Strong Second Half Propels Women's Lacrosse Over Colgate
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- The Navy women's lacrosse team scored 11 of the final 13 goals of the game as the Midshipmen posted a 20-10 victory on the road at Colgate on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, N.Y. The Radiers pulled to within one, 9-8, before the Mids used an 8-1 run to take control of the game.
The Midshipmen were led by junior Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.). The midfielder scored five goals with two assists for a team-high seven points. Je. Collins scored all five of her goals in the second half, falling just one goal shy of her season-high of six. For Je. Collins, it was her seventh hat trick of the season and the 17th of her career.
"We made some adjustments in the second half," Je. Collins said after the game. "We tried to get the ball low and we were able to capitalize. We just try to keep adapting and overcoming and we were able to do that today."
Je. Collins was joined on the day by Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.), who also netted five goals on the day. Young scored four of her goals on free positions, tallying her seventh hat trick of the season. Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) recorded her third hat trick of the season, which was her third in the last four games. Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) and Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) also added a pair of goals each, while Caitlin Blanche (Crofton, Md.), Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.), and Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.) scored a goal apiece.
Nine of Navy's 20 goals were assisted with Ju. Collins leading the charge with four helpers on the day. Je. Collins chipped in a pair, while Larkin, O'Sullivan and Aislinn Probst (Arnold, Md.) each added one apiece.
The Midshipmen won the groundball battle, collecting 20 of 34 ground balls on the day. Navy had a slight 16-15 edge in draw controls. The Mids were perfect in the second half (11-11) and nearly perfect in the game (18-19) in clear attempts. Navy converted on 5-of-7 free position attempts on the day.
Defensively, Navy forced 20 Colgate turnovers. Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) led the way with three caused turnovers, and Je. Collins and Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) added two apiece. Goalkeeper Ingrid Byoum (Herndon, Va.) notched three saves on the day, earning her ninth victory.
"I'm so proud of the team," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "This was a tough Patriot League game up here in Hamilton, N.Y. I give credit to Colgate and their key players -- No. 7 (Isabel Kreitler) and No. 27 (Haley O'Hanlon) -- on offense really hurt us early. We had to make adjustments. They pushed us to the limit.
"Morgan Young scored goals in critical situations when we needed it when things weren't going really well on the offensive side. Then we really started to pick it up in the second half. We are proud of this win on the road and look forward to this week coming up. It was a great win for Navy women's lacrosse here at Colgate."
The opening half was back and forth with the Midshipmen ending the stanza on top 9-6.
Navy was the first to score as Ju. Collins took a pass from sister Jenna to put the Mids in front 1-0 just one minute into the game.
Colgate responded with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead before Young found the back of the net to trim the deficit to one.
The Raiders answered with a goal to extend the advantage back to two, but the Midshipmen responded with four straight goals to take a 6-4 lead. Young began the run with a free-position goal, while O'Sullivan followed with a goal off of a Larkin assist. O'Donnell scored her first goal of the game to give Navy its first lead since the game was 1-0. Larkin capped the run with a goal off of a Ju. Collins assist.
With the score 6-5 in favor of the Mids, Navy scored three of the final four goals of the half to go into intermission with a 9-6 advantage. Young scored her third goal of the first half on a free position attempt, while O'Sullivan and O'Donnell each added goals in the run to put the Mids up three at halftime.
In the second half, Colgate's Isabel Kreitler scored back-to-back goals to pull the home team to within one, 9-8.
Navy responded as Je. Collins scored a pair of goals in one minute of game time to regain a three-goal advantage. The first goal came off of a free position, while Je. Collins created her own shot on shot for her second goal of the half.
After a Raider goal trimmed the margin to 11-9, the Midshipmen rattled off six consecutive goals to seize control of the game. O'Sullivan and Je. Collins started the run with a goal each in a 30-second span. Young followed with her third free-position goal of the game. Harris took a pass from Ju. Collins to give the Mids a 15-9 advantage. Je. Collins used a pass from her sister Julia to net her fourth goal of the half. Young capped the 6-0 run with her fourth free-position goal of the game.
Colgate broke a 10-minute scoring drought with a goal at 4:44, but Navy answered by scoring the final three goals of the game. Je. Collins scored her fifth goal of the half to spark the mini run. Larkin found the back of the net off of a pass from O'Sullivan. Larkin's second goal gave the freshman 10 multi-goal games this season. Blanche scored a goal with 10.2 ticks remaining on the clock to provide the final margin, 20-10.
Navy returns to action this week as the Midshipmen head to Charlottesville, Va. for a nonconference game against Virginia. Opening draw is slated for 7:00 p.m.