#RV/20 Women's Lacrosse Heads North to Face Holy Cross
April 11, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - With two games left in the regular season, No. RV/#20 Navy women's lacrosse looks to improve its chances at a top-two seed in the Patriot League Tournament against Holy Cross this Saturday at Holy Cross Field (2 PM). Saturday's contest can be seen live for free and in high-definition on PatriotLeague.TV and navysports.com (.) Live statistics will also be available on navysports.com (.)
Navy owns a 7-1 all-time record against Holy Cross. The Mids have won the last four contests.
The Mids are 2-1 against the Crusaders in Worcester, Mass. Two of the three games in Worcester have been decided by one goal, a Holy Cross win, 11-10 in 2011 and a Navy win, 10-9 in 2009.
Junior attacker Loren Generi has had success against the Crusaders in the last two regular-season meetings. Generi has tallied a hat trick in each of the last two games, recording six points on five goals and one assist in 2012 and three goals in 2013.
Holy Cross Notes
Holy Cross comes into the contest 5-10 overall and 3-3 in Patriot League play.
The Crusaders tallied league wins over American, Colgate and Lafayette.
Holy Cross is 3-0 against Patriot League opponents at home and 0-3 on the road this season.
The Crusaders are 5-0 this season when scoring at least nine goals.
On the defensive side of the ball, Holy Cross ranks 11th in the nation with 10.29 caused turnovers per game and 14th in ground balls per game with 18.79.
Junior midfielder Laura Ryan leads the team with 31 points on 21 goals and 10 assists. Ryan also has a team-best 29 ground balls
Senior goalkeeper Sarah Weber owns a .428 save percentage and allows 10.05 goals per game. Weber has started all 15 games for Holy Cross.
Last Time Out
Navy needed more than 60 minutes for the first time this season to defeat Lehigh, 9-8 this past Wednesday.
Gennaro led all players with five points on four goals and one assist. Gennaro's first goal of the game was her 200th career goal, which surpassed Erin Rawlick's 199 to become the program's new career leader in goals.
Navy and Lehigh battled for the first 60 minutes and came up even, 8-8. Generi recorded both draw controls in each half to give Navy possession and not allow the Mountain Hawks an offensive opportunity.
With 20 seconds remaining, the Mids recorded two shots, but Lehigh's goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick batted both shots away. Katie Gallagher however retrieved the groundball from the second shot with 10 seconds left and dished out to Coughlin, who was fouled by Lehigh's Garden with two seconds remaining on the clock to give Navy a free-position opportunity. Coughlin set up at the top of the eight-meter arc, charged into the crease and beat Fitzpatrick for the game-winner.
Home Sweet Home
Navy is 9-1 this season and 71-9 all-time at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Mids have won six of their seven 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 has totaled 74 points on 41 goals and 33 assists. She also has recorded 93 draw controls. The Bayport, N.Y. native is seven draw controls away from recording 100 draw controls in her first three seasons.
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.
New Program Leader
Aimee Gennaro's four-goal performance against Lehigh last Wednesday gave her 203 goals for her career. Gennaro is the first Navy women's lacrosse athlete to score at least 200 career goals.
The Havertown, Pa. native surpassed Erin Rawlick's 199 goals for the program lead.
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 5.75 goals per clip.
The Mids defensive unit has been very disruptive to opposing offenses, causing 9.14 turnovers per game. The 9.14 caused turnovers per game is tied for 26th best in the nation.
Navy's defense has not allowed double-digit goals through the first 14 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.