DePompeo Leads Navy Past George Washington, 9-6
March 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) matched her season high with eight points on four goals and four assists to lead the No. 18/14 Navy women's lacrosse team (9-1) past George Washington (5-4), 9-6, at the GW Lacrosse Field in a non-conference game on Wednesday.
The win was Navy's third in a row and the team improves to 3-0 on the road this season.
"George Washington is a tough team," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "This was a healthy matchup for us and a great test. We had to tough it out for the win today and we need to continue to play the games all the way out. It was a hard-fought game and I am proud of the team for coming out with a victory."
DePompeo took part in eight of Navy's nine scoring plays on Wednesday and increased her season totals to 65 points on 33 goals and 32 assists. She entered the week ranked second in the nation in points per game and extended her scoring streak to 20 games.
"We still have some things to work on and we haven't quite been playing to our potential in the last couple of games," said DePompeo. "We were able to pull it out in the end but we need to do a better job on the clear and not commit as many turnovers, because like today, teams will take advantage of that."
George Washington opened the game's scoring just 1:26 in before Navy scored back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead, and Navy would not trail again. Sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) opened Navy's scoring with a goal off an assist from DePompeo and then DePompeo set up junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) for a strike.
The Colonials tallied a goal 40 seconds later to even the game at 2-2 but DePompeo keyed a 3-0 run to give the Mids a 5-2 advantage. DePompeo first set up Generi for her second goal of the half and then curled around the crease to score a goal herself. DePompeo then assisted on junior attacker Molly Hamilton's (New Albany, Ohio) goal with 12:39 left in the first half.
Two eight-meter goals in a span of 1:05 by George Washington cut the lead to 5-4 before senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored an unassisted goal at 8:08. DePompeo followed with her sixth point of the half as she scored an unassisted goal three minutes later. George Washington's Teresa Vassallo then scored her third of the period with eight seconds left to cut the halftime deficit to 7-5.
The game became a defensive battle for the first 13 minutes of the second half and the first goal of the stanza came at 16:47 by George Washington's Nicole Lacey to cut the margin to one.
DePompeo responded three minutes later on an unassisted tally to give the Mids a two-goal cushion and then scored once again at 11:56 to extend Navy's lead to 9-6, which would be the final score.
Navy's defense buckled down in the final 30 minutes, allowing just one goal and sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) made four saves in the second half. Navy entered the week ranked fifth in the nation in scoring defense and held its eighth opponent to single-digit goals.
Foky finished the game with five saves, three ground balls and two caused turnovers to improve to 7-1 on the season. Senior defender Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers and sophomore midfielder Lindsay Rheiner (Wycombe, Pa.) added three draw controls, three ground balls and one caused turnover.
Young became Navy's all-time leader in career starts with her 73rd on Wednesday. Senior Beth Young (Berywn, Pa.) started her 72nd career game to move into a tie for second place.
Vassallo led George Washington with three goals and Jamie Bumgardner had four points on one goal and three assists.
Navy outshot George Washington, 19-18, and held a 21-19 edge in ground balls. George Washington held a 9-8 edge in draw controls. Both teams committed 17 turnovers.
Navy will look to improve to 3-0 in Patriot League play when the team hosts Lafayette (6-4, 0-1 PL) on Saturday at 12 noon.