Larkin Named Inside Lacrosse Freshman of the Year
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy women's lacrosse rookie Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.) was named NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year by Inside Lacrosse.
Larkin, the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, earned honorable mention All-America honors by Inside Lacrosse, tallying a Navy freshman record of 108 points (54 goals, 54 assists). She finished the regular season with a conference-record seven PL Rookie of the Week honors. Larkin played and started all 23 games as a freshman, recording points in every game with multiple points in 21 games. Larkin scored goals in 20 games, including multiple goals in 14 games. The Alexandria, Va. native led the team in assists and had helpers in 21 of 23 games, including multiple assists in 14 games.
She was named a member of the 2017 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship All-Tournament Team, leading the Midshipmen with six points against Boston College in the Final Four. The freshman scored a career-high six goals in the Mids' first ever NCAA Semifinal appearance. Larkin finished the NCAA Tournament with 24 points, netting 14 goals and adding 10 assists.
Navy finished the season 18-5 overall. The Midshipmen won the 2017 Patriot League Championship to earn the League's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Mids opened the NCAA Tournament by defeating No. 7 Penn (W, 11-10) in the first round -- the first win against a ranked opponent in school history. Navy made history once again with a 23-11 victory over UMass to advance to the program's first ever NCAA Quarterfinal. In the quarters, the Midshipmen upset No. 2 seed and defending National Champion North Carolina to reach the NCAA Semifinals at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Navy was edged, 16-15, in the Final Four to NCAA Tournament Runner-Up Boston College.