Mids to Host Lafayette in Patriot League Semifinals Friday
April 25, 2013
No. 4 Lafayette (9-8) at No. 1 Navy (16-1)
2013 Patriot League Semifinals
April 26, 2013 | 5:00 PM
Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Admission: Free | Parking $5
Video: Navy All-Access | Live Statistics
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The No. 15/12 Navy women's lacrosse team (16-1, 6-0 PL) will host the four-team Patriot League Tournament Presented by Rockin' Refuel this weekend at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy is seeking a fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament title and berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Live statistics and live video will be available for all three games this weekend with Joe Miller and Pete Medhurst handling the announcing duties.
Top-seeded Navy will host Lafayette (9-8, 3-3 PL) in the first semifinal on Friday at 5:00 PM. Second-seeded American (8-9, 5-1 PL) will face No. 3 Holy Cross (8-9, 3-3 PL) on Friday at 7:45 PM. The semifinal winners will meet Sunday at 12 noon for the Patriot League Tournament title and automatic berth to the 26-team NCAA Tournament.
Navy last defeated American in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, 11-10, in double overtime to finish the conference season undefeated and wrap up its second-straight regular season title. Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) scored the game-winner as Navy tied a program record with its 10th-straight win.
Navy defeated Lafayette, 15-8, in Annapolis on March 23 during the regular season. Navy jumped out to a 6-1 lead and extended that edge to 9-3 later in the first half. After the Leopards cut the lead to 9-6 in the second half, Navy went on a 6-1 run to put the game out of reach.
Senior Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored four times and eight different Mids scored at least one goal.
Lafayette defeated Colgate on the road, 9-7, last weekend to secure its first tournament berth since 2004 with its 3-3 conference record.
Lafayette's Ana White was named the Patriot League's Midfield Player of the Year and she appears on the all-league first team with junior midfielder Lauren Kleiber. Senior attacker Addie Godfrey and junior defender Rachel Martin were named to the second team.
Godfrey leads the team with 50 goals and White has tallied 64 points on 44 goals and 20 assists and has a team-best 91 draw controls. Kleiber is third on the team with 36 goals.
Navy is making a sixth-straight appearance in the Patriot League Tournament and is hosting for the second-straight year. The Mids are 4-1 in semifinal games and are 2-0 as the No. 1 seed. This will be the first time Navy and Lafayette have met in the postseason tournament but Navy leads the overall series against the Leopards, 6-0.
The Mids have won six-straight Patriot League Tournament games and 16-straight games against Patriot League opponents overall.
Navy received a number of year-end honors from the Patriot League earlier this week. Head coach Cindy Timchal was named the league's coach of the year for the second straight year, DePompeo was named the league's offensive player of the year for the third straight year and sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) was tabbed as the league's defensive player of the Year.
DePompeo and Foky were named to the all-league first team along with sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Sayville, N.Y.) and senior defender Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.). Young was named to the all-league second team. Additionally, DePompeo, Generi and Young were named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team.
DePompeo enters the postseason as the nation's leading scorer with 114 points for a 6.71 average. She also ranks second in the NCAA with 61 assists. She has set Navy school records for most points and most assists in a season. DePompeo also became the school's and the Patriot League's all-time career leader in points (323) and assists (157) this year.
Generi leads the Patriot League in both goals (55) and draw controls (96), while Foky is the conference leader in goals-against average (7.16) and save percentage (.449). Foky also ranks third in the nation in goals-against average.
Navy leads the Patriot League in scoring offense (14.12), scoring defense (7.43) and draw controls per game (14.29). The Mids are fifth in the country in scoring defense.
The Mids are ranked No. 15 in this week's IWLCA Coaches Poll, No. 12 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 8 in the latest national RPI rankings.
The Patriot League women's lacrosse tournament was first held in 2001 and Navy became the first team in league history to win three-straight tournament titles last season. Navy could match Colgate for the league-record for most tournament titles (4) this weekend.
DePompeo already holds Patriot League Tournament records for most points in a game (9), most points in a tournament (13) and most assists in a tournament (7). Young and junior Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) hold the record for most goals in a tournament game (7) and Gennaro has the record for most goals in a tournament (11).
In six Patriot League Tournament games, DePompeo has scored 10 goals with 11 assists for 21 points. Young has 17 goals and two assists for 19 points in her six tournament games. Gennaro, in four tournament games, has scored 15 goals.