April 12, 2014
WORCESTER, Mass. – No. RV/20 Navy women’s lacrosse used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Holy Cross, 8-6 at Holy Cross Field Saturday. Navy improved to 6-1 in Patriot League play and clinched a first-round bye in the league tournament while Holy Cross fell to 3-4 in league play.
“It was a solid road victory for Navy women’s lacrosse, especially with the energy Holy Cross brought out on its senior day,” Head coach Cindy Timchal said. “We beat a well-coached team and I am proud of the toughness that our players brought to the field.”
Navy freshman Kaitlan Moynihan (Bel Air, Md.) recorded a game high four points on three goals and two assists. Junior Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) and senior Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) each scored two goals and senior Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) tallied a goal as well. The Mids had their most accurate game on offense this season, scoring eight goals on nine shots on net.
“I liked how patient we played on offense,” Timchal said. “Our offensive rhythm with passing and catching and taking the highest percentage shots were key.”
Navy (14-1, 6-1 Patriot League) scored twice within the first 10 minutes of the contest to hold an early 2-0 lead. Moynihan and Coughlin tallied back-to-back goals in a span of 3:15.
Holy Cross (5-11, 3-4 PL) retaliated with a 3-0 stretch to grab its first lead of the game, 3-2 with 8:25 left in the first half. The Crusader’s Kate Martino assisted on two of the three goals to give Holy Cross the one-goal lead.
Generi and Moynihan combined for Navy’s next three goals to regain the lead, 5-3 with 3:38 remaining in the half. Sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Chaney
(Englewood, Colo.) recorded two saves in the half to keep Navy ahead of Holy Cross, 5-4 to end the first half.
Coughlin extended Navy’s lead to two, 6-4 with her second goal of the contest just three minutes and 52 seconds in the second half.
Holy Cross’ Sara Hennessey and Martino each scored within 1:44 to tie the game at six with 21:18 left. It was the third time Navy and Holy Cross were even.
Gennaro however scored a minute and 22 seconds later, which was the eventual game winner, for Navy’s 14th win of the season. Moynihan scored an insurance goal for Navy with 5:16 left for her third career hat trick.
Navy edged Holy Cross in shots, 14-11 and draw controls, 9-7. The Mids and the Crusaders were even in ground balls, 15-15. Navy goalkeeper Chaney tallied two saves on eight chances to improve to 4-0 in net. Holy Cross’ Sarah Weber fell to 5-11 on the season, tallying one save on nine chances.
Navy will aim for its third-straight Patriot League Regular-Season Title against Loyola (Md.) on Saturday, April 19 at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Md. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m.