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Navy makes comeback to advance past Lehigh

Trailing twice in the final 15 minutes and facing elimination from the 2017 Patriot League Championships, the second-seeded Navy Midshipmen had a very strong end to their semifinal game to earn a 9-8 victory over Lehigh on Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex on the campus of Loyola Maryland.

That now sets up a clash between the two in-state Patriot League rivals on Sunday as the Greyhounds will host the Mids.

Navy trailed 7-5 after Allison LaBeau scored with 17:32 left in the game, but Jenna Collins and Meg O’Donnell each score just over two minutes apart from each other to tie the game with 11:12 left in the game.

About a minute and a half later, the Mountain Hawks took the lead back on a free position goal scored by Julianne D’Orazio, and they held onto that one-goal lead with less than five minutes left on the clock, but the Mids rallied back and scored two unanswered for the victory.

Morgan Young tie the game with 4:34 left. Then, just over a minute later, O’Donnell scored her fourth goal of the game. None of her goals proved to be bigger as the last one, won the game for the Mids.

O’Donnell had four goals on seven shots for Navy while the two-time Patriot League Midfielder of the Year Jenna Collins led the Mids with five points on three goals and two assists. She also had five draw controls while her sister Julia Collins had six draw controls and on assist.

Navy outshot Lehigh a dominant 36-17. That peppering of the goal started early for Navy, but Lehigh goalkeeper Taylor Tvedt had a tremendous 16-save game to keep things close.

Kayla Harris opened the game with a goal in just the second minute of the game, but it wouldn’t be until the 14th minute when another goal was scored. O’Donnell got that one and put the Mids ahead 2-0.

Lehigh was able to score three in a row to take the lead with 8:42 left in the first half. Then, after Collins tied the game with a free position goal, the Mountain Hawks scored two more in the final four minutes of the opening half to take a 5-3 lead into halftime.

Tvedt had seven saves in the first half. But while she had even more in the second half, Navy upped the intensity on draws and took even more possessions and shots in the second half. Lehigh was outshot 19-4 in the second half. To their credit, the Mountain Hawks did cash in on three of their shots, but Navy was able to just get enough for the win.

Navy saw their first two goals of the second half gets response goals so the two-goal deficit still stood with 15 minutes left, but the 4-1 run at the end of the game powered the Mids to the victory.

They will take on Loyola in the Championship game with the opening draw scheduled for noon.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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