Navy and Holy Cross to Meet Sunday for League Championship
April 27, 2013
No. 3 Holy Cross (9-9) at No. 1 Navy (17-1)
Patriot League Tournament Final
April 28, 2013 | 12 noon
Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Admission: Free | Parking: $5
Live Stats | Live Video
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - For the second-straight year, Navy and Holy Cross will meet at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament title. Top-seeded Navy (17-1) defeated No. 4 Lafayette, 9-8, in the first semifinal on Friday evening and No. 3 Holy Cross (9-9) upset No. 2 American, 8-7, in the second semifinal. Live stats and live video will be available.
The winner of Sunday's game will receive an automatic berth to the 26-team NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is Sunday, May 5.
Mids Edge Lafayette in Friday's Semifinal
Navy used a 4-0 run in the second half to overcome an upset-minded Lafayette squad, 9-8, on Friday evening. The Leopards jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Navy rallied back to tie the game at 3-3. Lafayette scored then scored two goals to take a 5-3 halftime edge. Navy then scored six of the first eight goals of the second half, including four in a row, to hold off the Leopards with the one-goal victory.
Holy Cross Upsets American to Advance to Tournament Final
Holy Cross began the game with a 5-0 lead and then scored two goals late to break a 6-6 tie and hold off American. Holy Cross was led by three goals from Sara Hennessey. On the season, Taylor Zebrowski has scored a team-high 50 points on 38 goals and 12 assists. Laura Ryan has 36 goals and Hennessey has 34.
Navy defeated Holy Cross in Worcester during the regular season, 15-5, and beat the Crusaders in the 2012 title game, 18-11. Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) and Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored eight goals each in the final last season.
Navy Aiming for a Fourth-Straight Tournament Title
The Mids set Patriot League history last season by becoming the first school to win three-straight tournament titles and the team has the opportunity to win an unprecedented fourth-straight title on Sunday. Navy has also won back-to-back regular season crowns. The Mids have won an impressive 17-straight games against Patriot League schools.
Rheiner Has Breakout Game in Semifinals
Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Rheiner (Wycombe, Pa.) doubled her season scoring output against Lafayette on Friday while having a breakout game. Rheiner scored two late goals for Navy, including the game-winner, and also had a game-high totals of four ground balls and three caused turnovers. On the season, Rheiner now has four goals, 29 ground balls, 24 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers. Rheiner missed her freshman season with an injury, but has played in all 18 games in 2013 with 16 starts.
DePompeo Named to Tewaaraton Award Nominee List
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo became the first Navy women's lacrosse player to be named to the Tewaaraton Award Nominee List on Friday. DePompeo is one of 25 players in the country to appear on the nominee list and the only player from the Patriot League. DePompeo was recently named the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Year for the third-straight year and also earned a third first-team all-league certificate. DePompeo is the nation's leading scorer this season with 118 points (55 goals, 63 assists).
A Look at the 2013 NCAA Tournament
The winner of the Patriot League Tournament will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament has expanded to 26 teams for the 2013 season and there will be 13 automatic berths by conference champions and 13 at-large berths. The first round of the NCAA Tournament is Friday, May 10. Navy has played in three-straight NCAA Tournaments.
The Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament is presented by Rockin' Refuel.