Women's Lacrosse Garners National Attention During Offseason
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The 2018 Navy women's lacrosse season is right around the corner, and the Midshipmen are looking to build off their historic run to the NCAA Final Four last year. With Hall of Fame head coach Cindy Timchal at the helm and a core group of starters returning, the Mids have been catching the eye of the national media.
Inside Lacrosse ranked the Midshipmen seventh in its initial preseason poll, marking the highest preseason ranking in program history. (Article)
The Mids were also featured by Inside Lacrosse as part of the publication's "Fall All-Access" series. The feature by IL's John Bauman chronicled the historic run to the national semifinals, as well as looked at the team heading into the 2018 season. (Article)
Recently, US Lacrosse Magazine released their 2017 Best of Lacrosse issue. The magazine pore over the top coaches, players, games, performances, breakthroughs, and moments for the annual issue. This season, US Lacrosse took the debate to Twitter.
In the Twitter vote, Timchal was voted Best Women's Coach, edging her former player and current Maryland head coach Cathy Reese. Timchal recorded 34-percent of the vote, compared to 31-percent by Reese. The year's Best Women's Breakthrough went to Navy's Kelly Larkin (Alexandria, Va.). Larkin tallied 46-percent of the Twitter votes to win the category handily.
Senior Suzelle Thomas (Birmingham, Ala.) was selected by Naval Academy to go to the White House as President of the United States Donald J. Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While at the White House, Thomas was able to meet the President, Vice President, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of Defense.
In November, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) inducted their inaugural Hall of Fame class. Navy's Timchal was among the six-person class that collectively has over 172 years of collegiate coaching experience and have won almost 80-percent of their games. US Lacrosse's Justin Feil chronicled Timchal's legacy with a feature during the Hall of Fame weekend. (Article)
Internationally, Navy assistant coach Gabby Capuzzi took part in the FIL Rathbone's Women's World Cup in late July as part of Team Italy. Capuzzi finished with 29 goals -- tied for most in the tournament -- to help Italy to an 11th place finish in its first ever World Cup.
The Navy women's lacrosse team opens up the 2018 season at home on Saturday, Feb. 10, as the Midshipmen host the Ohio State Buckeyes.