April 16, 2011

Navy Gets Set for Key Lehigh Game by Beating Longwood

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. - The Navy women's lacrosse team (12-4) won its third straight game by defeating Longwood (8-7), 9-6, in a non-conference contest at Longwood's Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon. Navy is now 3-1 all-time against Longwood and won its first game in Farmville.

"Overall, we did a great job," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We got some solid offensive performances from Kathy Young and Caitlin Mandrin Hill. Also, Kierstin King and Michelle Verbeeck were great on the defensive side. Longwood was a feisty team who has some good players. It was good to get our third straight win and our first-ever win down here."

Sophomore Kathy Young opened the game's scoring at 26:48 on an unassisted tally before Longwood scored two straight to take a 2-1 edge. Navy then got back-to-back goals from freshman Molly Hamilton and senior Caitlin Mandrin Hill to up 3-2.

After Longwood's Duan Wright scored an unassisted goal, Mandrin Hill and Hamilton went back-to-back once again, before the Lancers tallied the final goal of the first half to draw within 5-4.

The Lancers would get no closer, as the Mids came out of the locker room and with two goals from Young and freshman Jill Coughlin in the first five minutes of the half. Longwood scored with 21:03 remaining in the game, but Young scored two of the game's final three goals to close out the 9-6 win.
Young's hat trick was her sixth of the season and she has now scored 11 goals over Navy's current three-game winning streak. Young also had two draw controls and a ground ball.

Mandrin Hill contributed two goals, three draw controls and a ground ball. Sophomore Jasmine DePompeo had two assists and continues to lead the team in points on the season (71). Hamilton had two tallies off the bench.

Sophomore Michelle Verbeeck started her third straight game in goal and also earned her third straight win. Verbeeck allowed a career-low six goals in the game while also making a career-high 12 saves.

Junior defender Kierstin King had a strong performance of three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Defenders Beth Young and Claire Olechowski also caused two turnovers each.

Cara O'Brien led Longwood with two goals and goalie Juli Liebig made 10 saves. Navy held a strong 12-5 advantage in draw controls, including a 7-0 spread in the second half. The Mids were also nearly perfect in clears (16-of-17) and outshot Longwood, 29-26.

Navy will play its final regular season game of the season at home against Lehigh on Saturday, April 23. Navy, Colgate and Lehigh all enter the final weekend of the season with 4-1 league records. If Navy defeats Lehigh, it will earn the No. 1 seed and host the postseason tournament. The Navy-Lehigh game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

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