Navy Handles Mount St. Mary's in NCAA Women's Lacrosse Season Opener
from press release
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Paced by a balanced offensive attack that featured seven different goal scorers, the Navy women's lacrosse team (1-0) opened its 2011 season with a decisive 14-4 win over Mount St. Mary's (0-1) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday evening.
Navy jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first half and played solid defense to take a 9-1 lead into the locker room. The Mids then outscored the Mountaineers 5-3 in the second half to post the 14-4 win.
"We are really proud of the efforts of our players and are happy with the result," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We played great defense in the first half and we also had the opportunity to get a lot of players into the game and test their abilities."
Freshman attack Aimee Gennaro scored a game-high four goals in her collegiate debut and added an assist for five points.
"We have been so consistent every day with the pressure of our play in practice that it really carried over to the game today," said Gennaro. "I have been dreaming of playing my first college game for years now and it was a blast to finally step on the field."
Sophomore attack Jasmine DePompeo added three goals and two assists to share the team-lead of five points with Gennaro. Senior attack Katrina Nietsch added two goals, two assists and a pair of ground balls.
The Mids were all over the Mountaineers right out of the gates as sophomore Kathy Young netted the first goal of the year just 1:07 into the contest. A little over a minute later, Nietsch added her first goal, followed by a Gennaro strike.
DePompeo added a goal at 25:09 and it took Navy just nine
seconds to add their fifth as sophomore Jen Eikenberg claimed the
ensuing draw control and fed senior Lexi Dauernheim who stormed in
for a goal.
After just five minutes of play, it was Navy in the lead, 5-0.
A second goal from Gennaro off an assist from Nietsch would push the lead to 6-0 before freshman Molly Hamilton netted her first collegiate goal. DePompeo added her second goal of the game a minute later and the rout was on as Navy led 8-0.
The Mount's Nicole Price broke up the shutout with eight minutes to go in the first half but Hamilton added another goal for Navy and the Mids took a 9-1 lead into the break.
Price netted her second in early in the first half, but Navy would regroup to scored five straight goals to push the lead to 14-2. Included in the spurt was a beautiful long pass from senior Caitlin Mandrin Hill to DePompeo for a goal.
Esther Rufolo scored the game's final two goals for Mount St. Mary's.
Junior goalie Elaina Ponchione was solid in net for the Mids, playing the first 45 minutes of the game and making nine saves. Ponchione was especially strong against the Mount during free position shots, helping to force her opponents to go 0-for-7 from the 8-meter mark in the game.
Mandrin Hill had a game-high three assists and four draw controls and became Navy's all-time leader in games played (57).
Junior Kierstin King added two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Sophomore Claire Olechowski added three ground balls and a caused turnover.
Freshman Jill Coughlin also netted a goal in her Navy debut.
Draw controls were even at 10-10 and Navy held a slight advantage in ground balls (21-18).
The Mids will next host Ohio State on Friday night at 7 pm.
"We have a lot of things to we still need to work on but this is a good opportunity to step up against a big time program in Ohio State," Timchal said.
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