Lacrosse Opens NCAA Tournament with 16-9 Win Over Hopkins
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The No. 7 Navy women's lacrosse team (17-3) posted a 16-9 victory over No. 20 Johns Hopkins (10-9) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Ridley Sports Complex in Baltimore. With the win, the Mids advance to the second round to take on tournament-host No. 10 Loyola (16-4) on Sunday at noon.
"We have a tremendous amount of respect for Hopkins," head coach Cindy Timchal said after the game. "The offense they were running had them scoring a lot of goals, even in their losses. They lost several games by one and scoring a lot of goals. We knew defensively that we had a lot to handle. We proved that tonight. Clearing wise, we have some things to work on. That is okay because we can work on that on Saturday. Offensively, I think we did a great job. There was a lot of hustle and a lot of heart. We have a tough rematch on Sunday."
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) had a career night. The senior tallied a career-high 17 saves between the pipes. She picked up her 16th win of the season and Navy-record 47th career win, passing Elaina Ponchione (2009-12) for the most wins in school history. The defense caused three of the Blue Jays' 10 turnovers in the game with Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.), Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.), and Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Md.) each causing turnovers in the game.
Offensively, the Navy scored 16 goals on 26 shots. The Midshipmen were led by Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) who tallied a team-best seven points in the game, racking up six goals and chipping in an assist. In her last three game, Julia Collins has tallied 17 goals and three assists for 20 total points at the Ridley Athletic Complex. The senior captain was joined by Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Harris, Natalie Irwin (Annandale, Va.), and Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) who each scored two goals apiece. Larkin led the way with three of Navy's six assists in the game.
With her two goals, Jenna Collins broke the Midshipmen's career record for goals scored. The senior now has 218 career goals, surpassing Loren Generi (2012-15) who held the record with 217. In addition, Jenna Collins tied the single-season goals record with her 77th goal of the season. She tied Erin Rawlick (2008-10) who netted 77 goals in 2010.
The Midshipmen opened the game by winning the first seven draws, but finished the first half pulling down 9-of-14. Navy finished the game with a 16-11 advantage in draws, while losing the ground-ball battle, 21-17. The Mids were hampered by turnovers, recording 20 on the night. Navy converted 19-of-26 clears while Hopkins finished the night 19-for-21 in clear attempts.
In the first half, the Midshipmen jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. The trio of Julia Collins, Larkin and Jenna Collins each scored goals to put the designated home team in front early. The Blue Jays scored a goal, but Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) responded with a free-position goal to extend the lead back to three.
Back-to-back goals by Johns Hopkins trimmed the margin to 4-3. Harris netted a goal to push the lead to two, but another Blue Jays score cut the deficit to one, 5-4.
The Midshipmen closed out the half with a 4-0 run to go into halftime in front 9-4. Irwin bookended the run with a pair of goals while Julia Collins and Nicole Victory (Issaquah, Wash.) each added goals in the run.
In the second half, JHU opened the scoring with a quick goal, but Navy responded with seven of the next eight goals to take a 16-6 advantage. Julia and Jenna Collins scored back-to-back and Harris followed with her second goal of the evening. Julia Collins converted a free-position goal to push the lead to 13-5. Following a Hopkins goal, Julia Collins scored three points, netting two goals and adding an assist on a Larkin goal to give the Mids a 16-6 advantage.
Johns Hopkins scored the final three goals of the game to provide the final score, but Navy claimed the victory in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Navy returns to action on Sunday as the Midshipmen square off against No. 10 Loyola in a rematch of the Patriot League Championship game. Opening draw is slated for noon and live stats and live video will be available throughout the contest.