in the NCAA Tournament during the Midshipmen's 2017 Final Four run.
Trailing 11-7 in draw controls, the Midshipmen won the final nine draw controls to help the offense go on an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach and secure the victory. Head coach Cindy Timchal changed the draw from Jenna Collins to twin sister Julia, helping spark the Midshipmen to nine straight draw victories. Jenna Collins led the team with seven draws, while Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) followed with five draw controls and Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) chipped in three.
"We have a lot of respect for Lehigh," Timchal said after the game. "It was a one-goal game last year at the Patriot League semifinals. We know that they are well coached. We got a good lead, but they answered. The biggest thing that gave us issues through most of the game was our draws. Finally, we got into a groove. I credit players like Jenna and her sister Julia. The resilience of the players on the wing scrapping and going for the ball. I was proud of them answering. I was proud of their effort today. I am proud of the team for their resilience and making adjustments and playing strong at the end."
The Mids finished the game with 18 goals on 33 shots. Led by Jenna Collins, seven different Midshipmen found the back of the net with four player tallying multiple goals. Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) notched seven points with three goals and a team-high four assists. Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) finished the game with her second hat trick in as many games, netting three goals on just three shots. Julia Collins scored two goals, while Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) chipped in a goal and three helpers.
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her eighth win of the season. The senior goalkeeper tallied four saves in 57:33 minutes of playing time, while allowing seven goals and picking up a ground ball. The Mids caused five of the Mountain Hawks' 16 turnovers. Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) led the way with two caused turnovers. Harris led the team with three ground balls, while Valenti, Blake Smith (Skysville, Md.), and Natalie Irwin (Annandale, Va.) each added two ground balls.
Lehigh opened the game with a goal to take a 1-0 advantage. Jenna Collins followed with back-to-back goals to give Navy a 2-1 edge. The Mountain Hawks looked to have tied the game at two with 23:25 on the clock, but the visitors were whistled for a dangerous shot and the goal was taken off the scoreboard. From there, the Midshipmen rattled off four straight goals to take a 6-1 lead. Jenna Collins scored off a Larkin assist and Julia Collins chipped in back-to-back goals before Larkin closed the run with an unassisted goal.
The Mountain Hawks ended the Mids' run with a pair of goals, but Irwins and O'Sullivan closed the half with goals to give the Blue and Gold an 8-3 advantage at the half.
In the second half, O'Donnell found the back of the net with a behind the back goal to push the advantage to 9-3. Lehigh closed the gap to 9-6 with three consecutive goals, but that was as close as the visitors would get as Navy used a 9-1 run to close out the game.
Jenna Collins opened the run with a goal off a Larkin assist, while Harris converted a free-position goal. Larkin scored an unassisted goal before Jenna Collins notched back-to-back goals to continue the run. O'Donnell picked up a loose ball in front of the goal and put it in the net for her second goal of the game. Larkin earned her fifth hat trick of the season to close out the 8-0 run. The Mountain Hawks scored a goal to cut the Mids' lead to 10, but O'Donnell provided the final goal of the game to give Navy an 18-7 victory.
Navy returns to action on Saturday, March 31, as the Midshipmen travel to Worcester, Mass. for a Patriot League match-up with Holy Cross. Opening draw is slated for 1:00 p.m. and will be streamed on the Patriot League Network.