Women's Lacrosse at Davidson Saturday
Feb. 24, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's lacrosse team will be playing its second game of a season-long three game road swing at Davidson (0-1) on Saturday at 12 noon. Navy (3-1) enters the contest on a three-game winning streak and is on a short turnaround after picking up a 13-4 road win at Monmouth Wednesday.
Last Time Out
Junior Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored four goals and added four draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover to pace Navy in a 13-4 win at Monmouth Wednesday.
The Mids also received two goals apiece from freshman Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.), sophomores Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) and Molly Hamilton (New Albany, Ohio) and junior Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.).
Navy used multiple goalies for the third straight game. Senior Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) played the first 49:27, allowing just four goals and making six saves. Junior goalie Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) played the game's final 10:33, making three saves and not allowing a goal.
Navy jumped out to a 7-1 halftime lead and after two goals by Monmouth at the beginning of the second half, closed the game on a 6-1 run.
The four goals allowed to Monmouth marked the second straight game that Navy held its opponent to four goals.
A Closer Look at Davidson
The Wildcats will be playing in their home opener on Saturday at Richardson Stadium. Davidson (0-1) dropped its season opener at American, 12-6, last Saturday. Davidson fell behind at halftime, 6-2.
Ann Fucigna, Erin Keitel and Emily Cooke each scored two goals for Davidson in the opener and Fucigna added an assist for three points. Fucigna and Alanna were named preseason all-conference honorees and each were on the National Lacrosse Conference First Team in 2011
Goalie Jessica Melby was named the National Lacrosse Conference's Defender of the Week after making 14 saves against American.
The Wildcats were 6-12 last season and advanced to the NLC semifinals before falling to Jacksonville, 19-7.
Navy is 3-1 all-time against Davidson and is 14-3 all-time against members of the National Lacrosse Conference. Davidson defeated Navy in the series opener in 2008, but the Mids have won three straight including a 15-5 win in Annapolis in 2011.
DePompeo had five goals and two assists in last year's meeting and Gennaro added three goals and three assist.
Young Exceptional in the Midfield
Junior midfielder Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) has been exceptional lately in the midfield for Navy. Over the past two games, Young has tallied eight goals, one assist, five ground balls and nine draw controls. Young has also now scored a goal in 15 straight games.
Navy's 1-2 Goalie Punch
Senior Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) and junior Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) have provided Navy with two solid options in goal. The two goalies each played about 50 percent of the team's minutes in 2011 and both have been used in 2012. Ponchione has started all four games and is 2-1 with a 9.13 GAA in 177 minutes. Verbeeck has played 47 minutes and is 1-0 with a 3.83 GAA.
Department of Defense
After allowing 23 goals in their first two games of the year, the Mids have locked down defensively to allow just eight goals over the last two games, giving up just four goals apiece to Longwood and Monmouth. Navy has held an opponent under 10 goals 44 times in program history and is a perfect 44-0 in those contests.
Clearing the Way
Navy has been superb this season in its transition game and currently holds a .943 clear percentage and is 50-of-53 in the category. Navy has been a perfect 1.000 in clears over the past two games against Longwood (13-of-13) and Monmouth (14-of-14).
Timchal Three Wins Away From No. 400
Navy head coach Cindy Timchal is just three wins shy of becoming the first college lacrosse coach to win 400 games, at any level and for either gender. Timchal is 3-1 in 2012 and owns a career mark of 397-106.
NCAA Lacrosse All-Time Wins Leaders (As of Feb. 23, 2012)
Rank Name (Current School/Division/Gender) Wins 1. Cindy Timchal (Navy/DI/Women's) 397 2. Jim Berkman (Salisbury/DIII/Men's) 390 3. Sharon Pfluger (TCNJ/DIII/Women's) 387 4. Pat Genovese (William Smith/DIII/Women's) 376 5. Missy Foote (Middlebury/DIII/Women's) 361 6. Hank Janczyk (Gettysburg/DIII/Men's) 357
*All coaches are active
On The Horizon
Navy will head to Rhode Island to play the final game of its season-long three-game road swing at Bryant (0-1) next Saturday at 12 noon. Navy will be playing in Rhode Island, the home state of sophomore S.A. Fogleman, for the first time in program history.