ANNAPOLIS, Md -
The eighth-seeded Navy women's lacrosse team (19-1) advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating Monmouth, 12-6, in the NCAA First Round at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday.
Navy will host the winner of Friday night's Duke-Princeton game in the NCAA Second Round on Sunday at 12 noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Sunday's game will have free internet video, live statistics and will be aired on WNAV 1430 AM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
"To get our first NCAA win at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is thrilling," said head coach Cindy Timchal. "We played a tough Monmouth team that went undefeated in their conference. Their goalie did really well against us but we hung in there. Now we're excited about the opportunity to keep playing on Sunday."
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) scored a game-high six points and three other players scored hat tricks as the Mids won their first NCAA women's lacrosse game in program history.
A 7-0 run that spanned 25 minutes began with seven seconds left in the first half and broke open a 5-4 game as the Mids built up a 12-4 lead. The Mids outscored Monmouth, 6-0, over the first 27 minutes of the second half.
"Our defense normally does set up in key situations and particularly in the second half that was true," Timchal said.
"It was a little shaky at the beginning but I think we caught our breath at halftime and did what we had to do to get the job done in the second half," said DePompeo.
Monmouth (13-7) scored first on Friday but the Mids responded with three straight goals. Junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored an unassisted tally and then was followed by a free-position goal from sophomore midfielder Lindsay Rheiner (Wycombe, Pa.). Senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) then scored 24 seconds after Rheiner.
The Hawks and the Mids then traded goals for the next five strikes, with Monmouth's goals coming from Allison Stathius, Cassie Campasano and Sam Savona. Navy's goals during the stretch came from Young and DePompeo. Savona's goal cut Navy's lead to 5-4 with 3:47 left in the first half.
Navy was able to take some time off the clock and held for the last shot before halftime. DePompeo set up sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) on a goal with seven seconds before the break.
The Mids used the momentum from the late goal to come out on fire in the second half. Gennaro scored from DePompeo just 34 seconds into the second half and then junior midfielder Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) scored off a feed from DePompeo one minute later.
Two minutes after Coughlin's goal, Generi scored again off a feed from DePompeo. DePompeo assisted on four-straight goals during a 3:38 stretch.
Young scored an unassisted tally at 20:15 and nine minutes later Gennaro finished a free-position opportunity. Generi scored Navy's final goal of the 7-0 run off an assist from DePompeo with 4:49 remaining. Monmouth then scored two goals in the final 2:35 for the 12-6 final.
DePompeo finished with one goal and five assists and moved into third place on the NCAA all-time assists list with 166. She also increased her nationally-leading point total to 126 (56 goals, 70 assists).
"Jas is a dynamic player," Timchal said. "She has the ability to score but if they are really tough on her she can find the open player and that makes the team better offensively."
DePompeo's 70 assists this year are the third-most in NCAA single-season history.
Gennaro had three goals, six ground balls and two caused turnovers. Generi had three goals and four draw controls. Young had three goals as well.
Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) made two saves, both in the second half, and had four ground balls and one caused turnover. Foky increases her season record to 17-1.
Monmouth goalie Katie Donohoe made 10 saves and had six ground balls.
Navy outshot Monmouth, 33-15, and held a 12-8 edge in draw controls. Navy also led in ground balls, 20-14.
Navy also defeated Monmouth during the regular season, 16-4, and improves to 4-0 all-time against the Hawks.
Timchal, making a record 25th NCAA Tournament appearance, improved to 30-16 in tournament games.
The Mids extended their program-record winning streak to 13 games and also set a program record with their 19th win of the season.
Notes: The lacrosse team becomes the second women's team at Navy to advance in the NCAA Tournament ... The women's soccer team advanced to the second round in 2006 after moving past William and Mary on penalty kicks ... Navy becomes the first Patriot League school to win an NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament game.