April 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal 41 seconds into double overtime as the No. 14/12 Navy women's lacrosse team captured the Patriot League Regular Season title by defeating American, 11-10, at Jacobs Field on Sunday afternoon.
Navy (16-1, 6-0 PL) will host the four-team Patriot League Tournament next weekend at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The top-seeded Mids will host No. 4 Lafayette (9-8, 3-3 PL) on Friday at 5:00 PM and No. 2 American (8-9, 5-1 PL) will meet No. 3 Holy Cross (8-9, 3-3 PL) at 7:45 PM. The semifinal winners will meet Sunday at 12 noon for the league title and automatic berth to the 26-team NCAA Tournament.
"I'm proud of our team for really hanging in there," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We knew that American is a good team and we knew it would be tough coming off that Jacksonville game. Now we are glad to bring the Patriot League Tournament back to Navy and we will have a lot of work ahead of us this week to prepare for Lafayette."
Navy staked a 3-2 lead on Sunday on goals from sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Casey Browne (Miller Place, N.Y.) and junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.). But the Eagles then went on a 3-0 run to take a 5-3 lead.
Just before halftime, Browne sent a pass to Generi that bounced off the field hockey turf and in one motion Generi swung her stick and knocked the ball out of midair and past AU goalie Teal Harrison as time expired.
Navy carried that momentum into the second half and 37 seconds into the frame junior midfielder Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) scored off a pass from Generi to tie the game at 5-5. Nearly two minutes later Generi scored from Gennaro as the 3-0 run gave Navy the lead.
American answered right back with a 3-0 run, which included two goals by Olivia Mangan, before Gennaro scored by curling around the circle from behind the goal to cut American's lead to 8-7 with 19:07 remaining in regulation.
American was then able to run some time off the clock with its one-goal lead before deciding to attack. Alex Lugovino scored on an eight-meter goal with 9:24 remaining. Although the tally gave American a two-goal lead, it allowed Navy a chance to regain possession.
Senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) won the ensuing draw and DePompeo curled around the crease to score her first goal of the game. American won the next draw but turned it right over and DePompeo scored again, just 40 seconds after her first goal to tie the game at 9-9.
American ended up with the ball again and ran down the clock before attacking, but was unable to get a shot off against Navy's tough team defense and the game went to overtime.
Generi won the opening draw control and Navy ran some time off the clock. Generi eventually drove into the fan and ripped a shot past Harrison with 14 seconds on the clock.
American won the draw to begin the second segment of the first overtime and Kimberly Collins scored on a free-position goal to even the game at 10-10. American won the next draw and had a shot go off the crossbar. Navy got the ball back and had a fast break but the ball was knocked away as the game moved on to the sudden death double overtime.
Generi won the draw to begin the second overtime, her sixth of the day, and Generi eventually passed to DePompeo who came into the fan and finished with her off hand just 41 seconds into the frame.
Sunday's game mirrored Friday's Navy-Jacksonville matchup, as DePompeo also scored the game-winning goal 36 seconds into double overtime.
DePompeo finished with a hat trick and increased her season point total to 114 (53 goals, 61 assists), which is the highest single-season total in Navy history.
Generi had a game-high five points on four goals and one assist to go along with the six draw controls. Gennaro had two goals and two assists. Browne had a goal, assist, ground ball, caused turnover and two draw controls in a strong performance off the bench.
Goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) made five saves in 57 minutes to improve to 14-1. Foky's 14 wins tie the Navy season record.
American received a hat trick from Collins and three other players scored two goals each.
American held a wide margin in shots (23-14) and ground balls (12-6) and both teams had 12 draw controls.
Navy established a program record for winning its sixth-straight road game and Navy is 6-0 on the road this season.
Navy finished the conference season at 6-0 for the second-straight year to earn its second outright regular season title. Navy is seeking to win a fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament championship.