May 10, 2012
By Katherine Dunn
For Navy’s Cindy Timchal, coaching in the NCAAtournament for a 24th time is just as exciting as it was back in 1983 when she took Northwestern to its first tournament. “It never gets old,” Timchal said. “It’s always exciting, because you're always taking a new group of young athletes and it’s exciting for them.”
Timchal is the first coach to take three different programs – Northwestern, Maryland and Navy – to the NCAA tournament. Although their program is just five years old, the Midshipmen are in the tournament for a third straight time, advancing through a play-in game after winning the Patriot League.
“It’s the reason I came to Navy,” Timchal said, “to start the women’s lacrosse program and to demonstrate every time we step on the field and represent the U.S. Naval Academythat we put forward the very best lacrosse we can. What's great with our level of succes is to know that you can be at a service academy, you can live out your dreams of an exciting career and at the same time, step out on the field against North Carolina.”
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