April 24, 2014
BALTIMORE, Md.--Boston University's Elizabeth Morse scored an unassisted goal with 19 seconds remaining to give the #3 seeded Terriers (9-9) a 13-12 victory over #2 seed Navy (14-3) on Thursday night in the Patriot League Semifinals in Baltimore. Boston advances to the Patriot League Championship game, where they will meet #1 seed Loyola (13-4) on Saturday at 1 PM.
"We fought hard to the end and left it all out on the field," said Navy head coach Cindy Timchal. "We kind of let it slip away at the end, but give credit to Boston University for fighting all the way through."
Navy, who won the Patriot League Championship the previous four years, struggled on both ends of the field in the first half, committing seven turnovers, going 5-8 on clears, 1-3 on free position shots and taking just 10 shots in trailing 8-4 at the half.
The Mids cut the halftime deficit in half in the first 1:40 of the second stanza on a free position goal by Kaitlan Moynihan and an unassisted goal by Jess Fellows, but BU would score two of the next three goals to take a 10-7 lead with 17:44 remaining.
The Mids, however, would show the heart of a four-time champion by scoring the next five goals to take a 12-10 lead. Jill Coughlin scored an unassisted goal to make it 10-8, Aimee Gennaro picked up a ground ball off a BU save and scored to make it 10-9 and then Loren Generi scored on a free position goal with 10:27 left to tie the game at 10.
Generi would gather the ensuing draw control and Katie Gallagher
would score an unassisted goal with 10:04
remaining to give Navy its first lead of the game since early in the first half.
"Our energy was great during our run and it was a true testament to how resilient we were today and overall this season, especially with all of our injuries," said Timchal.
After a Boston timeout, Lizzy Rullan would come up with the draw control and Coughlin fired in her second of the day with 9:03 left to give Navy a two goal lead. Coughlin's goal would end up being Navy's final goal of the game.
The Terriers, who at that point in the game had won just six of 23 draw controls, would win the ensuing draw control, but Navy got the ball right back when Generi forced a Boston turnover that was picked up by Gallagher.
Gallagher, however, would turn the ball back over and BU's Jenny Thompson scored with 7:51 left to cut Navy's lead to one at 12-11.
Boston would win a second-consecutive draw control, but again Navy would get the ball back, this time it was Lindsay Rheiner that caused the BU turnver and Sarah George picked up the ground ball with 6:37 left and Navy up one.
The Mids would keep the ball until the 3:32 mark, but a Gallagher pass sailed out of bounds giving the ball back to Boston with 3:32 left. After a BU timeout, Jill Horka scored an unassisted goal with 2:07 remaining to tie the game at 12.
The Terriers would win the draw control for a third straight time with 2:01 remaining and Rheiner was called for a yellow card with 1:28 left after Navy initially thought they drew a charge. Boston, playing a man-up, would run the clock down to 19 seconds before Morse scored the game-winner.
The Terriers won their fourth-straight draw control and threw the ball down the field to clinch the win.
Gennaro led the Mids with three goals and finishes her stellar four-year career with a school-record 208 goals. Gallagher added two goals and one assist, while Generi, Fellows and Coughlin all had two goals. Of Navy's 12 goals on the night, the Mids assisted on just one. Over the final six games, Navy assisted on just 18 of its 61 goals.
George led the Mids with four ground balls, while Generi grabbed an incredible 11 draw controls. Cassidy Chaney had three saves and allowed eight goals in the first 23:55, while Cori Caggiano allowed five goals and did not come up with a save in the final 36:05.
The Mids outshot Boston, 24-23, including 14-7 in the second half. Navy won 17 of 27 draw controls, but Boston came up big when it really counted winning the final four of the game.
BU won the ground ball battle, 15-14, while the Terriers were 14-15 on clears and 4-8 on free position shots. Navy was 9-12 on clears and 3-7 on free position shots. In Navy's two one-goal losses to Boston U this year, Navy was 5-17 on free position shots. The Terriers committed 12 turnovers, while Navy had 11, while the teams were whistled for an incredible 62 fouls (33 on BU, 29 on Navy).
"If we were going to lose, I'm glad we went down battling all the way to the end," said Gennaro."It has been a pleasure playing for this team over the last four years."