March 20, 2011

Navy's DePompeo Continues Torrid Scoring

from press release

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Led by a career-high nine points from the nation's leading scorer, sophomore attack Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.), the Navy women's lacrosse team (9-2, 2-0 PL) defeated Lafayette (1-6, 0-1 PL), 17-7, in Patriot League action at Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

"Lafayette fought hard in the first half and we had to make some halftime adjustments and up our level of intensity," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "I am proud of our team and the level of our performance today. It was a great game for Navy women's lacrosse and we really stepped it up for our first Patriot League home game of the season."

Neither team could create much offense early on, as the score was just 1-1 after the first 15 minutes of play. The Mids then picked it up for the remainder of the second half to take a 6-3 lead at the break, before storming out to a 7-0 run to open the second half to put the game out of reach.

Lafayette was able to stay competitive early in the game due to a 6-4 first half advantage in draw controls, with Ana White snagging 12 total draw controls on the day.

"We knew Lafayette and #10 [Ana White] were very good on the draw so we would have to pick it up with ground balls and caused turnovers to counter that and create some more opportunities for us on offense," Timchal said.

The Mids countered White's draws by causing 10 turnovers and holding a 17-6 edge in ground balls. Additionally, Navy was a perfect 14-for-14 on clears, while Lafayette was 7-for-13, including 2-for-7 in the second half. Navy also outshot Lafayette, 28-14.

Lafayette scored first in the game, but a 5-0 run by Navy, featuring five different goal scorers, opened the game up for the Mids. Lafayette was able to hang close in the first, but Navy's 7-0 run in the second half, which featured four DePompeo goals in a four-minute span, put Navy up 13-3.
 
After Navy's lead grew to 15-4, the Leopards scored three straight to close the gap to 15-7, but Navy regrouped to score the game's final two goals for the 17-7 win.

DePompeo tallied six goals, five of which came in the second half, and also added three assists. DePompeo now has a team-high 57 points (35 goals, 22 assists) on the season. DePompeo has had at least five points in seven games this season.

Sophomore Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) had three goals, an assist and two draw controls and senior Caitlin Mandrin Hill (Annapolis, Md.) posted two goals, two assists, five draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball.

Freshman Molly Hamilton (New Albany, Ohio) tallied two goals and two assists and freshman Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) had two goals and an assist.

Senior Katrina Nietsch (New Canaan, Conn.) had one goal, four ground balls and a caused turnover and junior Kierstin King (Upperco, Md.) also had four ground balls with two caused turnovers.

Junior goalie Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) went the full 60 minutes in the cage and made six saves for her ninth win of the season.

Lafayette was paced by Addie Godfrey's four points (three goals and one assist) and White added two goals and one assist to her 12 draw controls.

Although it is still early in Patriot League play, today's win keeps Navy in pace with Colgate at 2-0 for first place in the league. The Mids still have road games at Holy Cross and American and home games against Colgate and Lehigh.

"We feel like we are off to a great start in the Patriot League being 2-0 right now, but we still have our toughest games to come," DePompeo said. "We are now going to prepare for the William and Mary game and then we'll use that experience of playing a tough non-conference opponent down the road in the rest of our Patrior League games."

The Mids will next play at William and Mary on March 29. The Tribe entered the week ranked 16th in the nation but lost to No. 10 Virginia and No. 2 Northwestern this week.

Notes

After the first 11 games of her career, Gennaro has 50 points on 39 goals and 11 assists ... the freshman becomes the second-fastest Mid to reach the 50-point plateau ... former All-American Erin Rawlick did it in 10 games to begin her career in 2008 ... Junior Danielle Vivonetto (Rocky Point, N.Y.) scored one goal today and now has 99 for her career. ... only Rawlick and Nietsch have surpassed the 100-goal mark at Navy ... Timchal upped her NCAA all-time wins record to 388 ... Navy held its ninth opponent this season to under 10 goals (Mids are 9-0 in those games).


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