No. 20 Women's Lacrosse Takes Aim At Third-Straight PL Regular-Season Title
April 18, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – No. 20 Navy women’s lacrosse and No. 14/15 Loyola (Md.) will finish the regular season with a chance to claim the 2014 Patriot League Regular-Season Title on Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. The game can be seen live for free and in high-definition on PatriotLeague.TV and navysports.com (.)
• Navy and Loyola will meet for the first time in program history.
What's At Stake
• The winner will be the Patriot League Regular-Season Champions and earn the right to host the Patriot League Semifinals and Championship as the No. 1 seed.
• Navy is currently riding a five-game winning streak and is 5-0 on the road this season
• The Mids have won back-to-back regular-season titles
• Loyola has strung together nine-straight wins and is a perfect 7-0 in league play.
• Loyola enters the contest 11-4 overall and 7-0 in Patriot League play.
• The Greyhounds are ranked 14th in the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll and 15th in the Inside Lacrosse Brine Media Poll.
• Loyola played a very strong nonconference schedule, having played against four teams that are currently in the Top 20 (#4 Florida, #7 Johns Hopkins, #12 Penn State, #15 Virginia). The Greyhounds went 1-3 in those four contests with a win at Virginia (16-12) and close losses at John Hopkins (6-5), versus Florida (14-13) and at Penn State (18-11).
• Loyola is in the Top 20 in both scoring offense and defense in the nation. The Greyhounds are scoring 13.20 goals per game (19th) and are allowing 8.13 goals per game (16th).
• Head coach Jen Adams (Maryland, ’01) is in her sixth season at the helm, accruing a record of 64-31 (.674). Adams has guided Loyola to two BIG EAST Championships and three consecutive NCAA Championship appearances before entering into the Patriot League.
• The Greyhounds’ Annie Thomas and Marlee Paton provide a dual threat on the offensive end, combining for 121 points on 69 goals and 52 assists. Teammate Taryn VanThof has been dominant in the draw control circle, recording 92 draw controls.
• Between the pipes, Molly Wolf has been nothing less than stellar, holding opponents to 8.70 goals per game and has a .457 save percentage (35th in the nation).
Last Time Out
• Navy earned a hard fought road win over Holy Cross, 8-6 in Worcester Mass. The win over the Crusaders clinched a first-round bye in the Patriot League Tournament.
• It was a back-and-forth contest with three lead changes and three ties. Navy’s Aimee Gennaro scored with 19:56 left in the second half to grab the 7-6 lead. The Mids defense held Holy Cross scoreless for the final 19:56 to earn the win.
• Navy freshman Kaitlan Moynihan recorded a game-high four points on three goals and two assists. Junior Loren Generi and senior Jill Coughlin each scored two goals. The Mids had their most accurate game on offense this season, scoring eight goals on nine shots on net.
Versus Ranked Opponents
• In the first seven seasons at the Division I level, Navy has yet to record a victory against an opponent in the Top 20 of the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll. The Mids have had 10 chances against a ranked opponent, but have fallen short each time.
• Improving each year, Navy had its best-upset opportunity against then-No. 4 Northwestern at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Wildcats edged the Mids, 15-12 on March 11, 2013. Navy held an early 2-0 and tied the contest seven different times with Northwestern. The Wildcats however used a five-goal run late in the second half to put its distance from Navy to grab the win.
• Navy’s all-time record against ranked opponents in the IWLCA Coaches’ Top 20: Northwestern (0-3), North Carolina (0-2), Duke (0-2), William & Mary (0-2) and Maryland (0-1).
Limiting Opposing Offenses
• Navy’s defense has kept the Mids in all 15 games this season, holding opponents under 10 goals in every game. This is the first time in program history that Navy has not allowed an opponent to enter in double-digits through the first 15 games.
• Navy’s scoring defense is allowing the second-lowest mark in the nation at 5.80 goals per game. The Mids mark (5.80) is currently the lowest in program history. Navy’s previous season-low goals-against average was in 2013 when the Mids allowed 7.30 goals a game.
• In six different contests, Navy did not allow a goal in one half of play this season. The Mids are 6-0 when they accomplish the feat.
• The Mids are 85-0 all-time when holding opponents to eight goals or less in a contest.