Gabby Capuzzi talks about her experience in the 2017 Women's Lacrosse World Cup.
Assistant coach Gabby Capuzzi will compete with Team Italy in the 2017 World Cup.
Navy advances to play North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
Navy looks to lock up its eight-straight Patriot League tournament spot versus Lehigh
Navy and Virginia will play one another for the first time
In 2017, the women’s lacrosse team finished the year 18-5 overall with an 8-1 record in the Patriot League. The team made history as it became the first Service Academy team from a women’s sport to advance to the NCAA Final Four.
The Mids made their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first appearance for Navy since 2013. The Midshipmen began their historic run, advancing to the NCAA Tournament after posting a 15-5 victory over top-seeded Loyola in the Patriot League Tournament. The win marked the team’s fifth championship and ended the Greyhounds’ 41-game winning streak against PL foes.
In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Navy defeated No. 7 Penn, 11-10, at Penn Park on Dunning-Cohen Champions Field in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, the Midshipmen advanced to the second round of the Tournament for just the second time in school history. The victory over the No. 7 Quakers was the first win against a ranked opponent in Navy history. In addition, it was the second NCAA Tournament win for Navy in program history. Navy posted a 23-11 victory over UMass in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the Mids to advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Mids defeated defending National Champions and No. 2 seed North Carolina, 16-14, to punch their ticket in to the first-ever Final Four appearance in school history.
As a team, Navy set the school record for points (545), goals (358), assists (187), shots attempted (805), shots on goal (607), ground balls (453), draw controls (364), caused turnovers (216), and games played (23). The Mids (18-5) finished one-win shy of tying the school records for wins in a season.
The 2017 Navy women’s lacrosse team finished the year ranked fourth in the final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and sixth in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. The rankings mark the first time in program history that the Mids have been ranked in the top 10 in either poll. It is the highest national ranking for any women’s team in school history.
Following the 2017 campaign, Capuzzi competed as part of Team Italy in the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England. She finished with 29 goals – tied for most in the tournament – to help Italy to an 11th place finish in its first ever World Cup.
In 2016, Navy returned to the Patriot League Championship for the second straight year. Earning the second seed in the league tournament, the Mids defeated No. 3 Boston University, 10-7. Navy looked to dethrone two-time league champion Loyola in the championship game, but felt short, 12-8, after a slow first-half start. The Mids, who have competed in the league tournament since they entered the league in 2008, finished the season with a 13-6 overall mark.
In 2015, Capuzzi guided a Navy defense that ranked 10th in the country in scoring defense at 7.75 goals per game. The Mids held 13 of their 20 opponents under 10 goals. Navy had 10 players with 10 or more caused turnovers. She helped coach senior defender Sarah George to her first career All-Patriot League laurel, as she garnered first team honors.
Capuzzi spent two seasons working various roles as a part of the Ohio State coaching staff, including the 2013-14 season as the program's full-time assistant coach.
Former All-American Capuzzi lettered from 2009-12 at Ohio State. She led the team with 42 goals, 52 draw controls, 38 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers in 2012 and is the OSU record holder for career draws (166) after previously tying the single-season draw record in 2012 and owning two of the top three positions.
Capuzzi is already familiar with the Naval Academy lacrosse atmosphere, having worked as a Navy camp counselor and instructor for the past five summers in Annapolis. She will be Navy's top assistant and be responsible for coaching the defense.
Capuzzi graduated from Ohio State in June 2012 with a bachelor's degree in strategic communications with a minor in media production and analysis. She also earned her master of science in sports administration and leadership at Duquesne University in June 2014.