Navy Wins Program-Best 10th Straight, Defeats Lafayette
from press release
EASTON, Pa. — Junior midfielder Kathy Young's (Berwyn, Pa.) five first-half goals paced Navy (10-1, 2-0 PL) to an 18-7 win over Lafayette (5-4, 0-1 PL) on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. Navy improves its program-record winning streak to 10 and becomes the first team in the nation to win 10 games in 2012.
"I thought our team was great today," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We've had a long week with our first Patriot League game last weekend, two games in the middle of this week and then our first Patriot League road game today. I'm very proud of the team for getting through this stretch undefeated and it was a great team effort today to get the win."
The Mids were able to control possession by holding a 16-10 edge in draw controls, with freshman Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) grabbing a game-high six draws to win the draw control battle against Lafayette's Ana White. White leads the league with 6.62 draw controls per game, but managed just four against Generi.
"We struggled a little early on with the draw controls, but we
came through on the draw at the end of the first and into the
second half and that was a critical part of the game for us,"
Generi also produced five points on four goals and one assist and added two ground balls. Young matched her career high with five goals on the day and also added three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.
Navy has had a balanced and potent offensive attack all season and the team is averaging 19 goals over the past five games. Young and Generi had the offense rolling on Saturday and freshman Jess Fellows (Vienna, Va.) posted four points on three goals and an assist.
Sophomore attack Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored two goals and senior Danielle Vivonetto (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and sophomore Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) each had one goal and one assist.Young opened the game's scoring just 1:26 in with a free-position goal and after a Lafayette equalizer, Gennaro and Young scored back-to-back before another strike from the Leopards saw Navy holding a 3-2 lead seven minutes in.
Navy then went on a 4-0 run with Young scoring back-to-back goals and Generi and Vivonetto each finding the back of the net. Lafayette's Addie Godfrey broke the run with a goal of her own, but Navy closed the half with Young's fifth goal and a strike from Generi with just 13 seconds left to take a 9-3 lead to the locker room.
Navy made a quick 3-0 run over just 43 seconds early in the second half that saw two goals from Fellows and one from Gennaro before Lafayette scored two in a row to cut Navy's lead to 13-6. Fellows scored an unassisted tally at 23:21, Gennaro added a free-position goal 24 seconds later at 22:57 and then Fellows scored again just 19 seconds later at 22:38.
The Mids would then score two in a row from Generi and Fellows to push the lead to 15-6 and the team would close the game on a 3-0 run on strikes from junior Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.), Generi and Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.), who scored right as the game clock hit 0:00.
Mellin and fellow defender Dominique Wright (Washington, D.C.) caused two turnovers apiece and helped the Navy defense hold its ninth opponent in the last 10 games to eight goals or fewer.
Senior goalie Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) earned her eighth win of the season, playing the game's first 49 minutes with one save.
Navy outshot Lafayette, 34-14, and held a 13-6 advantage in ground balls. Godfrey scored a team-high four goals for the Leopards.
Navy is now 5-0 all-time against Lafayette.
The Mids will next play at No. 1 Northwestern on Sunday, March 25.