ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Behind a breakout performance from freshman midfielder Jess Fellows (Vienna, Va.), the Navy women's lacrosse team (2-1) defeated Longwood (0-1), 20-4, on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium. Navy was great defensively, while also showcasing its depth on offense with 11 different players scoring at least one point. The Mids held an 8-3 lead at halftime, but broke the game wide open by scoring the first 12 goals of the second half.
"I thought Longwood came out strong in the first and fought hard and they had had us on our heels a bit," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "So at halftime we talked about raising our level of play and the team responded right from the beginning of the second half."
Junior attack Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) scored just 34 seconds into the second half and sophomore attack Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) followed with a goal of her own 20 seconds later to take full momentum of the contest. Navy scored the next 10 goals of the game before Longwood found the back of the net with just 24 seconds remaining to end the game's scoring at 20-4.
Fellows helped Navy stake the 8-3 halftime lead with three first half goals and followed that with three more goals in the second half and one assist. Fellows, who started Navy's first two games of the season but had yet to score, tallied a game-high seven points on six goals and one assist. The lefty was 3-for-3 on free-position attempts and also had one ground ball and one draw control.
"We knew it was just a matter of time for Jess," Timchal said. "She got her feet wet in the first couple of games and today was her breakout game. Now going forward we can use her play today as a barometer to know just what she can really do for us."
Fellows' six goals was one shy of the Navy freshman record of seven, which was set by Gennaro last season at Bucknell.
Navy's possession and transition game on Saturday was superb. The Mids won 19 of 26 draw controls (including a 12-2 edge in the second half) and was a perfect 13-for-13 on clear attempts. Conversely, Longwood was just 11-for-23 on clears.
The Mids also held a 25-16 advantage in ground balls and more than doubled the Lancers in total shots, 39-18.
Junior midfielder Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) had a great all-around game with four goals and one assist for five points to go along with a career-high five draw controls and three ground balls. Young's first goal of the day came just 28 seconds into the game.
Gennaro finished with three goals and two assists for five points and DePompeo had two goals and one assist for three points. Sophomore Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) continued her solid offensive production this season with a game-high and career-high three assists.
Junior midfielder Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scooped a career-high six ground balls and also caused two turnovers and had one goal. Freshman attack Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) had a game-high six draw controls and also had a goal, ground ball and caused turnover. Sophomore attack Molly Hamilton (New Albany, Ohio) had four draw controls, one goal and one assist.
Senior starting goalie Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) put on her best performance of the season with five saves and allowed just three goals in the game's first 35 minutes to earn her 37th career win. Juniors Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) and Charlotte Hauser (Greenfield Center, N.Y.) filled in for the rest of the game, playing 9:09 and 15:30, respectively.
Navy was able to use 36 total players in the game and freshman reserve Sara Nardone (Rowley, Mass.) was all over the field, scoring one goal on three shots to go along with a ground ball and a caused turnover.
Navy will play two games on the road next week, heading to Monmouth on Wednesday and Davidson on Saturday.
Notes: Timchal won her 60th career game at Navy (60-20) and the 396th of her career (396-106). She is seeking to become the first college lacrosse coach to win 400 games ... Navy is now 4-1 all-time against Longwood ... This was the 14th time Navy has scored at least 20 goals in its five-year history ... After three games, Gennaro and DePompeo share the team lead of 12 points and Generi has a team-best 13 draw controls.