March 10, 2012

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Navy Dominates Bucknell in Patriot Opener

from press release

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Junior attack Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) scored a season-high seven points on four goals and three assists to lead Navy (7-1, 1-0 PL) to a 21-11 win over Bucknell (1-6, 0-1 PL) on the first day of Patriot League play on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy is the two-time defending Patriot League champion.

"I was very pleased with our performance," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We came off an emotional game against Robert Morris on Wednesday and to open up our conference season at home with a win is great. We got off to a fast start out of the gate and we were able to keep a good scoring gap."

DePompeo and freshman Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) were great early in the game playing off each other to help Navy stake a 6-1 lead just nine minutes into the game.

Generi scored three goals in the game's first 3:01, with two of the goals coming off assists from DePompeo and DePompeo also added two goals in the span (with one assist from Generi) to key Navy's fast start.

"We've been scoring in a lot of streaks this season and we just need to keep capitalizing when we're hot," said DePompeo. "We've been able to make the most of our scoring opportunities and it was huge to come out strong to start the Patriot League season with a win."

A 4-0 run late in the first half helped Navy extend its lead even further. DePompeo scored two straight goals on absolute rockets of shots, followed by tallies from sophomore Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) and Generi to give Navy a 12-3 lead.

The Bison, who entered the contest coming off a 21-8 win over Presbyterian, then went on a 3-0 run of their own to cut back into the Navy lead.
 
"Bucknell really did some good things offensively today," Timchal said. "They are definitely going to start building a winning tradition with their new coach [Randall Goldsborough]."

The Bison's third goal in their spurt came at the 0:29 mark of the first half and Gennaro scored just 10 seconds later, followed by a goal from junior Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) with two seconds remaining to send the Mids into the locker room with a 14-6 halfitme lead after a wild finish to the first half.

Junior midfielder Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.) highlighted the second half for Navy, scoring three goals, a career high, in the final frame. Navy out scored Bucknell, 7-5, in the second half to hang on for their seventh straight win, which ties the program record.

The Mids used four goalies in the contest, with starter Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) playing the game's first 37 minutes and stopping a season-high 10 shots. Ponchione is now 5-1 with an 8.94 GAA.

"Elaina is playing great lacrosse for us," said Timchal. "She has really pulled us through to our current record. Elaina has been our go-to girl and 10 saves in 37 minutes today was great."

DePompeo, the 2011 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, was superb in the league opener, matching her seven-point performance against Bucknell in 2011.

Generi registered a career-high five points on four goals and one assist and added seven draw controls. Gennaro and Beth Young each had hat tricks and Kathy Young, freshman Jess Fellows (Vienna, Va.) and sophomore Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) scored two goals apiece.

Emily Kookogey led Bucknell with four points on three goals and Madison Hurwitz added a hat trick.

The game was fairly even in a number of statistical categories. Navy out shot Bucknell just 31-30 and Bucknell held a 12-11 edge in ground balls. Navy led, 19-14, in draw controls and was a perfect 13-of-13 on clear attempts.

Navy will play three games next week, hosting Iona on Monday and Old Dominion on Wednesday and then resuming Patriot League play at Lafayette on Saturday.

Notes: Navy's 21 goals are a season high, as are the team's 12 saves ... the seven-game winning streak matches the program record, which was set in the first seven games of the 2010 season ... Navy is 5-0 all-time against Bucknell ... The Mids are 4-0 at home this year ... DePompeo registered her 14th career game of five or more points.


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