February 8, 2014

Navy Women Surge Past Longwood

from Press Release

Navy Recap

FARMVILLE, Va. - A 6-0 run in the second half by the Navy women's lacrosse team secured a win over Longwood, 14-8, on Saturday at Athletics Complex. Junior attack Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y) had a game-high six points on four goals and two assists.

"We were pleased to come away with a road victory to begin the season," said head coachCindy Timchal. "I was happy to see the players respond in the second half with the adjustments we made to create some big defensive stops down the stretch."

Navy tied the program record for most caused turnovers in a game with 17 (also 17 vs. Holy Cross; 3/27/10), 11 of which came in the second half. Generi, who is known for her offensive output, had a career-high and game-best three caused turnovers. The Mids stifled the Lancers in the second half, holding the opponent's offense to just one total shot.

With the score knotted 8-8 heading into the second half, Navy (1-0) wasted very little time regaining the lead. Generi won the opening draw to set the Mids up with an offensive opportunity. Following a foul from a Lancer defender, midfielder Casey Browne (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.) netted in her third goal of the contest (career-high) to give Navy a one-goal lead, 9-8, with just a minute off the clock in the second half.

Both teams picked up the defensive intensity for the next 13 minutes, causing a combined eight turnovers (Navy - 5, Longwood - 3) and allowing two total shots (Longwood - 1, Navy - 1).

Navy went back on the attacking end, rattling off four goals in a nine-minute and 34-second stretch to extend its lead to five, 13-8, with 7:19 remaining in the contest. Navy midfielder Aislinn Probst (Fr., Arnold, Md.) sparked the four-goal run by tallying her first collegiate assist to teammate Aimee Gennaro (Sr., Havertown, Pa.). Generi followed up with a goal at the 12:40 mark and an assist to Jill Coughlin (Sr. Annapolis, Md.) with 7:19 left. Miranda Beal (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) converted on a free-position shot between Generi's goal and assist for her second goal of the contest at the 9:09 mark.

Generi scored her fourth and final goal with 3:18 left to improve Navy to 6-1 all-time in season openers. The win extends the Mids streak of consecutive road wins to seven games (2/16/13 to present).

Longwood held a two-goal lead four different times in the first half, led by attacker Sarah Butler's three first-half goals. As Longwood held its largest lead of two, 8-6, with 1:32 left in the first half, Generi and Browne scored within 45 seconds of one another to wipe away the deficit and go into the second half even.

Navy goalkeeper Annie Foky (1-0) recorded two saves, including a big free-position opportunity save early in the first half. Longwood netminder Christian Acker (0-1) tallied nine saves on 23 chances.

Navy welcomes Campbell on Friday, Feb. 14 in its home opener at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game is set for 4 p.m.



Longwood Recap

FARMVILLE, Va. – Sophomore Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia tallied a hat trick to pace the Longwood University women's lacrosse team in a 14-8 defeat against the United States Naval Academy (1-0) on Saturday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville. Butler tied a career-high with her three goals in the squad's season opener. Five other Lancers logged one goal apiece in the decision, while Loren Generi led Navy with four goals and one assist on the day. Longwood (0-1) will return to action on Friday, February 14 when the squad travels to Elon University of the Southern Conference for a 4 p.m.

"We played the best first half of lacrosse I've ever seen us play," said head coach Elaine Jones. "However, we beat ourselves a bit with some mental errors in the second half, which put us in a hole trying to come back. That being said, the team fought hard the entire game and played with a ton of heart. Brittany Haun and Sarah Butler had stellar games and hustled all over the field. Overall, we learned what we need to fix and I'm excited to move forward to begin preparing for the next game."

The squads battled for control in the first half, answering each other goal for goal. Longwood was able to get on the board first less than three minutes into play, as Butler found the back of the net for the first time this season. Navy answered with a goal from Miranda Beal, but the Lancers fought back with a pair of unassisted goals from juniorsKacey Norwood/Chantilly and Liz Trainer/Ellicott City, Md. to give the home squad a 3-1 edge with just over 20 minutes to play in the first half. The Midshipmen knotted the score at 3-3 before junior Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md. found sophomore Katie McHugh/Burke open in front of the net for a hard shot on goal and Butler converted on a free position opportunity, giving Longwood a 5-3 advantage at 12:40 in the first.

Navy battled from behind once again thanks to three points from Katie Gallagher to even the board at 5-5 with less than seven minutes remaining in the half. Junior Sara Jacobson/Gainesville fired a free position shot on target at 5:21 and senior Lauren Prasnicki/Lexington found freshman Rachel DiGiulian/Annandale with a strong pass from behind the net, allowing the rookie to score her first career goal to give Longwood the upper hand at 7-5 with 4:06 to go. The squads traded one score apiece to maintain the two-goal buffer, but the Mids found the net twice in the final minute to make it an 8-8 stalemate at halftime.

Coming out of the break, Navy adjusted to quell the Lancers' offensive attack, taking a 9-1 shot advantage over the home squad in the second half. The mids converted on six of those shots for goals to pull away, while holding Longwood scoreless. The Lancers' lone shot attempt of the second half came off the stick of Norwood, but it missed wide, as Navy sealed the 14-8 decision.

In addition to Butler, Trainer, Norwood, Jacobson, McHugh and DiGiulian recorded one goal apiece for the Lancers. Prasnicki and Arndt notched one assist each, as well. Sophomore Shiloh McKenzie/Lothian and junior Brittany Haun/Charlottesville paced the team with three groundballs and two caused turnovers apiece, while Trainer logged a team-high three draw controls. Junior goalkeeper Christian Acker/Moorestown, N.J. totaled nine saves in the decision.

Aimee Gennaro registered four points for Navy to add to the team's offensive effort. Casey Browne and Katie Gallagher followed with three points each.

Saturday's contest marked the seventh meeting ever between Longwood and Navy in the sport of women's lacrosse. Following the victory, the Mids hold a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series.

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