May 8, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy women's lacrosse has officially arrived on the national scene. The Mids, now 17-3, claimed their first invitation to the NCAA Tournament with a convincing 12-2 victory over Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. For recaps of Saturday's historic victory click here: NavySports.com | Baltimore Sun Recap
Below are some additional postgame notes, as well as postgame interviews with Navy head coach Cindy Timchal, senior team captain Erin Rawlick and senior Mary Ruttum.
Timchal Continues to Add to Illustrious Coaching Resume
This will mark the NCAA-best 22nd national tournament appearance for Navy's esteemed head coach Cindy Timchal. Timchal, whose all-time record now stands at 379-98 (.794), led the University of Maryland to the NCAA Tournament in each of her 16 years in College Park. Prior to her tenure with the Terps, she led a then-fledgling Northwestern program to five tournament appearances during a nine-year run as head coach. In three seasons at Navy, Timchal has helped guide the Mids to a 43-12 (.781) mark. She is the first coach in NCAA history to lead three different programs to the NCAA Tournament.
Rawlick Continues to Climb All-Time Scoring Lists
Senior Erin Rawlick had three points (2 g, 1 a) in Saturday's victory, raising her season output to 108 (74 g, 34 a), the second-most recorded in a single-season by a Patriot League player, and her three-year career total to 291 (196 g, 95 a). Rawlick is now tied with Holy Cross' Patricia Sutton ('07) for second among the Patriot League's all-time pointscorers. Her 196 goals are tied for the fourth-most in conference history. With 291 points in 55 career games, Rawlick is tied for 26th all-time on the NCAA's all-time scoring list.
NCAA-Bound - Tournament Notes
The Mids are just second Naval Academy women's team to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament, joining the women's soccer program which advanced to the national tournament three times (2003, '06 and '07).
Senior defender Shelly Moeller was a member of Navy's women's soccer teams that earned berths into the 2006 and 2007 national tournaments. Moeller will become the first women's athlete at the Naval Academy to participate in an NCAA Championship in two different sports. After a decorated four-year soccer career in which she twice won Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors and left as the program's all-time leader in games played, Moeller has developed into an important contributor on the lacrosse field this spring, starting 12 games, including each of the team's last five contests.
While on the field Navy will obviously be newcomers to the national tournament, on the sidelines it is hard to believe any team could match the postseason experience that the Mids' heralded coaching staff brings to the table. Together, the five-member Navy staff has been a part of 41 previous NCAA Tournaments.
Cindy Timchal, Head Coach
21 NCAA Tournament Appearances (16 at Maryland, five at Northwestern); Eight NCAA Titles
Allison Fondale, Associate Head Coach
10 NCAA Tournaments, one championship appearance, (three as player at Loyola (Md.); seven as coach: six at Duke, one at Maryland)
Kelly Coppedge, Assistant Coach
Four NCAA Tournament Appearances, one NCAA title during playing career at Maryland
Jordan Trautman, Volunteer Assistant
Three NCAA Tournament Appearances during playing career at Georgetown
Liz Schaffner, Director of Operations
Three NCAA Tournaments, one championship appearance during playing career at Loyola (Md.)
Notable Dates in Navy Women's Lacrosse History
June 10, 2006 - Naval Academy Announces Addition of Women's Lacrosse
August 21, 2006 - Cindy Timchal Tabbed as Mids' First Head Coach
February 23, 2008 - First Varsity Game / Victory - Navy 21, Longwood 10
April 22, 2008 - Mids Set NCAA Record for Wins By a First-Year Program
April 24, 2009 - First Postseason Victory - Navy 12, Lehigh 11 (PL Semis)
May 2, 2010 - Navy Captures First League Championship - Navy 11, Lehigh 9 (PL Finals)
May 8, 2010 - Mids Earn First NCAA Tournament Berth - Navy 12, Sacred Heart 2 (Play-in Game)