Mids to Host American Friday in Patriot League Lacrosse Semifinal
April 26, 2012
No. 4 American (7-9) at No. 1 Navy (15-2)
Patriot League Semifinals
April 27, 2012 | 5:00 PM
Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Admission: Free | Parking: $5
Video: Navy All-Access | Live Statistics | Twitter Updates
Last Meeting: April 13, 2012 in Annapolis (Navy 19, American 6)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The top-seeded Navy women's lacrosse team (15-2) will begin its quest for a third straight Patriot League Championship on Friday when the team hosts No. 4 American (7-9) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at 5:00 PM. Live statistics and live video will be available at NavySports.com(.) Joe Miller will provide the play-by-play for Navy's game on Friday and Pete Medhurst will call the championship game on Sunday on Navy All-Access.
Navy earned the No. 1 seed and hosting responsibilities for the first time in program history in 2012 after storming through conference play with a perfect 6-0 record. Navy was the regular season co-champion in 2010, but earned the postseason tournament's No. 2 seed.
With a win, Navy would advance to a fourth straight league title game, which will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday at 12 noon. The other semifinal on Friday night (7:45 PM) features No. 2 Colgate against No. 3 Holy Cross.
Navy is currently ranked No. 21 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings. Among the rest of the tournament field, Holy Cross is the next highest at 39th, American is 52nd and Colgate is 60th.
Mids Earn Three Major Individual Awards; Six Named All-League
After a perfect 6-0 Patriot League regular season, Navy deservedly brought home a number of postseason honors. Head coach Cindy Timchal was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year, junior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) earned a second straight Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year award and freshman attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
DePompeo was joined on the all-league first team by junior midfielder Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) and senior defender Kierstin King (Upperco, Md.). Generi was named to the all-league second team along with freshman midfielder Jess Fellows (Vienna, Va.) and senior defender Dominique Wright (Washington, D.C.).
Additionally, DePompeo, Young, King and sophomore midfielder Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) were selected to the Patriot League All-Academic Team.
Navy in the Patriot League Tournament
Navy has advanced to the Patriot League Tournament in each of its five years of existence as a varsity program. The Mids have won the last two tournament titles and advanced through the NCAA Play-In game and into the NCAA Tournament. Navy is aiming to become the first team to win three straight tournament titles since the league began postseason play in 2001.
Navy is 5-2 all-time in the tournament and 3-1 in the semifinal round. Navy is 0-1 in tournament play against its semifinal opponent, American, falling to the Eagles in 2008, 17-15.
This will be Navy's first time playing as the No. 1 seed and the first time playing a Patriot League Tournament game in Annapolis. The Mids are 9-0 at home this season.
Junior attacker Jasmine DePompeo put on a dazzling performance at last season's Patriot League Tournament. The Mids defeated Lehigh, 10-8, before rallying from a five-goal second-half deficit to defeat host Colgate, 15-14. DePompeo tallied nine points (five goals, four assists) in the championship game and was named the tournament's most valuable player.
DePompeo set Patriot League Tournament records for most points in a game (9), most points in a tournament (13) and most assists in a tournament (7).
Generi Climbing NCAA Draw Control Chart
Freshman Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.), the 2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, is moving up the NCAA single season draw control record book. Heading into this weekend, Generi is tied for eighth in NCAA single season history with 99 draw controls. She is three shy of Erin Rawlick's school-record total of 102, which is the sixth-best total in NCAA history.
NCAA All-Time Single Season Draw Control Leaders 1. Dana Dobbie, Maryland (2008) 126 2. Coco Stanwick, Georgetown (2006) 113 2. Ana White, Lafayette (2012) 113 4. D. Spencer, Northwestern (2010) 110 5. Hillary Fratzke, Towson (2006) 107 6. Erin Rawlick, Navy (2010) 102 7. Nikki Branchini, Albany (2011) 100 8. Loren Generi, Navy (2012) 99 8. B. Wilton, Boston College (2011) 99
DePompeo Becomes First Mid to Earn Back-to-Back Major League Awards
Junior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) became the first Midshipman to earn multiple major league individual honors when she was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. DePompeo leads Navy with 75 points this season on 34 goals and 41 assists. In 2011, DePompeo tallied 99 points on 57 goals and 42 assists. Along with Erin Rawlick's offensive player of the year award in 2010, Navy has won the top attacking honor three straight years.
DePompeo's Career Statistics Yr. GP/GS G A Pts. 2010 21/3 11 7 18 2011 21/21 57 42 99 2012 17/17 34 41 75 Total 59/41 102 90 192
King on Verge of Another School Record
Earlier this season senior captain Kierstin King (Upperco, Md.) became Navy's career leader in ground balls when she passed 2011 graduate Caitlin Mandrin Hill with her 130th career ground ball. King now has 150 and is also on the verge of becoming Navy's career leader in games started. King is currently tied with 2011 graduate Katrina Nietsch with 68 starts and will in all likelihood claim the record by starting against American on Friday.
Senior goalie Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) also has a pair of school records of her own. Ponchione is the school's all-time leader in career saves (372) and goalie wins (46).
Kathy Young is currently one free-position goal shy of Rawlick's career school record of 36 and DePompeo is six assists shy of Mandrin Hill's career school record of 96.
Timchal Named Patriot League Coach of the Year
Navy women's lacrosse head coach Cindy Timchal was named the 2012 Patriot League Coach of the Year award, her first such honor in her five years in the conference. Timchal owns a career record of 409-107 (.792) over 30 seasons and is 73-21 (.777) while at Navy. Timchal became the first college lacrosse coach to win 400 games earlier this season and was recently named a finalist for the 2012 US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame. Timchal has guided Navy to back-to-back Patriot League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.
American earned the No. 4 seed after going 3-3 in Patriot League play and 7-9 overall. The Eagles placed four players on the All-Patriot League Team with attacker Kimberly Collins, midfielder Emily Burton and defender Emily Stankiewicz earning first-team honors.
Collins leads the team with 56 points (39 g, 17 a), and has 22 ground balls and 16 draw controls. Burton is second on the team with 55 points (45 g, 10 a) to go along with 37 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers. Stankiewicz leads the team with 32 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers and has also contributed 18 points.
Series History with American
Navy leads the all-time series against American, 5-1, and has won four straight games against the Eagles. Navy defeated American, 19-6, during a regular-season matchup in Annapolis on April 17. Freshman attacker Loren Generi scored seven goals and had eight draw controls and Navy outscored American, 10-1, in the second half.
All-time series: Navy, 5-1
Patriot League Regular Season: Navy, 5-0
Patriot League Tournament: American, 1-0
Current Streak: Navy, 4 wins
Goals: Navy, 81-65
In Annapolis: Navy, 3-0
In Washington, D.C.: Navy, 2-1
Looking Ahead: Patriot League vs. MPSF in an NCAA Play-In Game
The winner of the 2012 Patriot League Tournament will advance to the NCAA Play-In game against the champion of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) on May 5. The four teams in the MPSF Tournament this weekend are No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Denver, No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 California. Stanford is hosting the tournament (April 27-29).