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Women's Lacrosse Faces Loyola in NCAA Second Round

May 12, 2018

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BALTIMORE, Md. -- The No. 7 Navy women's lacrosse team (17-3) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Midshipmen posted a 16-9 victory over No. 20 Johns Hopkins (10-9) to advance to play No. 10 Loyola (16-4). The Midshipmen and Greyhounds will face each other for the third time this season on Sunday at noon. Live stats and live video will be available throughout the game.

Scouting the Opponent
Loyola earned the No. 8 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and serve as tournament hosts for the first and second round. The Greyhounds own six wins over nationally ranked opponents this season, as they knocked off No. 13 Penn State in OT, 16-15, No. 10 Towson, 14-13 in triple overtime, No. 14 Princeton, 13-7, No. 8 Virginia, 19-18, No. 24 Georgetown, 13-9, and No. 12 Navy, 16-13.

All-Time Series
The game will mark the 10th meeting between the two programs. Loyola holds a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have met in the Patriot League Championship game four times with Navy winning the last two match ups (2017, 2018). Navy picked up a 15-5 victory over Loyola in the championship game of the 2017 PL Tournament, snapping the Greyhounds' 41-game winning streak against conference opponents. Either Navy or Loyola has claimed the Patriot League Tournament title the last nine seasons with the Midshipmen claiming six and the Greyhounds earning three.

Last Time Out
The No. 7 Navy women's lacrosse team posted a 16-9 victory over No. 20 Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Ridley Sports Complex in Baltimore. With the win, the Mids advance to the second round to take on tournament-host No. 10 Loyola on Sunday at noon.

Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) had a career night. The senior tallied a career-high 17 saves between the pipes. She picked up her 16th win of the season and Navy-record 47th career win, passing Elaina Ponchione (2009-12) for the most wins in school history. The defense caused three of the Blue Jays' 10 turnovers in the game with Kayla Harris (Annapolis, Md.), Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.), and Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) each causing turnovers in the game.

Offensively, the Navy scored 16 goals on 26 shots. The Midshipmen were led by Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) who tallied a team-best seven points in the game, racking up six goals and chipping in an assist. In her last three game, Julia Collins has tallied 17 goals and three assists for 20 total points at the Ridley Athletic Complex. The senior captain was joined by Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.), Harris, Natalie Irwin (Annandale, Va.), and Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) who each scored two goals apiece. Larkin led the way with three of Navy's six assists.

With her two goals, Jenna Collins broke the Midshipmen's career record for goals scored. The senior now has 218 career goals, surpassing Loren Generi (2012-15) who held the record with 217. In addition, Jenna Collins tied the single-season goals record with her 77th goal of the season. She tied Erin Rawlick (2008-10) who netted 77 goals in 2010.

The Midshipmen opened the game by winning the first seven draws, but finished the first half pulling down 9-of-14. Navy finished the game with a 16-11 advantage in draws, while losing the ground-ball battle, 21-17. The Mids were hampered by turnovers, recording 20 on the night. Navy converted 19-of-26 clears while Hopkins finished the night 19-for-21 in clear attempts.

Last Time They Met (May 6, 2018)
For the second consecutive season, Navy 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, Md.), 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.

Navy NCAA Tournament History
The 2018 appearance in the NCAA Tournament marks 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.

IWLCA All-South Region
The Navy women's lacrosse team had three student-athletes selected to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-South Region team. Jenna Collins and Kelly Larkin were selected to the first team, while Julia Collins was named to the second team.



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