LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 2/16/12
From Press Release
Junior Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville) and sophomore Aimee Gennaro (Haverford, Pa.) scored four goals apiece as Navy (1-1) defeated William & Mary (0-3), 13-12, in women’s lacrosse at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Wednesday. It was Navy’s first win against William & Mary in three attempts, falling to nationally ranked Tribe squads in each of the past two years.
Freshman Loren Generi (Bayport Blue-Point) had a game-high five draw controls and also notched one goal on a free-position attempt
“It was our home opener and I knew our team wanted to come out and make a statement,” head coach Cindy Timchal said. “William & Mary has always given us tough competition and this was a great victory for Navy women’s lacrosse. William & Mary is a strong team that can score a lot of goals, but today we were tough enough to score more.”
DePompeo keyed a 4-1 run over 10 minutes in the second that saw Navy go from trailing 9-8 to taking a 12-10 lead with 18 minutes to go. DePompeo scored three of the four goals and her final tally was credited as the game-winning goal.
“Aimee [Gennaro] was hot in the first half and I encouraged her to keep taking shots,” said DePompeo, a 2011 All-American who leads the team with nine points (4g, 5a) this season. “I saw some opportunities in the second half and I tried to capitalize on them the best I could.”
William & Mary would not go down without a battle and kept fighting until the end. After the Tribe scored to pull within 12-11, DePompeo assisted on sophomore Jill Coughlin’s (Annapolis, Md.) third goal of the game to give Navy a two-goal cushion. Navy’s Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.) controlled the ensuing draw and the Mids were able to milk the next six minutes off the clock.
After getting the ball back, the Tribe’s Kaleigh Noon scored her third of the day with two minutes to go to cut the lead back to one, but junior Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.) made sure Navy controlled the draw and the Mids ran out the final two minutes of the game.
Gennaro did most of her damage in the first half, scoring four goals in the opening 14:20, including two goals in the first two minutes. Navy controlled the first six draws of the game and the Mids led 4-2 after 10 minutes.
William & Mary’s Krystin Mackrides kept her team in the game in the first half with three goals and the two teams went to the locker room even at 8-8. However, for the final five minutes of the first half and a good portion of the second half, Navy employed tough man-to-man defensive tactics on Mackrides, which limited her production. Senior defender Kate Herren (Auburn, Wash.), playing in her first career game, was one of the defenders who helped slow Mackrides.
Junior goalie Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) replaced starter Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.) with 27:20 remaining in the second half, with the game tied at 9-9. Verbeeck made two saves for Navy and allowed three goals the rest of the way, after William & Mary had scored eight in the game’s first 30 minutes. Verbeeck was credited with the win and improves her career record to 9-2.
Both goalies were aided by the stickwork of senior defender Dominique Wright (Washington, D.C.), who blocked a number of shots. Ponchione also contributed seven saves in the game’s first 32:40.
DePompeo amassed a game-high six points on four goals and two assists and Gennaro had four goals, one assist and three ground balls. It was the 12th five-point game in DePompeo’s career. Coughlin’s hat trick was the first of her young career.