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Ponchione's Honors
• 2012 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week - 2/27, 3/12
• 2011 Synapse Sports National Weekly Honor Roll - 2/22
• 2011 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week - 2/21
• 2010 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week - 2/23
• 2009 Second-Team All-Patriot League
• 2009 Patriot League All-Tournament Team
• 2009 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week - 2/17, 4/6, 4/20

2012 (Senior):
Posted a 10-2 record in 496:12 minutes with an 8.71 GAA and a .474 save percentage ... ranked second in the Patriot League to teammate Michelle Verbeeck in both GAA and save percentage ... graduates as Navy's all-time leader in goalie wins (46) and saves (375).
Game-By-Game Statistics

2011 Season (Junior):
Starting goalie for the first 13 games of the season, earning a 9-4 record ... posted a 8.87 GAA, .434 save percentage and made 72 saves ... led the team in wins, saves, GAA and save percentage ... secured 25 ground balls ... set a school record with 15 saves in a 9-8 win over Ohio State (2/18) ... turned away a barrage of shots from Ohio State in the closing minutes and made the game's final save with five seconds remaining ... also had a game-high five ground balls against the Buckeyes ... for her efforts against Ohio State, Ponchione was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week (2/21) and also selected to the Synapse Sports National Weekly Honor Roll (2/22) ... played the full 60:00 minutes in four games, holding opponents to under 10 goals in three of those contests ... made nine saves and allowed just two goals in game's first 45 minutes in season-opening win over Mount St. Mary's (2/11) allowed just one goal in first half to Davidson (2/20) ... held Fresno State to two goals in the game's first 30 minutes on March 15 ... saw four minutes of action in NCAA Play-In game win over Quinnipiac (5/7) and two minutes in the NCAA First Round game against Maryland (5/15), not allowing a goal in either contest ... finished junior season as Navy's all-time leader in career wins by a goalie (36).
Game-By-Game Statistics

2010 Season (Sophomore):
Named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week (2/23) ... ranked 11th in the nation with a 8.69 goals against average ... was the backstop for a team that ranked seventh in the nation in scoring defense (8.38 goals per game) ... ranked second in the Patriot League in goals against average ... served as team's starting goalie in all 21 games ... posted a 14-4 record ... made 94 saves ... played 904:23 minutes in goal ... made a season-high 12 saves against Lehigh (4/17) ... played the full 60:00 minutes in nine games ... held opponent to under 10 goals while playing full 60:00 minutes on five occasions ... allowed only two goals in 60:00 minutes in 12-2 NCAA Play-In Game win over Sacred Heart (5/8) ... earned the win in the Patriot League semifinals with 35:07 minutes against Colgate (4/30) ... allowed only four goals in 60:00 minutes in 14-4 win over Robert Morris (2/19) ... also allowed only four goals in 60:00 minutes in 10-4 win over Holy Cross (3/27) ... allowed zero goals in 20:05 minutes in 23-2 win over Fresno State (3/7).
Game-By-Game Statistics

2009 Season (Freshman):

Started all 18 games and played nearly every minute in the cage for Navy ... one of only five league freshmen to earn all-conference recognition ... was a key cog in the nation's seventh-ranked scoring defense (8.83 goals/gm) ... led the Patriot League and finished eighth nationally in goals-against average (8.78) ... amongst NCAA freshman goalies, she ranked second in both victories (behind only Maryland's Brittany Dipper) and second in goals-against average (behind only New Hampshire's Kate Gunts) ... also posted the top save percentage amongst league goalies ... ranked second in the league in saves per game (8.00) ... held 10 opponents to eight or fewer goals ... five games with double-digit saves ... ranked third on the team in ground balls (2.27/gm) ... earned Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors three times ... in regular season Patriot League play, she posted a 7.85 GAA, a .489 save percentage and a 4-2 mark ... came up huge with nine saves, including a stop on a free-position shot with just three seconds left, in a win over Bucknell (4/18) that clinched program's second postseason tournament berth in as many years ... matched a program record with 14 saves in losing effort at Longwood (2/28) ... turned away 20 shots on goal in two Patriot League Tournament games, earning all-tournament recognition.
Game-By-Game Statistics

High School / Personal:

A 2008 graduate of Our Lady Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md. where she earned three letters in lacrosse ... twice earned U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American accolades ... three-time first-team all-conference honoree ... led Good Counsel to a four-year record of 71-15-1 and four Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles ... two-time All-Gazette Honorable Mention ... also earned all-Met honorable mention recognition in 2007 ... represented Mid-Atlantic region in Women's National Tournament in 2006 and `07 ... earned Windy City Classic Defensive MVP honors in 2006 ... member of National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and Xaverian Leadership formation program ... has spent time as an instructor for children with physical disabilities ... daughter of John and Danielle Ponchione ... father lettered in baseball and football at Carnegie Mellon from 1978-82 ... general sciences major ... named to the Commandant's List after the fall 2010 semester.

Ponchione's Career Statistics
2009	18/18	1059:22	155	8.78	144	.482	13	5	41
2010	21/21	904:23	131	8.69	94	.418	14	4	26
2011	16/13	635:39	94	8.87	72	.434	9	4	25
2012	18/14	496:12	72	8.71	65	.474	10	2	15
Total	73/66	3095:36	452	8.76	375	.453	46	15	107


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