Women's Lacrosse Shines in 23-6 Victory on Senior Day
April 28, 2018
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 11 Navy women's lacrosse team (14-3, 8-1 Patriot League) posted a 23-6 victory over Boston University (9-7, 5-4 PL) on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Prior to the game, the Midshipmen recognized their nine seniors -- Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.), Sarah Childress (Annapolis, Md.), Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Haley Fessenden (Los Alamitos, Calif.), Caitlin McGlaughlin (State College, Pa.), Mackenzie Orr (Berwyn, Pa.), Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.), and Suzelle Thomas (Birmingham, Ala.) -- as part of Senior Day.
"It was a very emotional day," senior co-captain Smith said after the game. "We were just trying to focus on getting momentum going heading into the conference tournament. Our team fully believes that when we have momentum, we can do anything. It was Senior Day and it was emotional, but we are so happy to get the win and have played so well so we can go into the tournament on a high note."
Navy dominated the game in nearly every aspect. The offense tallied 23 goals on 49 shots, while the defense caused seven of Boston's 12 turnovers and recorded 10 saves on the day. The Mids won the draw control battle, winning 20 of 30 draws in the game. In addition, the Mids picked up 22 ground balls compared to 12 by the Terriers.
"It was a great Senior Day," head coach Cindy Timchal said after the game. "I am really pleased that the seniors had a great day. The underclass wanted to show the seniors that they were willing to lift their game so I am proud of the team. It was all about effort today."
Offensively, 11 players scored points in the game with nine Midshipmen recording goals. Five players finished the day with multiple goals, including four who notched hat tricks. Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) paced the team with five goals, while seniors Jenna and Julia Collins joined Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) with four goals apiece. Molly O'Sullivan (Centreville, Va.) chipped in two goals, while Logan Book (Darien, Conn.), Orr, Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.), and Nicole Victory (Issaquah, Wash.) rounded out the scoring. Jenna Collins and Larkin each led the team with three assists apiece, while the O'Sullivan cousins, Ellie Lecker (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) and Smith each contributed a helper.
Jenna and Julia Collins combined to win 12 draw controls with Jenna notching seven and Julia winning five. Annalise Heyward (Charlotte, N.C.) and Smith grabbed four and three draws, respectively. Smith led the charge with a career-high five ground balls, while O'Donnell picked up four GBs.
At goal, Boyum surrendered just six goals, while notching 10 saves in the game. It is the fifth game this season for Boyum with double-digit stops in the game and the fourth consecutive game for Navy surrendering single-digit goals. Boyum was relieved by Gab Harchelroad (Pittsburgh, Pa.) who worked a clean scoresheet in her four and a half minutes between the pipes.
Navy jumped out early on Boston thanks to the Collins twins. The senior duo gave the Mids a 3-0 lead, while Larkin and Julia Collins pushed the advantage to 5-1 early in the game. BU closed the gap to 5-3, but an 8-0 run by the Midshipmen to close the half seized control of the game. During the run, O'Donnell notched a hat trick, scoring three goals, while Larking chipped in a pair of goals and two assists.
Boston scored the first goal of the second half to turn off the running clock, but Navy answered with four of the next five goals to give the home team a 17-5 advantage. O'Donnell once again was instrumental in the run, netting two of the Mids' four goals in the stretch.
With just over 15 minutes to play, the Terriers scored to cut the margin to 11, but BU would get no closer as the Mids closed the game with a 6-0 run to cruise to a 23-6 victory.
"We know how big these games are coming up," Timchal added. "However, we want to enjoy today. We know what is ahead of us. We know we will have our work cut out for us no matter who we are playing. We are prepared and the team knows what is at stake. We will be as focused as we can."
Navy returns to action on Friday, May 4, as the Midshipmen play in the semifinals of the 2018 Patriot League Championship at the Ridley Athletic Complex on the campus of Loyola. Opening draw is slated for 7:00 p.m.