April 2, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - No. 19 Navy women's lacrosse used a balanced offensive attack to defeat San Diego State, 14-9 Wednesday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy improves to 11-1 overall, while the Aztecs fall to 6-5.
"Every time we have hosted a California team, they came very prepared and played us extremely tough and there were no exceptions today with San Diego State," head coach Cindy Timchal said about playing the Aztecs for the first time.
Navy (11-1) grabbed an early 5-2 lead with 19:22 left in the first half. Junior Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) and senior Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored back-to-back goals within 18 seconds to give Navy a 2-0 lead with 27:03 left. Freshman Aislinn Probst (Arnold, Md.) then score two of the game's next three goals to extend the Mids' lead to three, 4-1. Following a goal from San Diego State's Christina Ricciardulli, sophomore Miranda Beal (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored her first goal of the game to keep Navy up three, 5-2.
After goals from Generi and freshman Kaitlan Moynihan (Bel Air, Md.), San Diego State (6-5) responded with back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to three, 7-4, with 3:43 remaining in the first half.
Sophomore Katie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) ended the half with her 14th goal of the season to extend Navy's lead to four, 8-4.
Navy doubled its lead from four to eight, 13-5 with a 5-1 run to begin the second half. Beal, Gallagher and Moynihan each tallied their second goals of the game during the stretch.
San Diego State came back with a 4-1 run in a span of 3:05 to cut the deficit to five, 14-9, with 6:25 left in the contest. Sophomore Felice Artuso sparked the run with two-straight goals within 32 seconds of one another.
The Aztecs gained possession on the next draw control and looked to cut into the deficit even more. San Diego State's Lauren Maack took the draw control into Navy territory and dished to teammate Michaela Jarvis. Jarvis cut in front of the net and sent her shot on net. Navy goalkeeper sophomore Cassidy Chaney (Englewood, Colo.) however made her seventh and final save to end the threat.
Chaney recorded career bests in both saves (7) and ground balls (3) to earn her first collegiate win in net for the Mids. Aztec goalie Katrina Reeves played the first 30 minutes, allowing eight goals on 12 opportunities to earn the loss. Katie Merritt relieved Reeves in the second half, giving up six goals on 10 chances.
Generi and Moynihan each recorded four points on two goals and two assists to pace the Mids offense. Beal (2g), Probst (2g), Gallagher (2g), Gennaro (1g), Jill Coughlin (1g),Jess Fellows (1g) and Morgan Young (1g) all contributed with goals as well.
Generi tallied nine draw controls to bring her career total to 303. The Bayport, N.Y. native became the sixth player in NCAA history with at least 300 draw controls in a career.
"Obviously it is great to set a record, but I could not have achieved the mark without the help of my teammates," Generi said about achieving the feat. "My teammates challenge me to get better and better with each practice and the results have been showing when it comes to game time."
Navy will wrap up its nonconference slate Saturday, April 5, against Michigan at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (3 PM). The Mids will honor their 10 seniors (9 players, 1 manager) before the contest.