First-Place Matchup with Loyola Awaits Lacrosse Saturday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 12 Navy women's lacrosse team (9-2, 4-0 Patriot League) returns to action on Saturday as the Midshipmen play host to No. 6 Loyola (8-3, 4-0 PL) in a battle for sole possession of first place in the Patriot League. The game between the conference's top teams is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Live stats will be available and the game will be streamed on the Patriot League Network.
Cindy Timchal Reaches 500 Wins
Hall of Fame head coach Cindy Timchal recorded her 500th career victory Navy posted a 19-7 victory over Holy Cross. With the win, Timchal has amassed 164 wins at Navy in her 11 seasons with the Midshipmen. She began her head coaching career by tallying 76 victories in nine seasons at Northwestern University before winning eight national championships and totaling 260 wins in 16 years at the University of Maryland.
"Five hundred wins are the players; all the losses are the coach," Timchal said after her historic win. "I am very grateful to be in a position to be coaching and achieve this milestone victory. It goes without saying that it is the players that compete hard on the field. Pleased with this victory for our team and happy that it was 500. Now we can move on to just getting ready for our next game. I credit the great players and great staff that we have for putting it all together to get to such a milestone in my head coaching career."
Sale of the Century VII on Saturday
The Sale of the Century VII will be held on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Items on sale include shoes, helmets, game jerseys, t-shirts, shorts, hats, travel bags and a wide variety of other Navy team and Under Armour apparel. The sale will be open to the public from 1:00-8:00 p.m. (Game ticket is required after 4:30 p.m.). There will be a $5 convenience fee for all orders. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.
The game will mark the eighth meeting between the two programs. Loyola holds a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Mids and Greyhounds have met twice in Annapolis with Loyola holding a 2-0 advantage in the series. Navy and Loyola are the last remaining undefeated teams in the Patriot League, with both teams boasting a 4-0 PL record this year.
Navy picked up a 15-5 victory over Loyola in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament last season, snapping the Greyhounds' 41-game winning streak against conference opponents.
Scouting the Opponent
Loyola (8-3, 4-0 PL) enters the game on the heels of an overtime loss to No. 14 Syracuse on Thursday. Two of the Greyhounds' three losses this season came in overtime and all three came against ranked opponents. Five of Loyola's 11 games have been decided by one goal this year, with four requiring overtime to determine a winner. The Greyhounds own four wins over nationally ranked opponents this season, as they knocked off No. 13 Penn State in OT, 16-15, No. 10 Towson, 14-13 in triple overtime, No. 14 Princeton, 13-7, and No. 8 Virginia, 19-18. Loyola, ranked ninth in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll, has made the biggest jump in this year's national rankings, improving 16 spots after starting the season at No. 25.
Entering the week, Navy is ranked in all three of the major women's lacrosse polls. The Midshipmen are ranked 12th according to the IWLCA Coaches' Poll, 12th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, and 12th per US Lacrosse Magazine Poll. Loyola ranks ninth in the IWLCA and sixth according to both Inside Lacrosse and US Lacrosse.
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 Midfielder of the Week
For the second time this season and the ninth time in her career, Navy women's lacrosse's Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) has been named the Patriot League Midfielder of the Week, as announced by the conference office. Collins scored 11 goals, dished out three assists, had 10 draw controls and picked up four ground balls to help Navy defeat Lehigh (W, 18-7) and Holy Cross (W, 19-7) last week. The senior tied for the team lead in points with 14, scoring 11 goals and adding three assists. The Clarksville, Md. native had a hat trick in both games, raising her season total to 11 games (every game this season). In addition, Collins grabbed four ground balls, while coming away with 10 draw controls.
Last Time They Met (May 7, 2017)
The Navy women's lacrosse team jumped out on Loyola early and never looked back as the Midshipmen won the 2017 Patriot League Tournament Championship, 15-5, over the host Greyhounds at Ridley Athletic Complex. It is the fifth Patriot League Championship for the Mids in the team's 10-year history and the first since 2013. The win snapped Loyola's 41-game winning streak (34 regular season, seven conference tournament) over Patriot League opponents.
Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while Meghan Hubley (West Chester, Pa.), Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.), and Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) were also selected to the All-Tournament team.
The Mids were firing on all cylinders in the championship game. Navy doubled up Loyola in shots on the day, taking 34 compared to just 17 by the Greyhounds. The Midshipmen gathered up 18 ground balls compared to the Hounds' nine. Draw controls were even in the first half, but Navy notched eight draw controls in the second half compared to four by Loyola to finish the game with a 13-9 advantage. The Mids were perfect, 19-for-19, in draw controls on the day. The Greyhounds finished with 16 total turnovers, including eight caused by the Midshipmen.
Offensively, seven different players scored goals on the day. Je. Collins paced the team with eight points, scoring a team-best five goals and adding three assists. Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) also recorded a hat trick, adding three goals of her own. O'Donnell and Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) each netted a pair of goals apiece, while Larkin led the team with four assists.
On the defensive side of the ball, goalkeeper Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her 15th win of the season, tying her with Annie Foky (2012-15) for second most wins in a season by a Navy goalkeeper. The junior finished with six saves, including five in the first half to limit the potent Loyola offense to just five goals on the day. Boyum and Caitlin McGlaughlin (State College, Pa.) each had a pair of caused turnovers to lead the Mids.
Last Time Out
Navy women's lacrosse head coach Cindy Timchal recorded her 500th career victory as the Midshipmen posted a 19-7 victory over Holy Cross at Kuzniewski Field in Worcester, Mass.
Timchal has amassed 164 wins at Navy in her 11 seasons with the Midshipmen. She began her head coaching career by tallying 76 victories in nine seasons at Northwestern University before winning eight national championships and totaling 260 wins in 16 years at the University of Maryland.
Offensively, seven different Midshipmen scored on the day with Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.), and Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) leading the charge with four goals apiece. Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) led the team in points with seven, netting a pair of goals and boasting a team-high five assists. Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) added five points (2g 3a), while Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) and Molly O'Sullivan (Centreville, Va.) combined for three goals on the day.
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her ninth win of the season. The senior recorded 53-minutes between the pipes, surrendering seven goals and notching four saves. She gave way to Gab Harchelroad (Pittsburgh, Pa.) who recorded a clean stat sheet in nearly seven minutes of action.
The Midshipmen caused 16 of the Crusaders' 25 turnovers. The 16 caused turnovers are tied for fifth most in a game by the Mids. Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) tied the Navy school record with six caused turnovers in a game, tying Caitlin Mandrin Hill (2008-11) who had six CT against Detroit Mercy in 2009. Boyum, who tied for the school record for most ground balls in a game with seven, and Valenti (5) combined for 12 of the Midshipmen's 25 ground balls in the game.