Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/16/08
Head coach Cindy Timchal (Haverford High), who guided Maryland to eight national championships from 1992-2001, is continuing to build her new program at Navy.
Timchal recently announced her program will welcome a group of 13 incoming freshmen for the 2009 campaign. The freshman class consists of players from six states, including six from Maryland, two each from Massachusetts and North Carolina, and one from New York, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
The Class of 2012, Navy’s second fully recruited class as a varsity program, figures to factor largely in the Midshipmen’s continued rise up the collegiate ranks of Division I women’s lacrosse.
Navy made the decision to elevate the team to varsity status in the June of 2006, and kicked off its Division I te nure in impressive fashion, wrapping up its inaugural campaign in 2008 with a 13-4 mark, setting the NCAA record for most wins by a first-year program.
Navy figures to compete for a Patriot League championship next year. The Mids fell to American, 17-15, in the first round of the playoffs this year.
The Mids return another underclassmen-laden squad in 2009, which includes eight of the team’s top-10 scorers from the nation’s second-highest scoring offense a year ago.
Timchal, who starred in lacrosse at West Chester College in the 1970s even though she did not play it in high school, was an assistant coach at Unionville in 1977 and 1978 and also at Penn under Anne Sage before starting the program at Northwestern in 1982. She was inducted into the West Chester Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Timchal – whose seven straight national titles at Maryland is the third all-time mark for consecutive championships for any NCAA sport – was inducted into the Pennsylvania Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Potomac (Md.) Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2006.