Women's Lacrosse Opens 2012 Season at High Point Saturday
Feb. 9, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's lacrosse team opens its 2012 season at High Point on Saturday at 12 noon at Vert Stadium. It will be the season opener for both teams and a matchup of programs that won their respective conferences in 2011. High Point, like Navy, is one of the younger programs in the NCAA and is beginning just its second season of varsity lacrosse.
Navy has won back-to-back Patriot League titles and competed in the past two NCAA Tournaments. The Mids have been selected to win the Patriot League once again in 2012. High Point won the National Lacrosse Conference in its first season in 2011.
Navy head coach Cindy Timchal will become the first to coach 500 games at the NCAA Division I level in women's lacrosse on Saturday. Timchal is also six wins away from being the first college lacrosse (any level, men's and women's) to win 400 games. She begins the 2012 season with a 394-105 (.790) record over 29 years.
"We are just looking forward to getting our first game under our belt and we know how tough High Point is," said Timchal. "We will need to be ready to go on Saturday. We know this will be a tough road game and it will be a good test to see exactly where we are this early in the season."
Navy defeated High Point, 11-8, in the first meeting between the two schools in 2011. Navy broke open a 4-3 game with five straight goals and Aimee Gennaro scored a game-high four goals. Claire Olechowski had a breakout game with new career-highs of five caused turnovers and five ground balls.
Navy Returns Nine Starters
The Mids bring back nine starters from a team that was 15-6 in 2011. Junior Jasmine DePompeo and sophomore Aimee Gennaro, Navy's top two goal-scorers from a year ago, will once again pace the attack. Twin sisters Kathy and Beth Young (juniors) will play important roles in the midfield and Navy brings back three starting defenders in senior captain Kierstin King, senior Dominique Wright and junior Claire Olechowski. Additionally, all three of Navy's goalies return from last season.
Mids Bring Back Top Point-Scorers
Navy also returns three of its top-four scorers. DePompeo led the team with 99 points a year ago on 57 goals and 42 assists. Gennaro was third with 53 goals and 14 assists for 67 points and Kathy Young was fourth (54 points).
A Closer Look at High Point
The Panthers played their first season of women's lacrosse in 2011 and exceeding all expectations by winning the National Lacrosse Conference championship with a 15-4 record. Last season's NLC Player of the Year Grace Gaeng returns to the team after scoring 78 points on 53 goals and 25 assists. Gaeng originally played at Maryland before transferring to High Point.
The Panthers also return Chelsea Thompson (68 points) and MacKenzie Carroll (55 points). Lyndsey Boswell serves as the team's head coach and was named the conference's coach of the year in 2011.
Navy is 13-2 all-time against members of the National Lacrosse Conference, which will disband after the 2012 season, as its members will split into the Big South and Atlantic Sun conferences.
Mids Tabbed Preseason Favorites
In a vote by the Patriot League's coaches and sports information contacts, the Navy women's lacrosse team was unanimously picked to win the league in 2012. Additionally, junior Jasmine DePompeo was the unanimous Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. DePompeo was the league's offensive player in the year in 2011.
Early Season Success
Navy is 4-0 all-time in season openers and has outscored its opponents in those contests, 80-20. Navy has also started a season on at least a five-game winning streak in three of its first four years, including a 5-0 start in 2011. The Mids are also an impressive 13-1 all-time in games played in the month of February.
High Point and Navy: NCAA Record-Setters
In 2008, Navy's first year as a varsity program, the Mids set an NCAA record for most wins by a first-year program with 13. That record stood until 2011 when High Point won 15 games in its first year as a Division I program.
Navy will have its home opener against William & Mary Wednesday at 4:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids will also host Longwood next Saturday.