Women's Lacrosse to Host Richmond Saturday
Freshman Katie Gallagher
March 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 19 Navy women's lacrosse team (4-0) will host Richmond (1-4) on Saturday at 1:00 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Live statistics and live video (Navy All-Access) will be available. Admission is free and parking at the stadium is $5.
After four games, Navy is ranked fourth in the NCAA in scoring offense (17.25 goals/gm) and is seventh in scoring defense (5.25 goals-allowed/gm). Navy is also third in scoring margin at +12.0.
Individually, senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) leads the NCAA in both total points (28) and assists (14). DePompeo and junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) are tied for third in the country with 14 total goals.
Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) is 2-0 and is ranked third in the country with a 4.40 goals-allowed average and is fourth with a .593 save percentage. Foky was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. She had a breakout performance in Navy's 15-6 win over High Point last weekend in her first career start. She made 11 saves and had three ground balls and a caused turnover while playing the full 60 minutes.
DePompeo has scored seven points in each of Navy's four games this season. She is the 2013 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and has been named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
DePompeo tallied five goals and two assists in Navy's most recent game, a 16-4 victory over Monmouth last Sunday. Navy held Monmouth to one goal over the first 57 minutes and Navy established a program record by winning its 15th-straight home game.
Richmond earned its first win of the 2013 season on Wednesday against American, 20-8. The Spiders outscored the Eagles, 17-5, in the first half on the strength of a 9-1 run in just 10 minutes in the middle of the frame. Senior attacker Caitlin Fifield scored eight points on five goals and three assists and senior attacker Sam Stevenson had five goals.
Stevenson and Fifield provide the 1-2 punch for Richmond and they each have 20 points after the season's first five games. Stevenson has 15 goals, five assists, 11 ground ball and 14 draw controls. Fifield, a Tewaaraton Award Watch List honoree, has 12 goals, eight assists and nine draw controls. Sophomore Emily Boyce is the team's starting goalie. She is 1-4 with a 16.36 goals-against average and a .398 save percentage.
Richmond opened the 2013 season with a very challenging schedule, playing four-straight top-10 teams from the ACC prior to the American game. Richmond fell to No. 4 Maryland, 20-7, lost at No. 7 Duke, 18-10, dropped a 14-7 game at No. 5 North Carolina and were defeated by No. 8 Virginia, 13-7.
Under first-year coach Allison Evans, Richmond was selected to finish second in the Atlantic 10 in the conference's preseason poll. The Spiders were the runner-up in the Atlantic 10 last season, falling to UMass in the tournament championship game, 14-9.
This is the first meeting between Richmond and Navy. Navy is 1-0 all-time against the Atlantic 10, defeating La Salle in 2010. Navy will also play Atlantic 10-member George Washington on March 20.
Navy will open Patriot League play at home next Saturday against Lehigh at 2:30 PM following the Navy men's contest against Lafayette at 12 noon.