No. 9 Navy rallies past Michigan in women's lacrosse

Trailing by four midway through the second half, the ninth-ranked Navy women's lacrosse team scored eight of the final 11 goals to rally for an 11-10 victory over Michigan on Sunday in Annapolis.

Navy improved to 3-0, while the Wolverines fell to 2-3.

"I am very proud of this Navy women's lacrosse team," Mids' head coach Cindy Timchal said after the game. "Give credit to Michigan. They came in and played tough. I thought we were playing great defense the whole way. We went down 4-2 at halftime. We struggled a bit offensively. We knew at halftime that we were going to have to keep grinding and fighting because Michigan was giving us everything they've got. Credit the team for pulling it together. I am proud of them. Michigan was tough a few years ago when we played them here at home, and they were tough again today."

Trailing 7-3, the Mids used a 5-1 run to knot the score at 8-8. Kelly Larkin began the run with an unassisted goal and 30 second later, Jenna Collins added another.

Michigan responded with a goal from Maggie Kane, but Navy answered with three straight goals. Julia Collins, Andie O'Sullivan and Larkin all scored, with Larkin's tally tying the game at 8-8 with 8:05 left.

The Wolverines countered with a free-position goal by Adria Pendino to regain the lead with 7:18 to play. Kayla Harris (Broadneck) tied the game for the fourth time with a free-position goal with 6:59 left.

The two teams traded goals again, but with less than two minutes to play, Jenna Collins was fouled and given a free-position attempt. The senior snuck the ball past the Wolverine's goalie to give the Mids an 11-10 lead.

As a team, the Midshipmen 's offense tallied 11 goals on 30 shots, while the Wolverines scored 10 goals on 26 attempts.

Defensively, the Mids caused 13 of the Wolverines' 19 turnovers. Ingrid Boyum tallied eight saves, including five in the second half.

Larkin led the Mids with a team-high four goals and added an assist. Jenna Collins also finished with a hat trick – her third in as many games. Harris netted two goals, while Julia Collins and A. O'Sullivan added a goal each. Molly O'Sullivan, Larkin and Julia Collins combined to register the team's three assists.

Navy returns to action on Tuesday, visiting Boston College in a rematch of last year's NCAA Semifinal game. The Mids and Eagles are set to take the field at 1 p.m.

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