DePompeo's Nine Points Lead Navy Over Holy Cross, 18-11
March 31, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Led by a career high tying nine-point performance from junior attack Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.), the Navy women's lacrosse team (12-2, 3-0 PL) defeated Holy Cross (5-6, 1-2 PL), 18-11, on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With three league games remaining, Navy leads second-place American (3-1) by a half-game at the top of the Patriot League standings.
Navy has now won 12 of its last 13 games and is a perfect 8-0 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"We know Holy Cross is a tough team and their coach has done a great job," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We were challenged defensively to stop them today and we were very pleased of the outcome and the effort of our team to get another Patriot League victory. Loren [Generi], Jasmine [DePompeo] and Kathy [Young] really stepped up and there were a lot of good things today."
DePompeo scored nine points for the third time in her career on Saturday by netting five goals and four assists. After scoring seven points on two goals and five assists in Navy's 15-5 win over Cal on Wednesday, DePompeo has tallied 16 points (7 g, 9 a) over the last two games and leads Navy with 63 points on the season (29 g, 34 a), an average of 4.50 points per game.
Seven of DePompeo's points came in the decisive first half, where the Mids built up a 10-5 halftime lead. DePompeo headlined Navy's critical 6-0 run in the first to break open a 2-2 game. DePompeo scored three straight goals to start the run and then assisted on freshman Loren Generi's (Bayport, N.Y.) goal before junior midfielder Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored back-to-back goals to put Navy ahead, 8-2.
DePompeo would add another goal and an assist in the first half and had one goal and one assist in the second.
Holy Cross scored three of the first five goals in the second half, but was never able to cut the deficit to below four goals.
Generi netted three of her five goals in the second and her nine draw controls were one shy of her season high. Generi also had an assist in the game to equal her season high total of six points and the five goals are a new personal standard.
Young scored four goals to increase her team-leading goal total to 41, one ahead of Generi's 40. Young has scored at least three goals in 10 games this season and she also controlled five draws on Saturday.
Sophomore Aimee Gennaro's (Havertown, Pa.) first-half tally gave her 100 points for her career (82 g, 18 a). Gennaro is the eighth Midshipman in program history to score 100 points and the fourth on the active roster along with DePompeo, Young and senior Danielle Vivonetto (Rocky Point, N.Y.). Gennaro achieved the feat in just 35 career games, becoming the second fastest Mid to reach the 100-point plateau.
Goalies Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) and Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) both saw action in the cage, with Ponchione improving her season record to 10-2 and Verbeeck making five saves.
Navy's starting defensive unit of seniors Kierstin King (Upperco, Md.) and Dominique Wright (Washington, D.C.) and juniors Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.) and Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.) combined for six caused turnovers and seven ground balls.
The Mids did a good job on the draw control early, taking nine of the first 10, and led overall at 19-12. Navy out shot Holy Cross, 31-18, and held a 24-17 edge in shots on goal. Navy also led in ground balls, 14-8.
Freshman Laura Ryan had five goals and an assist for Holy Cross and Taylor Zebrowski added a hat trick. Holy Cross scored six of its 11 goals off of free-position attempts.
The Mids lead the all-time series against Holy Cross, 4-1.
Navy will next play at Colgate (2-1) on Saturday in a rematch of last season's Patriot League title game. The following week, on April 13, Navy will host American (3-1) in a game that will be televised by CBS Sports Network.