No. 15 Navy Hosts No. 4 Northwestern Monday on CBS Sports Network
March 10, 2013
No. 4 Northwestern (5-1, 2-0 ALC) at No. 15 Navy (6-0, 1-0 PL)
March 11, 2013 | 4:00 PM
Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
TV: CBS SN | Live Statistics
New Hampshire (0-4, 0-0 AE) at No. 15 Navy (6-0, 1-0 PL)
March 13, 2013 | 4:00 PM
Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The 15th-ranked Navy women's lacrosse team (6-0, 1-0 PL) will host No. 4 Northwestern (5-1, 2-0 ALC) in a nationally televised game on Monday at 4:00 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Admission is free to both games and parking is $5.
Ben Holden and Sheehan Stanwick Burch will handle the announcing duties for CBS Sports Network and the Mids will compete in their fifth televised home game in the last five years.
Navy will also host first-time opponent New Hampshire of the America East Conference on Wednesday at 4:00 PM in the sixth and final game of Navy's two-and-a-half week homestand. Navy will be playing its second and third game of a five-day span.
Navy defeated Lehigh, 14-4, in the Patriot League opener for both schools on Saturday. The three-time defending league champions held their sixth opponent to single digit goals this season and limited Lehigh to just 11 shots.
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) led the way with her fifth seven-point game of the season with four goals and three assists. Sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) added three goals, two assists and a game-high seven draw controls as the Mids defeated their 11th-straight Patriot League opponent.
Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) made four saves and allowed just three goals in 54:31 minutes of action. Foky improved her record to 4-0 and lowered her goals-against average to 4.99. Foky also has a save percentage of .585.
DePompeo leads Navy with 39 points on 21 goals and 18 assists. She is averaging a career-best 6.50 points and shooting at a blistering .778 percentage. Generi shares the team-lead of 21 goals with DePompeo and has controlled 32 draws.
Navy head coach Cindy Timchal improved her career record to 418-108 (.795) with the win over Lehigh and she will go up against one of her former Maryland players in Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller on Monday. When Timchal and Amonte Hiller share the sidelines, fans will witness the head coaches of 15 of the last 21 national championship teams.
Timchal coached at Maryland for 16 years and won eight national championships before arriving at Navy. Amonte Hiller was a four-time All-American at Maryland and won back-to-back national titles in 1995 and 1996.
Timchal and Amonte Hiller were both inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame this past October and Timchal served as Amonte Hiller's presenter.
Timchal coached at Northwestern from 1982-1990, amassing a record of 76-40. Additionally, Navy volunteer assistant coach Kirstyn Atkinson played under Amonte Hiller at Northwestern from 2008-11, appearing in 66 games and winning three national championships.
This is the third all-time meeting between Navy and Northwestern with the Wildcats winning each of the first two meetings. The second-ranked Wildcats defeated Navy in Annapolis on March 3, 2011, 18-8, and the top-ranked Wildcats beat the Mids in Evanston on March 25, 2013, 20-8.
Navy hung with Northwestern for the first 11 minutes last season, trailing just 5-4 at the 18:59 mark in the first half. Northwestern then used a 6-0 run to close the first half and take an 11-4 lead into the locker room. Navy scored three of the first four goals in the second half to cut the lead to 12-7, but a 5-0 Wildcat run extended the lead once again.
Northwestern enters the game with a 5-1 record and a 2-0 mark in the American Lacrosse Conference. Northwestern's only loss came at then-No. 5 North Carolina on February 22. The Wildcats most recently knocked off No. 12 Johns Hopkins, 18-8, on Saturday.
Senior Erin Fitzgerald leads the defending national champions with 19 points on 17 goals and two assists. Senior Amanda Macaluso has 17 points on 11 goals and six assists and junior Alyssa Leonard has 17 points on 13 goals and four assists to go along with a team-best 50 draw controls.
Sophomore goalie Bridget Bianco is 5-1 with a 6.58 goals-against average and a .526 save percentage. Senior midfielder Taylor Thornton, the 2012 national player of the year, has six goals, 12 ground balls, 14 draw controls and nine caused turnovers.
New Hampshire, another team nicknamed the Wildcats, will enter Wednesday's game at 0-4 with two of its losses coming to ranked opponents. No. 17 UMass defeated the Wildcats, 18-9, and No. 13 Dartmouth narrowly edged UNH, 11-10. New Hampshire's most recent game was an 11-9 loss at undefeated UConn.
New Hampshire, who was 5-11 in 2012, was picked to finish sixth in the America East preseason poll. Senior Jenny Simpson leads the team with 16 points on 13 goals and three assists. Freshman Laura McHoul is second on the team with 13 points (5 G, 8 A).
Starting goalie Kathleen O'Keefe is 0-3 with a 13.80 goals-against average and a .422 save percentage.
The Mids will resume Patriot League play at Bucknell (0-6) on Saturday at 1:00 PM.