March 21, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Playing very strong on the defensive end through the first nine games, No. 19/14 Navy women’s lacrosse will be tested against Patriot League newcomer Boston University Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Opening draw is slated for 3 p.m. The game can be seen live and for free in high-definition on PatriotLeague.TV and navysports.com with Joe Miller on the call. Live statistics are also available at navysports.com (.)
Boston University Notes
• Boston University was picked to finish third this season in the Patriot League. The Terriers have tallied two wins in their last three games and are 2-6 overall.
• BU has been battled test early this season, playing four teams in the top 15. Of the four top-15 teams, the Terriers have faced No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2/3 Maryland.
• Boston University has won its first two conference contests. The Terriers defeated American on the road, 12-11, and then won in Boston over Holy Cross, 8-6.
• The Terriers have a very balanced attack on offense, as 12 different BU players have recorded at least two goals or more this season. BU’s Lindsay Weiner has an act to find her teammates on offense, have recorded 10 of the Terriers 22 total assists.
• Freshman goalkeeper Caroline Meegan has played well in net since been given the opportunity in the final 42:07 against UNC in the first game of the season. Meegan has allowed 11.48 goals per game and has also recorded 49 saves for a 2-4 record between the pipes.
• This will be the first meeting between both Navy and Boston University.
• Prior to joining the Patriot League, BU competed in the America East. The Mids are 2-0 all-time against America East schools. Both wins versus the America East came against New Hampshire.
• This is Navy’s second of five teams that it will face for the first time in program history.
Last Time Out
• Navy had its best defensive outing last Wednesday against American, defeating the Eagles, 13-1, on the road. The one goal allowed by the Mids was the lowest, in conference play, in program history.
• The Mids recorded their ninth-straight game of not allowing double-digit goals.
• Jill Coughlin (2g), Aimee Gennaro (1g) and Loren Generi (4g) combined for seven of Navy's 13 goals. It's the ninth-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 25 and 12, respectively.
• Navy blanked American to hold its second-consecutive league member without a goal in the first half. Generi led the way in the first 30 minutes, recording five points on three goals and two assiss. Generi scored three of Navy’s first four goals to give the Mids an early 4-0 lead with 13:33 left. Generi then tallied her two assists and another goal in a span of 2:47 to extend Navy’s lead to seven, 7-0.
• Mids goalkeeper Annie Foky stayed perfect in net, recording five saves on six chances. Foky continued to stay hot, recording 24 saves in the last four games to raise her save percentage from .333 to .462.
Department of Defense
• Navy is currently one of the stingiest defenses in the country, allowing the second-lowest goals per game at 5.38 goals per clip.
• The Mids defensive unit has been very disruptive to opposing offenses, causing 10.25 turnovers per game. The 10.25 caused turnovers per game is 10th best in the nation.
• Navy has historically played well on the defensive end, finishing in the Top-10 nationally in scoring defense four of its six-year program history.
Foky Is Heating Up
• In her second season as Navy’s starting goalkeeper, Annie Foky was named the 2014 Patriot League Preseason Defender of the Year.
• Foky started the season a bit shaky, allowing 16 goals and only making seven saves through four games. The junior netminder however has picked up her game with improvements to both categories. Foky has tallied 29 saves and has only given up 28 goals in the last five games.
• As of Monday, Foky is the nation’s leader allowing a nation-low 5.27 goals per game. She currently holds a .462 save percentage, which is second-best in the Patriot League.
• 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 9-0 for the first time in program history. The Mids best start before this season was 7-0 in 2010. Navy 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 at 10-0 is the only schools with the most wins to hold a winning percentage of 1.000. Navy is a half game back with nine wins with North Carolina and Johns Hopkins.
• 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 3-0 and are currently on a 15-game winning streak in league play that is tied for the longest streak in the Patriot League with Lafayette. It is also the eighth longest streak in NCAA history.
• Including the postseason, Navy has won 21-straight games against league opponents. The Mids last loss against a patriot league school was back on March 23, 2011 against Lehigh (15-13).
•Lafayette previously set the mark 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 193. She leads Vermont’s Sydney Mas (191), UMass' Katie Ferris (185) and Syracuse's Alyssa Murray (183) by two, eight and 10 goals, respectively.
• Gennaro has strung together 25-straight games of at least one goal, dating back to March 9, 2013, against Lehigh. During that stretch, the senior co-captain has tallied 74 total goals and 20 multi-goal games.
• The Havertown, Pa. native's 25-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 29 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 72 games the past three seasons. She became a full-time starter halfway through her freshman season and has started in 58 of Navy's last 60 games.
• Gennaro has started every game (72 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 61 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 440 wins, 104 of which have come at the Naval Academy in just seven seasons.