Lacrosse Upends Loyola to Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The No. 7 Navy women's lacrosse team (18-3) posted a 19-15 victory over No. 10 Loyola (16-5) on Sunday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex to advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. The Midshipmen will travel to College Park to take on defending National Champion and No. 1 national seed Maryland next weekend.
"Coming up to Loyola after last weekend's emotional win in the Patriot League Tournament, I want to credit our players for being strong and believing in themselves," head coach Cindy Timchal said after the game. "They saw, once again, a very fierce and well-coached Loyola team today. My hats off to Jen Adams and her coaching staff for having such a wonderful team and pushing us to the limits. I am so proud of our team for believing in themselves and pulling it together and being strong when we needed to. They were really resilient in the ebbs and flows of the game because Loyola came back, pushed hard and we responded. I am proud of the team. I am excited about moving on because we all know it could be your last game at this time of the year. I am proud of the team and happy for the victory. On to the next round."
Navy scored 19 goals on 34 shots on the day, marking the most points a Patriot League team has ever scored on Loyola since the team joined the conference in 2014.
Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) led the way with seven points on the day, while Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) followed with six. Jenna Collins led the way with five goals, while adding an assist and Larkin posted a team-high four helpers, chipping in three goals. Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) and Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) each added four goals apiece. For Harris, the four goals tied a career high, which the sophomore set last season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against UMass.
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her 17th win of the season. Navy's all-time saves leader recorded seven saves on the day en route to the victory. In addition, Boyum picked up team-best four ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers. Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) joined Boyum with two caused turnovers as the Mids finished the day causing seven of the Greyhounds' 13 turnovers. Sarah Childress (Annapolis, Md.), Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.), and Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) each chipped in a pair of ground balls in the game.
Navy jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Larkin found Harris for the game's first goal. Following a Loyola goal, Larkin had a hand in putting the Mids in front 3-1. The sophomore found Harris for her second goal and then Larkin followed with her first goal.
The Greyhounds answered with a goal, but Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) quickly gave the Midshipmen back a two-goal edge, 4-2. The home team cut the deficit to just one at 4-3, but Navy responded with a 4-0 run. O'Sullivan opened the run with a goal off a Jenna Collins assist. The Collins twins combined to score three goals to put the Mids in front 8-3.
The two teams traded goals over the final five and a half minutes of play in the first half to go into halftime with Navy in front 11-5. Larkin had a hand in all three of the Mids' final three goals in the half, dishing out a pair of assists on Harris goals and finding the back of the net herself once.
In the second half, Loyola closed the gap to 11-8 with three quick goals. Navy used a 5-0 run to answer and extended its advantage to 16-8 with 23 minutes remaining. Jenna Collins scored twice during the run, while sister Julia added a goal and an assist. Plebe Nicole Victory (Issaquah, Wash.) continued her excellent rookie campaign with a free-position goal, giving the freshman five consecutive games with at least one goal.
Loyola stopped the run with a goal, but Julia Collins answered with her third goal of the game. The Greyhounds took advantage of a scoring drought by the Midshipmen, going on a 4-0 run over nearly a 10-minute span to close the gap to 17-13. Loyola's Livy Rosenzweig tallied two goals and an assist in the run, giving the over 100 points in the season, setting a new Greyhound record.
The Collins twins answered with a free-position goal from Jenna and an unassisted goal from Julia to give Navy a 19-13 edge. The Greyhounds scored the final two goals of the game, but Navy was able to secure the 19-15 victory and advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.