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Women's Lacrosse Travels to Boston College for Top 10 Matchup

Feb. 26, 2018

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 8 Navy women's lacrosse team travels to No. 2 Boston College for a rematch of the 2017 NCAA Semifinal, as the Midshipmen (3-0) and Eagles (5-0) meet on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Newton Lacrosse Complex in Newton, Mass. The game will be live streamed on the ACC Network Extra and live stats will be available.

The game will be the fourth meeting between the two teams and the third in the last calendar year. Navy and Boston College met twice last year, playing in the regular season (BC - W, 20-11) in March and then again in the Final Four (BC - W, 16-15) in May.

National Rankings
The two teams enter the midweek tilt undefeated and nationally ranked according to all three national polls. In the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, the Eagles are ranked second, while the Mids are ranked eighth. The IWLCA Coaches Poll has Boston College sixth overall, while Navy dropped from 10th to 11th. The Eagles are sixth according to the US Lacrosse poll, while the Midshipmen are touted 10th.

Conference Corner
Navy women's lacrosse sophomore Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) was named Patriot League Attacker of the Week, as announced by the conference office. It is the first PL Attacker of the Week accolade of Larkin's career, but the eighth conference weekly award for the sophomore who registered a Patriot League record seven Rookie of the Week honors last season.

Larkin helped Navy to an 11-10 come-from-behind victory over Michigan on Sunday afternoon. She recorded a team-best five points, netting a team-high four goals to go along with an assist. The Alexandria, Va. native registered her second hat-trick of the season and the 12th of her career.

Last Time Out
Trailing by four midway through the second half, the No. 9 Navy women's lacrosse team rallied to score eight of the final 11 goals to gut out an 11-10 victory over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Rip Miller Field. The win improves the No. 9 Midshipmen to 3-0, while the loss drops the Wolverines to 2-3.

Trailing 7-3 in the second half, the Midshipmen used a 5-1 run to knot the score at 8-8. Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) began the run with an unassisted goal and 30 second later, Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) followed with an unassisted goal of her own to trim the margin to 7-5.

Michigan responded with a goal from Maggie Kane, but Navy answered with three straight goals. Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) began the 3-0 stretch with a goal at 13:47. Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) took a pass from Larkin and buried it in the net to cut the margin to just one, 8-7. With 8:05 on the clock, Larkin converted a free-position attempt to knot the game at eight.

The Wolverines countered with a free-position goal by Adria Pendino to regain the lead with 7:18 to play. Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) tied the game for the fourth time with a free-position goal with 6:59 on the clock.

Navy did not lead until the 4:16 mark of the second half, as Harris found the back of the net to put the Midshipmen up 10-9. However, the lead was short lived as Michigan's Erin Daly converted a pass from Caitlin Muir to knot the game 10-10 with 2:57 remaining.

With under two minutes to play, Jenna Collins was fouled and given a free-position attempt. The senior snuck the ball past the Wolverine's goalie to give the Mids an 11-10 lead with 1:52 on the clock.

Navy won the ensuing draw control, but a turnover gave Michigan the ball. The Mids' defense limited the Wolverines to just one shot in the final minute of play, forcing Lilly Glass' shot to go high. Navy controlled the ball the final 45 seconds to secure the victory.

As a team, the Midshipmen's offense tallied 11 goals on 30 shots, while the Wolverines scored 10 goals on 26 attempts. Navy had a slight 27-23 edge in ground balls, but grabbed 18 of the game's 24 ground balls.

Defensively, the Mids caused 13 of the Wolverines' 19 turnovers. Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) tallied eight saves, including five in the second half. The Midshipmen backline of Caitlin McGlaughlin (State College, Pa.), Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) and Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) combined for six caused turnovers. Boyum and Valenti tied for the team lead with six ground balls apiece, while McGlaughlin and Smith combined for seven additional ground balls.

Larkin led the team offensively, tallying a team-best five points. The sophomore netted a team-best four goals, while adding an assist. Jenna Collins also finished with a hat trick -- her third in as many games -- recording three points on three goals. Harris netted two goals, while Julia Collins and A. O'Sullivan each chipped in a goal. Molly O'Sullivan (Centreville, Va.), Larkin and Julia Collins combined to register the team's three assists.

The first half was a defensive struggle for both teams.

Michigan was the first to score, as Muir netted a goal with just over 25 minutes to play in the half. Jenna Collins tied the game at 1-1 at the 11-minute mark, converting a free-position goal. Michigan answered, but with 4:32 to play in the half, Lark tied the game at 2-2.

The Wolverines closed the half with a pair of goals to go into intermission up 4-2.

In the second half, M. O'Sullivan found an open Larkin for a quick-strike goal to pull Navy to within one at 4-3, but three straight goals by Michigan gave the visitors a 7-3 lead, setting up the Mids comeback.

Last Time vs. Boston College (May 26, 2017)
The Navy women's lacrosse team saw its historic run come to an end on Friday night as the Midshipmen (18-5) dropped a 16-15 decision to No. 14 Boston College (17-6) in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Mids became the first women's team from a service academy to ever compete in the Final Four.

The Mids jumped out to a 9-6 halftime lead, but fell behind during a six-goal run by the Eagles. Navy trailed by as many as three goals with 6:42 remaining in the game, but got late goals from Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) and Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.). Boston College won the final draw and was able to run down the clock to secure the victory.

Navy concludes its season with an 18-5 record, advancing further in the NCAA Tournament than any team in Patriot League Women's Lacrosse history. Larkin (108) and Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md. -- 114) became the first teammates in League history to total 100 points in the same season.

The Navy offense was led by Larkin who scored a career-high six goals in the game. She was joined by Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) and Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) who each added two goals apiece. Jenna Collins, Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.), Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.), Molly O'Sullivan (Centreville, Va.), and Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) also scored a goal apiece.

Jenna Collins led the team with two assists, while Julia Collins, O'Donnell, A. O'Sullivan, and Young each chipped in a helper each. A. O'Sullivan and Harris paced the team in ground balls, picking up three and two, respectively. Julia Collins led the team with six draw controls, while Harris added three and O'Donnell notched a pair.

Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) took the hard-luck loss. The junior played a full 60 minutes, recording 10 saves, while allowing 16 goals and picking up a ground ball. The team forced five turnovers with Larkin, Sarah Childress (Annapolis, Md.), Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.), Lexy Smith (Towson, Md.), and Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) each causing a turnover.

The two teams played fairly event throughout the entire game. Navy posted 40 shots compare to 34 by Boston College. The Eagles edged the Midshipmen 12-10 in ground balls, while the Mids won the draw control battle, 18-14. The two teams were both perfect in clear attempts with Navy attempting 18 and Boston College attempting 16.

Boston College was the first team to score, scratching the scoreboard with just over a minute and 45 seconds off the clock, but Navy responded with a go by Young to tie the game at 1-1.

The Eagles notched back-to-back goals, but a three-goal spurt by the Midshipmen gave the Mids their first lead of the game at 4-3. Larkin scored the first two goals, while Harris ended the run with her first goal of the game with Jenna Collins and Young each added assists on the goals.

BC scored to tie the game at 4-4, but Navy used a 4-0 run to take an 8-4 lead. Julia Collins opened the run with an unassisted goal and had the assist on O'Donnell's first goal of the game. Larkin and A. O'Sullivan each added goals to put Navy up four.

The final three and a half minutes saw Boston College score a pair of goal sandwiched around a Navy goal. The Eagles broke the Mids run with a goal, but Larkin answered with her fourth goal of the half. With just eight ticks on the clock, BC scored a goal to pull to within three at halftime, 9-6.

In the second half, Boston College opened the half by scoring seven of the first eight goals to take a 13-10 lead with 19:31 to play in regulation. The Eagles used a 5-0 run to start the half. O'Donnell scored a goal to end the Midshipmen's scoring drought, but a pair of goals by the Eagle gave the designated home team a three-goal edge.

Larkin scored an unassisted goal to pull Navy to within two, but a BC free-position goal extended the lead back to three, 14-11. Jenna Collins' only goal of the game to close the gap to 14-12. M. O'Sullivan's goal off a Jenna Collins pass pulled the Midshipmen back to within two, 15-13.

Trailing 16-13, Navy's Julia Collins found the back of the net off a pass from O'Donnell. Larkin added a free-position goal with 1:10 remaining on the clock to give the Mids a chance at 16-15. Boston College won the final draw control and were able to keep possession and run out the clock to preserve the win.



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