Women's Lacrosse Faces Boston College in NCAA Final Four
|GAME 23: NAVY (18-4, 8-1 PL) vs. BOSTON COLLEGE (16-6, 3-4 ACC)|
|When||Friday, May 26, 2017 | 7:30 PM (ET)|
|Location||Foxborough, Mass. | Gillette Stadium | Directions|
|Live Video Stream||ESPN3|
|Game Notes||Navy | Boston College|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | @NavyWLax | Facebook | Instragram|
BOSTON, Mass. -- The Navy women's lacrosse team plays in the 2017 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Semifinals this weekend as the Midshipmen take on Boston College on Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.
The winner of the game will play the winner of Maryland and Penn State on Sunday, May 28, at 11:00 a.m. on ESPNU in the National Championship.
Navy is 18-4 overall on the year, and 11-2 away from Annapolis (9-2 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 defeated defending National Champions and No. 2 seed North Carolina, 16-14, to punch their ticket in to the first-ever Final Four appearance in school history.
The NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four will feature Hall of Fame coach Cindy Timchal and three Maryland alums that played for her.
Timchal is the all-time winningest head coach in NCAA history with 491 wins. She is coaching in her 26th NCAA Tournament -- and fifth with Navy. Navy is 4-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Timchal has directed three different programs -- Northwestern, Maryland, and Navy -- to the NCAA Quarterfinals, and two teams -- Maryland and Navy -- to the Final Four.
Navy has won five NCAA Team Championships in its history -- 1945 Men's Outdoor Track, 1950 Men's Fencing, 1959 Men's Fencing, 1962 Men's Fencing, and 1964 Men's Soccer. Navy women's lacrosse will try and become the first women's team do to it.
The Mids have won 13 of the last 14 games overall, including nine consecutive victories. Eighteen wins in a season is tied for second most in a year with the 2012 season and behind the 2013 (19) season.
The Mids are making their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first appearance for Navy since 2013. The Midshipmen advanced to the NCAA Tournament after posting a 15-5 victory over top-seeded Loyola in the Patriot League Tournament, marking the team's fifth championship and ending the Greyhounds' 41-game winning streak against PL foes.
Navy's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament was in 2010 as the Mids hosted Sacred Heart at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the play-in game. The Midshipmen won the game 12-2 to advance to play No. 3 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. in the first round.
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. in the play-in game The Mids once again advanced to face North Carolina.
The Mids most recent NCAA Tournament appearance saw Navy defeating Monmouth, 12-6, in Annapolis, before falling to No. 8 Duke, 10-5 in the second round.
Navy advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second time with an 11-10 victory over No. 7 Penn on Friday. It was the first victory for the Mids over a ranked opponent in program history.
The Mids moved on to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history with a 23-11 victory over UMass in the second round of the Tournament.
Navy advanced to its first ever NCAA Final Four by defeating defending National Champion and No. 2 seed North Carolina, 16-14, in Chapel Hill.
Boston College leads the all-time series between the two schools, 2-0. The two teams have met in the last two regular seasons.
In the inaugural meeting in 2016, Boston College earned a 17-9 victory in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The two teams played earlier this season with the Eagles posting a 20-11 victory over the Mids. The game was 8-7 in favor of Boston College at halftime and tied 9-9 with 26:35 to play before the Eagles closed the game on an 11-2 run over the final 19 minutes of play.
Head coach Cindy Timchal is 2-2 all-time against the Eagles.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Boston College enters the game with a 16-6 overall record. The Eagles defeated Canisus (W, 21-9), No. 9 Syracuse (W, 21-10), and No. 7 USC (W, 20-14) to earn their place in the Final Four.
BC is averaging 20.7 points per game in the NCAA Tournament.
Boston College's win against USC was the program's record 16th victory of the season, passing the previous record mark of 15 (2014, 2015).
Boston College is 5-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is 1-1 in the Quarterfinal round. It was BC's first-ever win in the Elite Eight and the team has now booked its first visit to the Final Four.
The Eagles hosted USC in the NCAA Elite Eight, marking the team's second appearance the Quarterfinals and the first time the Eagles hosted at the Newton Campus Field.