March 14, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - No. 19/11 Navy women's lacrosse (7-0, 1-0 Patriot League) starts a two-game road trip, beginning with Bucknell (0-6, 0-1 PL) at Holmes Stadium Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. The game can be seen live on navysports.com and PatriotLeague.TV for free and in high-definition. Live statistics will also be available on navysports.com (.)
Bucknell was picked to finish ninth this season in the Patriot League. The Bison have opened 2014 with a 0-6 record. During its first six games, Bucknell has played three top-15 teams.
The Bison began their league slate against Lehigh on the road and fell 10-4.
Senior midfielder Katelyn Miller and freshman attacker Christina Manis lead the Bison offense both with nine points on five goals and four assists. Miller, a two-time All-Patriot League selection, continues to be the catalyst for the Bison, as she also leads the team in both ground balls (16) and caused turnovers (16).
Elizabeth Duswalt has started all six games in net for the Bison this season and has recorded 46 saves. In 325:30 minutes, Duswalt has allowed 82 goals on 128 shots.
Navy is 6-0 all-time against Bucknell.
The last meeting between the Mids and Bison was cut short due to extremely poor weather conditions and a snow-covered field. Navy and Bucknell however were able to play the official amount of time before the game was called. The Mids defeated the Bison, 9-3, after 48 minutes and 34 seconds. (NCAA women's lacrosse games need to reach the 48-minute mark to become official and the game officials decided to call the game at the first stoppage after that point.)
If there is any team Aimee Gennaro enjoys playing against it has to be Bucknell, having generated 16 goals in three games versus the Bison in her career. Gennaro tallied her career best eight points on seven goals and one assist during her freshman campaign and followed up with six goals on six shots last season.
Navy has outscored Bucknell, 34-17, in Lewisburg, Pa.
Last Time Out
Navy used a strong defensive effort to defeat Lafayette, 11-5, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium last Saturday.
The Mids held its seventh-straight opponent under double-digit goals this season.
Jill Coughlin (2g), Aimee Gennaro (3g) and Generi (2g) combined for seven of Navy's 11 goals. It's the seventh-straight contest that the three Mids have accounted for 50 percent or more of Navy's offensive output.
Gennaro and Coughlin each extended their streak of consecutive games with a goal to 23 and 10, respectively.
Navy (7-0, 1-0 Patriot League) held Lafayette (3-2, 0-1 PL) to a single goal on 11 shots in the first half to build a two-goal lead, 3-1. The Leopards came out in the second half with a goal from Kirsten Wilhelmson a minute and 23 seconds in to bring the deficit to one, 3-2. Navy responded with three-straight goals to extend its lead to four, 6-2. Following a goal from Loren Generi, Jill Coughlin and Aimee Gennaro converted on back-to-back free-position chances.
Goalkeeper Annie Foky made six saves on 11 chances and held Lafayette to 3-of-7 on free position chances. Foky has come on strong the last two games, combining for 13 saves on 26 chances in Navy's last two wins.
Since the preseason, Navy has been in the Top-20 in both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) and Inside Women's Lacrosse Brine Media Polls for five straight weeks. The Mids began the season 18th in the IWLCA poll and 12th in Brine Media Poll.
Navy currently sits No. 19 in the coaches' poll and No. 11 in the media poll.
Navy starts the 2014 season 7-0 for just the second time in program history. The Mids started 7-0 in 2010, went on to finish 17-4 and began a stretch of four-straight Patriot League Tournament titles.
The Mids are just one of 11 Division I women's lacrosse teams to currently have a perfect record. Maryland (7-0), North Carolina (7-0), and Johns Hopkins (7-0) are the three other schools tied with Navy with the most wins to hold a winning percentage of 1.000.
Only five programs in NCAA history have finished a campaign with an undefeated record. Maryland achieved the feat four different times (1995, '96, '99, 2001), all of which were under the guidance of current Navy head coach Cindy Timchal. Northwestern (2005, 2009), Harvard (1990), Temple (1988) and UMass (1982) are the other three programs to finish an undefeated season.
Perfection In Patriot League Play
Navy finished the 2012 and 2013 seasons with a perfect 6-0 record in regular-season play. The Mids have started 1-0 and are currently on a 13-game winning streak in league play that is tied for the 10th longest streak in NCAA history.
Including the postseason, Navy has won 19-straight games against league opponents. The Mids last loss against a patriot league school was back on March 23, 2011 against Lehigh (15-13).
The record for most consecutive Patriot League victories is 15, which Lafayette set from March 6, 1996 to March 20, 1999. Lafayette's 15-straight victories is currently the eighth longest such streak in Division I history.
Program Hits Century Mark
Following Navy's 9-8 win over Villanova on Feb. 26, the Mids recorded the program's 100th win in just 123 games. Head coach Cindy Timchal, the program's architect, also recorded 100 wins at a program as a head coach for the second time in her career. Timchal tallied 100 wins as a head coach at Maryland.
Patriot League Weekly Honor
Navy women's lacrosse duo of Loren Generi (Jr., Bayport, N.Y.) and Jill Coughlin (Sr., Annapolis, Md.) garnered Patriot League Weekly honors, announced by the league office Monday.
The Patriot League recognized Generi for her stellar play for the second time this season, first as the Offensive Player of the Week. On the offensive end, the junior attacker tallied her sixth and seventh straight games with at least five points, recording six points on two goals and four assists versus GW and five points on two goals on three assists against Lafayette. The Bayport, N.Y. native tallied four ground balls, 10 draw controls and two caused turnovers in two games in the midfield. Generi leads the nation in assists per game (3.71) and points per game (7.29) and is 14th in goals per game (3.57).
Coughlin's seven total goals last week earned her Midfield Player of the Week for the first time in her career. The senior midfielder tied her career best five goals against George Washington in Navy's 14-8 win over the Colonials. Coughlin then recorded two goals in the Mids following win over Lafayette, 11-5. The Annapolis, Md. native has strung together 10-straight games with at least one goal, which is Navy's second longest active streak behind Aimee Gennaro's 22-straight games.
Generi was also named Patriot League Midfielder of the Week for the week of Feb. 17 through Feb. 23. Generi generated 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists in Navy's wins over Liberty, 19-3 and Davidson, 14-5.
Gennaro's Generating Goals
Senior attacker Aimee Gennaro is the active career leader in goals in Division I women's lacrosse at 187. She leads Vermont's Sydney Mas (185), Syracuse's Alyssa Murray (179) and UMass' Katie Ferris (178) by two, eight and nine goals, respectively.
Gennaro has strung together 23-straight games of at least one goal, dating back to March 9, 2013, against Lehigh. During that stretch, the senior co-captain has tallied 68 total goals and 19 multi-goal games.
The Havertown, Pa. native's 23-game goal streak is the third longest at Navy. She is behind ex-Midshipmen Jasmine DePompeo (29) and Erin Rawlick (50).
Junior midfielder Loren Generi has been switched from her natural slash-to-the-goal type style of play to become Navy's field general at the "X" (the player who directs the offense from behind the net).
Generi's new style of play has increased her assist total exponentially. In her first two seasons, the Bayport, N.Y. native tallied 20 assists in 42 games. Through seven games in 2014, Generi has recorded 26 assists.
As of Monday, Generi leads all of Division I in assists (26) and assists per game (3.71).
Leaders of the Midshipmen
Navy named seniors Jill Coughlin and Aimee Gennaro team captains for the 2014 season.
Coughlin has seen action in all 70 games the past three seasons. She became a full-time starter halfway through her freshman season and has started in 56 of Navy's last 58 games.
Gennaro has started every game (70 games) 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 59 wins. The highest total by a Midshipmen class were the 2013 graduates with 69 wins.
Recognition For Timchal
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association honored Navy head coach Cindy Timchal 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 begins 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 438 wins, 102 of which have come at the Naval Academy in just seven seasons.