February 25, 2011

Navy Wins Behind Another Seven-Point Effort from DePompeo

from press release

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Sophomore Jasmine DePompeo tallied seven points on five goals and two assists as Navy (4-0) cruised to a 22-7 win over Bryant (0-2) in women's lacrosse on Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

DePompeo registering her third hat trick and second five-goals for the second time this season. DePompeo leads the team with 15 goals, eight assists and 23 points and has already surpassed her season totals from her freshman season (11 g, 7 a, 18 pts).

"We have been really pleased with the way Jasmine has been finishing this season," said head coach Cindy Timchal. "I was also really excited about all the assisted goals. That is one of my favorite things to see."

Navy recorded assists on 11 of its 22 goals and senior captain Caitlin Mandrin Hill led the way in the category with a game-high four assists. Mandrin Hill also had one goal, five draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Senior Katrina Nietsch scored the first goal of the game for Navy just 38 seconds into the game. After Bryant's Mary Green responded a minute later, freshman Aimee Gennaro netted back-to-back goals before Mandrin Hill and Nietsch each scored to put Navy up 5-1.

Bryant would then score its second goal, but then Navy went on a torrid streak over the next 10 minutes, going on an 8-1 run. Freshman Molly Hamilton exploded for four goals during the span.

Green scored her second goal at 15:11, in the middle of Navy's spurt, but Hamilton would score just seven seconds later. Navy won the ensuing draw control and Hamilton notched another goal, just 13 seconds later. Hamilton's four goals were all scored within five minutes of each other.

DePompeo scored her first goal of the game right before halftime to give Navy a 14-3 lead at the break. DePompeo then made up for lost time by scoring four times in the second half.
Gennaro had yet another standout game with four goals and two assists. Gennaro now has 13 goals over the first four games of her collegiate career. Sophomore Kathy Young matched a career-high with four goals, scoring two in each half.

Nietsch had her first hat trick of the season with three goals and sophomore Claire Olechowski scooped a team-high four ground balls.

Junior goalie Elaina Ponchione played the first half to pick up her fourth win of the season. She made two saves in the first 30:00 and then Michelle Verbeeck and Charlotte Hauser combined to close out the game.

Navy outshot Bryant 35-15 and held a 24-14 advantage in ground balls and a 19-12 edge in draw controls.

The Mids were 5-of-5 on clears in the second half after being only 4-of-11 in the first.

"We talked about our clearing at halftime," Timchal said. "We were a little sloppy in the first half, but we were pleased to then turn that around and go 100 percent on clears in the second."

Navy will look to continue its undefeated season when it takes on High Point (1-1) on Sunday at 12 noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

*DePompeo's seven points matches a career-high. She also had seven points in Navy's win over Davidson last weekend.

*Nietsch broke a tie with Mary Ruttum (134) for second place all time on the Navy career scoring list. Nietsch now has 104 goals and 33 assists for 137 points. Former All-American Erin Rawlick has the school lead with 294 career points.

*Nietsch has scored a goal in 13 straight games, the longest active streak for Navy.

*Navy has held three opponents to seven or fewer goals this season and is a perfect 28-0 when doing so in program history.

*The Mids improve to 34-4 (.895) at home all-time.

*The game was played in extremely windy conditions as gusts were reaching upwards of 50 MPH.

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