Mids to Face Jacksonville and American to Close Regular Season
Beth and Kathy Young will play their final regular season home game Friday
April 18, 2013
Jacksonville (10-4) at No. 14/12 Navy (14-1)
Friday, April 19, 2013 | 4:00 PM
Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Live Statistics | Admission: Free | Parking: $5
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 14/12 Navy women's lacrosse team (14-1, 5-0 PL) will close the 2013 regular season by hosting non-league foe Jacksonville (10-4) on Friday at 4:00 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and then traveling to Washington, D.C. on Sunday to battle American (8-8, 5-0 PL) for the Patriot League regular season title at 12 noon at Jacobs Field.
Both Navy and American enter the final weekend of the season at 5-0 in conference play and the winner will win the outright regular season title and will earn the top seed and hosting duties for the four-team Patriot League Tournament (April 26-28). Holy Cross (2-3) has also clinched a berth in the tournament and the winner of Saturday's Colgate-Lafayette game will earn the final spot.
At 14-1, head coach Cindy Timchal has Navy off to its best season in its six-year history. Navy's only loss was a 15-12 setback to defending national champion Northwestern and the Mids are 8-0 since. Navy has won 15-straight games overall against Patriot League opponents and 11-straight regular season conference games.
Navy is ranked No. 14 in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll and is No. 12 in the deBeer Media Poll. Navy is ranked fourth in the country in scoring defense (7.07), ninth in scoring offense (14.40) and third in winning percentage (.933).
DePompeo Breaks Patriot League Scoring Record
With her seven-point performance (2 g, 5 a) in Navy's 12-6 win over Colgate last Saturday, senior Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) became the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer. DePompeo has a career total of 314 points on 159 goals and 155 assists. She is Navy's career leader in points and assists and is the NCAA's active career leader in both categories.
DePompeo leads the country this season in total points (105), points per game (7.00), total assists (59) and assists per game (3.93). Her 59 assists this season are the eighth-best single-season total in NCAA history and her 155 career assists rank as the fourth-best in NCAA history.
Foky Earns Fourth Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week Award
Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) earned her fourth Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award after making nine saves with two ground balls in Navy's 12-6 win over Colgate last Saturday.
Foky ranks fourth in the country in goals-against average (6.87) and is ninth in save percentage (.476). She leads the Patriot League in both categories and owns a 12-1 record this season.
Navy Seeking to Bring League Tournament Back to Annapolis
With a win at American, Navy would earn the No. 1 seed for the Patriot League Tournament for the second-straight year. Navy went 6-0 in league play in 2012 and hosted for the first time. The team won two games to advance to its third-straight NCAA Tournament. Navy won the 2011 tournament at Colgate and won the 2010 tournament at Lehigh.
Navy to Honor Senior Class on Friday
Seniors Jasmine DePompeo, Charlotte Hauser, Brijet Mall, Meleah Martin, Emily Mellin, Morgan O'Brien, Beth Young and Kathy Young will be honored prior to Friday's game during a Senior Day ceremony. The Class of 2013 is Navy's all-time winningest class with a 64-14 record and a .821 winning percentage. The Class of 2013 has won three Patriot League Championships and has appeared in three NCAA Tournaments.
Navy and Jacksonville will meet for the first time on Friday. Jacksonville is 10-4 and all four of its losses have come to teams that are currently ranked in the top 10 (North Carolina, Florida, Syracuse and Duke).
Jacksonville is 3-0 in Atlantic Sun play and has clinched at least a share of the regular season title. The Atlantic Sun is sponsoring women's lacrosse for the first time this season and its tournament champion will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The Dolphins lead the country in caused turnovers per game (13.14) and ground balls per game (25.79) while ranking fifth in scoring offense (14.93). Senior Rachel Hannon established an NCAA single-season record with 131 draw controls in 2012 and leads the team with 42 this season.
Sophomore attacker Taylor McCord has a team-high 43 points on 24 goals and 19 assists, senior attacker Amanda Hurley is second with 34 points (32 g, 2 a) and junior attacker Morgan Derner is third with 33 points (27 g, 6 a).
Goalie Karli Tobin is 10-4 with an 8.90 goals-against average and a .446 save percentage.
American enters Sunday's contest with an 8-8 record overall and a 5-0 mark in Patriot League play. The Eagles began the season with five-straight losses before turning it around at the start of conference play. American has won eight of its last 10 and upset then-No. 12 Johns Hopkins, 10-9, in overtime on March 27.
Senior attacker Kimberly Collins leads American with 54 points on 41 goals and 13 assists. Collins was an All-Patriot League First-Team honoree in 2012. Sophomore attacker Jordan Harrington is the reigning Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week after scoring seven points on five goals and two assists in American's 15-11 win over Lafayette last Saturday.
Freshman goalie Teal Harrison is 8-8 with a 12.05 goals-against average and a .450 save percentage. Harrison has made 149 saves this season. Harrison has been named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week three times and the Patriot League Rookie of the Week three times as well.
Navy is 6-1 all-time against American and has won five-straight games in the series. Navy last defeated American in the 2012 Patriot League semifinals, 14-7. The Mids beat the Eagles during the regular season last year, 19-6.
Navy will next compete in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals on April 26. The championship game will be contested on Sunday, April 28 with the winner receiving an automatic berth to the 26-team NCAA Tournament.