#19/14 Women's Lacrosse Wraps Up Road Trip With American
March 18, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – No. 19/14 Navy women's lacrosse (8-0, 2-0 Patriot League) finishes its two-game road trip against American (2-6, 0-2 PL) at Jacobs Field Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Opening draw is set for 3 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 (.)
• American was picked to finish fifth this season in the Patriot League. The Eagles have opened 2014 with a 2-6 record.
• The Eagles have started 0-2 in the Patriot League with losses to Boston University (12-11) and Holy Cross (9-7).
• Sophomore midfielder Olivia Mangan paces American’s offense, having tallied 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists. Senior midfielder Emily Maher and sophomore attacker Jessica Wojciechowski each lead the Eagle’s offense with 13 goals.
• Senior goalkeeper Ashley Dalisera has started in five contests, posting a 1-4 record with a 12.22 goals-against average. Freshman Jackie Ferri has played in five games and started three, allowing a team-low 9.47 goals per game.
• Navy is 7-1 all-time against American. The Mids have won the last six contests.
• In Washington, D.C., all three regular-season games have been decided by two goals or less.
• Navy’s three-headed offensive monster of Gennaro, Generi and Coughlin have had success against American during their careers. Gennaro has recorded nine points on seven goals and two assists. Generi has tallied six points on five goals and one assist. Coughlin has scored four goals.
Last Time Out
• Navy recorded a strong first half to defeat Bucknell, 15-4, in Lewisburg, Pa. last Saturday.
• The Mids held its eighth-straight opponent under double-digit goals this season.
• Jill Coughlin (2g), Aimee Gennaro (5g) and Loren Generi (3g) combined for 10 of Navy's 15 goals. It's the eighth-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 24 and 11, respectively.
• Navy blanked Bucknell in the first half to build a ten-goal lead, 10-0. Gennaro and Generi led the way in the first 30 minutes, combining for eight points on seven goals and one assist. Gennaro scored three of Navy’s first six goals to give the Mids an early 6-0 lead with 14:55 left. Generi then tallied two of Navy’s final four goals of the half in a span of 8:46..
• Mids goalkeeper Annie Foky stayed perfect in net, recording six saves on 10 chances. Foky continued to stay hot, recording 19 saves in the last three games to raise her save percentage from .324 to .425.
• 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. 14 in the media poll.
• Navy starts the 2014 season 8-0 for the first time in program history. The Mids best start was 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 seven Division I women’s lacrosse teams to currently have a perfect record. Maryland (9-0), North Carolina (9-0), and Johns Hopkins (9-0) are the three schools tied with the most wins to hold a winning percentage of 1.000. Navy is a half game back with eight wins.
• 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 2-0 and are currently on a 14-game winning streak in league play that is tied for the ninth longest streak in NCAA history.
• Including the postseason, Navy has won 20-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
• The Patriot League recognized Generi for her stellar play for the second time this season, first as the Offensive Player of the Week for the week of March 3 through March 9. 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 for the week of March 3 through March 9. 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 192. She leads Vermont’s Sydney Mas (191), Syracuse's Alyssa Murray (181) and UMass' Katie Ferris (181) by one and 11 goals, respectively.
• Gennaro has strung together 24-straight games of at least one goal, dating back to March 9, 2013, against Lehigh. During that stretch, the senior co-captain has tallied 73 total goals and 20 multi-goal games.
• The Havertown, Pa. native's 24-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 eight games in 2014, Generi has recorded 27 assists.
• As of Monday, Generi leads all of Division I in assists (27) and is third in assists per game (3.38).
Leaders of the Midshipmen
• Navy named seniors Jill Coughlin and Aimee Gennaro team captains for the 2014 season.
• Coughlin has seen action in all 71 games the past three seasons. She became a full-time starter halfway through her freshman season and has started in 57 of Navy's last 59 games.
• Gennaro has started every game (71 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 439 wins, 103 of which have come at the Naval Academy in just seven seasons.