Women's Lacrosse Begins 2014 On The Road Against Longwood
Feb. 7, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 18 Navy women's lacrosse squad opens the 2014 season on the road, for just the second time in program history, against Longwood on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Athletics Complex. The game is slated for 12 p.m. with live stats available on navysports.com.
° Navy has the advantage in the all-time series at 5-1. The Mids have won the last four contests by an average of nine goals.
° This is the first time both programs will meet in each other's respective season-opener. Longwood opened its season against Navy in 2012. However, the Midshipmen had played two games before they met in 2012. Navy opened its inaugural season in 2008 against Longwood, but the Lancers had competed twice before they faced off against the Mids.
° This is the second consecutive time Navy travels to Athletics Complex to face the Lancers. The Midshipmen defeated the Lancers at Longwood, 19-9, on April 2, 2013.
° Navy has played Longwood every season since it began its first varsity season in 2008. The Lancers are the only non-conference opponent that the Midshipmen have had on their schedule every season since 2008.
° Longwood, a member of the Big South Conference, was picked to finish third in its preseason conference poll.
° The Lancers return four of their top five scorers from last season. Senior midfielder Lauren Prasnicki headlines the 2014 returners, having tallied 77 points on 26 goals and 51 assists last season.
° In the midfield, Longwood welcomes back top defensive-midfielders Kathleen Battle and Liz Trainer. Battle and Trainer combined for 71 groundballs, 50 draw controls and 41 caused turnovers.
° Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker returns between the pipes for the Lancers. Acker recorded a 7-7 record, 115 saves and a 12.77 goals against average in 2013.
° Longwood played well at home last season, as it tallied a 6-2 record at Athletics Complex. The Lancers scored double-digit goals in seven of their eight home contests and held opponents under double-digits in three different occasions.
Navy will begin the 2014 season on the road against Longwood. The Midshipmen are 5-1 all-time to start a new year.
This will be just the second time in program history that Navy will start the season away from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The last time the Midshipmen opened the season on the road was against High Point on Feb. 11, 2012. The Mids fell to the Panthers, 11-10, which is their only loss to begin a season.
LEADERS OF THE MIDSHIPMEN
Navy named seniors Jill Coughlin and Aimee Gennaro team captains for the 2014 season.
Coughlin has played in every game (63) since the beginning of her freshman season. She became a full-time starter halfway through her freshman campaign and has started in 49 of Navy's last 50 games.
Gennaro has started every game (63 straight) since the season opener of her freshman campaign in 2011. She will look to become just the second Midshipmen in program history to start every game (84 straight games; Kathy Young: 2010-13).
Coughlin and Gennaro lead a senior class that has totaled 52 wins in the past three seasons. The highest total by a senior Midshipmen class is 69 wins by the 2013 graduating class.
PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
Navy, the four-time defending league champions, were snubbed in the 2014 preseason poll, having been picked to finish second with just one first place.
Loyola (Md.), a newcomer to the league from the BIG EAST, was picked as a heavy favorite with 15 of the 16 possible first-place votes (coaches and SIDs could not vote for their own team). Former member of the America East, Boston University, was picked to finish third in the league with 94 points. Despite a 6-10 record in 2013, the Terriers enter the Patriot League having won nine America East Tournament Championships since 2000.
Navy's junior goalkeeper Annie Foky was named the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Foky and Loren Generi were also named to the All-Patriot League Preseason Team.
Foky is the fourth different Midshipmen to be recognized by the Patriot League for a major preseason award. Jasmine DePompeo (2012 & 2013) and Erin Rawlick (2009) were named preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Caitlin Mandrin Hill (2010) as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
RECOGNITION FOR TIMCHAL
Head coach Cindy Timchal was honored by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association with the 2013 IWLCA Diane Geppi-Aikens Award. The award honors lifetime achievement to the women's college game. This award is renamed for the former Loyola head coach who inspired the nation with her courageous battle with cancer.
Timchal will begin her 32nd year as a head coach in the sport of women's lacrosse. She coached nine seasons at Northwestern (1982-90), 16 at Maryland (1991-2006) and will begin her eight overall at Navy (seventh at the varsity level with the Mids). Over that span, Timchal has accrued an NCAA record 431 wins, 95 of which have come at the Naval Academy in just six seasons.