Feb. 17, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After back-to-back wins to begin the 2014 season, No. 19/12 Navy (2-0) aims for its third-straight win against Liberty (0-2) on Tuesday at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game is slated for 4 p.m. and live statistics will be available on navysports.com (.)
° Liberty has begun the 2014 campaign on a three-game road trip. The Lady Flames have fallen to Richmond (16-7) and Vanderbilt (20-8) and will conclude the road trip against Navy on Tuesday.
° The Lady Flames and Mids first met last season on Feb. 16 in Lynchburg, Va. Navy defeated Liberty, 15-7.
° Junior attack Sam Struss paces the Lady Flames offense, recording five goals in the first two games of the season. Struss tallied two points on one goal and one assist in Liberty's 15-7 loss against Navy last season.
° Senior netminder Kristen Masullo has played all 120 minutes for Liberty in the first two games. Masullo has recorded 19 saves on 54 chances. Masullo tallied a game-high 13 saves on 28 chances in last season's matchup against Navy.
° Freshman attacker Morgan Becker leads Liberty in the circle, tallying 10 draw controls through two games.
LAST TIME OUT
• Navy defeated Campbell, 21-2, in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Loren Generi led the Mids, for the second-straight game, with 11 points on five goals and six assists.
• Generi (5g), Aimee Gennaro (4g) and Jill Coughlin (5g) combined for 14 of Navy's 21 goals.
• Navy freshmen Aislinn Probst, Kaitlan Moynihan and Maggie Nantz all recorded their first collegiate goals
• Gennaro and Coughlin each extended their consecutive games with a goal to 18 and five, respectively.
• Navy jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before Campbell recorded its first goal of the contest with 22:23 left in the first half. The Mids then went on a 9-0 to end the half and lead the Fighting Camels, 14-1. More offense was generated from Navy, as it scored the next seven goals on the way to a 21-2 victory.
• Navy opened up its home slate for the seventh season at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday against Campbell.
• The Mids extended their unblemished record to begin the season at home, 7-0.
• Navy has outscored its opponents, 137-38, to open the season. Following the 21-2 victory over the Fighting Camels, the Mids have held five of their previous seven opponents to four goals or less.
• 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 (65) since the beginning of her freshman season. She became a full-time starter halfway through her freshman campaign and has started in 51 of Navy's last 53 games.
• Gennaro has started every game (65 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 54 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.