ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Behind seven-goal performances from both Kathy Young and Aimee Gennaro, top-seed Navy knocked off third-seed Holy Cross 18-11 to capture its third straight Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Mids will compete in an NCAA Play-In game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion Oregon. Navy will be trying to make the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row.
Young and Gennaro now share the Patriot League Tournament record for most goals in a game. Young was named Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring 10 goals in the two games. Gennaro set a Patriot League Tournament record with 11 goals to join her teammate on the All-Tournament Team, while Navy also placed Loren Generi and Michelle Verbeeck on the squad. Filling out the All-Tournament Team were Holy Cross' Caitie Shea, Catherine Furman and Maddie Carrellas, American's Lauren Schoenberger and Samantha Marshall and Colgate's Courtney Miller and Katie Sullivan.
Navy scored the first five goals of the contest, and led 8-4 at halftime. Navy held a steady lead throughout the second half, using runs of 3-0 and 4-0 to go up 17-8 before settling on the 18-11 final.
Navy is the first school to win three consecutive Patriot League Tournament titles since the event began in 2001. The Mids are the first team to three-peat in any fashion since Lafayette did it for a third time from 2000-02.
Full recaps and a box score from Sunday's Championship are included below, along with a synopsis of the contest.
Annapolis, Md.- Top-seed Navy (17-2) scored the first five goals of the game and led by at least three the rest of the way to knock off Holy Cross (10-8) by an 18-11 final and win its third consecutive Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Mids advance to an NCAA Play-In game on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Oregon, the winner of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Navy also won the Patriot League regular-season crown with a 6-0 mark, and has tied both the school and conference record for overall wins.
Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player Kathy Young scored three times in the opening five-goal flurry, which put Navy ahead 5-0 just 13 minutes into the game. The Mids extended the advantage to 7-1, but Holy Cross battled back with three straight goals to get within 7-4 late in the first half. The Mids got one back just before halftime, as Aimee Gennaro scored with 24 seconds left to make it an 8-4 Navy advantage at the break.
Navy held a 10-6 lead with 20 minutes to play in the contest, then proceeded to put the game away from there with seven of the next eight goals. All seven of the tallies came from Gennaro and Young as Navy took a 17-8 lead with 9:30 left on its way to the 18-11 win.
Gennaro and Young each set a Patriot League record with seven goals in the game for Navy. Jasmine DePompeo added a goal and two assists for the Mids. Generi had a goal and eight draw controls, with her 112 draw controls for the year coming within one of the Patriot League single-season record and just 14 off the NCAA Division I mark.
Navy became the ninth No. 1 seed to win the Patriot League Tournament. The Mids won it all as the No. 1 for the first time, previously capturing titles as the No. 2 seed in 2010 and No. 3 last season. Navy was playing in its fourth consecutive Patriot League Championship game, and improved to 3-1 in the contest. The Mids also improved to 11-0 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season.
Holy Cross was going for its first Patriot League title since 2007, but instead fell to 2-3 in the championship contest. Laura Ryan had three goals and two assists for the Crusaders, while Maddie Carellas added three goals and an assist and Sara Hennessey had two goals and an assist.
Patriot League All-Tournament Team
Navy Kathy Young - MVP Aimee Gennaro Loren Generi Michelle Verbeeck