March 14, 2012

Generi Powers Navy to Ninth Straight Victory

from press release

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Freshman attack Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) tallied six points and 10 draw controls to lead the Navy women's lacrosse team to its ninth straight win with a 19-5 victory over Old Dominion (1-4) on Wednesday. The Mids (9-1, 1-0 PL) are a perfect 6-0 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this season.

Generi's career-high six points came on four goals and two assists and her career-best 10 draw controls were just one shy of the Navy single game record. Generi is the current Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

"Loren put us in a great position today by winning those draw controls and allowed us to be successful on offense," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We had a good offensive game plan today and defensively giving up just five goals is great. I think we played particularly well and as a team we continue to get stronger."

With the win the Mids improve to 2-0 against schools from the Colonial Athletic Conference this season. Navy previously defeated William & Mary, 13-12, on February 15.

"Old Dominion beat a Big East team this year [Louisville] and we have been talking about getting to the next step, which is to be able to beat these kinds of teams."

After holding a slim 3-2 margin early in the first half, Navy exploded for a 7-0 run over a 10-minute stretch to break the game wide open. Old Dominion struck twice late in the first half, but the Mids equalized to carry an eight-goal lead (12-4) into halftime.

The Mids did not let down at all in the second half as the squad outscored its opponent 7-1 in the final 30 minutes. The Mids scored five straight goals to open the second half and Old Dominion never threatened with a run.

Freshman Jess Fellows (Vienna, Va.) was second to Generi with five points in the contest on three goals and two assists. Fellows also chipped in two caused turnovers, a draw control and a ground ball.

Junior midfielder Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored four goals and had two ground balls and two draw controls. Young's first-half tally at 27:21 was the 100th goal of her career. Young becomes the fourth Midshipman in the five-year history of the program to register 100 career goals.Junior attack Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) contributed four points on a game-high three assists. DePompeo leads the team with 46 points on 21 goals and 25 assists.

Senior defender Kierstin King (Upperco, Md.) scored a season-high three points on one goal and two assists. King made the most of her rare opportunities in the offensive zone with a goal on her first shot of the season and also made two long passes in the transition game that led directly to goals. King also had two ground balls and a draw control.

Senior goalie Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) earned her seventh win of the season while playing the game's first 38 minutes and allowing just four goals with four saves. Ponchione and the Navy defense held its seventh opponent of the season to under 10 goals and the Mids entered the week ranked 12th in the nation in scoring defense.

Thanks in large part to Generi's 10 draw controls, Navy held a 17-9 edge in the category and also held a 17-11 edge in ground balls and outshot ODU, 32-16.

The Mids will have another short turnaround before its next contest after going through a tough stretch of four games in eight days, including three games in the past five days.

"We are just trying to stay fresh now and we have a tough game on the road against a much-improved Lafayette team on Saturday," said Timchal.

Saturday's contest will be Lafayette's league opener. Opening draw is schedule for 1:00 pm at Fisher Stadium. 

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