Navy Steams by Bobcats in NCAA Play-in Game

Annapolis, Md. - Navy (15-5) earned an automatic berth to the 2011 NCAA Tournament after a 20-5 drubbing of Quinnipiac (13-5) in an NCAA Play-In Game on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids, who outscored Quinnipiac, 13-2, in the second half, will learn their NCAA First Round opponent on Sunday night at 7:30 pm.

"I am really proud that the Navy women's lacrosse team will now advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "Quinnipiac was a decisive winner of the Northeast Conference and our players made a decision to play tough and they demonstrated that today."

Navy dominated the midfield throughout the game, owning a 20-7 edge in draw controls and holding Quinnipiac to just 10 of 16 on clear attempts. The 20 draw controls are the most Navy has had in a game all season.

"We didn't know what to expect with the draw controls, but CM [Caitlin Mandrin Hill] really got it going in the first half and Molly [Hamilton] picked up right where CM left off in the second half. It was kind of a one-two punch for us."

Senior Caitlin Mandrin Hill had six draw controls in the first half in seven in the game and freshman Molly Hamilton put on a clinic with nine draw controls, all of which were in the second half. Navy grabbed the first six draw controls of the game and held a 9-2 halftime edge in draws.

"Molly did a phenomenal job in the second half on the draws, just grabbing it straight out of the air and bringing it on to attack," Mandrin Hill said. "That's where we start our possession, on the draw controls. Getting the draws really get us into our game and get us started on the right foot."

Once Navy won possession, putting the ball into the net seemed to be no problem at all, as the Mids scored 20 goals for the third time this season.

Sophomore Jasmine DePompeo continued her torrid scoring streak, tallying three goals and five assists for a game-high eight points. DePompeo's five assists match her career high and her 42 on the season is the new Navy single season record.

"The sign of a truly great player is one that makes other players better," Timchal said. "If [Jasmine] isn't open herself, she can set up her teammates."

DePompeo also moved into second place on the single season scoring list with 98 points (56 goals, 42 assists), ranking only behind All-American's Erin Rawlick's nation-leading 111 points in 2010. Her 98 points is also the fourth best total in the history of the Patriot League.

"We went hard as a team today and we never let up," DePompeo said. "Our coaches were really playing to our strengths with the plays they were calling and they were putting me in a good position to see Caitlin or other players cutting to the net."

In addition to Mandrin Hill's seven draws, she also chipped in with a season-high five goals and one assist.

Sophomore midfielder Kathy Young helped Navy get out to a fast start, scoring two goals in the first three minutes (the first goal was at 29:26) and netting three in the first half. Young finished the game with five goals, matching her career high.

Following Young's two early goals, DePompeo and freshman Jill Coughlin also tallied to put Navy up 4-0 just 4:48 into the game. Back-to-back Quinnipiac goals cut the lead, but Young and DePompeo scored two more to pus Navy's lead to 6-2.

After another Bobcat tally, senior Katrina Nietsch found Coughlin for a goal with just 1.9 seconds to go in the first half to put Navy up, 7-3, at the break.

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