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Navy sports roundup: Women’s lacrosse defeated by No. 14 Drexel; men’s soccer loses at Loyola

Navy's Gil Eby, shown driving to the cage against Loyola, scored three goals to lead Navy women's lacrosse in a disappointing loss to No. 14 Drexel.
Navy's Gil Eby, shown driving to the cage against Loyola, scored three goals to lead Navy women's lacrosse in a disappointing loss to No. 14 Drexel. (Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette)

Navy women’s lacrosse did a lot of things right early in Wednesday evening’s game against Drexel.

The Midshipmen were winning the draws and giving themselves scoring opportunities. However, Navy was off target when it came to shooting the ball.

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“I thought we did a lot of good things tonight. Unfortunately, we didn’t score on our first six shots,” Navy coach Cindy Timchal said.

Meanwhile, the Dragons did finish early and jumped out to an early 6-0 lead. That deficit proved too much for the Midshipmen to overcome as they played from behind the whole way.

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Midfielder Lucy Schneidereith scored five goals as No. 14 Drexel defeated Navy, 17-8, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Schneidereith, a fifth-year senior out of Towson High, scored three of her goals in the final 8:35 as the visitors pulled away.

Senior midfielder Karson Harris scored four goals, while senior attacker Colleen Grady totaled three goals and two assists for Drexel (9-1), which is loaded with players who received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA. Jamie Schneidereith, another of quadruplets all playing college lacrosse right now, contributed two goals.

“Those super seniors make a big difference. Drexel had about four or five of them,” Timchal said.

Junior midfielder Gil Eby (Notre Dame Prep) scored three goals to lead Navy, which suffered its second straight loss to a ranked opponent. Junior midfield-attack Reagan Roelofs scored two goals and captured 12 draws for the Midshipmen, who fell out of the Inside Lacrosse media poll this week.

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Senior midfielder Marina Lazarides (Garrison Forest) also scored two goals for Navy, which trailed 9-2 at halftime. Senior attack Nicole Victory added a goal and assist.

“We were generating the offense we needed. We had 30 shots and should at least score on 50 percent of those,” Timchal said. “We did not shoot the ball well and had some untimely turnovers.”

Starting goalie Abbi Young gave up six goals without making a save before giving way to freshman Jo Torres (St. Mary’s), who wound up stopping 12 shots in almost 43 minutes of action.

Navy now faces a critical South Division game at Lehigh on Saturday. The Midshipmen already have a loss to Loyola, and another would make it tough to earn one of two South Division berths in the Patriot League Tournament.

“We have a big conference game on the road on Saturday. We have to find a way to get back on track. Our inconsistencies are all correctable. These players are tough and resilient and they’ll be ready to go on Saturday,” Timchal said.

Men’s soccer falls

Senior midfielder Justin Ingram scored a goal off a penalty kick and assisted another as Loyola Maryland shut out Navy, 2-0, on Wednesday night.

The Midshipmen outshot the Greyhounds 10-9 but could not find the back of the net in suffering their first loss of this spring season.

Navy is now tied atop the South Division standings with American and Loyola. The Mids meet the Eagles on Saturday with the winner earning a berth in the Patriot League Tournament.

“It was a disappointing performance. Loyola scored early and we chased the game,” Navy coach Tim O’Donohue said.

“Loyola is a good team and certainly deserved to win. They took their chances, and we were not taking our chances well enough. We created some opportunities, but we need to do a better job of finishing our chances,” O’Donohue added.

Senior fullback Matt Nocita got off three shots for Navy, while goalkeeper Ian Bramlett made two saves. The Midshipmen travel to D.C. to take on the Eagles in what now becomes an elimination game. “Saturday is a win or we are out situation, so it is a good opportunity for the team to be resilient, get ready and come back,” O’Donohue said. “We played well at times, but we were out of sync today and could not find our rhythm. We have to come back with good practices on Thursday and Friday to get ready for Saturday.”

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