No. 18/12 Women's Lacrosse Hosts Campbell in Home Opener
Aimee Gennaro's goal vs. Longwood extends her goal streak to 17 games.
Feb. 13, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 18/12 Navy women’s lacrosse team prepares to host Campbell on Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game is set for 4 p.m. and live statistics will be available on navysports.com.
° Campbell enters its second season as a Division I varsity program. The Fighting Camels finished their inaugural season 6-7 overall.
° The Fighting Camels return 12 of their 13 letterwinners from 2013. Sophomore attackers Loren Day and Erica Hitch return as the top-two scorers from last season. Day and Hitch combined for 90 points on 68 goals and 22 assists.
° Campbell’s top midfielders, Cloey Henchcliffe, Taelar Errington and Kaki Armiger combined for 62 ground balls, 65 draw controls and 35 caused turnovers.
° Senior goalkeeper Brittany Kincer started all 13 games between the pipes for Campbell. Kincer went 6-7 in the cage, allowing 12.37 goals per game and held a .443 save percentage.
° The Fighting Camels excelled on the road, going 4-3 away from Buies Creek, N.C. Campbell held a +1 (80-79) scoring margin on the road and -19 at home (64-83).
• Navy will open up its home slate for the seventh season at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday against Campbell.
• The Mids have an unblemished record to begin the season at home, 6-0.
• Navy has outscored its opponents, 116-36, to open the season. The Mids have held four of their previous six opponents to four goals or less.
LAST TIME OUT
• Navy defeated Longwood, 14-8, in Farmville, Va. at Athletics Complex. Loren Generi led the Mids with six points on four goals and two assists.
• The Mids had five different scorers tally two goals or more.
• Aimee Gennaro had a game-best three assists.
• With the score tied 8-8 at half, Navy picked up the tempo on both offense and defense, as Navy went on a 6-0 run in the second half to clinch the season opener.
• Navy began the 2014 season with a win on the road against Longwood. The Midshipmen defeated the Lancers, 14-8.
• Navy improved to 6-1 all-time to start a new year.
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 53 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.