April 13, 2011

Coughlin's Late Goal Lifts Navy

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Freshman attack Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) scored the game-winning goal with 18.4 seconds remaining in the game to give the Navy women's lacrosse team (11-4, 4-1 PL) an 11-10 win over American (7-7, 3-3 PL) on Wednesday afternoon at Jacobs Field.

The win gives Navy a half-game lead for first place in the Patriot League and clinches a fourth-straight postseason tournament berth. With a win over Lehigh at home on April 23, Navy would clinch the regular season title and earn the No. 1 seed and hosting honors for the four-team league tournament.

"I am certainly proud of our team in the way they played all the way through the end of the game and to get the victory," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "Our players played tough and we were able to respond at the end and we knew it would be tough to take on American on their home field."

After American built up a 10-9 lead over Navy late in the game and ran down the clock to around 4:00, a costly offsides infraction by American turned the ball over to Navy.

Senior Caitlin Mandrin Hill (Annapolis, Md.) then scored off a feed from sophomore Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) with 2:42 remaining in the game for the eighth tie of the day at 10-10.

Mandrin Hill then deftly controlled the ensuing draw and the Mids set up their offensive attack once again.

Navy was holding possession, looking to either convert on a final second shot or take the game into overtime, when Mandrin Hill was double-teamed by the American defense. As Mandrin Hill moved away from the double she connected on a long pass to Coughlin, who was stationed in front of the goal.
Coughlin controlled the pass, turned and fired on net to score the game-winner with 18.4 seconds on the clock.

After an American timeout, Mandrin Hill grabbed the draw control once again and dished the ball to DePompeo, who moved away from the American defense to secure the win for Navy.

"Caitlin being able to get those draw controls was just so critical for us," Timchal said. "After struggling with the draws against Colgate last game, we did much better today with our draw controls."

Mandrin Hill earned nine draw controls in the game, one shy of her career high, but none were bigger than the the final two of the game.

"[Associate head coach] Allison Fondale just looked at me and said 'win the draw control' and I made that my mindset: I was going to get it and no one was going to be able to stop me," Mandrin Hill said. "Our whole team worked so hard today and we really deserved to win this game."

Coughlin's game-winner was her only tally of the day, but proved to be the biggest goal of the game. Coughlin also added two caused turnovers and one draw control.

In addition to the nine draw controls, Mandrin Hill had two goals, one assist, one ground ball and one turnover. Mandrin Hill's assist on Coughlin's game-winner gave her 87 for her career, moving her into sole possession of fourth place on the Patriot League all-time career chart.

Sophomore Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored five times in the game for a new career high. Young scored four times in the second half and two of her goals were on free-positions. DePompeo posted her eighth five-point game of the season with three goals and two assists.

Sophomore goalie Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) earned her second career start and won her second straight game. Verbeeck made seven saves in the contest and grabbed two ground balls.

Navy started strong, opening up a 3-1 lead after 10 minutes, with DePompeo, freshman Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) and Young each scoring. American then fought back with four straight to take a 5-3 lead. DePompeo scored on a feed from senior Katrina Nietsch (New Canaan, Conn.) just 11 seconds after American's fifth goal to slow the momentum and cut the halftime deficit to 5-4.

Young then opened up the second half with back-to-back goals to put Navy up 6-5, but the two teams traded goals over the next 12 minutes of play. American eventually scored twice in a two-minute span to go up 9-8. Young then tied the game at 9-9, but the Eagles would tally two minutes later to take the 10-9 lead with 9:37 to go, which would lead to the late game heroics of Coughlin and Mandrin Hill for Navy.

In total, the game featured eight ties and five lead changes. Navy outshot American, 29-19 and held a 16-7 edge in draw controls. American held a 15-12 advantage in ground balls.

Kimberly Collins scored a team-high four goals for American and goalie Kaska Komosinski was impressive in goal, making 11 saves.

Navy will play its final non-conference game of the season at Longwood on Saturday before hosting Lehigh on April 23.

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