Navy Steams by Bobcats in NCAA Play-in Game

The Mids then stormed out of the gates to a 4-0 run in the first 5:49 of the second half on two goals from Mandrin Hill and scores from Young and freshman Aimee Gennaro to stake an 11-3 lead. Quinnipiac then took advantage of a free-position situation with a goal, but Navy responded with a 9-0 run over the next 20 minutes to put the game out of reach.

During Navy's big run, Mandrin Hill scored three times, all off assists from DePompeo. DePompeo, Young, Gennaro and Hamilton all also scored, as did junior Danielle Vivonetto and senior Lexi Dauernheim.

Sophomore goalie Michelle Verbeeck moved to 6-1 on the season, playing the first 53 minutes of the game, while making eight saves and allowing just four goals.

Sophomore Jen Eikenberg was impressive on Navy's defensive backline. Eikenberg scooped three ground balls and routinely outran Quinnipiac's midfielders to successfully clear the ball on her own.

Junior defender Kierstin King added two ground balls and sophomore defender Claire Olechowski had one ground ball and one draw control. Junior defender Dominique Wright also chipped in to help Navy hold Quinnipiac to five goals, the second-lowest total for an opponent all season.

Navy outshot Quinnpiac, 39-14, and won the ground ball battle, 19-13.

The NCAA First Round will be held on campus sites next Saturday or Sunday. Sixteen teams make the tournament, eight automatic qualifiers and eight at-large bids.

Notes: In just its fourth varsity season, this is Navy's second straight NCAA Tournament appearance ... Navy lost to #3 North Carolina in the NCAA First Round last season ... Mandrin Hill now has 94 career assists and is one shy of Rawlick's career school record ... Vivonetto's free-position goal in the second half was the 100th of her career ... Vivonetto joins senior Nietsch and Rawlick as the only three players to score 100 career goals at Navy ... the Patriot League is now 4-0 all-time in NCAA Play-In Games ... Quinnipiac advanced to the play-in game by defeating Mount St. Mary's in the Northeast Conference Championship, 15-3, and Navy defeated Colgate in the Patriot League Championship, 15-14 ... Navy is now 10-0 all-time against teams in the Northeast Conference ... Timchal extends her all-time NCAA career wins record to 394 and also advances to her 23rd NCAA Tournament ... last season when Timchal led Navy to the tournament, she became the first women's coach to take three different teams to the NCAAs.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. Quinnipiac fell to Navy, 20-5, in the program's first-ever NCAA Play-In Game on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Bobcats finish arguably their most successful season in program-history with a 13-5 overall record after finishing the Northeast Conference regular season in first place with an 8-1 record.

The NEC tournament champions were unable to prevent Patriot League champion Navy from advancing to their second-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, as the Midshipmen improve to 15-5 on the year.

"We came out a little bit nervous," said head coach Danie Caro. "This was our first time playing beyond our conference tournament and it showed. We had a couple players injured this last week so we had some players out on the field that weren't used to being there. To Navy's credit they came out hard and did not let up for 60 minutes."

The Bobcats offense received a goal and an assist from both senior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and sophomore Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.). Senior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.), sophomore Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) and freshman Phoebe Laplante (New Bedford, Mass.) each netted one goal apiece for Quinnipiac. Junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) added one assist on the afternoon.

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2011-05-07



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