Mids on Verge of Undefeated Patriot League Regular Season
April 20, 2012
Navy (14-2, 5-0 PL) at Lehigh (7-8, 2-3 PL)
April 21, 2012 | 1:00 PM
Ulrich Sports Complex | Bethlehem, Pa.
Live Video $6.95| Live Stats
All-Time Series: Lehigh leads, 4-3
Last Meeting: April 28, 2011 in Hamilton, N.Y. in PL Semifinals (Navy 10, Lehigh 8)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After clinching its first outright Patriot League Regular Season title last weekend with a 19-6 win over second-place American, the Navy women's lacrosse team (14-2, 5-0 PL) will wrap up conference play at Lehigh (7-8, 2-3 PL) on Saturday at 1:00 PM at Ulrich Sports Complex. Live statistics and live video will be available on NavySports.com(.)
A Navy win over Lehigh would allow Navy to finish Patriot League play undefeated at 6-0, marking the first time a team has gone undefeated since Holy Cross in 2007. A win would also be Navy's fifth in a row and its 15th in the last 16 games.
The Mids lead the Patriot League in scoring offense (15.19), scoring defense (8.12) and scoring margin (+7.07). Navy also leads the league in draw controls per game (16.00) and commits the fewest turnovers per game (11.69).
Generi a Strong Candidate for the Patriot League Rookie of the Year Award
Freshman attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) is having an outstanding rookie campaign. Generi recently earned her fourth Patriot League Rookie of the Week award and was tabbed as the Baltimore Sun's Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week after scoring seven goals in Navy's 19-6 win over American last Friday.
Generi ranks second in the country in total draw controls (96), third in draw controls per game (6.00) and seventh in total goals (48). Generi's 96 draw controls are the second-most in Navy single season history and the 10th most in NCAA single season history. The NCAA record is 126.
Additionally, Generi has been superb in Patriot League play. In Navy's five league games, Generi has 25 points, 21 goals and 33 draw controls, leading the league in all three categories.
A Closer Look at Lehigh
Lehigh will host Navy in its final game of the season, as the team will miss qualifying for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2006. Lehigh's top all-around player is senior midfielder Leigh Ann Torcivia, a 2011 all-league first teamer. Torcivia has registered 43 points on 23 goals and 20 assists to go along with 34 ground balls, 36 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers.
Freshman attacker Carli Sukonik is the team's top goal-scorer (38) and has a team-high 44 points. Goalie Mary Leah DiNisco is 2-5 in the cage with a 12.15 goals-against average.
All-Time Series Against Lehigh
Lehigh is the only team in the Patriot League that owns a winning record against Navy, as the Mountain Hawks lead the all-time series, 4-3. Lehigh is 4-0 against Navy in Patriot League regular season games and Navy leads 3-0 in postseason tournament games. Navy has knocked Lehigh out of the Patriot League Tournament in each of the past three years.
Lehigh defeated Navy, 15-13, on the final weekend of the Patriot League regular season in 2011, but Navy responded with a 10-8 win in the league semifinals just five days later.
Navy Will Host 2012 Patriot League Tournament
For the first time in Navy's five-year history, the team will host the Patriot League Tournament. Navy will play in the first semifinal at 5 pm on Friday, April 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with the second semifinal following at 7:45 pm. The winners of the semifinals will meet at 12 noon Sunday for the league title. Admission will be free for the league tournament.
The Patriot League Tournament champion will then advance to the NCAA Play-In game at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's champion on May 5.
Navy (5-0), Colgate (3-2) and Holy Cross (3-2) have all clinched postseason berths and American (3-3) and Lafayette (2-3) are in contention for the final spot. Navy's semifinal opponent will not be determined until the completion of the regular season due to the large number of tiebreaker procedures that are still in play.
Navy will be looking to make the most of its home-field advantage at the Patriot League Tournament, as the team is a perfect 9-0 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season.
Should the Mids win the 2012 league tournament, Navy would earn the distinction of becoming the first team to win three straight tournament titles since the league began postseason play in 2001.
Timchal Leads the Way at Navy
Head coach Cindy Timchal is college lacrosse's all-time wins leader and has taken a brand-new Navy program and turned it into a perennial contender in very quick fashion.
Timchal owns a record of 72-21 (.774) in her five years at Navy and has led the team to back-to-back Patriot League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. Timchal is in her 30th season overall as a head coach and owns a career record of 408-107 (.792). Only Northwestern, Maryland and North Carolina have won more games than Navy in the last five years.
DePompeo Nets 100th Goal
Junior Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) became the fifth player in Navy history to score 100 career goals when she found the back of the cage against American on Friday night. DePompeo is the second Mid behind Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) to accomplish the feat this season and the third active Mid along with Danielle Vivonetto (Rocky Point, N.Y.) to score 100 goals.
DePompeo ranks third on the Navy career scoring chart with 186 points and is also third with 86 career assists.
Verbeeck Settles in as Starting Goalie
After coming off the bench in 13 straight games this season, junior goalie Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) assumed the role of starter prior to Navy's road game at Colgate. Verbeeck held the Raiders to just six goals while making seven saves in 60 minutes of action. Verbeeck then once again earned the start against American, playing the first 54 minutes. She allowed six goals and made five saves.
On the season, Verbeeck has a 7.58 GAA and a .500 save percentage, leading the Patriot League in both categories while sporting a 4-0 record. In her career, Verbeeck is 12-2 (.857).
Navy's next game will be the Patriot League Semifinals on Friday, April 27 at 5:00 PM at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.