Navy Defense Sinks High Point
from press release
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) made 11 saves to anchor a strong defensive effort as the 20th-ranked Navy women's lacrosse team (3-0) defeated visiting High Point (1-2), 15-6, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday in cold and rainy weather conditions.
"We were very pleased with our defensive effort today," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "Our players really stepped up and we executed very well on offense. Now we have to get ready for a quick turnaround to play Monmouth on Sunday and it will be a good test to see how our players respond."
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) scored seven points (4G, 3A) for the third-straight game and sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) tallied five goals to pace Navy's offensive efforts.
Generi and DePompeo each scored in the opening minutes as Navy jumped out to a 2-0 lead. High Point got on the board with a Kendyl Gardner eight-meter goal at 21:06 but Navy responded 39 seconds later with a goal by junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.). DePompeo then added another goal, which was followed by Gardner's second tally, as Navy led 4-2 after the first 20 minutes.
The Mids then broke the game open with a 4-0 run over the next four minutes to stake an 8-2 advantage. DePompeo opened the run with her third goal of the game and then assisted on Gennaro's strike. Senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) and junior midfielder Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) then scored back-to back goals in 37 seconds to give Navy a comfortable six-goal lead.
The Panthers were then able to score back-to-back goals in 22 seconds to cut into the lead, but Generi scored off a feed from DePompeo with four seconds left in the half on a two-man advantage as the Mids took a 9-4 lead.
Generi carried the momentum into the second half, striking just 46 seconds into the frame off an assist from Coughlin. Generi then netted another goal three minutes later from a Gennaro feed.
High Point's Gardner broke Navy's 4-0 run with her third of the day before Navy scored three straight goals to push the lead to 15-5. Generi scored her fifth of the day on a free-position shot, followed by a Young free-position goal. DePompeo then closed Navy's scoring with a goal from Coughlin at 5:31.
High Point netted the game's last goal at 4:09 on a free-position attempt to secure the final score of 15-6.
High Point played a physical game and the team was given eight yellow cards, compared to just one to Navy. Three different High Point players received two cards each and were ejected from the game.
The Panthers held a slight 12-11 edge in ground balls and the Mids won the ground ball battle at 22-15. Navy also outshot High Point, 35-23, and also took the game's first 10 shots.
Navy has held all three of its opponents to seven goals or fewer this season after holding 14 opponents to single digits last year.
Foky, earning her first career start, had a superb game in between the pipes, making seven saves in the first half and four in the second for a career-high 11. She also had three ground balls and a caused turnover while playing the full 60 minutes.
Foky was aided by the play of the starting defensive unit of senior Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.), senior Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.), junior Kelsey Henshaw (Chester, Md.) and freshman Lizzy Rullan (East Setauket, N.Y.). The four defensive starters combined for four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
DePompeo, who was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List on Friday, increased her season point total to 21 (9G, 12A) with her four goals and three assists. Generi had three draw controls to go along with her game-high five goals.
Young finished the day with three goals, six draw controls and three ground balls and Gennaro had two goals and one assist.
Navy's midfield unit played very well as Coughlin had one goal, two assists, two ground balls and a caused turnover. Fellow starting midfielder Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.) had two ground balls and two draw controls and sophomore midfielder Lindsay Rheiner (Wycombe, Pa.) added three ground balls and a caused turnover in her first career start.
Navy now owns a 2-1 lead in the all-time series against the Panthers, who opened their season with a win over ACC-member Virginia Tech and a six-goal loss to No. 3 Florida.
The win was Navy's 14th in a row at home, tying the program record. Navy can break the record with a win at home against Monmouth on Sunday at 12 noon.