Navy 7-0 After Beating Lafayette in Patriot Opener
from press release
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – No. 19 Navy
women’s lacrosse uses a strong defensive effort to defeat
Lafayette, 11-5, on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial
“We have a ton of respect for Lafayette and they pushed us to the limit,” said head coach Cindy Timchal. “I am proud of our team today having pulled out a tough win.”
Navy’s defensive unit and goalkeeping played solid for the entire 60 minutes, allowing five goals on 18 shots. The Mids starting backline of Kelsey Henshaw, Molly Doyle, Sarah George and Lizzy Rullan combined for seven ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers. The four Mids held arguably one of the best midfield combos in the Patriot League in Anna White and Laura Kleiber to three goals on 10 shots.
Goalkeeper Annie Foky made six saves on 11 chances and held Lafayette to 3-of-7 on free position chances. Foky has come on strong the last two games, combining for 13 saves on 26 chances in Navy’s last two wins.
“We knew we had to work hard from start to finish, especially after last year’s close 9-8 win over Lafayette in the Patriot League Semifinals,” said Foky. “The entire defense and midfield line did a great job as a unit by stepping up and forcing our opponent to go where we wanted them to.”
A low scoring affair in the first half, as Navy (7-0, 1-0 Patriot League) scored three quick goals in the first 11 minutes and 43 seconds to grab a 3-0 lead. Lafayette (3-3, 0-1 PL) tallied the final goal of the half at 12:37 from Kleiber to cut the deficit to two, 3-1. Foky came up big in the final 12 minutes, recording two saves, one of which was a free position opportunity to keep Navy’s lead at two, 3-1, to end the half.
The Leopards came out in the second half with a goal from Kirsten Wilhelmson a minute and 23 seconds in to bring the deficit to one, 3-2.
Navy responded with three-straight goals to extend its lead to four, 6-2. Following a goal from Loren Generi, Jill Coughlin and Aimee Gennaro converted on back-to-back free-position chances.
Wilhelmson tallied her second goal of the game to bring Lafayette within three, 6-3, with 20:35 remaining in the contest.
The Mids then recorded their third 3-0 run of the game in a span of 8:03 to extend their lead to six, 9-3, to seal the game. The run was sparked by the freshmen connection of Kaitlan Moynihan to Aislinn Probst. Moynihan came back with a goal of her own and Gennaro finished the run to record the game’s lone natural hat trick with 9:19 left.
Navy held advantages in shots, 22-18 and ground balls, 21-12. The Mids and Lafayette tied in the circle with nine draw controls a piece.
Navy will look to start the season 8-0 for the first time in program history on Saturday, March 15 against Bucknell. The game is set for 3 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa.
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