Women's Lacrosse Battles UNC in NCAA Quarterfinals
|GAME 22: NAVY (17-4, 8-1 PL) at #2 NORTH CAROLINA (17-2, 6-1 ACC)|
|When||Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 1:00 PM (ET)|
|Location||Chapel Hill N.C. | Fetzer Field | Directions|
|Live Video Stream||ESPN3|
|Game Notes||Navy | North Carolina|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | @NavyWLax | Facebook | Instragram|
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's lacrosse team travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on No. 2 North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. Opening draw between the Midshipmen (17-4) and the Tar Heels (17-2) is slated for Saturday, May 20, at 1:00 p.m. at Fetzer Field. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and live stats will also be available.
Navy is 17-4 overall on the year, and 10-2 away from Annapolis (8-2 away, 2-0 neutral).
Navy earned the Patriot League's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament winning its fifth PL Championship.
The Navy women's lacrosse team 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 NCAA Tournament to face UMass.
The victory over No. 7 Penn (W, 11-10) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament 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 have won 12 of the last 13 games overall. Seventeen wins in a season is tied for third most in a year with the 2010 season and behind the 2013 (19) and 2012 (18) seasons.
Head coach Cindy Timchal is the all-time winningest head coach in NCAA history with 490 wins. She is coaching in her 26th NCAA Tournament -- and fifth with Navy. Navy is 3-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
The Midshipmen are the third team that Timchal has led to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. She advanced to the quarterfinals one year with Northwestern and 14 times with Maryland.
Against UMass in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, six players combined for the Mids' 23 points on the day with five players recording hat tricks.
Julia Collins (Clarksville, Md.) tied the school record with eight goals in the game. She tied Loren Generi (at Longwood, April 2, 2013 and vs. UC Davis, March 27, 2013) and Danielle Vivonetto (vs. Manhattan, March 18, 2010) for most goals in a game in school history.
Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) paced the team with nine points, tallying three goals and a season-high six assists. Jenna Collins (Clarksville, Md.) also recorded eight points on the day, finishing with two goals and a season-best six assists. Kayla Harris (Arnold, Md.) scored four goals -- all in the second half. Meg O'Donnell (Forest Hill, Md.) and Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) each added three goals apiece. Young finished the game with a season-best four assists.
Defensively, Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) picked up her 17th win of the year, tying Annie Foky for most in a season. Foky finished the 2013 season 17-3. Boyum recorded seven saves in the game and grabbed two ground balls.
The Midshipmen defense disrupted the Minutewomen's offense all day. Navy was credited with 13 caused turnovers out of UMass' 15 turnovers on the day. Marie Valenti (Bechtelsville, Pa.) led the way with four caused turnovers, and Blake Smith (Sykesville, Md.) finished with three. Sarah Childress (Annapolis, Md.) and Boyum each chipped in two caused turnovers apiece. With her three caused turnovers, Smith has 36 on the season, passing Caitlin Mandrin-Hill (34 in 2009) for most caused turnovers in a single season.
Navy finished the game 20 ground balls and 20 draw controls. Valenti led the team with five ground balls, while Ju. Collins paced the team with eight draw controls.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
North Carolina enters the game with a 17-2 overall record. The Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season with a 6-1 record and swept the ACC Tournament.
UNC is making its 19th overall appearance in 22 years as a varsity program (since 1996) and 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. North Carolina is 30-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
Carolina is the defending National Champions, defeating Maryland, 13-7, in the 2016 championship game. Navy assistant coach Aly Messinger was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship.
The Tar Heels have made nine semifinal appearances (1997, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016), including six in the last eight years. UNC has reached the NCAA title game four times, winning twice (2013, 2016).
Carolina is 21-2 at home in NCAA Tournament games, losing only in 2000 to Loyola and in 2014 to Virginia. UNC has won 20 of its last 21 home NCAA Tournament games.
UNC is 15-1 with 15 consecutive wins in the NCAA Tournament second round.
The Tar Heels are 9-8 in NCAA Tournament quarterfinal games and have won six of their last eight quarterfinals. Carolina is 8-2 in quarterfinal games played in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina is a top-five seed in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth year in a row.
Navy assistant coach Aly Messinger was a four-year letterwinner for North Carolina (2013-16).
Messinger helped the Tar Heels win the 2013 and 2016 National Championships, being selected to the All-NCAA Tournament both years. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 Championship.
Volunteer assistant coach Matt Holman was a member of the North Carolina men's lacrosse team.
Holman's dad Brian was an assistant coach for the men's team and his mother Laurie was the director of operations for the UNC women's lacrosse program.
Holman's brother Marcus played lacrosse at Carolina, leaving UNC as a Tewaaraton Award finalist and the school's career scoring leader after the 2013 season, while his sister Sydney is currently a senior on the North Carolina women's lacrosse team.
North Carolina assistant coach Josh Dionne was an assistant coach for Navy for two seasons (2015-16).
North Carolina leads the all-time series between the two schools, 2-0. The two teams met in the 2010 and 2012 NCAA Tournament.
In 2010, Navy defeated Sacred Heart, 12-2, in the NCAA Play-In Game to advance to the first round of the NCAA Tournament to play North Carolina. The Tar Heels pulled out an 18-5 victory in the first ever meeting between the two schools.
The Mids traveled to Eugene, Ore. and defeated Oregon, 10-9 in overtime, in the 2012 NCAA Play-In Game to once again meet the Tar Heels in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with UNC claiming a 14-7 win.
Head coach Cindy Timchal is 11-9 all-time against the Tar Heels.