April 27, 2012
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The top-seeded Navy women's lacrosse team (16-2) defeated American (7-10), 14-7, on Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the league semifinals to advance to its fourth straight Patriot League Championship Game. Navy will play Holy Cross on Sunday at 12 noon. Holy Cross defeated Colgate, 13-12, in the second semifinal. The winner will advance to the NCAA Play-In Game against the MPSF Champion on May 5.
"It was a great win and [American] played us really tough," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We are very happy to be in the Patriot League final and we are looking forward to the next game. I'm happy for the players and we are excited about playing at home on Sunday."
Sophomore attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored four goals and first-team all-conference midfielder Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) added a hat trick to pace Navy's offensive attack. Junior goalie Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) made eight saves to improve to 6-0 on the season.
All-conference second-teamer Jess Fellows (Vienna, Va.) opened the game's scoring with an unassisted strike just over a minute in and Young followed with a free-position goal as Nayv took a 2-0 lead.
After the Eagles registered an eight-meter tally, sophomore midfielder Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) and junior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.), the 2012 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, keyed a 3-0 run. Coughlin scored the first goal, followed by a strike from DePompeo and then DePompeo assisted on another Coughlin finish as the Mids pulled ahead, 5-1.
American got back on the board just one minute later, but Gennaro caught fire, scoring three straight goals for the Mids, before back-to-back American tallies to pull within 8-5 with three minutes to go in the half.
Navy gained possession and let some time count off the clock before setting up its offense, which led to Young scoring an unassisted tally with 26.9 seconds to go. Junior midfielder Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.) controlled the ensuing draw and DePompeo found the back of the net with just 1.5 seconds showing on the first half clock as Navy took a 10-5 lead into the locker room.
"We had the ball with two minutes left and ended up scoring on that possession and then going right back down and scoring again," Timchal said. "That really helped us going to the locker room after that little push."
The Mids carried the momentum from its late-half surge into the second, with Gennaro scoring her fourth goal of the game three minutes in. Young then scored, followed by a goal from Fellows just 26 seconds later to put Navy ahead, 13-5, with 21:25 remaining.
American scored twice in the next five minutes, but a free-position goal by Patriot League Rookie of the Year Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) ended the game's scoring with more than 13 minutes to go.
Navy was able to control possession for the majority of the remaining time as the team ensured it would play for a third straight league title.
Navy outshot American, 28-18, and held a 12-10 edge in draw controls. American won the battle of ground balls, 9-7, and both teams committed seven turnovers.
Lauren Schoenberger and Alex Lugovina each had two goals and an assist for American.
DePompeo tallied three points to move into sole possession of second place on Navy's career scoring chart with 195 points. DePompeo also matched her own single season record with her 42nd assist.
Young equaled 2010 graduate Erin Rawlick's career free-position record (36) and single season record (17). Young also had four draw controls and a ground ball.
Generi controlled a game-high five draws and now has a single-season school record of 104. Generi's draw control total is the sixth-best single-season effort in NCAA history.
Notes: Senior captain Kierstin King, a 2012 All-Patriot League First-Team defender, broke the school record for career starts (69) ... Navy is now 10-0 at home in 2012 and the Mids have won 16 of its last 17 games and six in a row ... this was the 13th time this season that Navy has held an opponent to eight goals or fewer.