Navy Cruises Past Winthrop in Season Opener
Feb. 10, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Junior Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored six goals and senior Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) had seven points (2G, 5A) to lead the Navy women's lacrosse team (1-0) to a 23-4 win over Winthrop (1-1) in its season opener on Sunday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"We wanted to come out strong and we did that in today's game," said head coach Cindy Timchal. "I was really happy with the level of our performance. We were really clicking offensively and we played tough defensively to limit [Winthrop's] goal-scoring today."
The Mids scored the game's first four goals and raced out to a 14-1 lead in the first 20 minutes. Senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored all four of her goals in the game's first 12 minutes and Gennaro scored five goals in the first 18.
Navy took a 16-2 lead into halftime and then outscored the Eagles, 7-2, in the second half. Timchal was able to get 34 players into the contest and used three different goalies.
Gennaro scored her six goals on just seven shots and she was one shy of her career-best goal total of seven. At one point in the first half, she scored back-to-back goals in an 11-second span. Gennaro notched her 17th-career hat trick.
DePompeo matched her career-high of five assists and now has 101 in her career, the highest total in Navy history. DePompeo scored at least five points for the 21st time and her seven points are two shy of her career high. The 2013 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year spread the wealth, assisting on goals by four different players.
Young had a career-best nine draw controls to go along with her four goals and sophomore Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) chipped in with five draw controls, two goals and one assist. Navy held a 20-9 edge in draw controls.
Navy's starting attack line of DePompeo, Gennaro, Young and Generi combined for 14 goals and six assists for 20 points. All four are returning starters and each scored over 55 points in 2012.
Senior goalie Charlotte Hauser (Greenfield Center, N.Y.) made two saves and allowed just three goals in 40 minutes of action to notch her first career win. Sophomore Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) and freshman Cassidy Chaney (Englewood, Colo.) also saw time in the cage.
"Charlotte did a solid job today," said Timchal. "We were able to play all three [goalies] and they all played well."
Navy outshot Winthrop, 37-12, in the game and 25-6 in the first half. Navy also won the ground ball battle, 13-8.
Four different players scored for the Eagles, who opened their first year of women's lacrosse with a 20-10 win over Howard on Friday.
Navy won its 13th-straight home game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and is one win away from tying the program record of 14. Navy also improves to 6-0 all-time in home openers.
The Mids, who are receiving votes in both the IWLCA and the deBeer Media Preseason Polls, will next play at Liberty on Saturday.