March 11, 2011
Annapolis, Md. -
Navy women's lacrosse sophomore attack Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) has been making the most of an increased offensive role this spring and has been a catalyst for the Mids' 6-1 start to the 2011 season.
Through seven games this season, DePompeo is ranked second in the country in total scoring with 33 points. DePompeo has registered 20 goals and 13 assists and has been superb on the offensive end for Navy.
"Jasmine is a prolific scorer for us and a great finisher and we feel like she can even do more," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We feel confident that she is getting better and better every day and this is certainly her breakout year."
After spending her freshman season as a second-line midfielder, the graduation of Erin Rawlick (111 points, 77 goals in 2010) and Mary Ruttum (37 points), combined with the offseason injury to junior Danielle Vivonetto (62 goals), moved DePompeo into a starting position on Navy's attack.
"Moving to attack from midfielder this season has given me so many more opportunities in our offense," DePompeo said. "My primary role for this team now is to score goals and to help other people on the attack score goals as well."
"She does exactly what we ask her to do," Timchal said. "She is truly a dynamic player for us on the attack."
It didn't take long for DePompeo to adjust to her new role, as she recorded a hat trick in Navy's season-opening 14-4 win over Mount St. Mary's. She also added two assists for her first ever five-point game.
After tacking on two more goals in Navy's next game, a come-from-behind victory over Ohio State, DePompeo had back-to-back seven point efforts (five goals, two assists in each) in wins over Davidson and Bryant. Most recently, DePompeo had two goals and three assists in a win at Robert Morris. On February 21, DePompeo earned her first career Patriot League honor, earning offensive player of the week accolades.
Through the first four weeks of the season, the Mids rank second in the country in total scoring with 138 points. And although DePompeo has received a lot of individual attention, she is quick to point out that Navy's success on the attack wouldn't be possible with the combined efforts of the rest of her teammates.
"It really all starts with [goalie] Elaina [Ponchione] making saves on the defensive end," DePompeo said. "Then the ball gets cleared out by our defense and through with our midfielders, who are running their butts off. Then it gets to us on the attacking end and we feel like we owe it to the rest of the team to score. Everyone else has done their jobs and we need to do ours, too. Everyone on the team has a role and responsibilities to take care of, and in the end, it's a team effort."
In 2010, DePompeo totaled 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points over 21 games. With her increased role this season, it took her just four games to surpass those numbers.
One of the highlights of DePompeo's freshman season was the Patriot League Championship. DePompeo tallied a goal and an assist to help the Mids post an 11-9 win over Lehigh for the program's first league title.
Earlier in her freshman season, DePompeo got a big confidence boost from hanging a hat trick on No. 3 Duke. Trailing by double digits late in the game, Navy refused to give up, and DePompeo led the way with three goals in the game's final nine minutes.
DePompeo also had a three-point effort against No. 2 Northwestern this season, on two goals and one assist. DePompeo scored back-to-back goals in a span of three minutes as the Mids kept the game competitive well into the second half.
"There is always a lot of hype when you go into games against the top-ranked teams," DePompeo said. "But once you score against teams like that, you realize it's not any different than what we do in practice every single day. Those games help you learn you can compete at that level and that kind of experience is going to help us in the future."
DePompeo hails from the lacrosse hot bed of Long Island, New York. As a senior at Sayville High School she scored 74 goals in 20 games and earned all-Long Island accolades. She was also a member of the highly successful Long Island Yellow Jackets club team.
The Navy women's lacrosse team will open its Patriot League schedule at Bucknell on Saturday.