April 6, 2013
WORCESTER, Mass. -
Four players recorded hat tricks as the Navy women's lacrosse team (13-1, 4-0 PL) clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth with its 15-5 win at Holy Cross (5-8, 2-2 PL) on Saturday afternoon. Navy is ranked No. 12 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 16 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
Navy is on a season-best seven-game winning streak and wins its 14th-straight game against a Patriot League opponent. Navy tied a program record with its fifth-straight road win as the team improves to 5-0 on the road this season.
"We worked hard all week to prepare for this road game against a strong Patriot League team in Holy Cross and we were pleased to be able to get the win and qualify for the postseason tournament," said head coach Cindy Timchal, who won her 425th career game on Saturday. "Our offense was clicking, especially in the first half and I was pleased our defense held them to five goals. It was probably the best team defense we have played all season."
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) scored a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists. The nation's leading scorer has scored at least seven points in 10 games this season and is one point shy of tying the Patriot League's all-time scoring record of 307.
Junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored five points on four goals and one assist and senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) added four points on three goals and one assist. Sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) scored three goals and had a game-high eight draw controls.
Navy opened the game with a free-position goal by Young and an unassisted tally by Gennaro. After a Holy Cross goal by Sara Hennessey, Navy rattled off a 5-0 run in a seven-minute span to take a commanding 7-1 lead with 18 minutes to go in the first.
DePompeo keyed the run with back-to-back goals before assisted on goals by sophomore midfielder Casey Browne
(Miller Place, N.Y.) and Generi. Just nine seconds after Generi's goal, Young fed Gennaro for Navy's fifth unanswered tally.
Holy Cross broke its drought with a strike at 16:24 before junior midfielder Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) scored from a Gennaro dish. Hennessey added her second of the half before Navy closed the frame with a 4-0 run.
Gennaro, DePompeo and Young scored three-straight unassisted tallies before Generi scored off a feed from DePompeo just before halftime.
Navy then scored the first three goals of the second half to continue a 7-0 run that lasted over 17 minutes. Generi scored from DePompeo just 27 seconds into the second half and then Gennaro and Young scored back-to-back goals as Navy took a 15-3 lead with 21 minutes to go. Navy would not score again, nor take another shot, while Holy Cross scored the game's final two goals for the 15-5 final.
Navy outshot Holy Cross, 27-19, including 24-9 in the first half, and held a 16-6 edge in draw controls.
Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) made seven saves and allowed five goals in 55 minutes of action to improve to 11-1 on the season. Senior defenders Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.) and Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.) played well defensively in support of Foky.
Navy will host Colgate next Saturday at 5:00 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, following the Army-Navy men's lacrosse game at 2:00 PM.
Notes: DePompeo has 150 career assists, ranking fifth in NCAA history ... DePompeo has scored 30 points in her last three games ... Navy has earned an appearance in the Patriot League Tournament in each of its six seasons as a league member and has won the last three tournament titles.