April 19, 2013

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Navy Women Trump Jacksonville In Overtime

from press release

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal in the sudden-victory second overtime as No. 14/12 Navy (15-1) downed Jacksonville (10-5), 13-12, on Senior Day at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday. Navy won its ninth-straight game and its second overtime contest of the season.

The Mids overcame an 11-7 second-half deficit with a 5-0 run before Jacksonville scored the final goal of regulation to force overtime. After a scoreless period-and-a-half of overtime, Navy sophomore midfielder Lindsay Rheiner (Wycombe, Pa.) controlled the draw to start the second three-minute stanza of double overtime. Sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) received the ball and sent DePompeo on a curl around the back of the cage and the senior co-captain scored with 2:24 remaining to give Navy its 15th win of the season.

"We needed to make some stops and we needed to take care of the ball better on offense and we were able to do that," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We rely on our seniors a lot and they came up big for us today on Senior Day against a Jacksonville team that came in red-hot."

DePompeo, the nation's leading scorer, was held to just one assist for the first 37 minutes of play but took over late to finish with a game-high six points on four goals and two assists. DePompeo keyed the 5-0 run to bring Navy back from its four-goal deficit by scoring back-to-back unassisted goals in a 43-second span to ignite Navy's offense. Junior Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) followed with a goal and then DePompeo assisted on a Generi strike as Navy tied the game at 11-11 with 17 minutes remaining.

Five minutes later DePompeo scored off an assist from Generi as the Mids took a 12-11 lead, but Jacksonville's Ellyn Spangenberg evened the game at 12-12 with 9:22 left and neither team scored again in regulation. Spangenberg scored Jacksonville's only goal in the final 35 minutes of play. Jacksonville won the first draw of overtime and held the ball for the whole three-minute stanza before Amanda Hurley's shot hit the post with eight seconds to go. The Dolphins then won the draw to start the second frame of the first overtime and once again held until Ali Hoffman's shot went high with one second left.

Navy won the draw to open the second overtime period, but an immediate turnover gave possession right back to Jacksonville. The Dolphins held for over two minutes and then turned the ball over with 30 seconds to go. Generi got a shot off but it was saved by Asia Moore with four seconds left. That set up the second frame of the second overtime, where Rheiner won the draw and DePompeo scored the game-winning goal 36 seconds into the frame.

DePompeo's six points give her 111 (50 goals, 61 assists) on the season and she is tied with 2010 graduate Erin Rawlick for the highest single-season point total in school history.

Generi had two goals, a career-best three assists and a game-high nine draw controls and Gennaro scored four goals. Generi (51), Gennaro (50) and DePompeo (50) all reached the 50-goal plateau in Friday's game.

Senior Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored one goal for her 200th career point (168 goals, 32 assists). Rheiner had a goal, assist, draw control, caused turnover and four ground balls. Senior defender Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.) had a career-best five ground balls.

Sophomore goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) played over 68 minutes, making three saves, causing three turnovers and scooping four ground balls to improve to 13-1 on the season.

Jacksonville's Kaitlin Stewart, Brit Orashen and Hurley each recorded hat tricks and Moore made four saves and allowed just one goal in 21:55 minutes of action off the bench.

Navy outshot Jacksonville, 31-21, held a 19-11 edge in draw controls and a 16-13 advantage in ground balls.

Navy also overcame a four-goal deficit in its 11-10 overtime victory over New Hampshire on March 13.

The Mids (5-0 PL) will play at American (5-0 PL) on Sunday at 12 noon and the winner will earn the Patriot League regular season title and hosting duties for the 2013 Patriot League Tournament.

"We are due for another tough game against American on Sunday, but we will be ready," Timchal said. "It's a great opportunity for us and we know we will have to play well. This is what sports are all about."

Navy's senior class of DePompeo, Charlotte Hauser, Brijet Mall, Meleah Martin, Mellin, Morgan O'Brien and Kathy and Beth Young were recognized before the game in a Senior Day ceremony.


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