Navy Women's Lacrosse Falls in NCAA First Round to No. 1 Maryland
May 14, 2011
College Park, Md. - The nationally top-ranked Maryland women's lacrosse team (19-1) defeated Navy (15-6), 19-6, in the NCAA First Round at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on Saturday afternoon. Navy concludes its fourth season of varsity lacrosse with back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
"For Navy to be here in the NCAA First Round was very special for our team and our program," said head coach Cindy Timchal, who coached for 16 seasons at Maryland and won eight national championships. "We got off to a slow start and that really hurt us today, but we hung in there. We're a young team and we will learn how to be stronger and tougher in the future. I want to credit Maryland, they were truly spectacular today, especially early in the game."
Maryland jumped out to a 12-2 halftime lead and extended it to 14-2 early in the second half. The Mids played better after the break, being outscored 7-4 in the second half. Maryland advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals, where the team will host Princeton next weekend.
"We knew what to expect but we started off too slow," said team captain Caitlin Mandrin Hill, "We threw the ball away and we didn't take care of possession. I think it would have been a closer game if we could have done the things that we needed to do. But Maryland was phenomenal and they played great."
Maryland displayed its quick-attack offense early in the game, scoring three goals in the first 1:45 of the game, including two in a nine-second span, before adding one more at 26:45 to stake an early 4-0 lead.
The Terps then added two more goals to push the lead to 6-1. Sophomore Kathy Young then made a strong move towards goal and earned a free-position shot. Young deftly converted the eight-meter shot to pull the Mids within four.
The Terps then ripped off an 8-0 run that carried over into the second half to put the game out of reach and take a 14-2 edge. Maryland's Sarah Mollison, the 2011 ACC Player of the Year, helped spearhead the 8-0 run with five points. Mollison had four goals and four assists for eight points on the day, seven of which were in the first half.
Gennaro broke up the run with an unassisted goal five minutes into the second half and Young converted on her second free position goal to cut the lead to 14-4. However, Maryland ripped off three more goals to push the lead to 17-4.
Navy once again scored back-to-back goals, this time with sophomore Jasmine DePompeo netting a goal off an assist from Mandrin Hill, followed by an unassisted Young strike, her third of the day. The back-to-back goals for Navy coincided with a 10 minute scoring drought for Maryland, but the Terps netted two more goals in the final 4:10 for the 19-6 final.
With her two assists on the day, Mandrin Hill claims sole possession of the Navy school record for assists with 96. Mandrin Hill will also graduate with school career records for most games played (75), caused turnovers (84), ground balls (129). She is second all-time with 192 points (96 goals, 96 assists).
Young's hat trick was her ninth of the season and she also contributed two draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover.
Freshman Molly Hamilton controlled a game-high four draws for Navy and the Mids led the category against Maryland, 15-12. Sophomore Jen Eikenberg had a game-high four ground balls and also caused one turnover.
Mollison's eight points led Maryland and Katie Schwarzman also had two goals and three assists. Starting goalie Brittany Dipper allowed six goals and made six saves in 47 minutes of action.
Maryland held the advantage in both shots (26-20) and ground balls (15-9).
Notes: Saturday's game marked Timchal's 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance and her 43rd career game ... after four years of varsity play, Navy owns a 58-19 (.753) record ... Mandrin Hill and senior Katrina Nietsch will become Navy's first four-year letterwinners in program history ... Navy has won back-to-back Patriot League Championships and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Quinnipiac, 20-5, in an NCAA Play-In Game last weekend.