Women's Lacrosse Rolls Past Loyola to Win PL Championship
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Navy women's lacrosse team jumped out on Loyola early and never looked back as the Midshipmen (15-4) won the 2017 Patriot League Tournament Championship, 15-5, over the host Greyhounds (11-8) at Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon.
It is the fifth Patriot League Championship for the Mids in the team's 10-year history and the first since 2013. The win snapped Loyola's 41-game winning streak (34 regular season, seven conference tournament) over Patriot League opponents.
"I am proud of our team," head coach Cindy Timchal said after the victory. "They were committed to playing more lacrosse this season and they put it all on the line today. I am very proud of this team. Loyola is a tough team and they have gained the respect of our conference because of the level of play they have committed to. We were just focused on Navy playing well and together today. Things went our way. We were scrapping and doing all the little things. I am proud of our team. Proud of our captains."
Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while Meghan Hubley (West Chester, Pa.), Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.), and Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) were also selected to the All-Tournament team.
The Mids were firing on all cylinders in the championship game. Navy doubled up Loyola in shots on the day, taking 34 compared to just 17 by the Greyhounds. The Midshipmen gathered up 18 ground balls compared to the Hounds' nine. Draw controls were even in the first half, but Navy notched eight draw controls in the second half compared to four by Loyola to finish the game with a 13-9 advantage. The Mids were perfect, 19-for-19, in draw controls on the day. The Greyhounds finished with 16 total turnovers, including eight caused by the Midshipmen.
Offensively, seven different players scored goals on the day. Je. Collins paced the team with eight points, scoring a team-best five goals and adding three assists. Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) also recorded a hat trick, adding three goals of her own. O'Donnell and Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) each netted a pair of goals apiece, while Larkin led the team with four assists.
On the defensive side of the ball, goalkeeper Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her 15th win of the season, tying her with Annie Foky (2012-15) for second most wins in a season by a Navy goalkeeper. The junior finished with six saves, including five in the first half to limit the potent Loyola offense to just five goals on the day. Boyum and Caitlin McGlaughlin (State College, Pa.) each had a pair of caused turnovers to lead the Mids.
In the first half, the Midshipmen put together a balanced attack to take a 7-2 lead into halftime. Six different players scored goals in the first half with three different players netting free-position goals.
Young opened up the scoring with a free-position goal that bounced off of the post to break the crease of the goal to put Navy up 1-0 with 26:59 remaining in the first half.
The Mids used a second free-position goal to take a 2-0 advantage. Je. Collins was fouled charging towards the goal to set up the free-position opportunity. The league's Midfielder of the Year found the back of the net for her first goal of the game.
Loyola used a goal by Hannah Powers to trim Navy's lead to 2-1 with 22:02 remaining in the half. Navy responded with a 4-0 run over a 10-minute span to go ahead 6-1 with 8:59 to play. Ju. Collins opened the run with an unassisted goal, while Larkin added a free-position goal. O'Donnell continued the run, scoring off of a Je. Collins pass. Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.) capped the run with a goal from Young.
The Greyhounds used a goal with 8:26 to play in the half to end their scoring drought and the Mids' run, but O'Donnell closed out the half with a goal to give the Midshipmen a 7-2 advantage heading to intermission.
In the second half, Navy opened play with back-to-back goals. Young took a pass from Je. Collins and found paydirt just 48 seconds into the second half. Thirty seconds later, it was Je. Collins taking a pass from Young to push the lead to 9-2.
At 23:23, Loyola scored its first goal since the 8:26 mark of the first half, but Navy responded with a pair of goals from the Collins twins. Jenn scored an unassisted goal before sister Julia found the back of the net of a helper from Larkin.
The Greyhounds netted a goal at the 15-minute mark of the second half to pull to within seven at 11-4, but would get no closer as the Mids used another 4-0 run to secure the victory. Je. Collins opened up the run with an unassisted goal. Ju. Collins followed with a goal off a pass from behind the net from Young. Je. Collins scored her fifth and final goal of the game to put the Midshipmen up 14-4 and start the running clock. Andie O'Sullivan scored the final goal of the afternoon for Navy with 5:04 remaining on the clock.
Loyola scored a goal with 2:55 remaining in the game to provide the final score of 15-5 as the Midshipmen were able to close out the game and secure the victory.
Navy will continue the season at the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Midshipmen will find out who and where they will play during tonight's selection show at 9:00 p.m. on ncaa.com.
2017 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse All-Tournament Team
Tournament MOP: Jenna Collins, Jr., Midfielder Navy
Meg O'Donnell, So., Attacker, Navy
Morgan Young, , Sr., Attacker, Navy
Meghan Hubley, Sr., Defender, Navy
Sabrina Tabasso, So., Midfielder, Loyola (Md.)
Bailey Mathis, Sr., Defender, Loyola (Md.)
Frankie Kamely, Jr., Attack, Loyola (Md.)
Allison LaBeau, Sr., Attack, Lehigh
Taylor Tvedt, Sr., GK, Lehigh
Elisabeth Jayne, Sr., Attack, Boston U.
Caroline Meegan, Sr., GK, Boston U.