Women's Lacrosse Steps Out of Conference for Top 15 Matchup
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 13 Navy women's lacrosse team (9-3) returns to action on Wednesday, April 11 as the Midshipmen play host to No. 11 Virginia (8-5) in the final nonconference game of the season. Opening draw is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Live stats will be available and the game will be streamed over the air on Stadium.
The Mids will look for their first victory over a ranked opponent this season against the No. 11 Cavaliers. This season, Navy has faced three ranked opponents -- No. 2 Boston College (L, 20-14), No. 6 Florida (L, 19-16), and No. 6 Loyola (L, 16-12).
Virginia enters the game on a three-game losing streak. The Cavaliers have dropped games to No. 3 Boston College (L, 15-12), No. 2 Maryland (L, 15-8) and No. 19 Penn State (L, 22-13) heading into the game against the Midshipmen.
The game will mark the fourth meeting between the two programs. Navy is looking for its win in the series as Virginia holds a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series. The Mids and Cavaliers have met once in Annapolis with Virginia picking up a 13-9 victory in the only meeting at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. In the first meeting, UVA edged Navy, 15-13, in Charlottesville, while last season the Cavaliers withstood a late rally by the Midshipmen to earn the 16-13 win.
Scouting the Opponent
Virginia (8-5) enters the game on a three-game losing streak. The Cavaliers have dropped games to No. 3 Boston College (L, 15-12), No. 2 Maryland (L, 15-8) and No. 19 Penn State (L, 22-13) heading into the game against the Midshipmen.
Avery Shoemaker leads the team with 38 goals. Shoemaker has scored four or more goals in six games this season, ranking third in the ACC with 3.17 goals per game. Sammy Mueller has a team-high 45 points with 34 goals and 11 assists. Maggie Jackson paces the Cavaliers with 71 draw controls and 43 grounds balls.
Virginia leads the ACC with 9.15 caused turnovers per game and second in ground balls per game.
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, 12th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, and 19th per US Lacrosse Magazine Poll. Virginia ranks 11th in the IWLCA and US Lacrosse, while coming in at 15th according to Inside Lacrosse.
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."
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.
Last Time They Met (April 12, 2017)
Trailing 13-6 in the second half, the Navy women's lacrosse team rattled off four consecutive goals to pull to within three of No. 15 Virginia on the road before succumbing to the Cavaliers, 16-13, at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
Down six in the second half, Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) took a pass from her sister Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) to begin the rally. Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) and Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) notched back-to-back goals to pull the Mids to within four. Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.) scored the fourth straight goal for Navy to pull the visitors to within three.
Virginia responded with a goal, but Larkin answered with a free-position goal to keep the margin three at 14-11. The Cavaliers notched consecutive goals to regain a five-goal edge, but the Midshipmen answered. Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) took a pass from Jenna Collins to trim the margin to four. Jenna Collins worked around and found the back of the net with 84 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 16-13.
Virginia tried to run out the clock, but navy was able to cause a turnover and continue the comeback, but Jenna Collins' shot was stopped by the Cavs' goalie Rachel Vander Kolk.
Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) paced the offense tying a career high with four goals in the game. The senior captain recorded her eighth hat trick of the season in the first half. Julia Collins, Larkin, and O'Donnell each added a pair of goals. Jenna Collins led the team with three assists, while Julia Collins added a pair and Larkin chipped in one.
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) notched her first double-digit save effort of the year, recording 10 stops on the night. The junior stopped three free-position shots, helping the defense blank the Cavaliers, 0-for-5, on free position attempts. Virginia had 15 turnovers on the night, including eight caused by the Navy defense.
Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) led the team with four draw controls, while fellow defensemen Meghan Hubley (West Chester, Pa.) grabbed two, and Caitlin McGlaughlin (State College, Pa.) and Sarah Childress (Annapolis, Md.) added one apiece to get the offense the ball back.
Last Time Out
The No. 12 Navy women's lacrosse team (9-3, 4-1 Patriot League) led 12-11 with 16:22 to play, but No. 6 Loyola (9-3, 5-0 PL) used a 5-0 run to take the game 16-12 on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Offensively, the Midshipmen were led by Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) who led the team with six points on a team-high four goals and a team-best two assists. For Larkin, it was her sixth hat trick of the season and the 18th of her career. She was joined by Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.), Meg O'Donnell (Forrest Hill, Md.), and Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) who added two goals apiece. Jenna and Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) chipped in two points apiece each scoring one goal and adding an assist.
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) tied a career high with 14 saves in a complete-game effort. She was charged with the loss, surrendering 16 goals. It was the third time this season that she had double-digit saves and the 11th time in her career with 10 or more saves. Boyum picked up a pair of ground balls, while Larkin and Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) led the team with three ground balls each. Larkin and Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) paced the team with two caused turnovers apiece.