April 2, 2014

Generi Strong on Draw in Navy Win over San Diego State

by Megan Schneider | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

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Navy junior Loren Generi became the sixth player in NCAA history to reach the 300-draw plateau with nine controls in a 14-9 win for the Midshipmen on Wednesday afternoon against visiting San Diego State. The win boosted the No. 20 Mids to 11-1 on the season.

"Obviously, it's really cool to set a record but I couldn't have done it without my teammates," said Generi, who netted four points for the day as the current NCAA leader in points per game. "We practice the draw every single day and they have specific jobs to box out and that's what helps me to get them."

The Midshipmen opened the game with a quick 3-0 lead within the first five minutes, one goal apiece for Aimee Gennaro, Aislinn Probst and Generi. Aztecs Lauren Maack then got her team on the board, scoring about 30 seconds later.

Probst scored her second goal of the game to extend Navy's lead to 4-1, followed by an unassisted Aztecs goal by Christina Ricciardulli to bring the score within two.

Navy went on to dominate the remainder of the first half, scoring four more goals by Miranda Beal, Kaitlan Moynihan and Generi, and only allowing two. At halftime, San Diego State trailed 8-4, making a decisive goalie change to start freshman goalie Katie Merritt the second half.

Within the first 13 minutes, the Midshipmen steadied the pace after netting five goals, including their only free position goal of the game scored by Moynihan. The Aztecs scored just once, falling farther behind as Navy took a 13-5 lead.

After being double- and triple-teamed inside the 12-meter arc, San Diego State called a timeout to devise a new game plan. Returning to the field, the Aztecs picked up the momentum to go on a three-goal run of their own with Felice Artuso scoring two of those three.

"Every time we've had a California team come here, they've played us really tough," said Navy coach Cindy Timchal, acknowledging her team's struggle to come up with a defensive stop. "We knew they would come hungry to play east coast teams."

However, Navy tallied a total of four three-goal runs to combat San Diego State's attempt to cut the deficit.

The Aztecs' efforts were to no avail. Navy recorded another win in their books, extending its record to 11-1.

Navy's sophomore goalie Cassidy Chaney docked a career-best seven saves, as well as three crucial ground balls outside the crease. Moynihan finished the game alongside Generi with four points and Gennaro's lone goal tied the program record for the most goals in a player's career with 199.

Next week, Navy will face Michigan in a quest to continue challenging non-conference competition across the country. The Midshipmen hope to earn a playoff berth this year.

"That's why we're here," Timchal said. "We want to compete at the highest level. We've just played solid lacrosse and everybody who's seen us knows that."

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