Comeback Falls Short for Women's Lacrosse at No. 15 Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Trailing 13-6 in the second half, the Navy women's lacrosse team rattled off four consecutive goals to pull to within three of No. 15 Virginia on the road before succumbing to the Cavaliers, 16-13, at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
Down six in the second half, Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) took a pass from her sister Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) to begin the rally. Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) and Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) notched back-to-back goals to pull the Mids to within four. Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.) scored the fourth straight goal for Navy to pull the visitors to within three.
Virginia responded with a goal, but Larkin answered with a free-position goal to keep the margin three at 14-11.
The Cavaliers notched consecutive goals to regain a five-goal edge, but the Midshipmen answered. Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) took a pass from Je. Collins to trim the margin to four. Je. Collins worked around and found the back of the net with 84 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 16-13.
Virginia tried to run out the clock, but navy was able to cause a turnover and continue the comeback, but Je. Collins' shot was stopped by the Cavs' goalie Rachel Vander Kolk.
"Resilience," head coach Cindy Timchal said after the game. "We matched them early in the first half. Virginia got a little separation off of their early offense. We came back and scored a goal right before halftime. In the second half, we wanted to get back on track and play a tough 30 minutes. I think we demonstrated that. We didn't want the scoreboard to define how tough we were tonight. I believe in this team and I am proud of the effort."
Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) paced the offense tying a career high with four goals in the game. The senior captain recorded her eighth hat trick of the season in the first half. Ju. Collins, Larkin, and O'Donnell each added a pair of goals. Je. Collins led the team with three assists, while Ju. Collins added a pair and Larkin chipped in one.
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) notched her first double-digit save effort of the year, recording 10 stops on the night. The junior stopped three free-position shots, helping the defense blank the Cavaliers, 0-for-5, on free position attempts. Virginia had 15 turnovers on the night, including eight caused by the Navy defense.
Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) led the team with four draw controls, while fellow defensemen Meghan Hubley (West Chester, Pa.) grabbed two, and Caitlin McGlaughlin (State College, Pa.) and Sarah Childress (Annapolis, Md.) added one apiece to get the offense the ball back.
Navy benefited from winning the draw control battle, notching 19 draw controls compared to 11 by Virginia. The Mids out drew the Cavs 12-4 in the second half, sparking the comeback attempt.
The first half saw the Mids and the Cavs battling back and forth for the first 20 minutes before the home team started to pull away. Navy struck first as Young took a pass from Ju. Collins and put it in the back of the net to give the Mids an early 1-0 lead.
Virginia responded with three consecutive goals, including a pair of goals from Avery Shoemaker to go up by two at 3-1. However, the Midshipmen answered with a pair of goals in just 17 seconds. Ju. Collins found the back of the net, coming around the back of the goal to pull Navy to within one. O'Donnell followed with a goal off of an assist from Ju. Collins 17 seconds later after the Mids forced a turnover on the Cavaliers' clear attempt.
UVA's Shoemaker gave the home team the lead with her third goal of the first half, but Young scored the equalizer as the shot clock was winding down.
The Cavaliers broke the 4-4 deadlock with five consecutive goals to take a 9-4 lead.
Virginia tried to play for the last shot of the half, but Boyum forced a turnover that was scooped up by Blake Smith. Navy worked the clock down and Young scored the final goal of the half with just one tenth of a second on the game clock to go into halftime down 9-5.
The second half started with UVA's Maggie Jackson scoring four of the first five goals of the stanza to put the home team up 13-6 before Navy mounted its comeback attempt.
The Midshipmen outscored the Cavaliers 7-3 in the final 21 minutes, falling just short of a historic comeback.
Navy returns to action this weekend as the Midshipmen head to Boston, Mass. for a Patriot League game against Boston University. Opening draw is slated for 2:30 p.m.