Women's Lacrosse Opens NCAA Tournament vs. Johns Hopkins
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 7 Navy women's lacrosse team (16-3) opens up play in the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Friday night against No. 20 Johns Hopkins (10-8) at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, Md. First and second round host No. 10 Loyola (15-4) will take on Fairfield (13-6) at 4:00 p.m. before the Midshipmen face the Blue Jays at 7:00 p.m. Live stats and live video will be available throughout the weekend.
The game between Navy and Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament will mark the first meeting between the two teams. Head coach Cindy Timchal is 8-0 (1.000) all-time against Johns Hopkins, going 1-0 against the Blue Jays while at Northwestern and 7-0 against Hopkins as head coach of Maryland.
Scouting the Opponent
Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team has earned an at-large berth to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Hopkins is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016 and the seventh time since the program moved to Division I in 1999. The Blue Jays are no strangers to the 26-team field as seven of their opponents made the tournament, including three out of the Big Ten (Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State). Hopkins is led by junior Miranda Ibello (23g 39a), sophomores Maggie Schneidereith (37g 17a) and Mackenzie Heldberg (38g 11a) and senior All-Big Ten honoree Shannon Fitzgerald (26g 14a). All-Big Ten selection Jeanne Kachris (22ct 30gb) and junior Haley Crosson (10.61 GAA, .473 save percentage) anchor the Blue Jay defense. Freshman Shelby Harrison has controlled a team-best 87 draws and earned All-Big Ten honors as a middie.
Navy NCAA Tournament History
This will be the Mids sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Navy's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament was in 2010 as the Mids hosted Sacred Heart in the play-in game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Midshipmen won the game 12-2 to advance to play No. 3 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Mids returned to the NCAA tournament in 2011 as Navy once again hosted a play-in game, defeating Quinnipiac, 20-5, to advance to play top-seeded Maryland in College Park, Md.
In 2012, Navy needed overtime to defeat Oregon, 10-9, in Eugene, Ore. The Mids once again advanced to face North Carolina in Chapel Hill in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 2013 NCAA Tournament appearance saw Navy defeating Monmouth, 12-6, in Annapolis, before falling to No. 8 Duke, 10-5 in the the Mids' first appearance in the second round.
In the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Navy defeated No. 7 Penn, 11-10, at Penn Park on Dunning-Cohen Champions Field in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, the Midshipmen advanced to the second round of the Tournament for just the second time in school history. The victory over the No. 7 Quakers was the first win against a ranked opponent in Navy history. In addition, it was the second NCAA Tournament win for Navy in program history. Navy posted a 23-11 victory over UMass in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the Mids to advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Mids defeated defending National Champions and No. 2 seed North Carolina, 16-14, to punch their ticket in to the first-ever semifinal appearance in school history, becoming the first women's team from a Service Academy to advance to a Final Four in any sport. Navy fell to eventual runner-up Boston College, dropping a 16-15 decision at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Patriot League Honors
Eight members of the Navy women's lacrosse team were named to the 2018 All-Patriot League Team, including Jenna Collins who was named the Patriot League Midfielder of the Year for the third consecutive season.
For the second consecutive season, Marie Valenti of the Navy women's lacrosse team has been selected to the 12-member Academic All-Patriot League Team as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
Navy placed four players -- Ingrid Boyum, Jenna Collins, Julia Collins and Blake Smith -- on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team with Julia Collins being recognized as the Tournament Most Valuable Player. Julia Collins tied the Patriot League Tournament record with 11 goals and 13 total points en route to MVP accolades.
Last Time Out
For the second consecutive season, the Navy women's lacrosse team defeated Loyola in the Patriot League Championship to receive the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Mids led 9-5 at halftime and did not trail in the second half, picking up the 17-10 victory.
Navy placed four players -- Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.), Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Julia Collins (Clarksville, Va.) and Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) -- on the All-Tournament Team with Julia Collins being recognized as the Tournament Most Valuable Player. Julia Collins tied the Patriot League Tournament record with 11 goals and 13 total points en route to MVP accolades.
Defense played a key role in the Midshipmen's victory. Boyum finished the game with nine saves, holding the potent Greyhound offense to just 10 goals. It was the sixth consecutive game for the defense, holding an opponent to 10 goals or less. The Mids backline caused eight of Loyola's 14 turnovers with Sarah Childress (Annapolis, Md.), Natalie Irwin (Annandale, Va.) and Smith each being credited with two caused turnovers apiece.
The two teams tied with 12 ground balls apiece. Annalise Heyward (Charlotte, N.C.), Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.), Boyum and Smith each picked up a pair of GBs apiece, including several at critical stages of the game to stop potential runs by the Greyhounds.
For the second straight game of the tournament, Andie O'Sullivan (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) led the team in draw controls with the junior securing five of the team's 13 draws. Julia Collins snagged three while Jenna Collins and Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.) each grabbed two.
Offensively, Julia Collins paved the way for the Midshipmen. The senior captain tallied six goals on 10 shots, tying the Patriot League Tournament record with 11 goals and 13 total points during the two games. Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) recorded a hat trick, scoring four goals and chipping in her first assist of the season for five points. Jenna Collins, Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) and Nicole Victory (Issaquah, Wash.) each tallied three points, netting two goals with an assist piece.
For Jenna Collins, the three points gave the senior 100 points for the season. She joined Larkin as the only players in school history with multiple 100-point seasons.