DePompeo Named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year
April 26, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. - Sophomore Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and six Midshipmen were named to the All-Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Team, the league office announced Tuesday. Navy earned a program-best four players on the All-Patriot League First Team.
In addition to being named the league's top offensive player, DePompeo was selected to the All-Patriot League First Team at attack. Senior attack Caitlin Mandrin Hill (Annapolis, Md.) was also a first-team selection.
Senior midfielder Katrina Nietsch (New Canaan, Conn.) and junior defender Kierstin King (Upperco, Md.) were also selected to the All-Patriot League First Team. Sophomore Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) and freshman attack Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) were chosen to the second team. Navy's six all-league selections are the most of any team in the conference this season.
DePompeo had a breakout sophomore season for Navy, leading the team in goals (47), assists (30) and points (77). DePompeo was at her best during conference games, averaging 5.33 points per game on 23 goals and 32 points in six games.
Overall, DePompeo ranks fifth in the country in total scoring and is 10th in points per game (4.53). DePompeo had nine five-point games this season and had at least two points in 15 games. Her best individual game of the season was a six-goal, three-assist effort in Navy's win over Lafayette on March 20. DePompeo also had an eight-point game in Navy's win at Fresno State on March 15.
DePompeo's 77 points is the fourth-most in a single season in program history, ranking behind only former All-American Erin Rawlick's three seasons of varsity play. DePompeo also had 15 draw controls and 10 ground balls. DePompeo currently ranks fourth in program history with 30 assists this season.
This is the second straight season Navy has been awarded the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year award. Rawlick was given the honor in 2010.
Mandrin Hill earns her second first-team selection of her career, as she also earned first-team honors as a defender during her sophomore season in 2009. Mandrin Hill, now an attack, ranked third on the team with 53 points on 25 goals and 28 assists.
Mandrin Hill leads the team with 64 draw controls and ranks seventh in the nation with 4.27 draw controls per game. She also ranks 13th in the country with 1.87 assists per game. Mandrin Hill has registered a point in 22 straight games, a streak that dates back to the 2010 season.
Mandrin Hill and Nietsch will be Navy's first four-year letterwinners at the conclusion of the season. Mandrin Hill is also the program's all-time leader in ground balls, caused turnovers and games played and ranks second in points and assists.
Nietsch tallied 27 goals and seven assists for 34 points and also had 22 ground balls, 15 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers. Nietsch had a pair of four-goal games this season, with the most important performance being a four-goal effort in Navy's 14-11 win over Colgate on April 9.
Nietsch became the first Mid to score 25 goals in four straight seasons and is ranked second in program history with 124 career goals and first with 64 career starts. In addition to her 124 goals, Nietsch also has 117 ground balls and 100 draw controls in her four-year career.
Nietsch was also recently given the Cheryl Dolyniuk Award. This award is given to the female midshipmen of the graduating class that has excelled in athletics, leadership and academics during her four years at the Academy. The award is presented by the Trustees of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Athletic and Scholarship programs.
King, a second-team selection in 2010, also gets her first selection to the All-Patriot League First Team. King leads Navy with 30 ground balls and also has 14 caused turnovers.
King had a season-high four ground balls on two occasions this season and currently ranks second in program history in caused turnovers (57) and third in ground balls (113).
Regarding as Navy's top defender, King picked up a Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor on March 21. King has helped the Navy defense hold 10 opponents to under 10 goals this season and the team is 10-0 during those games.
King is the first player in program history to earn multiple all-league honors as a defender.
Young earned all-league second team honors after ranking third on the team with 33 goals and fourth with 40 points. Young leads the team with nine free-position goals and ranks second with 27 draw controls. She has also grabbed 23 ground balls and caused seven turnovers.
Young scored a career-high five goals in Navy's come-from-behind win over American on April 13. Young also keyed a late-season three-game winning streak with 11 goals in victories of Colgate, American and Longwood.
She has produced six hat tricks this season and currently has 83 career points in just 38 games and ranks seventh on Navy's career scoring list with two seasons of play ahead of her.
Gennaro earned the at-large spot on the second team after having one of the best freshmen seasons to date at Navy. Gennaro has amassed 59 points on 45 goals and 14 assists and also has 16 ground balls. Gennaro's 59 points is more than any other freshmen in the country.
Gennaro earned five Patriot League weekly honors this season and was also named the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week after setting school freshman records for most goals (7) and points (8) in a game in Navy's 17-7 win over Bucknell on March 12.
The lefty is ranked 19th in the nation in total goals and produced 15 multiple-point efforts this season. Gennaro had six five-point games and seven hat tricks.
Gennaro's 59 points to date this season is the eighth-best single season total in program history and the second-most by a freshman. Gennaro opened the season on a positive note, tying the Navy record for most goals (4) in a freshman debut.
The Navy women's lacrosse team (12-5, 4-2 PL) has earned the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament and will play No. 2 Lehigh in Hamilton, N.Y. in the semifinals on Thursday at 7 pm.
2011 All-Patriot League First Team Jasmine DePompeo, Navy, So. Attack Kelly Draper, Lehigh, Jr. Attack Caitlin Mandrin Hill, Navy, Sr. Attack Lauren Dykstra, Lehigh, Sr. Midfielder Colleen Bubnack, Colgate, Sr. Midfielder Courtney Miller, Colgate, Jr. Midfielder Katrina Nietsch, Navy, Sr. Midfielder Leigh Ann Torcivia, Lehigh, Jr. Defender Kierstin King, Navy, Jr. Defender Catherine Furman, Holy Cross, Jr. Defender Alexandra Fitzpatrick, Lehigh, Fr. Goalkeeper Allison Thomas, Lehigh, Sr. At-Large
2011 All-Patriot League Second Team Kat Sutton, Holy Cross, Jr. Attack Kimmy Collins, American, So. Attack Addie Godfrey, Lafayette, So. Attack Ana White, Lafayette, Fr. Midfielder Emily Stankiewicz, American, Jr. Midfielder Kathy Young, Navy, So. Midfielder Meg O'Leary, Holy Cross, Sr. Midfielder Brit Ferguson, American, Sr. Defender Caitlin Mitchell, Lafayette, So. Defender Rachel Martin, Lafayette, Fr. Defender Alyssa DeLorenz, Bucknell, Sr. Goalkeeper Aimee Gennaro, Navy, Fr. At-Large
2011 Patriot League Major Awards
Offensive Player of the Year
Jasmine DePompeo, Navy, So., A
Defensive Player of the Year
Christina Roa, Colgate, Jr., GK
Midfield Player of the Year
Lauren Dykstra, Lehigh, Sr., MF
Rookie of the Year
Ana White, Lafayette, Fr., MF
Coach of the Year
Jill Redfern, Lehigh