Women's Lax to Host American in Televised Showdown Friday Night
Senior team captain Kierstin King and her classmates will be recognized prior to Friday's contest
April 12, 2012
American (7-6, 3-2 PL) at Navy (13-2, 4-0 PL)
April 13, 2012 | 7:00 PM
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Annapolis, Md.
TV: CBS Sports Network | Live Statistics
All-Time Series: Navy leads, 4-1
Last Meeting: April 13, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Navy 11, American 10)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's lacrosse team (13-2, 4-0 PL) will host American (7-6, 3-2 PL) on Friday at 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. A Navy win would clinch the Patriot League regular season championship and the No. 1 seed for the postseason tournament. Friday's game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network with Todd Harris and Sheehan Burch handling the announcing duties.
Navy defeated Colgate last Saturday, 8-6, to secure a fifth consecutive berth to the Patriot League tournament in what was a rematch of the 2011 league title game. The win put Navy in a position to earn its first No. 1 seed in program history with a win in one of its final two games against American and Lehigh. Navy is in its fifth year of varsity competition and won the postseason tournament each of the last two seasons and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Head coach Cindy Timchal is in her fifth year at Navy and recently became the first college lacrosse coach to win 400 games. Timchal will enter Friday night's contest with a career coaching record of 407-107 (.792) in her 30th season and is 71-21 (.772) in five years at Navy. Timchal was also recently named a US Lacrosse Hall of Fame finalist.
Junior attack Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) leads Navy with 65 points this season on 30 goals and 35 assists. DePompeo is a Tewaaraton Award Watch List honoree and was the unanimous choice for the 2012 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year accolade.
In 2010, DePompeo ranked third in the country with 99 points (57 g, 42 a) and was named a WomensLax.com All-American, an IWLCA All-South Region Second Team honoree, the PL Offensive Player of the Year and the PL Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Junior midfielder Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) leads the team with 43 goals, 15 of which have come on free-position opportunities. Young also has 24 ground balls and 57 draw controls.
Freshman Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) has been an immediate contributor at Navy. Generi leads the team with 88 draw controls and is second with 41 goals. Generi has been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week three times this season and is a leading candidate for the league's rookie of the year award.
Continuing a recent trend for the team, Navy has used a 1-2 punch in the goalie cage all season. Senior Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) started the first 14 games of the season, but junior Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) regularly comes off the bench in the second half to close out games. Verbeeck made her first start of the season last Saturday against Colgate and held the Raiders to just six goals while earning her fourth career win against Colgate. For her performance against Colgate, Verbeeck was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.
Navy's Goalies By the Numbers Name GP-GS Min. GA GAA Svs Sv. % Record Ponchione 14-14 479 71 8.89 59 .454 10-2 Verbeeck 14-1 358 46 7.72 47 .505 3-0
Navy holds a 4-1 lead in the all-time series against American and defeated the Eagles, 11-10, in Washington, D.C. last season. Sophomore Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) scored the game-winning goal with just 18.4 seconds remaining. Navy trailed 10-9 late in the game before Caitlin Mandrin Hill scored with 2:42 remaining to tie the game before Coughlin's late-game heroics.
Series History Against American Navy Leads Series: 4-1 Date H/A Result 4/13/11 A W, 11-10 4/7/10 H W, 15-14 4/1/09 A W, 8-6 4/25/08 A L, 15-17 4/1/08 H W, 13-12
Patriot League Regular Season: Navy, 4-0
Patriot League Tournament: American, 1-0
Current Streak: Navy, 3 games
Goals: Navy, 62-59
In Annapolis: Navy, 2-0
In Washington, D.C.: Navy, 2-1
American opened Patriot League play this season at 3-1, but suffered a 13-12 loss to Lafayette last Saturday to fall to 3-2. The Eagles are led by junior attack Kimberly Collins who has 49 points on 33 goals and 16 assists. Junior midfielder Emily Burton is second on the team with 48 points (41 g, 7 a) and senior attack Lauren Schoenberger is third with 42 points (24 g, 18a).
Senior goalie Kaska Komosinski is 7-6 in the cage with a 12.97 GAA and a .350 save percentage.
With Friday's game being Navy's final home contest of the regular season, the team will honor the Class of 2012 during a special pregame 'Senior Night' ceremony. The Mids are a perfect 8-0 at home this season. Navy's six-member Class of 2012 is on pace to finish their careers as the winningest class in program history. Below is a look at some of the impressive feats the class has achieved.
Wins 58 PL Tournaments App. 4 Patriot League Titles 2 NCAA Tournaments 2
The Class of 2012 Name Service Selection Abby Ellis Navy Pilot Meghan Hughes Surface Warfare Kierstin King Surface Warfare Elaina Ponchione Surface Warfare Danielle Vivonetto Navy Pilot Dominique Wright Surface Warfare
Navy will play its final regular season game at Lehigh on April 21. The four-team Patriot League tournament will be held April 27-29 at the regular season champion's home field. The 2012 Patriot League tournament champion will advance to the NCAA Play-In game at the winner of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on May 5 with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.