Mids Head to North Carolina for NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament
Team captain Kierstin King
May 10, 2012
NCAA First Round
Navy (18-2) vs. No. 5 North Carolina (14-3)
May 12, 2012 | 12 noon (ET) | Chapel Hill, N.C. | Fetzer Field
Rankings Media/Coaches: Navy: 19/RV | North Carolina: 5/5
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - For the third straight season, the Navy women's lacrosse team has received an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Navy (18-2) will play at fifth-seeded North Carolina (14-3) on Saturday at 12 noon at Fetzer Field in the NCAA First Round.
WNAV 1430 AM will broadcast the game in the Annapolis area and fans can also listen to the online audio stream at www.wnav.com(.) Pete Medhurst will be handling the play-by-play duties and radio coverage will begin at 11:45 AM. Live statistics will be available on navysports.com(.)
Navy is ranked No. 19 in the latest deBeer's Media Poll and is receiving votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. North Carolina is No 5 in both polls. With 18 wins on the year, the Mids have established a new Patriot League and school record.
Navy advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament by defeating Oregon, 10-9, in overtime in an NCAA Play-In Game in Eugene last weekend. The Mids were sent to the play-in game after capturing a third straight Patriot League tournament title.
North Carolina received one of eight at-large berths in the 16-team field. The Tar Heels fell to Maryland in the ACC Tournament final, but had a strong enough resume to receive one of eight seeded spots and in turn, a first round home game.
The winner of the Navy-North Carolina game will play the winner of the No. 4 Syracuse-Dartmouth game in the NCAA Quarterfinals next weekend.
Navy is looking for its first NCAA Tournament victory. The Mids fell to North Carolina in 2010 and dropped a 19-6 decision at No. 1 Maryland last year.
Navy is ranked fifth in the nation in scoring offense at 14.95 points per game and sixth in scoring defense at 8.05 goals-allowed per game. Navy is also one of the top draw control teams in the country, garnering 15.6 per game and ranking fourth.
Junior goalie Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) has earned six straight wins in the cage since moving into the starting line up on April 7 against Colgate. On the season, Verbeeck is 8-0 this season with a 7.61 GAA and a .488 save percentage.
Navy-North Carolina Series History
This will be the second all-time meeting between Navy and North Carolina, as the two schools also met in the 2010 NCAA First Round. North Carolina, the tournament's third seed, defeated Navy, 18-5. The Tar Heels scored the game's first six goals and opened up a 12-1 lead before three straight goals from Navy's Erin Rawlick.
A Closer Look at the Tar Heels
North Carolina (14-3) 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).
This year's senior class at North Carolina has made three straight NCAA Final Four appearances and played in the national title game as freshmen in 2009, falling to Northwestern, 21-7. Northwestern also knocked North Carolina out of the tournament in the national semifinals the past two years.
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 with 8.05 goals-allowed per game.
Gennaro Named WomensLax.com National Player of the Week
Sophomore attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) received a national recognition after scoring four goals in Navy's 10-9 overtime win over Oregon in an NCAA Play-In Game last weekend. Three of Gennaro's goals came in the first half, but none were bigger than her game-winner with four seconds to go in the first half of the first overtime period.
Gennaro has been on fire during the team's current postseason run. After averaging 2.0 goals over the first 17 games of the season, Gennaro has scored 15 goals in Navy's two Patriot League tournament games and the NCAA Play-In Game, an average of 5.0 goals per game.
Gennaro set a Patriot League Tournament record with 11 goals over two games, which included a single-game tournament record of seven goals in the league title game. Gennaro currently ranks third on the team with 49 goals.
DePompeo Paces Navy Attack
Junior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.), a two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, leads Navy with 87 points on 41 goals and a school-record 46 assists. DePompeo ranks seventh in the nation in points and is ninth in assists.
DePompeo is one assist shy of tying the Navy school record of 96 career assists and she has had 26 multi-assist games in her career. DePompeo has posted a team-leading eight five-point games this season, including a six-point effort in Navy's win over Oregon last Saturday.
Generi Third All-Time on NCAA Draw Control List
Freshman attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) has amassed a school-record 117 draw controls and ranks third in the nation with 5.85 draw controls per game in 2012. The 117 draw controls rank third all-time on the NCAA single season draw control list. Jacksonville's Rachel Hannon had 27 draw control's in her team's three National Lacrosse Conference tournament games last week to break Maryland's Dana Dobbie's national record of 126.
NCAA All-Time Single Season Draw Control Leaders 1. 131 - Rachel Hannon, Jacksonville (2012) 2. 126 - Dana Dobbie, Maryland (2008) 3. 117 - Loren Generi, Navy (2012) 4. 113 - Coco Stanwick, Georgetown (2006) 4. 113 - Ana White, Lafayette (2012)
Mids Climb to No. 13 in RPI Rankings
Head coach Cindy Timchal came to the Naval Academy to build a women's lacrosse program and she has done exactly that in incremental steps and always moving up. Navy is No. 13 in the latest RPI rankings, its best showing in program history. Timchal has seen Navy's RPI ranking increase in each season and has led the team to three straight league titles and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Navy Yearly RPI Ranking 2012 13 2011 21 2010 24 2009 41 2008 55