Women's Lacrosse Defeats Iona for Record Eighth Consecutive Win
March 12, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Junior Jasmine DePompeo's (Sayville, N.Y.) eight points highlighted the Navy offensive attack in a 19-8 win over Iona (4-3) in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Monday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy (8-1, 1-0 PL) established a new program record with its eighth straight win.
Navy continued a current trend of starting fast by scoring the first seven goals of the game. The Mids had previously started on 6-1 and 7-0 runs in their last two games against Bucknell and Robert Morris, respectively. Navy has been able to build up large leads early and take control of the game.
"The fasts starts have really been a key for us," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "If we are in a situation where we can get a couple of goals, we want to keep the pressure on and win the next draw and keep it going. It was a great win for Navy women's lacrosse today and it was a total team effort."
The Mids used a season-high 38 players in the contest and 11 different players scored at least one goal. The Mids even used five different goalies in the contest.
Junior midfielder Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) opened the game's scoring just 21 seconds in and sophomore attack Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) added a tally one minute later before Young scored on a free-position attack.
Freshman Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) then scored off a feed from DePompeo, followed by a DePompeo goal, another strike from Generi and a free-position goal from freshman Jess Fellows (Vienna, Va.) for the 7-0 lead.
Iona then scored two in a row, but three straight goals from Generi, Young and DePompeo extended the lead to 10-2. The Gaels broke up the spurt with a single tally before the Mids scored twice to close the half, first on a goal sophomore Molly Hamilton (New Albany, Ohio) from DePompeo and then on a strike by DePompeo from Hamilton right at the halftime horn to give Navy a 12-3 lead.
It took just 50 seconds of action in the second half for Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) to find the back of the net off an assist from DePompeo to extend Navy's lead to 10. Iona scored to cut the lead to nine but back-to-back goals from senior attack Danielle Vivonetto (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and Gennaro put Navy up 11 and the lead would not go under 10 goals again.
Navy's final four goals of the game were scored by junior defender Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.), junior midfielder Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.), Vivonetto and sophomore Erin Walsh (Orinda, Calif.), her first career goal.
Senior goalie Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) played a solid first half in goal, allowing just three goals and making three saves in 30 minutes to improve her season record to 6-1. Ponchione gave way to backup goalies Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.), Charlotte Hauser (Greenfield Center, N.Y.), Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) and Candace Ross (St. Leonard, Md.) in the second half. Verbeeck played 17 minutes in the second with the other three goalies each playing between 3:44 and 5:06.
DePompeo's season-high eight points came on three goals and five assists and she has scored 15 points in the past two games. DePompeo leads the team with 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists). Generi and Kathy Young each registered hat tricks and Gennaro and Vivonetto scored two goals apiece.
Navy was flawless in its transition game, going 11-for-11 on clear attempts and the Mids were also a perfect 5-for-5 on free-position attempts. Navy held a large lead in draw controls (19-9) and also led in ground balls (14-12) and overall shots (30-17).
Iona was paced by Nina Veneziale (2 goals, 1 assist) and Kylie Gregory (2 goals).
Navy will play its third game in five days on Wednesday when the team welcomes Old Dominion for a 3:00 pm contest.
Notes: Navy has outscored its last three opponents by 10.3 goals per game and has scored 58 goals in that same span (19.3/game) ... Kathy Young currently has 99 career goals and leads Navy in the category this season with 25 ... four players have at least 20 goals for Navy: Young (25), Generi (22), Gennaro (22) and DePompeo (20) ... Navy's previous record winning streak was seven, which was over the first seven games of the 2010 season.