Women's Lacrosse Advances to Elite 8 with 23-11 Victory
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Navy women's lacrosse team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history with a 23-11 victory over UMass (17-4) on Sunday afternoon at Penn Park on Dunning-Cohen Champions Field.
The Midshipmen (17-4) advance to the Elite Eight to face North Carolina on Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 p.m.
"It is amazing," head coach Cindy Timchal said after the game. "It was a great game for Navy women's lacrosse. It was a good day to have a day. I am proud of the team. I want to give a shout out to our amazing lacrosse coaches in Aly Messinger, Gabby Capuzzi, and Matt Holman. They have done a wonderful job pulling this all together. The kids believe in them. Shout out to them. I am proud of our team. We beat a really good UMass team that went to the Elite Eight last year. It is a good day for Navy women's lacrosse."
Six players combined for the Mids' 23 points on the day with five players recording hat tricks.
Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) tied the school record with eight goals in the game. She tied Loren Generi (at Longwood, April 2, 2013 and vs. UC Davis, March 27, 2013) and Danielle Vivonetto (vs. Manhattan, March 18, 2010) for most goals in a game in school history.
Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) paced the team with nine points, tallying three goals and a season-high six assists. Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) also recorded eight points on the day, finishing with two goals and a season-best six assists. Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.) scored four goals -- all in the second half. Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) and Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) each added three goals apiece. Young finished the game with a season-best four assists.
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her 17th win of the year, tying Annie Foky for most in a season. Foky finished the 2013 season 17-3. Boyum recorded seven saves in the game and grabbed two ground balls.
The Midshipmen defense disrupted the Minutewomen's offense all day. Navy was credited with 13 caused turnovers out of UMass' 15 turnovers on the day. Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) led the way with four caused turnovers, and Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) finished with three. Sarah Childress (Annapolis, Md.) and Boyum each chipped in two caused turnovers apiece. With her three caused turnovers, Smith has 36 on the season, passing Caitlin Mandrin-Hill (34 in 2009) for most caused turnovers in a single season.
Navy finished the game 20 ground balls and 20 draw controls. Valenti led the team with five ground balls, while Ju. Collins paced the team with eight draw controls.
Navy started the game off quick, jumping out to an 8-1 lead.
The Mids were the first to scratch the scoreboard as Larkin started the scoring with a goal sixty-three seconds into the game. Je. Collins and Ju. Collins followed with a pair of unassisted goals to put the Midshipmen up 3-0 with 27:13 to play in the half. After a UMass goal, Ju. Collins rattled the back of the cage with a hard goal off a pass from Young. Larkin scored her second goal of the game off an assist from Je. Collins. O'Donnell got in on the scoring, taking a pass from Larkin and burying it in the bottom corner of the net to put Navy up 6-1.
UMass scored a goal with just under 21 minutes on the clock, but the goal was waved off due to an illegal stick. Navy capitalized off the Minutewomen's misfortune with goals by Ju. Collins and Larkin to push the lead to 8-1, while Young chipped in the assist on both goals.
The Minutewomen used back-to-back goals to pull to within five at 8-3, but Young answered with an unassisted goal. UMass found the back of the goal with 11:39 to play in the half, but Young once again responded with a goal to give the Mids a 10-4 advantage with 10:26 to play.
UMass scored three consecutive goals in a 100 second span to cut the Navy lead to 10-7, but the Midshipmen closed out the half by scoring the final two goals of the period. Ju. Collins scored her fourth goal of the half off an assist from sister Jenna. O'Donnell put the Mids up 12-7 with a goal with 4:37 remaining in the half.
Navy opened up the second half with six straight goals to build an 18-7 lead with 24:10 to play. Young began the run with an unassisted goal. Harris followed with three consecutive goals to push the advantage to 16-7. Je. Collins and Ju. Collins each netted goals to end the run.
The Minutewomen pulled to within eight at 18-10 with three consecutive goals, but the Midshipmen responded with five goals in a row to extend their advantage to 23-10. Harris began the run with a goal off a Je. Collins assist. O'Donnell followed with a behind-the-back goal in front of the net to give the Mids a 10-goal advantage. Ju. Collins scored the next three goals for Navy to give them 23 goals on the day -- the second most this season for the Midshipmen.
UMass scored a goal with 67 seconds remaining on the clock to provide the final margin, 23-11.