April 23, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The No. 2 seed Navy women’s lacrosse battles No. 3 seed Boston University in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals Thursday at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. Opening draw is set for 7:30 p.m. Pete Medhurst will have play-by-play responsibilities and Monica Yeakel is the analyst on PatriotLeague.TV.
• Boston University won the inaugural meeting, 9-8 in Annapolis on March 22.
• Navy owned almost every statistical category in the first contest, holding advantages in shots, 26-15, ground balls, 17-11, draw controls, 14-5 and turnovers, 15-16.
• The Terriers won two key battles (free-position opportunities and saves) against the Mids to take the contest. Boston was 4-of-6 from the eight-meter (Navy was 2-10) and tallied 10 saves (Navy recorded 3).
WHAT’S AT STAKE:
• The winner will move forward to the Patriot League Championship on Saturday (1 PM) against the winner of #1 Loyola/#4 Holy Cross.
• Navy has made it to the title game in each of the last five seasons
• Boston University is looking to play for the Patriot League Title for the first time in its inaugural season in the league.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY NOTES:
• Boston enters the contest 8-9 overall and 5-3 in Patriot League play.
• The Terriers are coming off a Patriot League Quarterfinal victory over Lehigh, 14-9 last Tuesday in Boston.
• Boston University played a very strong nonconference schedule, going up against four teams that are currently in the Top 20 (#2 Maryland, #4 North Carolina, #11 UMass and #14 Johns Hopkins). With all four games on the road, the Terriers fell to John Hopkins, 11-8, Maryland, 18-8, North Carolina, 18-8 and UMass, 11-8.
• Boston University has played in eight contests that have been decided by two goals or less. The Terriers are 6-2 in two-goal contests and have had six different Terriers record the game-winning goal during those games.
• The Terriers have five players with at least 18 goals and are led by junior Lindsay Weiner’s 34 points on 18 goals and 16 assists.
• Between the pipes, senior Christina Sheridan has started four of the last five contests. Sheridan holds opponents just over 10 goals/game (10.15). She owns a .372 save percentage.
Last Time Out
• Navy fell to Loyola, 11-6 in the regular-season finale. The Loyola win clinched the Patriot League Regular-Season Title and number one seed for the Greyhounds.
• Loyola dominated the first half, holding a 7-1 lead through the first 30 minutes of play.
• Navy fought back in the second half, using a 3-0 run late in the second half to cut the deficit to four, 9-5.
• The Greyhounds responded with two more goals to extend their lead to six, 11-5. It was the first time this season that Navy allowed more than nine goals.
League Tournament Dominance
• In six years of its existence in the Patriot League, Navy has claimed the last four Patriot League Tournament Championships.
• Navy is 9-2 all-time in the Patriot League Tournament and has won its last five semifinal contests. The Mids are 3-0 in the semifinals on neutral surface.
• Four of Navy’s six previous semifinal games have been decided by two goals or less. In those four contests, the Mids are 3-1.
• Navy holds three single-game and three overall league tournament records.
• For single-game tournament records, Jasmine DePompeo’s nine points (5g, 4a) against Colgate (4/30/11), Aimee Gennaro and Kathy Young each scored seven goals versus Holy Cross (4/29/12) and Navy as a team recorded nine assists against Colgate (4/30/11). Both Holy Cross and Colgate contests were the Patriot League Title Game.
• For overall tournament records, Jasmine DePompeo’s seven assists and 13 total points (6g, 7a) in 2011 and Gennaro’s 11 goals in 2012 are league bests.
• Navy placed four players on the 2014 All-Patriot League Team, which included junior Loren Generi (1st Team), senior Aimee Gennaro (2nd Team), senior Jill Coughlin (2nd Team) and sophomore Lizzy Rullan (2nd Team). Sophomore Katie Gallagher and Coughlin were named to the All-Academic team.
• Generi was named to the All-Patriot League squad for the third consecutive year and second-straight year on the First Team.
• Gennaro garnered All-Patriot League Second Team honors for the second time in her career.
• Coughlin and Rullan are first time members of the All-Patriot League Team.
• Coughlin was named to the All-Academic Team for the second time in her career, boasting a 3.85 GPA while majoring in oceanography (honors). Gallagher earned All-Academic honors for the first time in her career with a 3.31 GPA while majoring in oceanography.
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 11 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), Maryland (0-1) and Loyola (0-1).
Limiting Opposing Offenses
• Navy’s defense has been stellar this season, holding 15 of its 16 opponents under 10 goals. It was the first time in program history that Navy did not allowed an opponent to enter in double-digits through the first 15 games.
• Navy’s scoring defense is allowing the third-lowest mark in the nation at 6.13 goals per game. The Mids mark (6.13) 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.