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No. 13 Navy falls to No. 16 Virginia in opener

The No. 13 Navy women’s lacrosse team was edged 15-12 by No. 16 Virginia in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville.

The Midshipmen were led by Kayla Harris (Broadneck), who posted a career-high five goals.

“This was an opportunity for us to bring home a Navy victory against a nationally-ranked opponent, but we just came up short,” head coach Cindy Timchal said. “Credit to Virginia, their coaches and their team. We fell short in a couple of areas both offensively and defensively, but we played well against a good opponent. We play at home next Sunday so we have to continue to work hard and put together a good game plan for Saint Joseph’s.”

For Navy (0-1), Harris led a trio of Mids who notched multiple goals. The junior set a personal best with five goals on eight shots, while senior captain Andie O’Sullivan and freshman Reagan Roelofs chipped in two goals apiece. Kelly Larkin added a goal and led the team with four of Navy’s five assists. The Mids’ offense was hampered by free position shots, converting just 3-of-11 on the day.

Defensively, the Mids surrendered 15 goals to the nationally-ranked Cavaliers. Navy caused nine of Virginia’s 18 turnovers on the day. Natalie Irwin led the way with two caused turnovers, while Irwin and O’Sullivan paced the team with three ground balls apiece. The Mids held a slight advantage in draw controls, out drawing the Cavs, 16-13.

In her second career start, goalie Gab Harchelroad recorded four saves on the day, but was charged with the loss, surrendering 15 goals.

Navy will host Saint Joseph’s, 1 p.m., Feb. 17, at at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the Mids’ home opener.

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