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Women's Lacrosse Set for Top-10 Match Up with Florida

March 12, 2018

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's lacrosse team will play Florida in a top-10 match up on Tuesday, March 13 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. The Midshipmen (5-1) enter the week ranked No. 10 according to the IWLCA Coaches' Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while the Gators (4-2) are ranked sixth in both polls. The game will be live streamed on YouTube.

The game will mark the first meeting between the two programs. Navy is 6-1 (.857) all-time against members of the Big East, which is the conference where Florida women's lacrosse plays. The Mids hold a 5-1 (.833) advantage over Villanova and a 1-0 (1.000) mark against Cincinnati.

Navy/Florida Connections
Navy has two players on its roster from the Sunshine State -- Maddy Bell (Winter Park, Fla.) and Ellie Lecker (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), while Florida has 11 players that hail from Maryland.

Midfielder Kayla Harris' (Annapolis, Md.) twin sister Brianna is a member of the Florida women's lacrosse team. The duo each started for their respective teams as true freshmen last season. Kayla is a starter this season for the Mids, but an injury has sidelined Brianna for the Gators. The game was supposed to be the first time the Harris twins were pitted against each other in a regular season game.

Tewaaraton Watch List
The initial Tewaaraton Award Watch List was announced on Thursday, March 1 and Navy women's lacrosse's Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) and Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) were named to the list. Florida had four players selected to the initial watch list.

The Tewaaraton Award is given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player. The 18th Annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony will be held May 31, 2018 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

National Rankings
Entering the week, Navy is ranked in all three of the major women's lacrosse polls. The Midshipmen are ranked 10th according to the IWLCA Coaches' Poll, Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, and the US Lacrosse Magazine Poll. Florida is ranked sixth according to the IWLCA and IL and fifth according to USL.

Last Time Out:
The Navy women's lacrosse team battled Saint Joseph's to a 16-11 victory on the road at Sean Sweeney Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The Midshipmen had five players combine for 16 goals, including Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.), and Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) who tallied four goals apiece.

Offensively, five Mids scored in the game with all five players registering multiple goals. The Collins twins each had four goals apiece, while Larkin also contributed four goals on the night. Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) and Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) added two goals apiece. Jenna Collins and Larkin paced the team with two assists apiece to lead the way with six points. Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) also recorded an assist.

Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her fifth win of the season at goal. The senior tallied seven saves in a complete-game effort. The defense tallied eight caused turnovers, led by senior captain Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) who led the team with four. Jenna Collins and Smith each had four ground balls, while Harris led the team with eight draw controls. Jenna Collins added seven draws and O'Sullivan controlled six draws.

Saint Joseph's opened the game hot, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. Harris converted a pass from Larkin for Navy's first goal of the game. The Hawks responded to go up 4-1, but the Mids answered with a 4-1 run to tie the game at 5-5. On the run, Julia Collins, Harris, O'Donnell and Jenna Collins each recorded goals.

SJU regained the lead with a pair of goals, but back-to-back goals by Jenna and Julia Collins knotted the score at 7-7 with 4:30 to play in the first half. Tied at 7-7, Larkin gave the Mids its first lead of the game with a goal with 13.9 second remaining in the first half to send the game into intermission with Navy up 8-7.

The Mids started the second half with a pair of goals by Larkin and Julia Collins to push the lead to 10-7 and cap off a 5-0 run.

The Hawks closed the gap to one with back-to-back goals, but a 6-2 run over the final 21 minutes sealed the victory for the Midshipmen. O'Donnell scored off a free-position attempt to start the run and Julia Collins took a pass from sister Jenna to extend the lead to three at 12-9. Following a Saint Joseph's goal, Jenna Collins and Larkin each converted free-position shots to go up four. The duo each had unassisted goals to make the score 16-10 with under five minutes to play. The home team used a goal with just under a minute to play to provide the final score of 16-11.



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