March 12, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's lacrosse team (7-1) will look to get back on track when it travels to Lafayette (0-5) on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm in the Patriot League opener for both teams.
*The Mids have won their conference opener in each of the program's first two seasons, including a 19-4 win over the Leopards last spring in Annapolis.
*Navy has been victorious in five-straight regular-season road contests, dating back to last season. Navy is 9-3 in its last 12 games outside of Annapolis.
*Navy is 8-1 all-time in games following a loss.
*The Mids entered this week receiving votes in a national poll for the first time in program history. Navy garnered five votes in this week's Inside Lacrosse media poll, which ranks it fifth among the team's receiving votes and 25th overall.
*Erin Rawlick (Sr./Forest Hill, Md.), the nation's leading scorer entering the week, recorded her 33rd career hat trick against No. 18 William & Mary. In eight games, Rawlick is shooting at a .597 clip with 37 goals on 62 shots, has 55 points and 40 draw controls.
*Coming off a 2-15 season (0-6 in the Patriot League) in 2009, the Leopards have struggled at the outset of this season with losses in each of their first five games, falling at home to St. Josephs (14-3), Temple (12-8) and Villanova, and dropping road decisions at Marist (15-12) and La Salle (12-8).
*Junior Lauren Brown (7 g) and freshman Addie Godfrey (6 g, 1 a) are Lafayette's top two scorers on the year with seven points apiece.
*Alison Fisher, a 2001 Lafayette grad, is in her second year as head coach for the Leopards.
*Navy has come out on top in each of its first two meetings with Lafayette, outscoring the Leopards by a combined margin of 40-17. In 2008, the Mids rode a strong second half, outscoring the hosts 10-4, en route to a 21-13 victory. Last spring, Navy outscored the Leopards, 11-2 over the first 30 minutes and cruised to 19-4 win.
*Erin Rawlick and Mary Ruttum (Sr./Annapolis, Md.) have produced 12 (6 g, 6 a) and 10 points (8 g, 2 a), respectively to pace the Mids in their two wins over Lafayette.
Last Time Out
*Navy put up a strong fight in its first foray against a nationally-ranked foe, but ultimately fell short in a 14-9 setback against No. 18 William & Mary.
*The Mids led 5-4 late in the first half and were nestled in a 7-7 tie with 24 minutes left to play before the Tribe delivered four unanswered goals to take the lead for good.
*Navy had possession with the deficit cut to 11-9 with under eight minutes to play, but could not capitalize and three late William & Mary goals created the final margin.
*The Mids were called for four yellow cards, which proved costly as the Tribe scored seven of their 14 goals with Navy down a player.
*Erin Rawlick had three goals and six draw controls, Danielle Vivonetto (So./Rocky Point, N.Y.) added two goals and Katrina Nietsch (Jr./New Canaan, Conn.) had two assists to lead the Mids.
*Click here for a full recap and look at the final stats and the Annapolis Capital's take on the game
*Erin Rawlick continues to move up on the all-time Patriot League scoring charts with each passing week. With three goals against William & Mary, Rawlick moved into sixth all-time in points (238), passing Holy Cross' Jen Amendola's 237 career points from 1998-01. With Wednesday's effort, Navy's team captain, the conference's leading scorer in each of the last two seasons, also moved into the No. 7 spot with 159 career goals. Rawlick also ranks fourth among the conference's all-time assist leaders with 79 career assists.
*Danielle Vivonetto already has 28 goals in eight games, three away from matching her freshman year goal total of 31. Vivonetto leads the Mids in shooting percentage at a .609 clip (28 goals on 46 shots).
*One of several Navy rookies making a significant impact this season, Claire Olechowski (Fr./Annapolis, Md.) has scored four goals on nine shots, is second on the team with 14 draw controls and has six caused turnovers. The Annapolis native had four ground balls and two draw controls in Wednesday's loss to the Tribe.
2010 Navy Women's Lacrosse Honor Roll
*Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week (2/23, 3/2, 3/8)
*Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week (2/23)
*Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week (2/23)
*Patriot League Rookie of the Week (2/23)
*WomensLacrosse.com National Honor Roll (2/24)
Timchal Atop All-Time Wins List
Navy's Cindy Timchal currently sits atop the NCAA's all-time wins list with 369 career wins; the most by any NCAA lacrosse coach, men's or women's, spanning all three divisions. She has coached Navy to 33 wins in the program's first 43 contests and owns an all-time record of 369-96 (.795).
NCAA Women's Lacrosse All-Time Win Leaders (All Divisions)
Rk. Coach (Current School) Year Wins
1. Cindy Timchal (Navy) 28th 369
2. Pat Genovese (William Smith) 37th 362
3. Sharon Pfluger (TCNJ) 24th 351
4. Missy Foote (Middlebury) 28th 342
5. Chris Sailer (Princeton) 23rd 297
Mids Tabbed Second in Preseason Poll
Navy has been picked to finish in a second-place tie in the Patriot League in a vote by the conference's coaches and sports information directors. The Mids finished in that exact position a year ago and advanced to the conference championship game.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Colgate - 66 points (7 first-place votes)
2. Lehigh - 59 points (4)
Navy - 59 points (3)
4. Bucknell - 40 points
5. Holy Cross - 30 points
6. American - 28 points
7. Lafayette - 12 points
Navy returns to Annapolis next Thursday, March 18 to host Manhattan in a 4:00 pm contest at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The contest begins a busy stretch for the Mids, who will play three games in five days, including a date in Durham against national power Duke (Sunday, March 21 at 1:00 pm). Navy will then return home to host Presbyterian on Monday, March 22 in 4:00 pm.
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