Navy's defense is often overshadowed by a high-powered offense that grabs all the headlines, but goalie Annie Foky and her stingy teammates in the back are the best Division I unit in the country at holding down the opposition.
They have allowed 45 goals, just 5.0 per game as the Midshipmen have gotten off to the best start in program history at 9-0. Only three opponents have scored more than five goals on the Mids, and none has hit double digits.
Foky, a junior from Charlottesville, Va., leads Division I with a 5.21 goals-against average.
Kelsey Henshaw of Kent Island is the only senior in a defensive unit that includes junior Sarah George (Dulaney) and sophomores Molly Doyle and Lizzy Rullan.
On Tuesday, the Mids shut out American in the first half en route to a 13-1 victory to improve to 3-0 in the Patriot League. It was the second time this season they held a team scoreless for a half. The Eagles managed just 12 shots; the Mids limited Bucknell to 14 shots in Saturday's 15-4 win.
"They have really been working hard together as a team focusing on communicating and all the little things," Navy coach Cindy Timchal said. "Our offense is playing well too, so that always helps on the defensive side to control the ball. Everybody collectively in that [defensive] unit has been playing well, but we know as the seasons goes on we're going to be challenged and we have to keep improving."
The four-time defending Patriot League champion Mids go for their 16th straight conference win Saturday at 3 p.m. against Boston University. The Terriers, in their first season in the Patriot League, are 2-5 overall but 2-0 in the conference. Two weeks ago, they defeated American, 12-11.
Terps' Douty added to Tewaaraton watch list
Maryland defender Megan Douty was one of two players added to the Tewaaraton Award watch list Thursday. Stanford attacker Hannah Farr was also named in the first of three rounds of additions before the field will be cut to 25 on April 24.
Five finalists will be announced May 8 before the award is presented May 29 in Washington.
Salisbury looking for 'pink out' Sunday
Defending Division III national champion Salisbury returns home from a successful spring-break rematch of last year's title game to host its annual Lax for the Cure game Sunday against one of the Sea Gulls' toughest opponents, Franklin & Marshall, at 1 p.m.
The No. 1 Sea Gulls won their 29th straight game Tuesday, 11-8 over No. 6 Trinity (Conn.) in Florida; Salisbury was led by three goals each from Bethany Baer (Westminster) and Shelby Nemecek (Liberty). After facing Southern Virginia on Saturday, the Sea Gulls will host the No. 4 Diplomats (5-0).
Last year, the Sea Gulls raised $5,000 for breast cancer awareness. Fans can purchase pink ribbons and pink balloons or pledge money for each goal the Sea Gulls score.
ACC dominating the polls
The Inside Lacrosse Brine Media poll and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll don't agree on a lot of positions in their Division I polls, but they do agree that the Atlantic Coast Conference is dominant, with six teams in the Top 10.
Both polls have North Carolina at No. 1, Maryland at No. 2 and Syracuse at No. 3. Boston College, Notre Dame and Duke are also in both Top 10s but in different spots.
In the media poll, ACC teams take the first four spots, with Boston College at No. 4 while Notre Dame is No. 6 and Duke at No. 10. The coaches have an even stronger ACC bloc, with all six in the top eight — Boston College at No. 5, Notre Dame at No. 6 and Duke at No. 8.
Johns Hopkins midfielder Taylor D'Amore broke school records for career draw controls (206) and single-game assists (eight) in Sunday's 20-5 win over Michigan. …In this week's NCAA stats, Denver's Jill Remenapp (Century) leads Division I in goals per game with 3.6 while Navy's Loren Generi leads in total assists (27), points (55) and points per game (6.88). … Robert Morris' Jessica Karwacki (Hereford) leads in draw controls with 14 per game. … Ten goals were scored by freshmen in No. 1 North Carolina's 18-11 win over Georgetown on Saturday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun