Navy attack becomes even more prolific

Navy attack becomes even more prolific
Navy attacker Loren Generi. (Courtesy Navy Athletics)

As the two leading scorers returning for a Navy attack that is always prolific, Loren Generi and Katie Gallagher faced high expectations — and a new offensive coach.

Navy coach Cindy Timchal added former Duke All-American Josh Dionne to her staff and Dionne has revved up the Midshipmen attack even more. Navy (10-1) ranks No. 1 in the country in points scored with 233 and is second in goals scored with 159.


Generi, a senior midfielder from New York who has been Patriot League Midfielder of the Week five times this season, leads Division I in points with 58 and is fourth in points per game (5.37) and total goals (36). Gallagher, a junior attacker, from C. Milton Wright, is 14th in points with 39.

Saturday, the Midshipmen avenged two of their three losses from last year with an 11-8 win at Boston University, to boost their Patriot League record to 4-0. Generi had four goals and an assist and Gallagher had three goals.

"They've been playing solidly together and it's nice to see them feeding off each other," Timchal said, "and Katie was named, for the first time, (Patriot League) Offensive Player of the Week, for three goals against American and three huge early goals against BU. Then she had to come out because she took a hard hit early in the game against BU. She missed most of the game, but she's fine."

In addition to the prolific duo, the Mids have developed a full-slate of scoring options with more than a dozen goals each, including freshman twins Julia and Jenna Collins (River Hill), senior Casey Browne and sophomore Morgan Young (Towson).

Timchal, who brought Syracuse coach Gary Gait to the women's game as her assistant at Maryland from 1994-2002, has seen the blend of players and Dionne's coaching boost not just Navy's offensive production but its offensive variety.

"Josh is very passionate about lacrosse and doing a wonderful job with our offense," Timchal said. "He's trying unique and different things and recharging, resetting the offense in a manner that I expected. We're looking for a fast tempo but also poise, good spacing, really working together as an offensive unit so that the team-first mentality has really paid dividends for our level of success this year."

Salisbury climbing again

Since two-time defending NCAA Division III national champion Salisbury fell from the No. 1 ranking to as low as No. 14 after losing to unranked Catholic and No. 14 Washington & Lee within eight days in early March, the Sea Gulls have steadily climbed.

No. 10 Salisbury has won five in a row, but their last two wins show they're in the running for another national title. Sunday, they defeated No. 2 SUNY Cortland, 13-11, avenging the only loss on last year's 23-1 record. Wednesday night, the Sea Gulls edged No. 1 Franklin and Marshall, 8-7, on Megan Wallenhorst's goal with about three minutes to go and a stellar defensive stand that shut out the host Diplomats through the final 14:47.

Franklin and Marshall (7-1) took a 7-6 lead with 14:47 to go, but Wallenhorst (Centennial) fed Kara O'Rourke (Mount Hebron) to tie with 10 minutes left. O'Rourke returned the favor on Wallenhorst's game winner.

Wallenhorst and O'Rourke each contributed three goals and an assist to the victory while freshman goalie Gianna Falcone made two of her six saves in the final 1:30.

Even more impressive, the Sea Gulls have bounced back without All-American senior midfielder Bethany Baer, the Most Valuable Player in last season's national tournament and Lacrosse Magazine's Division III preseason Player of the Year. Baer, a Westminster graduate named to the Tewaaraton Watch List, has missed the past six games with an undisclosed injury but is expected to return.

Stanwick breaks BC career points record

Boston College senior Covie Stanwick broke the school record for career points with a goal and three assists in Wednesday's 17-9 win over Colorado. The Notre Dame Prep graduate's 273 points eclipsed the previous mark of 272, set in 2002 by another former Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland player, Lauren Miller (Roland Park).


Quick hits

Princeton coach Chris Sailer earned her 350th career win and Florida coach Amanda O'Leary earned her 250th within the past week. Sailer is second among Division I women's coaches behind Navy's Timchal with 455 wins. ... George Washington's Rachel Mia (Severna Park) tied a program single-game record for the second time in her career with seven goals in an 18-12 win over Mount St. Mary's. … Four Division I teams remain undefeated — Maryland, Boston College and Stony Brook.