Holy Cross Derails Navy in Patriot Battle

Navy held a 10-9 lead with eight minutes to go, but Holy Cross rallied to score back-to-back goals. Navy had multiple opportunities to tie the game in the final minutes, but costly turnovers prevented the Mids from forcing the game's eight tie.

"The game went down to the wire and we were in a position to win it, but some critical turnovers down the stretch really hurt us," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "They held the ball on offense and forced us to play a lot of defense throughout the game, and when we came up with the ball, we were anxious and didn't value possession. Holy Cross has always played us tough and we came up short today."

This was the third one-goal game in the all-time series, which Navy now leads 3-1. The game featured seven ties and five lead changes. Navy's biggest lead was two goals at 5-3, 7-5 and 8- 6. Holy Cross never led by more than one goal.

After Navy went out to an 8-6 lead ten minutes into the second half, Holy Cross received three unanswered goals to take a 9-8 lead. Back-to-back goals from Navy's freshmen attackers Jill Coughlin and Aimee Gennaro put Navy back into control of the game with 7:54 remaining, 10-9.

Navy then turned the ball over deep in its own defensive zone, which lead to a quick goal from Holy Cross' Kayla DiBari to tie the game at 10-10. Two minutes later at 3:34, Sara Hennessey scored off a feed from Taylor Zebrowski to give Holy Cross an 11-10 lead.

The Mids won the ensuing draw control but turned the ball over a minute later. After Navy got the ball back after a Holy Cross turnover, an errant pass that went out of bounds with 19 seconds left ended Navy's hope of a comeback.

Earlier in the game, the Mids got three unanswered goals from sophomore Kathy Young, sophomore Beth Young and Coughlin to post a 5-3 lead. After Holy Cross fought back, Mandrin Hill tallied a goal before the break and the Mids were up 6-5 at the half.

Amy Martin, an All-Patriot League First Teamer in 2010, made 13 saves in net for Holy Cross and Maddie Carrellas and Kat Sutton each had a hat trick.

Gennaro, Coughlin, Mandrin Hill, Kathy Young and senior Katrina Nietsch each had two goals for Navy. Coughlin, Nietsch and Mandrin Hill each also contributed an assist to share the team-lead of three points. Mandrin Hill also had a team-high four draw controls.

Holy Cross outshot Navy 25-24 and lead 10-6 in ground balls. Navy had the edge in draw controls, 12-11 and clear percentage (9-11 for Navy, 14-19 for Holy Cross).

The Mids will next play Colgate (3-0 in the Patriot League) at home on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports.

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