Women's Lacrosse Rolls Past American, 21-8
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's lacrosse team improved to 6-1 in Patriot League play with a 21-8 victory over American on Wednesday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Ten different players scored goals on the day, including five players with hat tricks. Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) paced the team with four goals, while Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.), Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.), Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.), and Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.). It was the first collegiate hat trick for Harris. Larkin led the team with five assists, while Young chipped in three and Je. Collins added a pair.
"After watching film against Boston, we were definitely slow," Young said of the team's offensive production. "We wanted to stay active and keep moving. We definitely looked a lot faster (today) and were able to get a lot more looks when we were moving."
Defensively, the Mids caused 13 of the Eagles 19 turnovers. Je. Collins, Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.), Meghan Hubley (West Chester, Pa.), and Sarah Childress (Annapolis, Md.) each caused two turnovers apiece. At goal, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) earned her 11th win of the season, allowing seven goals with five saves. She was relieved by Gab Harchelroad (Pittsburgh, Pa.) who allowed one goal while notching three saves.
Navy won the groundball battle, collecting 24 groundballs compared to 16 for American. Boyum paced the team with four groundballs on the day. The Mids won 18 draw controls, including 13 in the first half. Ju. Collins finished with a game-high eight draw controls, while twin sister Jenna grabbed five.
The Midshipmen jumped out to an early lead, netting the first three goals of the game. Larkin put the Mids on the scoreboard, finding the back of the net off of a pass from Je. Collins. Sullivan followed with a back-to-back goals, including a free-position goal to push the advantage to 3-0.
The Eagles responded with a goal by Jennifer DeSimone, but Navy answered the goal with three consecutive scores. Je. Collins scored off of an assist from Larkin. Young scored on a free-position attempt then assisted on Je. Collins' second goal of the opening half.
After an American goal by Sarah Bootman, Navy once again scored three straight goals to extend the lead to 9-2. Larkin sent a pass to Harris to start the run. Ju. Collins created her own shot and found the back of the net during the run. Harris ended the run with a goal off of a Ju. Collins pass to put the home team in front by seven.
AU's Madison Hoon scored a goal, but Harris answered with her third goal of the half, giving the freshman her first collegiate hat trick.
DeSimone scored on a free-position goal attempt to pull the Eagles to within six, 10-4, but the Midshipmen closed out the half with a pair of goals to go into intermission up 12-4. Larkin netted an unassisted goal and assisted on O'Sullivan's goal to close out the half.
In the second half, Larkin began the scoring with a quick hitter off an assist from Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.).
American scored back-to-back goals to trim the margin to 13-6.
Navy scored eight of the next 10 goals to put the game away. Je. Collins rattled off consecutive goals to put the Mids up nine, 15-6. O'Donnell scored the goal to put Navy up 10 and start the running clock with 21:10 remaining in the game. Young followed with a goal to give Navy its largest lead of the day to that point, 17-6.
After an American goal, Navy responded with three straight goals to go up 20-7. Young started the run, creating her own opportunity and finding the back of the net. Molly O'Sullivan (Centreville, Va.) scored her first goal of the season and the second of her career to increase the advantage to a dozen. Carley Seekamp (East Hampton, N.Y.) closed out the run with her second goal of the year.
The Eagles scored one final goal, but Paige Brigham (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) found the back of the net for her second goal of the season to provide the final margin of victory, 21-8.
Navy returns to action on Saturday afternoon as the Midshipmen host Bucknell in the final home game of the regular season. The game will serve as Senior Day and the team's five seniors will be recognized prior to the game. Opening draw is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"It is a big game," Young said of her final home game. "It is more of a special game. We want to put it all out there for our last time out here in Navy-Marine Corps (Memorial Stadium). There is no reason to not go hard. I think we will be successful if we just leave it all out there. I am excited."