No. 19 Navy Pounds Liberty to Stay Unbeaten
from press release
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A balanced effort on
both the offensive and defensive end helped No. 19 Navy (3-0)
defeat Liberty (0-3), 19-3, on Tuesday at the Navy-Marine Corps
Memorial Stadium. The Mids offense generated 30 points on 19 goals
and 11 assists, while causing 11 turnovers and allowing just 11
shots on the defensive end.
“We continue to improve defensively, which in turn has helped generate more offensive opportunities,” said head coach Cindy Timchal. “We played tough today and with Annie [Foky] having a solid effort in net was a huge help in the win.”
Navy limited Liberty’s opportunities on the offensive end by allowing the Lady Flames just four clears on 14 chances. In three contests, the Mids have held opponents under .500 (20-46) in clear attempts.
Navy junior attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) continues to give opposing defenses fits, recording nine points on three goals and six assist against Liberty. Senior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) extended her consecutive games with a goal to 19, following a four-goal performance today.
Generi found holes in the Liberty defense, from the X, early and often, as she assisted Gennaro and Jill Coughlin (Sr., Annapolis, Md.) for Navy’s early 2-0 lead with 23:41 left.
Liberty struck back to cut the deficit to one, 2-1, with 22:26 off the stick of freshman Morgan Becker.
During the next 11 goals for Navy in a 20-minute and 14-second span, Generi generated six points on three goals and three assists to extend the Mids’ lead to 12, 13-1. Teammate Katie Gallagher (So., Bel Air, Md.) chipped in with three points on one goal and two assists, respectively.
Navy continued its offensive surge in the second half, going on a 4-0 run to bring the lead up to 16, 17-1, with 12:26 left in the contest. Generi surpassed her career high of 13 assists in a season, which was set in 2013, with her 14th assist of the season to Coughlin during the run.
Liberty and Navy exchanged goals in the final 10 minutes of the contest, as the Mids went on to win 19-3. Sophomore Kelsey O’Brien recorded her first collegiate goal with 4:27 remaining in the game.
Navy goalkeeper Annie Foky (Jr., Charlottesville, Va.) recorded four saves on six chances in 50:36 minutes of play to improve to 3-0. Freshman Cori Caggiano (Bethesda, Md.) relieved Foky for the final 9:24 and tallied two saves on three chances. Kristen Masullo started in net for Liberty, allowing 13 goals on 22 chances before teammate Kristin Boland played the final 31:59.
Navy will conclude its three-game homestand on Sunday against Davidson at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game is set for 12 noon with free live video on the Patriot League Digital Network (PatriotLeague.TV) and navysports.com along with live statistics also available on navysports.com. Joe Miller will have play-by-play responsibilities for the contest.