March 2, 2015
|GAME 7: NAVY (5-1, 2-1 Away) vs. George Washington (1-2, 1-0 Home) | 2014-15 Media Center|
|When||Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 4:00 pm (ET)|
|Location||Washington, D.C. | GW Lacrosse Field| Directions|
|Live Video Stream||Atlantic 10 Network|
|Social Media||@NavyAthletics | Facebook | Instragram|
Navy recorded two weekly league honors as senior attack Loren Generi and freshman midfielder Jenna Collins were named Corvias Patriot League Midfield Player and Rookie of the Week, which was announced by the conference office on Monday.
George Washington Notes
The Colonials have opened the 2015 season with a 1-2 record. GW earned its lone win against Yale, 13-5, at home. The two losses came from then-No. 17 Johns Hopkins, 16-3 and Liberty, 17-13, both of which were on the road.
GW has four different players with two assists or more while senior Jamie Bumgardner leads the team with five.
Senior attack Rachel Mia has been the driving force for the Colonials offense, producing 11 goals through three games.
The Colonials have used a team effort in the circle, tallying five players with at least three draw controls. Junior midfielder Gabbi Hull leads the squad with seven.
Mackenzie Jones has started in net in all three contests for GW, holding a 12.42 goals-against average and a .340 save percentage.
Navy leads George Washington, 2-0, in the all-time series. Both wins have come in the last two seasons.
The Mids have held the Colonials to eight goals or less in both contests.
Navy recently defeated George Washington, 14-8, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 5, 2014. Loren Generi led the Mids with six points on two goals and a game-high four assists. Senior netminder Annie Foky had a strong day in net, tallying seven saves on 15 chances in the win.
Last Time Out
Continuing to shutdown opposing offenses in the second half helped the Navy women’s lacrosse team (5-1) defeat William and Mary (0-3), 12-9, Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy recorded a program-best 18 caused turnovers and held William and Mary to just three goals in the second half.
Navy’s ride defense held William and Mary to 12-of-23 on clearing opportunities, limiting the Tribe’s possessions to gain any momentum on offense. Senior attack Loren Generi not only led Navy on offense but had a game-high four caused turnovers and six ground balls.
Navy held advantages over William and Mary in shots, 27-16, ground balls, 22-15, draw controls, 14-9 and clearing opportunities, 10-of-11 over 12-of-23.
Generi finished with a game-high four points on three goals and one assist along with eight draw controls, six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Both of her ground ball and caused turnover totals were career bests. Gallagher continued to rack up the points, extending her streak of games with at least one point to 23 with two points on two goals.
Despite only two saves on 11 chances, Foky’s presence was known, recording two caused turnovers and two ground balls as well. William and Mary started with Alex Lista in net as she tallied four saves on 13 chances in 32:48 minutes of play. Meredith Crizer relieved Lista, recording five saves on eight chances in the last 27:12.
Patriot League Weekly Honors
Senior attack Loren Generi and freshman midfielder Jenna Collins earned Corvias Patriot League Midfield Player and Rookie of the Week laurels for the week of Feb. 23 through Feb. 28.
Generi stuffed the stat sheet in two home victories for the Mids last week as she combined for six goals, three assists, seven ground balls, 15 draw controls and four caused turnovers in a 13-7 win over Villanova on Wednesday and 12-9 triumph over William & Mary on Saturday. She had three goals, two assists, a ground ball and seven draw controls against the Wildcats before putting up three goals, an assist, six ground balls, eight draw controls and four caused turnovers in the win over the Tribe. Generi had career highs in both ground balls and caused turnovers against William & Mary. She moved into the Patriot League career top 10 list for goals (179) and points (243), and her 395 career draw controls now stand just three away from the Patriot League record. Generi is named Corvias Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week for the third straight time to start the season, and the seventh in her career.
Collins contributed a pair of goals with multiple ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers in each of Navy’s home victories last week. She scored two goals with three ground balls and a pair of draw controls and caused turnovers in a 13-7 win over Villanova on Wednesday, and had a nearly identical line in Saturday’s 12-9 win over William & Mary with two goals, three draw controls and a pair of ground balls and caused turnovers. Collins has tallied a point and a draw control in each of the team’s first six games, and scored two goals in three consecutive contests.
Generi garnered her second-straight patriot league midfielder of the week honor for the week of Feb. 16 through Feb. 22.
Loren Generi and Annie Foky garnered Corvias Patriot League Midfielder and Goalkeeper of the Week laurels for the week of Feb. 9 through Feb. 15.
Posessions, Posesssions, Posessions
Whether it is a high-scoring game or a defensive-heavy contest, Navy has put itself in position to either score or keep the ball away from the opposing team.
Currently the Midshipmen are sixth in the nation in draw controls per game at 15.83. Navy has tallied two games with 20+ draw controls this season, which has already surpassed last season’s total (0).
Navy’s plus-minus draw control margin is +50, having held opponents to 10 draw controls or less through its first six games.
Known as a draw specialist, Loren Generi is fourth in the nation in draw controls per game 9.17 per clip. She has tallied at least 100 draw controls in her first three seasons and has recorded double-digit draw controls in three of Navy’s first six contests.
Generi is four draw controls away from breaking the Patriot League record for draw controls in a career. Lafayette’s Ana White currently holds the record with 398. She is also five away from becoming just the third women’s lacrosse player in NCAA history to accrue 400 or more draw controls in a career. She will join Northwestern’s Alyssa Leonard (469 from 2011-14) and Robert Morris’ Jessica Karwacki, who is only a junior with 425.
Helping out Generi’s early-season success at the draw has been freshman Jenna Collins. Collins is second on the team with 15 draw controls.
Game after game Loren Generi finds a way to fill up the box score and lead the Midshipmen in multiple categories as well as find her name amongst the best in the nation.
In her first six games, Generi has tallied at least one goal, one assist, two points and five draw controls. Her 29 points, 19 goals, 10 assists and 55 draw controls all are team highs.
Generi’s 4.83 points per game, 3.17 goals per game, 1.67 assists and 9.17 draw controls per game all are top-two amongst the Patriot League.
Among the nation’s best, Generi’s points per game (T-19th), goals per game (35th), assists per game (32nd) and draw controls per game (4th) all rank in the top 40.
Navy has a handful of players that currently have streaks of consecutive games with at least a point, a goal and/or an assist.
Junior Katie Gallagher leads the Mids with the longest streak of tallying at least one point in 23 straight contests.
Senior Loren Generi has recorded a goal in 16 consecutive games.
Senior Casey Browne has tallied a point in eight straight contests.
Freshman Jenna Collins has started off her career at Navy with at least one point and one draw control in her first six games as a Midshipman.
Navy freshmen Julia and Jenna Collins come to the team as the second set of identical twins. Navy’s first set of identical twins were Beth and Kathy Young (`13).
The Collins twins have started the 2015 season strong, combining for 23 points on 17 goals and six assists. Jenna wasted no time scoring her first goal, as she tallied her first collegiate goal 1:22 into the season-opener versus Longwood while Julia recorded her first career hat trick in the same contest.
The Young sisters had successful careers at Navy. At attack, Kathy Young finished in Navy’s top ten in points (5th w/ 211), goals (3rd w/ 177), assists (8th w/ 34), ground balls (6th with 105), draw controls (3rd w/ 171), caused turnovers (t-5th with 40) and free-position goals (1st w/ 50). On defense, Beth Young finished in the top five in both ground balls (4th w/ 110) and caused turnovers (3rd w/ 62).
A Daunting Defense
Navy returns three of its four starters from last season’s defensive line that was the best in program history, which includes senior Sarah George and juniors Molly Doyle and Lizzy Rullan along with senior goalkeeper Annie Foky.
The Mids defenders have wasted little time from last season’s success, holding its first five of its first six opponents to 10 goals or less.
Navy tallied a program-best 18 caused turnovers, as the Mids stymied William & Mary, 12-9, on Saturday, Feb. 28.
The Mids are 89-1 all-time when holding opponents to nine goals or less in a contest.
Navy’s defense was stellar in 2014, holding 15 of its 17 opponents under 10 goals. It was the first time in program history that Navy did not allowed an opponent to enter in double-digits through the first 15 games.
Navy’s scoring defense allowed the third-lowest mark in the nation at 6.53 goals per game. The Mids mark (6.53) is currently the lowest in program history. Navy’s previous season-low goals-against average was in 2013 when the Mids allowed 7.30 goals a game.
In six different contests, Navy did not allow a goal in one half of play this season. The Mids were 6-0 when they accomplish the feat.
Home Sweet Home
Navy is 3-0 this season and 74-9 all-time at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Mids have won five of their last six home contests dating back to last season.
Navy improved to 8-0 all-time in home openers with a 17-2 win over Longwood.
Bouncing Back Strong
Navy was struck with the injury bug last season as Casey Browne, Annie Foky and Aislinn Probst all fell to season-ending ACL injuries.
All three players however have recovered from their respective injuries and heavily contributed in Navy’s first three contests
Foky has started in net in all six contests, tallying five saves or more in five of six games. Browne has started in the midfield and has recorded a point in all six games. Probst has been a key reserve off the bench for the Mids, picking up two ground balls in five games.
Leaders of the Midshipmen
Navy named seniors Casey Browne and Annie Foky team captains for the 2015 season.
Both players have recovered from season-ending ACL injuries from last season and will look to lead the Mids, on and off the field.
Foky returns as Navy’s starting goalkeeper, having started in the first 11 games last season and holding opponents under five goals per game.
Foky was 10-1 in net for the Mids and recorded a .440 save percentage
Foky was named the Patriot League Defender of the Year in 2013, allowing 7.13 goals per game and tallying 17 wins in net.
Browne looks to cap off her tenure at Navy with a healthy season, having fallen to injury during freshman and junior campaigns.
Browne did begin the 2013 season with a bang before sitting out the remainder of the season with injury as she tallied multi-goal games in her first two contests.
Browne and Foky lead a senior class of seven that has totaled 51 wins overall and an 18-2 conference record. The highest total by a Midshipmen class is the 2013 graduates with 69 wins.