April 9, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Senior Jill Coughlin’s last-second free-position goal helped No. RV/20 Navy women’s lacrosse defeat Lehigh, 9-8 in overtime at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Wednesday. With the win, Navy improved to 5-1 in the Patriot League and clinched a berth in the league tournament while Lehigh fell to 3-3 in league play.
Tied 5-5 at the half, Navy (13-1, 5-1 Patriot League) grabbed the early lead, 6-5 to begin the second half off the stick of sophomore Katie Gallagher. Junior Loren Generi lured two defenders at the top of the 8-meter arc and dished toward the end line to Gallagher. Gallagher avoided one Lehigh defender and beat the goalkeeper to give the Mids a one-goal lead with 28:18 left in regulation.
Lehigh’s (6-7, 3-3 PL) Kendall Garden came back five-minutes and 25-seconds later with her second goal of the contest to even the score, 6-6, with 22:53 left.
Navy senior attacker Aimee Gennaro scored two of the game’s next three goals in a span of 8:19 to keep the Mids up one, 8-7 with 11:06 remaining in the second half. Gennaro showed her goal-scoring experience, as she single-handedly beat a Lehigh defender on separate occasions.
The Mountain Hawks however came back to tie the score, 8-8 with a goal from Allison LaBeau with 5:22 left in regulation. Under two minutes to go, Lehigh cycled the ball in Navy’s defensive end to find the game-winner. Lehigh’s Lauren Beausoleil found herself open in the crease ripped a low-shot on net. Navy’s goalkeeper Cassidy Chaney made the crucial save to force overtime.
Neither team generated any offensive opportunities in the first half of overtime. Following Generi’s school-record tying 12th draw control in the second half of overtime, Navy held possession for the final offensive chance. With 20 seconds remaining, the Mids recorded two shots, but Lehigh’s goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick batted both shots away.
Gallagher however retrieved the groundball from the second shot with 10 seconds left and dished out to Coughlin, who was fouled by Lehigh’s Garden with two seconds remaining on the clock to give Navy a free-position opportunity. Coughlin set up at the top of the eight-meter arc, charged into the crease and beat Fitzpatrick for the game-winner.
“Lehigh has always been a tough game for us and they definitely proved how tough they were tonight,” head coach Cindy Timchal said. “I think after each time Lehigh would throw something at us, our players responded with great resilience. Overall, I am proud with the way we finished.”
Gennaro led all players with five points on four goals and one assist. Gennaro’s first goal of the game was her 200th career goal, which surpassed Erin Rawlick’s 199 to become the program’s new career leader in goals. Generi and Gallagher each tallied two goals and Coughlin finished with one.
“I have to thank my teammates for giving me the opportunity to achieve such an impressive mark,” Gennaro said on becoming the program’s leader in goals. “A lot of my goals came off assists from Jasmine [DePompeo], Loren [Generi] and Jill [Coughlin]. So without any of them, I would not be where I am today.”
Navy overwhelmed Lehigh in draw controls, 18-2 and out shot the Moutain Hawks, 19-10. Chaney improved to 3-0 in net for Navy, recording two saves on 10 chances. Lehigh’s Fitzpatrick tallied seven saves on 16 chances in the loss.
Navy concludes the regular-season with two league road contests, beginning with Holy Cross on Saturday, April 12 in Worcester, Mass. Opening draw is set for 2 p.m.