Timchal Named IWCLA Regional Coach of the Year
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- After leading the Navy women's lacrosse team to the 2017 NCAA Final Four, head coach Cindy Timchal was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association South Region Coach of the Year, as announced by the IWLCA on Wednesday afternoon.
The Mids (18-5, 9-1 Patriot League) made their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first appearance 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.
Under Timchal's direction, Navy women's lacrosse became the first Service Academy team from a women's sport to advance to the NCAA Final Four with victories over No. 7 Penn (W, 11-10), UMass (W, 23-11), and No. 2 North Carolina (W, 16-14). Navy became the third team Timchal directed to the NCAA Quarterfinals and the second team she has led to the NCAA Semifinals.
The win over Penn was the program's first over a ranked opponent, while the win over UMass marked the first time in school history that Navy had won two NCAA women's lacrosse games in the same tournament. Navy then knocked off defending National Champion and second ranked North Carolina to advance to the Final Four. Navy finished the year ranked sixth in the country according to the IWCLA -- the highest national ranking for any women's team in school history.
As a team, Navy set the school record for points (545), goals (358), assists (187), shots attempted (805), shots on goal (607), ground balls (453), draw controls (364), caused turnovers (216), and games played (23). The Mids finished one-win shy of tying the school records for wins in a season.