No. 15 Navy to Host Lehigh Saturday in Patriot League Opener
March 7, 2013
Lehigh (2-2, 0-0) at No. 15 Navy (5-0, 0-0)
Series is tied 4-4 | Navy won last meeting, 14-4 (4/21/12)
March 9, 2013 | 2:30 PM
Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Live Statistics | Live Video
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's lacrosse team (5-0) will open Patriot League play on Saturday against Lehigh (2-2) at 2:30 PM, following the Navy men's game against Lafayette at 12 noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Admission is free for the women's game and parking at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium is $5. Live statistics and live video on Navy All-Access will be available.
The Lehigh contest on Saturday will begin a challenging five-day stretch in which Navy will play three games. The Mids will host No. 4 Northwestern on Monday and New Hampshire on Wednesday.
Navy enters the game ranked No. 15 in the deBeer Media Poll, its highest-ever ranking. Navy is the three-time defending Patriot League Tournament Champion and won its first outright conference regular-season title at 6-0 last season. Navy has been selected to once again win the league in the preseason poll. Lehigh was picked to finish fourth.
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) leads Navy with 32 points on 17 goals and an NCAA-leading 15 assists. She is averaging 6.4 points through Navy's first five games, the sixth-best average in the country. Sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) is second on the team with 23 points and she leads Navy and ranks sixth in the nation with 18 goals. Generi also has a team-high 25 draw controls.
Senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) and junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) have each scored 14 goals. Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) is 3-0 with a 5.43 GAA and a .587 save percentage, the best in the nation. Foky has been named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for two straight weeks.
Navy is in the midst of a six-game homestand and the team is on a program-record 16-game home winning streak.
Navy is coming off a 12-8 victory over 2012 Atlantic 10 runner-up Richmond. Generi had seven points on five goals and two assists and Foky made 11 saves for the second time in three games. It was the first-ever meeting between Navy and Richmond, who finished last year ranked No. 18 in the RPI.
Lehigh is 2-2 and is coming off a 17-7 home loss to Delaware on Tuesday. Delaware opened each half with 5-0 runs and Lehigh never cut the lead closer to five in the second half. Delaware won the possession battle by a large margin, outdrawing Lehigh, 19-6.
Lehigh is sixth in the Patriot League with 8.75 goals per game and fifth in goals-against average (12.50). Senior midfielder Julie McBrien has a team-best 10 goals and sophomore attacker Carli Sukonik has nine goals and one assist. Six of McBrien's 10 goals came in an 11-10 double overtime win over Binghamton on Feb. 27.
McBrien and Sukonik are Lehigh's only returning all-league players from last year, as each earned second-team honors in 2012. Starting goalie Alex Fitzpatrick is 2-2 with an 11.51 GAA and a .388 save percentage. Fitzpatrick was an all-league first-team honoree in 2011.
The all-time series between Navy and Lehigh is even at 4-4, but the Mids have won two straight and three of the last four. Lehigh is the only team in the Patriot League that Navy does not own a winning record against. The largest margin of victory in the series came in the last meeting when Navy defeated Lehigh in Bethlehem, 14-4, although Lehigh played without McBrien and Fitzpatrick.
Navy's last loss to a Patriot League school came against Lehigh on April 23, 2011 and the Mountain Hawks are 2-0 against Navy in Annapolis. Since the 2011 loss, Navy has won 10 straight games against Patriot League opponents.
Lehigh was 7-9 overall in 2012 and 2-4 in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks tied for fifth in the conference with Lafayette and missed out on the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in five years.
Navy will next host defending national champion Northwestern on Monday at 4:00 PM. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden and Sheehan Stanwick Burch handling the announcing duties. This is the third straight year Navy has played Northwestern and the matchup will be the fifth CBS Sports Network nationally televised home game in program history for the Navy women. CBS Sports Network televised two Navy home games in 2011 and one each in 2009 and 2012.