Navy Steams by Bobcats in NCAA Play-in Game

Junior defender Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.) grabbed a team-high four ground balls, while junior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Laplante each collected two draw controls.

Junior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.), who was replaced late in the game by senior Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.), made 13 total saves in net for the Bobcats. Her counterpart, Michelle Verbeeck, made eight saves for the Midshipmen.

Navy was led offensively by Jasmin DePompeo (three goals, five assists), Caitlin Mandrin Hill (five goals, one assist) and Kathy Young (five goals). The Midshipmen also received two goals from Jill Coughlin and Aimee Gennaro, as well as one tally apiece from Lexi Dauernheim, Danielle Vivonetto, and Molly Hamilton.

Navy got off to a fast start, scoring the game's first four goals within the first five minutes of play. The Bobcats halted the scoring run with its first goal of the contest on a Sinnigen free position shot with 15:13 remaining in the first half.

"After we went down 4-0 and called that timeout we actually played them even for the rest of the first half," said Caro. "If we'd been able to play the way we played in those 20 minutes for the 60 minutes it might have been a different game. Navy was very disciplined and methodical in their possessions and they were very good with taking time off the clock and finishing their scoring opportunities."

The Midshipmen responded with two goals of its own to extend its lead, 6-2, with 8:27 remaining in the first half, but a goal from Toomey with 1:15 to play gave the half brought the score to 6-3. Navy netted the final goal of the first half with just 1.9 seconds remaining to give the game its halftime score of 7-3.

Navy's offense continued to apply pressure in the second half, as the team netted the first four goals of the half to extend its lead to 11-3 just under six minutes into the action. Iannotti briefly halted the Midshipmen's momentum with a goal at the 6:32 mark of the second half. Navy rattled off nine straight goals through the remainder of the game, before Laplante netted Quinnipiac's last goal with 1:39 remaining in the contest to give the game its final score, 20-5.

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