ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's lacrosse team (18-1) has received the No. 8 seed for the 2013 NCAA Tournament and will host First and Second Round games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this weekend. The Mids will host NEC Champion Monmouth (13-6) on Friday at 5:00 PM and Duke will play Princeton at 7:15 PM. The winners of Friday's games will meet on Sunday at 12 noon in the NCAA Second Round.
A free live video stream will be available on navysports.com for all three NCAA games this weekend. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children for each day and parking at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is $5.
Navy is hosting an NCAA Tournament game for the first time and the program is also seeded for the first time. Navy is making a fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the program recently won its fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament title.
The Mids are ranked No. 11 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 16 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. Navy is No. 7 in the latest RPI rankings.
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo is the nations leading scorer with 120 points and a 6.32 average. DePompeo has 55 goals and 65 assists. Junior Aimee Gennaro has 75 points on 59 goals and 16 assists. Sophomore Loren Generi has 72 points on 59 goals and 13 assists with a team-high 103 draw controls. Sophomore goalie Annie Foky is 16-1 and ranks third in the country with a 7.03 goals-against average. As a team, Navy ranks third in the NCAA in scoring defense.
DePompeo was recently named to the IWLCA All-South Region First Team and Generi was named to the second team.
Navy and Monmouth are meeting for the second time this season. The Mids defeated the Hawks in Annapolis on February 24, 16-4. Navy led 16-1 with 2:25 remaining in the game before the Hawks scored three late goals. DePompeo had five goals and two assists against and senior Kathy Young scored four goals. Foky allowed just one goal while playing the first 50:31.
Navy defeated Monmouth while the Hawks were opening the season on a five-game losing streak, but the team had an impressive turnaround and won 13 of its next 14 games, including its last 11. Monmouth defeated Mount St. Mary's, 12-9, in the NEC semifinals, before downing Bryant, 9-7, to win the tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Junior Kaleigh Gibbons leads the team with 61 points (30 g, 31 a) and Cassie Campasano has 35 goals. Goalie Katie Donohoe is 13-5 with an 8.75 GAA and a .455 save percentage. Senior defender Gianna D'Urso has a team-high 27 caused turnovers and 39 ground balls.
Donohoe and D'Urso recently earned IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team honors. D'Urso was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Year and the NEC Tournament MVP, Donohoe was named Goalie of the Year and Gibbons was named Offensive Player of the Year. Additionally, freshman Marial Pierce was named the NEC Rookie of the Year and Denise Wescott was named the Coach of the Year.
Navy is 3-0 all-time against Monmouth and has outscored the Hawks, 46-13. Navy is also 14-0 all-time against teams from the Northeast Conference.
Navy vs. the NCAA Tournament Field
The Mids are 3-1 against the rest of the 2013 NCAA Tournament field this season. Navy defeated Jacksonville, 13-12 (2OT), High Point (15-6) and Monmouth (16-4) and fell to Northwestern (15-12). Navy's only loss this season was to Northwestern, the defending national champion.
Patriot League Schools in the NCAA Tournament
Since the seeding-era began in 2002, the Patriot League's representative was matched against a top-three seeded team in each of the next 10 tournaments. Navy finally broke that streak in 2012 when it was matched against No. 5 North Carolina and now in 2013, Navy is the Patriot League's first seeded team. This is the second time a Patriot League team has hosted an NCAA game, as Lafayette hosted Penn State in the six-team NCAA Tournament in 1991, but lost 11-9. Navy will be seeking the Patriot League's first tournament victory as its members are 0-12 all-time.
Timchal's NCAA Coaching Records
Head coach Cindy Timchal has brought a team to the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time, the most-ever by a Division I women's lacrosse coach. Timchal will be coaching her 46th NCAA career game this weekend and has a career tournament record of 29-16. Chris Sailer of Princeton has coached 46 games and is 30-16. Timchal has won eight NCAA Championships, the most by any women's lacrosse coach. Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller owns the tournament records for most wins (32-2) and best winning percentage (.941) and she has won seven tournament titles.
Navy's Balanced Offense
Heading into the tournament, just 14 players in the nation have scored at least 55 goals this season and three of them are on Navy's roster. Sophomore Loren Generi and junior Aimee Gennaro have each scored 59 goals and senior Jasmine DePompeo has poured in 55 goals. Senior Kathy Young is fourth on the team with 41 goals.
Navy on a Program Record 12-Game Winning Streak
Since falling to Northwestern, 15-12, on March 11, Navy has won a program-record 12-straight games. Navy's previous best winning streak was a 10-game run during the 2012 season. Navy also established a program record with a 17-game home winning streak earlier this season, which ended with the Northwestern loss. Additionally, Navy is currently on a program-best six-game road winning streak.
Navy is 36-3 over its last 39 games with its only losses coming to Northwestern (twice) and North Carolina.