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Women's Lacrosse Continues Patriot League Play at Holy Cross

March 30, 2018

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 13 Navy women's lacrosse team (8-2, 3-0 Patriot League) returns to action on Saturday as the Midshipmen travel to Holy Cross (4-7, 2-1 PL) for a Patriot League match-up. The game is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Kuzniewski Field in Worcester, Mass. Live stats will be available and the game will be streamed on the Patriot League Network.

Milestone Watch
Hall of Fame head coach Cindy Timchal is ONE win shy of becoming the first coach in Division I women's lacrosse history with 500 victories.

The game will mark the 14th meeting between the two programs. Navy holds an 11-2 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to the Mids' first year of DI women's lacrosse (2008). The Mids are 8-0 against the Crusaders in Annapolis, but just 3-2 overall against Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. The Mids and Crusaders have met three times in the Patriot League Tournament with Navy holding a 3-0 advantage.

Scouting the Opponent
Holy Cross (4-7, 2-1 PL) is set to play another Patriot League home game. The Crusaders are 4-2 in their last six games. Most recently, Holy Cross defeated Army in the final seconds, 11-10, on March 28. The Crusaders' offense is led by Keely Connors, who has tallied 23 goals on the season. Maggie Moriarty leads the team in assists, with eight. Moriarty also put in the game-winner against Army. Holy Cross ranks second in the league in ground balls per game (21.36) and in caused turnovers per game (9.27). In Patriot League games, the Crusaders rank first in caused turnovers per game (12.00), second in ground balls per game (22.67), and fourth in goals per game (11.67). Audrey Mandaro leads the Crusaders in caused turnovers with 22. Emma Gill and Emilly DeMaso each have recorded 17.

National Rankings
Entering the week, Navy is ranked in all three of the major women's lacrosse polls. The Midshipmen are ranked 13th according to the IWLCA Coaches' Poll, 13th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, and 11th per US Lacrosse Magazine Poll.

Inside Lacrosse Midseason Media All-Americans
Jenna Collins (Second Team), Julia Collins (Honorable Mention), Kelly Larkin (Honorable Mention), and Blake Smith (Honorable Mention) were selected to the Inside Lacrosse Midseason Media All-American list.

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. 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.

Patriot League Attacker of the Week
Senior captain Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) was named Patriot League Attacker of the Week as announced by the conference office. For Collins, it is her first weekly accolade of the season and her fourth career Attacker of the Week honor. Collins helped lead No. 12 Navy to an impressive 18-5 victory on the road against Bucknell to improve the Midshipmen to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in Patriot League play. She recorded a career-high 10 points, scoring a season-best five goals to go along with a career-high five assists. In addition, the offensive captain led the team with 10 draw controls, pulling down 10 of the Mids' 16 draws (.625). It was the second time this season and first time in Patriot League play, Collins recorded double-digit draw controls.

Last Time They Met (March 25, 2017)
The Navy women's lacrosse team jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 17-6 victory over Holy Cross at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Midshipmen scored three goals in the first five minutes to set the tone for their first Patriot League win of the year.

The Mids scored 17 goals on the day with 10 assists. Navy doubled up Holy Cross, 30-15, in shot attempts, while posting a 16-7 advantage in draw controls. Defensively, the Midshipmen forced 21 Crusader turnovers.

Four Navy players recorded hat tricks on the day as Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.), Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.), and Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) each netted three goals apiece. Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) and Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) each added a pair of goals apiece, while Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.) and Larkin paced the team with two assists each.

In goal, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) earned the victory as Navy saw four goalies between the posts. Boyum allowed four goals in 52:36 with five saves.

Last Time Out
Senior midfielder Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) scored a career-high seven goals to help lead No. 13 Navy women's lacrosse (8-2, 3-0 Patriot League) past Lehigh (6-5, 1-2 PL), 18-7, on a rainy Wednesday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

Jenna Collins finished the game with a team-high eight points, recording her 10th hat trick of the season on a career-high seven goals. The senior fell one goal shy of tying the school record for goals in a game, which was most-recently tied by her sister Julia against UMass in the NCAA Tournament during the Midshipmen's 2017 Final Four run.

Trailing 11-7 in draw controls, the Midshipmen won the final nine draw controls to help the offense go on an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach and secure the victory. Head coach Cindy Timchal changed the draw from Jenna Collins to twin sister Julia, helping spark the Midshipmen to nine straight draw victories. Jenna Collins led the team with seven draws, while Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) followed with five draw controls and Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) chipped in three.

The Mids finished the game with 18 goals on 33 shots. Led by Jenna Collins, seven different Midshipmen found the back of the net with four player tallying multiple goals. Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) notched seven points with three goals and a team-high four assists. Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) finished the game with her second hat trick in as many games, netting three goals on just three shots. Julia Collins scored two goals, while Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) chipped in a goal and three helpers.

Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her eighth win of the season. The senior goalkeeper tallied four saves in 57:33 minutes of playing time, while allowing seven goals and picking up a ground ball. The Mids caused five of the Mountain Hawks' 16 turnovers. Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) led the way with two caused turnovers. Harris led the team with three ground balls, while Valenti, Blake Smith (Skysville, Md.), and Natalie Irwin (Annandale, Va.) each added two ground balls.



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