April 8, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - In its final regular-season home contest, No. RV/20 Navy women's lacrosse hosts Lehigh on Wednesday, April 9 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Opening draw is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch calling the action.
Navy is 5-4 all-time against Lehigh. The Mids have won the last three contests against the Mountain Hawks.
The Mountain Hawks are 4-2 against Navy in the regular-season and 2-1 in Annapolis.
Despite a losing record in the regular season against Lehigh, Navy is a perfect 3-0 against the Mountain Hawks in the Patriot League Tournament.
Navy holds a slight edge in the overall goal total, 100-92 in nine games against Lehigh.
Lehigh enters the contest 6-6 overall and 3-2 in Patriot League play.
The Mountain Hawks have earned league wins over Bucknell, Lafayette and Boston University.
Lehigh has played its opponents extremely close, competing in six one-goal games. The Mountain Hawks are 2-4 in those contests with their most recent double-overtime win over Boston University, 12-11 on April 5.
Lehigh has held seven of its 12 opponents to eight goals or fewer.
Recently named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, Carli Sukonik paces Lehigh's offense with 32 points on 29 goals and three assists. She tallied her third assist of the season to force overtime against Boston.
Sophomore midfielder Kendall Garden is a handful on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Garden has a team-best 10 assists, 27 caused turnovers and 32 ground balls.
Senior Alex Fitzpatrick is one of the Patriot League's top goalkeepers, recording a league-best .526 save percentage and allowing the second-lowest goals per game mark at 8.31.
Last Time Out
Navy honored its 10 seniors against Michigan last Saturday. The Mids defeated the Wolverines, 12-9.
Freshman midfielder Kaitlan Moynihan led the Mids to victory, tallying five points on three goals and two assists. It was Moynihan's third-straight game with at least four points.
Navy held an 8-4 lead early into the second half. Michigan came storming back with three-straight goals to cut the deficit to one, 8-7, with 19:06 left to play.
The Mids squashed any threat the Wolverines had, scoring four of the game's final six goals to finish a perfect 8-0 in the nonconference slate.
Home Sweet Home
Navy is 8-1 this season and 70-9 all-time at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Mids have won five of their six home regular-season finales. Navy's only loss came at the hands of Lehigh, 15-13 back on April 23, 2011.
The Nation's Stat-Sheet Stuffer
Loren Generi is in the nation's Top 10 in four offensive categories, points, assists, goals and draw controls per game.
Generi's 71 points are second best, 32 assists are fourth best, 39 goals are tied-for ninth best, and 6.23 draw controls per game are sixth best in the nation.
Generi is the only women's lacrosse player in Division I to be in the Top 10 in all four offensive categories.
An Exclusive Club
Generi, the program's leader in draw controls, eclipsed 300 in her career, following nine draw controls against San Diego State on April 2.
Generi became the sixth player in NCAA history have achieved the mark. Generi's 310 career draw controls are third most amongst active players. Northwestern's Alyssa Leonard (387) is the active leader and Lafayette's Ana White (372) is a close second.
Approaching A Milestone
Aimee Gennaro is one goal away from becoming the first player in Navy history to score 200 goals. She is tied with Erin Rawlick for the program lead with 199.
Career Point Plateau
After scoring two goals on Saturday, March 22 against Boston University, Jill Coughlin became the third active Mid to record 100 points in her career. She is the 10th Mid in program history to reach the plateau.
Senior Aimee Gennaro (241 points) and junior Loren Generi (205) are the two other active Navy athletes to accomplish the feat.
Following a four-point performance against San Diego State, Generi became the fifth player in program history to surpass 200 points. The junior attacker has recorded 205 points on 153 goals and 52 assists in her career at Navy.
In 18 games, Erin Rawlick was the fastest player in program history to reach 100 points.
Gone In Six Seconds
Sophomores Lizzy Rullan and Katie Gallagher teamed up to score the fastest goal to start in NCAA history against Boston University on March 22. The goal resulted from a stoppage of play immediately after the opening draw control. Rullan was awarded the draw control and launched a long pass to the eight-meter mark that reached Gallagher's stick. Gallagher took control of the pass, slashed past a BU defender and beat the goalie.
Gallagher's opening goal, six seconds in, broke the previous mark of seven seconds, which was achieved by Navy's Danielle Vivonetto against Davidson on April 4, 2009.
Department of Defense
Navy is currently the second stingiest defense in the country, allowing the 5.62 goals per clip.
The Mids defensive unit has been very disruptive to opposing offenses, causing 9.46 turnovers per game. The 9.46 caused turnovers per game is tied for 26th best in the nation.
Navy's defense has not allowed double-digit goals through the first 13 games.
Navy has historically played well on the defensive end, finishing in the Top-10 nationally in scoring defense four times in its six-year program history.