March 21, 2008
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's lacrosse team looks to extend its season-opening winning streak to seven games on Saturday as it takes to the road for the first time as an NCAA Division I member with a key matchup at Colgate. The first draw control is slated for 1:00 pm at Tyler's Field in Hamilton, N.Y. The Mids are 6-0 overall and 1-0 in Patriot League play, while Colgate enters with a 3-6 overall mark and is 1-0 in the Patriot League.
Navy is riding a six-game winning streak to open its Division I era, which includes five routs and one tight game ... the Mids won their first five games by an average of 15.0 goals per game, before needing a late goal against Holy Cross to hold off a Crusader rally on Saturday, 12-11 ... the Navy defense has also been tough, holding foes to just 6.33 goals per game, the third-lowest total in the country.
As of Thursday morning, the Mids are one of four teams (Northwestern, Princeton, Old Dominion and Navy) to be undefeated ... in addition, Navy's six-game win streak is second nationally to Northwestern's 27-game streak ... the Mids are the lone Patriot League unbeaten.
Navy ranks in the NCAA top ten in points per game, scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, draw controls per game and ground balls per game ... in addition, six Mids rank in the top 50 of the individual leaderboards 20 different times.
Colgate enters the contest with a 3-6 overall record and a 1-0 Patriot League mark ... the Raiders defeated Marist, 15-12, on Wednesday afternoon ... Brie Moran scored five points (4 g, 1 a) against the Red Foxes, and leads the team with 27 points ... reserve Meghan Lawler also scored five points ... Sara Drexler has seen the majority of the time in goal, posting a GAA of 14.15 and a .321 save percentage.
On the NCAA Charts
The Navy women's lacrosse team is well-represented on the NCAA's second leaderboard, released on March 18 ... the Mids are tops in the country in points per game (26.7) and win percentage (1.000 / with three other teams) ... in addtion, the Mids rank in the top five in five other categories, including scoring offense, scoring defense and draw controls ... six individuals rank in the top 50 nationally 20 different times in the NCAA's individual categories.
Mids in Elite Company
Playing in its first season in school history, not many people knew what to expect of the Navy women's lacrosse team. However, if the first six games are any indication, a special year could be in the making ... through Wednesday, March 19, the Mids are just one of four undefeated teams (Northwestern, Old Dominion and Princeton) ... Navy's six wins are tied for the sixth most nationally and are the second most for an undefeated team nationally behind Northwestern's seven wins ... in addition, Navy's six-game winning streak is the nation's second-longest streak, behind Northwestern's 27-game streak.
Home Sweet Home
Playing in what is perhaps the finest facility in the nation, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the Mids are enjoying a definite home-field advantage ... all six of Navy's games so far this year have been played in Annapolis, and Navy has won all six by an average margin of 12.7 goals per game ... coupled with the men's team success at home, this year's two Navy lacrosse teams are 10-0 at home ... that bodes well for the Midshipmen women's program, which will host 11 of their 16 games at the facility.
Racking Up The Honors
The history of Navy women's lacrosse spans just four weeks, but the program is already racking up the awards ... five different Navy players have won six weekly awards, dealt out in the last four weeks by the Patriot League ... two Navy sophomores have won the last two Patriot League Player of the Week awards, as Mary Ruttum won it on March 4 and Erin Rawlick won the award on March 11.
The Last time out
Caitlin Mandrin Hill's goal with 2:57 to play gave Navy a 12-11 victory over Holy Cross in the Mids' first Patriot League contest ever ... Navy jumped out to a 5-1 lead with 11:15 to play, before the Crusaders cut the lead to 6-5 early in the second half ... the Mids responded with five of the next six goals for an 11-6 lead with 18 minutes to play ... however, Holy Cross answered with five straight goals to tie the game at 11, before Mandrin Hill's heroics won the contest ... Erin Rawlick and Meg Decker led the Mids with four points each, while Katrina Nietsch and Mandrin Hill scored twice ... Natalie Blandon equaled a career high with nine saves in goal ... the Mids outshot Holy Cross, 30-24.
Navy players have already accumulated 23 hat tricks on the season, coming from eight different players ... Meg Decker and Erin Rawlick lead the team with five hat tricks.
The Mids were held to a season-low 12 goals, while giving up a season-high 11, against Holy Cross ... Navy had just one assist against Holy Cross ... in the previous five games, Navy had at least seven assists in every game.
Navy is 27-of-28 (.964) on clears over the last two games.
Navy has outshot every team this year, as well as picked up more ground balls in every game.
Erin Rawlick has scored at least four points in every game this year.
Meg Decker, Katrina Nietsch, Erin Rawlick and Amanda Towey have scored a goal in every game this year.
Freshmen have accounted for 42 of Navy's 114 goals this year ... sophomores have scored 44 of Navy's goals this year ... combined, the two classes have accounted for 86 of Navy's 114 goals (.754) ... in the win over Holy Cross, freshmen and sophomores scored 12 of Navy's 13 points (11 g, 1 a).
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