No. 15 Navy Beats Lehigh in Patriot League Opener
from press release
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 15 Navy women's
lacrosse team (6-0, 1-0) defeated Lehigh (2-3, 0-1), 14-4, in the
Patriot League season opener for both schools on Saturday at
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The three-time defending
Patriot League Champions won its 11th-straight game against a
conference foe and improved to 6-0 in conference openers.
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) scored a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists and sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) tallied five points on three goals and two assists to go along with seven draw controls.
"We've been waiting all year for our Patriot League opener and we wanted to make a good statement and come out strong," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "I thought our team performance was great. We were able to limit Lehigh's shooting and our defense is getting better and stronger. Jasmine and Loren led us offensively and Loren did a great job on the draw."
Navy used a strong defensive effort to hold Lehigh to just 11 shots, while Navy took 33. Additionally, Navy held a 14-6 edge in draw controls to win the battle for possession.
DePompeo opened the game's scoring just 1:11 in to key a 4-0 run. Generi scored 23 seconds after DePompeo off an assist from junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.). An eight-meter goal by junior midfielder Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.) made it 3-0 at 23:34 and then Gennaro scored one minute later.
Lehigh's Carli Sukonik scored at 16:30 to get the Mountain Hawks on the board and then DePompeo assisted on back-to-back goals by Generi and junior midfielder Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) to give Navy a 6-1 lead. Sukonik then scored her second with 7:45 remaining in the first. With just 10 seconds remaining, Gennaro scored off an assist from DePompeo as Navy led 7-2 at the break.
It took DePompeo just two minutes to start the second-half scoring and that goal was followed by a Generi eight-meter strike. Freshman Katie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) fired a rocket for her first career goal off a feed from Generi just 16 seconds after the free-position goal. Sophomore midfielder Casey Browne (Miller Place, N.Y.) then capped off Navy's 5-0 run to give the Mids an 11-2 lead with 23 minutes to go.
After a Lehigh goal by Kelsey Yenco at 21:51, the pace of the game slowed considerably and eight minutes passed before DePompeo scored off an assist from Generi. Six minutes later DePompeo scored her fourth goal of the game as the Mids took a 10-goal lead at 13-3. The two schools then traded goals in the last three-and-a-half minutes for the 14-4 final.
DePompeo has now scored seven points in five of Navy's six games this season and she leads the team with 39 points on 21 goals and 18 assists.
Generi's seven draw controls matched a season high and she has had at least five draw controls five times this season. Generi has 150 career draw controls in just 27 games and is tied for third place in Navy's career record book. She has a team-high 32 this season.
Gennaro had two goals, one assist and a team-high three ground balls.
Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.), the two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, made four saves in 54:31 minutes of play and allowed just three goals. Foky lowered her goals-against average to 4.99 and improved her season record to 4-0.
Lehigh goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick made 11 saves and had two ground balls. Sukonik lead Lehigh with two goals and midfielder Julie McBrien had one goal and a game-high four ground balls.
Navy takes a 5-4 lead in the all-time series against Lehigh. Also, the Mids extended a program record with its 17th-straight home win.
The Mids will next host No. 4 Northwestern, the defending national champion, on Monday at 4:00 PM. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
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