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Women’s lacrosse: Philly girls help Navy give Northwestern a stern challenge

Monday, 11th March 2013

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/11/13
From Press Release and Staff Report

The No. 15 Navy women’s lacrosse team – loaded with Philly girls and led by a legendary Philly coach – battled hard with No. 4 Northwestern (6-1), the defending national champions, but fell 15-12 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Monday. The game was televised by CBS Sports Network.

“I’m proud of the effort Navy had today and it was a reflection of how hard we have been working,” said Navy coach Cindy Timchal (Haverford High, West Chester University), whose Mids fell to 6-1. “We played them tough. We were trading goals and then they got that little bit of a gap on us offensively. They are a very good team though. There is a reason why they have won seven of the last eight national championships.”

The game featured seven ties with the last coming at 10-10 with under 15 minutes to go before Northwestern went on a 5-0 run to take a 15-10 advantage. Navy senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo keyed a late rally with back-to-back goals in a 40-second span but the Mids could not regain possession and Northwestern closed out the game with the three-goal victory.

Navy had won 17 straight home games, a school record.

Navy junior Aimee Gennaro (Archbishop Carroll) led the Philly connection with three goals and two assists as well as a groundball, a draw control and a caused turnover. Senior Kathy Young (Villa Maria Academy) had two goals, two assists and a draw control. Meanwhile, defender Beth Young (Villa Maria Academy) had two groundballs, draw control and a caused turnover while Lindsay Rheiner (Council Rock North) had two groundballs and a caused turnover and Molly Doyle (Council Rock North) added groundball, a draw control and a caused turnover.

All five of the girls played on the Phantastix club team.

Other than No. 3 North Carolina’s 11-8 win over Northwestern on February 22, no team this season has played the Wildcats closer than the three-goal deficit that the Mids turned in on Monday.

Navy had a strong start to the contest as junior Gennaro scored back-to-back goals to give the Mids an early 2-0 lead. She scored her first goal off an assist from Kathy Young at 27:07. Then just 20 seconds later, sophomore Loren Generi made a long pass out of a restart to DePompeo on a fast break who then made the extra pass to Gennaro who finished the play.

Northwestern answered with back-to-back goals by Christina Esposito and Taylor Thornton for the game’s first tie at 2-2. Young then scored off an assist from DePompeo before Northwestern’s Alyssa Leonard scored 19 seconds later. The two teams would then trade goals again as DePompeo sent a low shot trickling underneath Northwestern goalie Bridget Bianco (Moorestown) followed by a goal from Kelly Rich.

Navy then took a 5-4 lead with 14:19 remaining in the first half when Gennaro scored her third of the half off an assist from DePompeo. Northwestern then went on a 3-0 run to close the first half. The run began with an Amanda Macaluso free-position goal, followed by back-to-back goals by Northwestern’s top-scorer Erin Fitzgerald for the 7-5 halftime lead.

The momentum that Northwestern had from its first half-ending run was quickly erased as DePompeo scored a man-up goal curling around the crease just 33 seconds into the second half. Leonard then controlled the ensuing draw and went right down the field to score in just nine seconds to keep the margin at two.

However, Navy showed its resiliency by fighting right back. First, Young found junior midfielder Jill Coughlin cutting towards goal to cut the lead to 8-7 and then Gennaro sent a long pass to DePompeo behind the cage who came around the far side of the circle to beat Bianco to even the game once again at 8-8.

Thornton put the Wildcats up one as the defending national player of the year converted an eight-meter opportunity, but Navy tied the game again just 33 seconds later. The scoring play was keyed by senior Brijet Mall off a restart, who sent a long pass to Gennaro, who then passed to Coughlin who scored at 21:24 to knot the game at 9-9.

Fitzgerald scored her third of the game two minutes later but Navy was able to capitalize on a man-up opportunity as Young scored an eight-meter goal at 17:05 to tie the game for the seventh time at 10-10. That’s when Northwestern went on its game-clinching 5-0 run before DePompeo’s two late goals. Northwestern’s run spanned nine minutes and was led by two goals from Fitzgerald and a goal and an assist by Leonard.

In addition to DePompeo’s eight points, Navy’s offense was boasted by Gennaro’s five-point game on three goals and two assists and Young’s two-goal, two-assist effort. Coughlin also tallied two goals.

Foky made 11 saves for the third time this season and also had two ground balls, but took the first loss of her career. On the season, Foky (4-1) has a 6.84 goals-against average and a .532 save percentage, ranking in the top-10 nationally in both categories.

Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller played for Timchal at Maryland and the duo won a pair of national titles together in 1995 and ’96. Amonte Hiller and Timchal have won 15 of the last 21 national championships and were both inducted to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012.


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