April 22, 2008
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Erin Rawlick scored seven goals and the Navy women's lacrosse team won 21-of-28 draw controls to breeze past Villanova, 19-8, in the regular-season finale on Tuesday night. Navy improves to 13-3 overall and broke the NCAA record for wins by a first-year program with 13. The old record of 12 was held by North Carolina in 1996.
"I don't really know if the team knows about the record, but it's a reflection on the hard work and dedication the team has showed right from the beginning," said Navy head coach Cindy Timchal, who won her 349th game as a head coach. "This team wanted to make a statement, and we hope we can continue it heading into the Patriot League Tournament."
The win was Navy's second in a row on the road after opening the season 0-3 on the road. Overall, the Mids have won five games in a row entering the Patriot League Tournament on Friday.
After the two teams traded goals in the opening six minutes, the Mids broke the game open with four goals by four different players in the next 10 minutes to take a 6-2 advantage with 13:22 to play.
Navy would lead 9-4 at halftime, before Rawlick took over early in the second half. The sophomore from Forest Hill, Md., scored Navy's first four goals of the half and five of the first six to give Navy a 15-6 cushion with 18:31 to play. The seven goals tied a school record and gives Rawlick 64 goals and 87 points on the season. The 64 goals are the sixth most in Patriot League history, while the 87 points are the 4th most.
In addition, Navy has set the Patriot League record for most goals in a season with 268, surpassing the 240 set last year by Holy Cross.
Freshman Katrina Nietsch scored four points (3 g, 1 a), while classmate Meg Decker added three goals for her 13th hat trick in a row. Amanda Towey added two goals and one assist, giving her 32 helpers on the season, the third most in Patriot League history. Mary Ruttum and Lexi Dauernheim scored twice, while Kaylene Klingenstein dished out two assists.
stopped three shots in goal, while Ellyn Creasey
made one stop.
Navy outshot the Wildcats, 38-16, and grabbed 22 ground balls to Villanova's 19. Navy had 22 turnovers to the Wildcats' 18. Navy recorded a season-high 21 draw controls, the sixth-best single-game total in NCAA history.
"We have been working a lot on winning draws, because we know they will be key in the Patriot League Tournament," said Timchal. "We spent a lot of time on it during our shootaround today and it paid off. It was encouraging to see."
Navy, the fourth seed in the Patriot League Tournament, will battle top-seeded American at 1:00 pm at Jacobs Field in Washington, D.C. in the semifinals on Friday. The winner of that game will face the winner of Colgate and Lehigh on Sunday. The champion of the Patriot League Tournament will host an NCAA Tournament Play-In Game on May 3, beginning at 1:00 pm.
# GO NAVY #