No. 18 Navy To Play No. 5 North Carolina in NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament
May 6, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's lacrosse team will play fifth-seeded North Carolina (14-3) on Saturday at 12 noon at Fetzer Field in the NCAA First Round, it was announced on the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday evening. The Mids (18-2), ranked No. 18 in the nation, are making a third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament in just their fifth year of varsity play.
"We are very happy for the Navy women's lacrosse team to have this opportunity to go down to Chapel Hill and play against a very strong lacrosse team," said Navy head coach Cindy Timchal, who is making her 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. "We've been there before and we expected that we would play somebody in the ACC. We know we will have to be focused all week and well-prepared for North Carolina."
The winner of the Navy-North Carolina game will play the winner of the No. 4 Syracuse-Dartmouth game in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Navy earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Oregon, 10-9, in overtime in an NCAA Play-In Game in Eugene on Saturday. Sophomore attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) scored four goals, including the game-winner in the overtime period.
Navy won a third straight Patriot League Tournament in 2012 after going 6-0 in the regular season to earn hosting responsibilities. The Mids defeated Holy Cross, 18-11, in the Patriot League Championship game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 29.
This is the second all-time meeting between Navy and North Carolina and the second in the NCAA First Round. Navy fell to No. 3 North Carolina, 18-5, in 2010, which was Navy's first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina lost to Maryland in the ACC Championship, 14-10, on April 23 and has been idle since. The Tar Heels earned one of eight at-large selections to the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina defeated the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 seed, Florida, in its season opener, 11-9, on February 11 and own seven wins against 2012 tournament teams (Florida, Albany, Penn, Virginia (2), Duke and Maryland).
The Tar Heels have three of the 25 Tewaaraton Award nominees on their roster in Kara Cannizzaro, Becky Lynch and Laura Zimmerman. All three were All-ACC honorees. Lynch leads the team with 55 points (37 goals, 18 assists), Zimmerman has 54 points (35 goals, 19 assists) and Cannizzaro has 44 points (35 goals, nine assists).
Saturday's game will feature two of the top defensive teams in the country. North Carolina is ranked second in the nation with a 7.18 GAA and Navy was sixth at an 8.00 GAA in the latest NCAA rankings.
Navy fell to No. 1 Maryland in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament.
The Mids are paced offensively by junior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.), the two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. DePompeo leads the team with 87 points on 41 goals and a school-record 46 assists. Junior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) has scored a team-high 58 goals and earned the Patriot League Tournament's Most Valuable Player accolade.
Navy and North Carolina are two of seven teams to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in each of the past three years, along with Maryland, Northwestern, Duke, Virginia and Penn.