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Coaching tree of Navy's Cindy Timchal has many branches

Coaching tree of Navy's Cindy Timchal has many branches

Navy coach Cindy Timchal is too focused on preparing her Mids for their first NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament national semifinal to reflect on the influence she’s had on this weekend’s final four.

Her knowledge and passion for the game are still contagious after 35 years, and they have touched every player on the teams vying for the national championship this weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. — even the ones who have never met her.

She has inspired several dozen of her players to follow in her footsteps, especially during 16 years at Maryland that included eight national championships before she left after the 2006 season to start the Navy program.

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