Loyola Women's Lacrosse Defeats Navy 11-6 To Win Patriot League Regular Season Title
April 19, 2014
BALTIMORE, Md.—Annie Thomas scored three goals and handed out two assists, while Sydney Thomas scored two goals and one assist to lead #14/#15 Loyola (12-4, 8-0 in the Patriot League) to an 11-6 victory over #20 Navy (14-2, 6-2 in the Patriot League) Saturday afternoon in Baltimore. The win gives Loyola the regular season title in their first year in the Patriot League and the right to host the Patriot League Tournament on Thursday, April 24thand Saturday, April 26th. The women’s tournament has been moved to Thursday and Saturday since Loyola is also hosting the men’s tournament on Friday and Sunday.
The story of today’s game was turnovers as the Mids committed 13, many of them unforced, that led to seven Loyola goals.
"Turnovers was a major factor in our undoing today and give credit to Loyola for its constant pressure to force some of those turnovers," said Navy head women’s lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal. "On the flip side, I give a lot of credit to our kids that they kept fighting in the second half and didn’t allow Loyola to pull away from us. There were many times we uncharacteristically threw the ball away today on clears and we need to clean that up heading into the Patriot League Tournament."
The Greyhounds jumped on Navy early, scoring the first five goals of the game. Sydney Thomas scored off a pass from Annie Thomas and then Annie Thomas scored an unassisted goal to give Loyola a 2-0 lead 5:25 into the contest. Both goals were the result of Navy turnovers as Miranda Beal had an unforced turnover on the defensive end that gave up the first goal and then Lindsay Rheiner threw the ball away on the offensive end that Annie Thomas capitalized on to make the score 2-0.
The Mids were held scoreless for the first 27:37 of the first half as Navy committed nine first half turnovers and got off just four shots. Freshman Kaitlan Moynihan finally got Navy on the board with 2:23 remaining in the half off a pass from Loren Generi. It was Navy's only assist of the day.
Loyola, however, took the momentum right back by winning the draw control and getting a goal by Molly Hulseman and then, after Katie Gallagher turned the ball over on the offensive end, Taryn Van Thof scored with 17 seconds left to give Loyola a 7-1 lead at the half.
Loyola would increase its lead to 8-1 with 21:51 left on a goal by Annie Thomas off an assist from Marlee Paton, before the Mids finally settled down and started playing like they are capable of playing.
Gallagher scored an unassisted goal with 20:35 left to make the score 8-2 and, after a Loyola goal made it 9-2, the Mids would score three straight times as Jess Fellows, Loren Generi and Aimee Gennero all scored unassisted goals to make the score 9-5 with 11:13 left.
Loyola, however, would stop the Navy rally with back-to-back goals by Sydney Thomas and Hulseman to take an 11-5 lead with 6:58 left. Moynihan scored her second goal of the game for Navy with 5:53 left to provide the final margin.
Loyola outshot Navy 30-16, including 18-4 in the first half. The teams were even on ground balls at 14, while Loyola outdueled Navy in draw controls, 12-7. The Mids were hurt by their clearing game, turning it over six times in 12 attempts, while Loyola was 7-9. The Mids continued to struggle on free position shots, making just 1-5, while Loyola was 0-1. Navy committed 13 turnovers, while Loyola had 10.
Moynihan had a solid game for the Mids with two goals, three ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover. She did commit a team-high three turnovers. Junior Loren Generi had an uncharacteristic quiet day with one goal, one assist, one ground ball and four draw controls. Her fourth draw control gave her 100 for the year, the third-consecutive year she’s come up with 100 draw controls.
Sophomore Cassidy Chaney had the best game in goal of her young career with seven saves on 18 shots. Sophomore Molly Doyle and freshman Meghan Moloney caused two turnovers each.
"Defensively, I was pleased with our effort, said Timchal. "There were some tough shots that Chaney faced and she came up big with a handful of saves. What hurt us was turning the ball over in clearing situations and the fact that our offense could never get going.”
The Navy offense has become stagnant over the last several games, not passing the ball like they had earlier in the year. Part of the issue has been that Navy has lost two key offensive players to ACL injuries (Casey Browne and Aislinn Probst), but in spite of the injuries the Mids had just one assist on six goals today and over the last five games the Mids have assisted on just 17 of 49 goals.
Navy will play the highest remaining seed after Tuesday night’s quarterfinal games on Thursday at 7:30 PM at Loyola. Loyola will play the lowest remaining seed at 5 PM. Navy has won the last four Patriot League Tournament Championships, with two of those coming on the road. In 2010, Navy won at regular season champion Lehigh in the Patriot League Championship game 11-9, while in 2011 the Mids won at regular season champion Colgate, 15-14.