Women's Lacrosse Hosts Michigan at Rip Miller Field
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- For the second time in program history, the Navy women's lacrosse team (2-0) will play a game at Rip Miller Field, as the Midshipmen host the Michigan Wolverines (2-2) in a game on Sunday afternoon. Opening draw for the game is slated for 1:00 p.m. Admission is free and live stats will be available throughout the game.
The game between Navy and Michigan marks the second time the two teams have faced each other on the lacrosse field. In the last meeting in 2014, the Midshipmen posted a 12-9 victory over the Wolverines in UM's first season of collegiate lacrosse. Kaitlan Moynihan's five-point performance led No. 19 Navy over Michigan, 12-9, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Moynihan recorded five-points on three goals and two assists to lead the Mids. Jill Coughlin tallied three goals and Loren Generi, Katie Gallagher and Aislinn Probst each chipped in with two goals.
Rip Miller Field
Navy has played one women's lacrosse game at Rip Miller Field in program history, which came against La Salle on Feb. 12, 2010. Three unanswered goals in a 1:16 span midway through the second half proved to be the difference for the Navy as it registered a 12-11 win over La Salle at Rip Miller Field. Senior and team captain Erin Rawlick led all players with five goals and a career-high eight draw controls in the Midshipmen's second-straight win to begin the 2010 campaign.
There will be shuttles available throughout the day on Sunday for transportation to and from Rip Miller Field. Busses will run from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to Rip Miller Field from 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Valid ID is required.
Last Time Out
Last weekend, the Midshipmen, who are ranked 10th according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, posted a 21-10 victory over Columbia.
Navy won the draw battle 25-7 with the Collins twins combining for 24 of the Midshipmen's draw controls. Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) tied the school record with 15 draws in the game, while Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) tallied nine draws. The only Navy draw not controlled by the Collins was credited to the team on a ball that rolled out of bounds.
The possessions created by controlling the draw led to 44 shots by Navy, compared to 21 by Columbia. The Mids were able to convert 21 shots into goals with seven different players scoring, six, notching multiple goals, and five registering hat tricks. The Collins twins joined Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) with a team-best four goals on the day, while Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) and Molly O'Sullivan (Centreville, Va.) chipped in three goals apiece. Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) recorded her first multi-goal game of the season with a pair of scores and Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) also found the back of the net.
The Midshipmen also tallied 10 assists on their 21 goals. Larkin, who led the team last season in helpers, paced the squad with three, while the O'Sullivan cousins each added two assists.
Defensively, the Mids' backline was able to keep the Lions off the scoreboard during long stretches to allow the offense to extend the advantage. Goalies Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) and Gab Harchelroad (Pittsburgh, Pa.) allowed just two goals in the final 25 and a half minutes of the game, allowing the Navy offense to use an 11-1 run to seal the victory.
Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) and Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) earned Patriot League weekly honors, as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. Collins was named the Midfielder of the Week, while Smith was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week. The duo helped the nationally-ranked Midshipmen improve to 2-0 with a 21-10 victory over Columbia over the weekend.
Collins was second on the team with five points against the Lions. She recorded her second hat trick of the season, tallying four goals to go along with an assist. The Clarksville native pulled down nine draws in the game and combined with her sister Julia to record 24 of Navy's 25 draw controls in the game. The only draw control by the Mids not controlled by the Collins twins rolled out of bounds. Collins displayed a balanced attack, scoring two goals in the first half, while adding two goals in the second stanza.
Smith anchored the Midshipmen defense that limited the Lions to 10 goals, holding the Columbia offense to just 21 shots. The defensive captain had one of seven caused turnovers for the Mids on the day. Smith and the Navy defense disrupted the Columbia offense all day, which led to 15 turnovers by the Lions. Smith grabbed a pair of ground balls and helped the Midshipmen convert 11 of 14 clear attempts.
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) released its weekly poll and the Navy women's lacrosse team retained its No. 10 ranking. The Mids, who opened the season No. 10 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll moved up to No. 9. The Mids stayed steady at No. 7 in this week's Nike / US Lacrosse Division I Women's Top 20 poll.
Following the game with Michigan, Navy hits the road for its first to take on Boston College in a 2017 NCAA Semifinal rematch. The Midshipmen and Eagles will play at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 in Chestnut Hill, Md.