By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun
8:49 PM EST, March 7, 2012
Navy’s Cindy Timchal became the first college lacrosse coach – men’s or women’s -- to reach the 400-win milestone Wednesday afternoon when the Midshipmen downed Robert Morris, 18-8, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Mids improved to 6-1 this season, and Timchal improved to 400-106. Her past 64 wins have come at Navysince taking the program to Division I in 2008. She also won 260 games, eight national championships and two national Coach of the Year awards in 16 years at Maryland.
“I’m proud of this moment, but this is really just a reflection of how the teams over the years have always been tough and have always played hard for victory,” said Timchal, who began her head coaching career at Northwestern in 1982.
Best known for guiding Maryland to a record seven consecutive national championships and for influencing many of her players to follow her into coaching, Timchal guided Navy to the last two Patriot League titles.
On Wednesday, the Midshipmen did their best to make sure Timchal reached the milestone by scoring the first seven goals of the game. An unassisted goal from Jasmine DePompeo, last season’s Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, put the Mids up 7-0 in less than 12 minutes.
Navy never let Colonials (1-4) get closer than within four goals. When the visitors cut the lead to 10-6 early in the second half, Aimee Gennaro and Loren Generi scored back-to-back goals to thwart the momentum.
Gennero led Navy with five goals, while Kathy Young added four and DePompeo had two goals and three assists.
"When we were being recruited, we knew we had a great opportunity to be able to lay the foundation of a new program with her," said Hereford graduate and senior captain Kierstin King, whose two ground balls today made her the school's all-time leader in the category with 130. "She has so much experience and wisdom and we trust her so much. This is very special."
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