Women's Lacrosse Routs Army to Claim First Ever Star in Series
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The No. 13 Navy women's lacrosse team (11-3, 5-1 Patriot League) posted a 20-7 victory over Army West Point (8-6, 2-4) on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. The game marked the first time in women's lacrosse that the Midshipmen and Black Knights competed against each other as part of the Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA.
"This was the first Star (in the series)," head coach Cindy Timchal said after the game. "Coming off of Virginia, we knew a couple of our players were beat up, but we just dug down deep. Army is always an exciting game. They played us really tough in the first half. Coming up here you can see that Army loves lacrosse - men and women. There were a ton of fans and they had people parachuting before the game. It made for a wonderful atmosphere. There were a lot of fans for Navy here too and it was nice to be able to win the first ever Star in the women's lacrosse series."
Offensively, Navy scored 20 goals on 35 shots. The Midshipmen won 17 draw controls, out drawing the Black Knights by five. The Mids set the school record, converting eight free-position opportunities on the day.
Navy was led by senior Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) who recorded seven points on the day with six goals and an assist for her 12th hat trick of the season. Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) notched her eighth hat trick of the season, scoring three goals while adding an assist. Four Mids - Annalise Heyward (Charlotte, N.C.), Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.), Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.), and Nicole Victory (Issaquah, Wash.) - each chipped in two goals piece., while Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) led the team with three assists.
On defense, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her 11th victory of the season. The senior surrendered seven goals on the day, while notching five saves, two ground balls and two caused. Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) led the team with five ground balls and three caused turnovers. As a team, the Midshipmen picked up 20 ground balls compared to 13 by the Black Knights. The Mids caused 11 of the Black Knights' 19 turnovers on the day.
In the first half, Navy jumped out to an early lead with three quick goals by Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.), Jenna Collins, and O'Donnell. Army scored to trim the margin to 3-1, but back-to-back goals by the Collins twins pushed the Mids' advantage to 5-2.
The Black Knights used an unassisted goal to cut the deficit to three, but Jenna Collins converted a free position goal and Larkin scored off of a Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) pass. The two teams traded goals the final 15 minutes to go into halftime with Navy in front 9-5. O'Sullivan and Jenna Collins recorded goals during the stretch.
In the second half, Army scored to trim the margin to 9-6, but Navy responded with an 8-0, closing the game out with an 11-1 run. Natalie Irwin (Annandale, Va.) opened the run with a goal off a helper from Julia Collins. Navy converted four straight free-position goals to go up 14-6 with O'Sullivan, Victory, Jenna Collins, and O'Donnell scoring on the free opportunity. Jenna Collins, Larkin and Heyward continued the run before the Black Knights found the back of the net with 10 minutes on the clock.
The Midshipmen closed the game with three straight goals. Heyward scored her second goal to notch her first multi-goal game of the season. Following a Larkin goal, Victory tallied her first collegiate multi-goal game, scratching the scoreboard with 2:06 remaining to provide the final margin of 20-7.
Navy returns to action on Wednesday, April 18, as the Midshipmen travel to Washington, D.C. for a midweek Patriot League game against American. Opening draw between the Mids and Eagles is slated for 4:00 p.m.