No. 18/14 Navy to Host UC Davis on Wednesday
March 26, 2013
UC Davis (3-5) at No. 18/14 Navy (10-1)
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 4:00 PM
Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 18/14 Navy women's lacrosse team (10-1) will host UC Davis (3-5) in a non-conference game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Wednesday at 4:00 PM. This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Mids held steady at No. 18 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and at No. 14 in the deBeer Media Poll this week. Navy has been ranked in the coaches poll for the last three weeks and in the media poll for all six weeks of the 2013 season.
Navy recently won its fourth straight game on Saturday, defeating Lafayette, 15-8, to move to 3-0 in the Patriot League. Senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) led the Mids with four goals and one assist.
Navy also earned a road win at George Washington last Wednesday by a score of 9-6. Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) took part in eight of Navy's nine scoring plays with four goals and four assists.
The Patriot League announced on Monday that DePompeo was selected as the league's offensive player of the week for the third week in a row. DePompeo had 11 points on six goals and five assists in two wins last week.
The senior co-captain is ranked second in the NCAA with 6.18 points per game. She is also third in total points (68), fourth in total assists (33), fifth in assists per game (3.00) and seventh in goals scored (35). She has scored at least seven points in seven of 11 games this season.
Also appearing in the nation's top 15 statistical rankings are sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) in goals-against average (8th, 6.93) and junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) in goals scored (12th, 31).
As a team, Navy is fifth in the country in scoring defense (6.82 goals allowed per game), 15th in scoring offense (13.73) and eighth in scoring margin (+6.91).
Navy is 28-3 over its last 31 games. Two of its three losses were to Northwestern and the other to North Carolina in the 2012 NCAA First Round.
The senior trio of DePompeo, Young, and Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.) are set to tie 2011 graduate Caitlin Mandrin Hill for the school record of 75 career games played in Wednesday's game. Senior defender Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.) is also climbing the career games played chart with 71.
Kathy Young recently became the school's all-time leader in career games started (74) and she is also the school-record holder in career free-position goals (44) and game-winning goals (10). DePompeo owns the career assists record (129) and is just 17 points shy of 2010 graduate Erin Rawlick's school record of 294 career points.
UC Davis enters the game at 3-5 and is coming off back-to-back wins over Iona (14-10) and Howard on Monday (23-6). The Aggies are 0-3 in MPSF play, falling to St. Mary's (Calif.) in overtime, 16-15, USC (12-7) and Cal (18-12).
Senior attacker Elizabeth Datino had a career day against Howard on Monday, scoring eight points on seven goals and one assist. Datino leads the Aggies with 39 points (25 g, 14 a). She led the country in points per game (6.31) last season and is averaging 4.88 this year.
Senior midfielder Hannah Mirza is second on the team with 23 points (20 g, 3 a) and goalie Kai Murphy is 3-5 with an 11.67 GAA and a .376 save percentage.
Navy has a bye from Patriot League play this weekend and will next head to Farmville, Va. to play at Longwood on Tuesday, April 2.