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Women's Lacrosse Takes on Army in First Star Series Game

April 13, 2018

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 13 Navy women's lacrosse team (10-3, 4-1 Patriot League) travels to West Point, N.Y. for a Patriot League game with rival Army West Point (8-5, 2-3 PL). This season marks the first time that the Army-Navy women's lacrosse game will be part of the Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA.

Opening draw is slated for 3:00 p.m. at Michie Stadium. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Army-Navy men's lacrosse game starting the day at 12:00 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available throughout the game. In addition, the game will be broadcast on the radio on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller on the call.

The Series
The game will mark the third meeting between the two programs and the first time that the two teams will compete as part of the annual Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. The Mids and Black Knights have met twice in program history with the Midshipmen earning victories in West Point (W, 11-5) and in Annapolis (W, 22-7). The overall Star Series is tied 9-9-2 with four Stars (men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's tennis, and baseball) up for grabs.

Scouting the Opponent
Army West Point enters the weekend with an 8-5 overall record, including a 2-3 mark in Patriot League play. The women's lacrosse team erased a five-goal second half deficit en route to its thrilling 12-11 victory over Lafayette on Saturday at Fisher Stadium. The win was the second in Patriot League play for the Black Knights, marking the first time in program history the team has posted multiple league wins. Additionally, senior co-captain Amy Johnston joined teammate Rachel Hornick as the only 100-point scorers in program history with an assist.

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, 12th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, and 19th per US Lacrosse Magazine Poll.

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.

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 1, 2017)
Freshman Kelly Larkin scored three goals and handed out five assists, while senior Morgan Young (four goals, three assists) and junior Jenna Collins (four goals, three assists) scored seven points each to lead Navy (8-3, 3-1 in the Patriot League) to a 22-7 rout of Army (4-8, 0-4 in the Patriot League) in front of a raucous 1,862 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Navy jumped all over the Black Knights from the opening draw, scoring the first five goals of the game as the Collins twins (Julia and Jenna) teamed up for four of the goals (two each) and Andie O'Sullivan scored one.

Navy, which led 10-4 at the half, got off to a great start again in the second half scoring the first four goals to take a 14-4 lead and wipe away any hope Army might have had. Young (from Larkin), Larkin (from O'Donnell), Jenna Collins (from Larkin) and Julia Collins (from Young) all scored goals for the Mids.

Fifteen (15) of Navy's 22 goals were assisted.

The Navy defensive performance should not be overlooked as the Mids forced 15 turnovers, including 11 in the first half. Junior Blake Smith continued her strong play with three caused turnovers.

The Mids outshot Army, 37-13, and got 18 ground balls to Army's eight, led by Jenna Collins and Larkin's five ground balls apiece.

The Mids won 17 of the 30 draw controls, including 11 of 15 in the second half. Freshman Kayla Harris and Jenna Collin led the way with four draws each.

Last Time Out
The No. 13 Navy women's lacrosse team (10-3) picked up its third win in program history against a ranked opponent as the Midshipmen knocked off No. 11 Virginia (8-6) on Wednesday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. In addition, the win was the Mids' fourth all-time against a member of the ACC.

In a game that had the makings of a shootout, the Navy defense came up big to give the Midshipmen the victory. The defense surrendered just one goal in the final 21:57 minutes of the game. Goalie Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) recorded 10 saves in the game, marking the third time she notched double-digit stops against the Cavaliers. The Navy backline caused nine of Virginia's 16 turnovers on the night with Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) and Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) leading the charge with two caused turnovers apiece. The Mids finished the game with 21 ground balls, including a program record eight GBs by Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.).

Offensively, Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) paced the team with seven points, scoring three goals with four assists. Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) led the team with four goals, while Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) also notched a hat trick with three goals. Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) chipped in three assists and a goal for four points as well, while Natalie Irwin (Annandale, Va.) and Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) each added two goals apiece. Jenna Collins and O'Sullivan led the team with three draw controls each out of Navy's 15 on the night.

 

 

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