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NCAA women’s Division I pairings: Penn to travel to No. 5 Duke

Sunday, 8th May 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/8/11

The NCAA Division I pairings announced this evening:

#1 Maryland vs. Navy
#8 James Madison vs. Princeton

#5 Duke vs. Penn
#4 Florida vs. Stanford

#3 North Carolina vs. Virginia
#6 Loyola vs. Massachusetts

#7 Albany vs. Dartmouth **
#2 Northwestern vs. Boston College

** Game will be played at Dartmouth

From Press Releases
For the fifth consecutive year, Penn has traversed the regular season and found a spot in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, this time set for a first round game at No. 5 seed Duke on May 15 at 2 p.m.

The Quakers will be making their seventh trip to the national tournament and are unseeded for the first time in the recent stretch of postseason play. Another difference for the Red and Blue is that for the first time in five years, Penn was selected as an at-large qualifier, using the entire season’s body of work to prove their worth to the selection committee and not the Ivy League’s automatic entry to the NCAA Tournament.

Overall in the NCAA Tournament, Penn is 9-6 and the Quakers have advanced to the final weekend of the tournament three out of the last four seasons. In 2008, Penn reached the national title game as the No. 2 seed in the tournament before falling to No. 1 Northwestern, 10-6.

In fact, all four of Penn’s recent trips to the national tournament have seen the Red and Blue knocked out by the eventual champions, three times to the Wildcats and last year to Maryland.

The Quakers enter the tournament with a record of 11-5 and a share of a fifth consecutive Ivy League regular season title. Head coach Karin Brower Corbett has made sure her team is battle tested for the NCAA Tournament, with games against team ranked at the time No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4.

The Quakers split those four outings, with wins over No. 3 North Carolina (10-7) and No. 4 Duke (13-10) and losses at No. 1 Maryland (16-4) and No. 2 Northwestern (14-10). All four of those teams are competing in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and a Penn run to the national semifinals would likely include some rematches along the way.

Penn, which has an RPI ranked No. 11 in the country and a strength of schedule ranked No. 13, will take on the Blue Devils for the third time in the NCAA Tournament.

The Quakers are 2-0 against Duke in the NCAA Tournament, with a 9-8 overtime win in the 2008 national semifinals and a 10-9 win in the 2009 quarterfinals in double overtime. Just two weeks ago, Penn downed Duke, 13-10, in the regular-season finale.

Timchal’s Mids to ply No. 1 Maryland

The 2011 Patriot League Champion Navy Women’s Lacrosse team (15-5) will play at No. 1 Maryland (18-1) on Saturday at 12 noon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex on the College Park campus.

Navy earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by defeating Quinnipiac of the Northeast Conference, 20-5, in an NCAA Play-In Game on Saturday.

Navy head coach Cindy Timchal (Haverford High) served as Maryland’s head coach from 1991 to 2006, during which she won eight national championships, including seven straight from 1995 to 2001.

Timchal left Maryland following the 2006 season to take over a brand new women’s lacrosse program at Navy. Now in just its fourth season of varsity play, Timchal has the Mids in their second straight NCAA Tournament. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

“It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for our team,” Timchal said. “We know how tough Maryland lacrosse is and they have an outstanding program. But our young women put it on the line every day and we have built a winning tradition here at Navy. It is going to be very exciting for two teams with such a close proximity to play each other in the first round.”

Navy earned the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, but knocked off Lehigh (10-8) in the semifinals before defeating Colgate, 15-14, for its second straight league title. The league championship led gave Navy the berth in the NCAA Play-In Game, where they knocked off Quinnipiac to earn the automatic bid.

The Mids are led on the attack by sophomore Jasmine DePompeo, the 2011 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. DePompeo posted eight points in the play-in game win and set new Patriot League Tournament records with nine points in the title game and 13 points overall. DePompeo leads Navy in points (98), goals (56) and assists (42). Her 98 points are ranked second in the nation.

The Terrapins are the top-seeded team in the tournament and are the defending national champions. Maryland won the ACC Championship two weeks ago, but closed the 2011 regular season with a loss to Dartmouth, 9-8 (2OT), on May 1.

Maryland’s head coach is Cathy Reese. Reese played for Timchal at Maryland for four seasons (1995-98), and then spent five more as one of Timchal’s assistant coaches.

Navy fell to No. 3 North Carolina, 18-5, in the opening round of the 2010 tournament.

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