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Navy Begins Patriot League Slate Against Loyola on Saturday

March 18, 2016


Senior co-captain Molly Doyle previews Saturday’s matchup against Loyola

GAME 8: NAVY (5-2, 0-0 PL) at Loyola (3-4, 1-0 PL)
 When Saturday, March 19, 2016 | 3:30 pm (ET)
 Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex | Directions
 Tickets Buy Online | Available at the Complex
 Television American Sports Network (Channel Finder)
 Live Video Stream PatriotLeague.TV
 Live Stats Gametracker
 Game Notes Navy | Loyola | Patriot League
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ANNAPOLIS, Md – A showcase of the Patriot League’s finest will be on display, as the Navy women’s lacrosse team (5-2, 0-0 Patriot League) will face off against Loyola (3-4, 1-0 PL) on Saturday (3:30 PM) at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

Saturday’s contest will be televised in markets throughout the United States on the American Sports Network and live streaming video will be available on PatriotLeague.TV. Leah Secondo will have the play-by-play responsibilities with Debra Taylor as an analyst.

PATRIOT LEAGUE OPENERS
• The Mids own an unblemished 8-0 mark in Patriot League openers, outscoring their opponent, 119-60. Navy has held a league opponent under 10 goals in six occasions to begin the league slate
• Navy has opened its league slate on the road four times before Saturday’s contest, owning a perfect 4-0 record when traveling in its first league game. The Mids defeated Lafayette, 20-5, in 2015 and Bucknell, 17-7, in 2011, Lafayette, again, 14-8 in 2010, and Holy Cross, 10-9, in 2009.

LAST TIME OUT
• Sophomore Jenna Collins’ (Clarksville, Md.) four-goal, six draw control performance was not enough as the Navy women’s lacrosse team fell to #14/15 Boston College, 17-9, Saturday afternoon at Newton Campus Lacrosse Field in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston College improved to 4-2 while Navy fell to 5-2 on the season.
• Navy capitalized on its first two free-position chances to stay within one of the Eagles, 3-2, with 21:40 left in the half. Senior Katie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) scored the Mids first free-position and then Collins tallied her first off the next free-position opportunity.
• The Eagles however ran off five-straight goals in a span of 9:20 to build a six-goal lead, 8-2, with 3:58 remaining in the first stanza. Four of Boston College’s five goals during the stretch came from the eight-meter free-position shot.
• Navy looked to flip the script in the second half, scoring four of the first six goals to cut the deficit to four, 11-7, with 20:00 left in the contest. Junior Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) sparked the run with her first of the game, which extended her goal streak to 14 consecutive games. Gallagher, Collins and senior Codi Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.) all found the back of the net, as well, during the stretch.
• The Eagles then rattled off six of the game’s final eight goals to capture the 17-9 victory. Boston College’s Kayla O’Connor paced the Eagles’ offense with two goals during the run.
• Collins filled the stat sheet for the Mids offense, accumulating four goals, six draw controls, two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Young (2g, 1a) and Gallagher (2g) also helped on offense, combining for five points. Defenders Molly Doyle (Ivyland, Pa.) and Meghan Hubley (West Chester, Pa.) each recorded two ground balls and two caused turnovers to lead the Navy defense.
• Sophomore Ingrid Boyum (Herndon, Va.) recorded a career-high eight saves along with four ground balls in net for the Mids.

SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
• After starting the season 1-4, Loyola has recorded back-to-back wins, including an impressive 8-7 win over then-No. 8 Virginia.
• The Greyhounds have been slow out of the gate since entering the Patriot League, beginning each of the last three seasons at 2-4. Loyola, however, has strung together 10-straight wins to end of the season and captured two consecutive league titles after the previous two slow starts.
• Despite the departure of nine starters, three of Loyola’s top four offensive producers are underclassmen that have combined for 44 points on 29 goals and 15 assists, which is just over 50 percent of the team’s total production in each category.
• Sophomore Frankie Kamely leads the Greyhounds with 14 goals and freshman Hannah Powers has a team-best 17 points and 10 assists.
• Tewaaraton nominee senior defender Maddy Lesher and senior goalkeeper Molly Wolf anchor a Greyhound defense that has not allowed more than 11 goals over the past five games.

• Wolf has started all seven games in net, tallying a 10.19 goals-against average with a .462 save percentage.

LAST TIME THEY MET
• Despite a strong overall team performance, the third-seeded Navy women’s lacrosse team (14-5) fell short to top-seeded Loyola (14-4), 14-9, Sunday afternoon in the Patriot League title game at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• Loyola grabbed an early 3-0 lead off the sticks of three seniors with 18:33 left in the half. Molly Hulseman, Kara Burke and Taryn VanThof all contributed with a goal.
Morgan Young came back to tally Navy’s first goal of the game. The sophomore attack drew a foul to the left of the 8-meter cone, beat her defender off the start of the whistle and scored her first goal of the game. Loren Generi followed up with her first goal of the game as teammate Katie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) set her up from behind the net to cut the deficit to one, 3-2, with 12:20 remaining in the first.
• The Greyhounds however responded with five of the next six goals to push their lead to five, 8-3, with 1:01 left in the first stanza. Burke and Hannah Schmitt each scored two goals a piece, while VanThof chipped in with her second.
• Both teams battled for the next eight minutes with neither team finding the back of the net until Jenna Collins scored her third goal of the contest. Following Collins’ goal, Generi drew Navy’s fourth free-position chance and capitalized on the opportunity to cut the deficit to three, 11-8, with 5:50 remaining.
• The Greyhounds shut the door, tallying three of the game’s last four goals to earn the 14-9 decision and capture their second-straight Patriot League crown.
• Navy and Loyola played a fairly even contest with shots, 22-21, in favor of the Greyhounds, while ground balls, 18-10, and draw controls, 15-10, in the Mids favor. Loyola grabbed the game’s most telling stat, which was saves, 9-2.
Jenna Collins paced Navy’s offense with four goals. Generi finished the game with two goals, nine draw controls and one ground ball. Junior defender Molly Doyle (Ivyland, Pa.) led the Mids’ defense with four draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

ALL-TIME SERIES
• Loyola is 3-0 all-time versus Navy. The Greyhounds are 2-0 in Baltimore.
• The Greyhound defense has been efficient against Navy, holding the Mids under 10 goals in all three contests.
• On Navy’s current roster, sophomore Jenna Collins has found the most success on offense, recording four goals in last season’s title game.

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