Mids Rally for One-Goal Road Win at Bryant

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Junior attack Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) capped a three-goal second half comeback with the game-winning tally with 6:57 remaining to give Navy (5-1) an 8-7 win over host Bryant (0-3) on Saturday afternoon. Navy, which has won five straight games, outscored Bryant, 5-2, in the second half.

"Bryant really played inspired today and they kept us in check," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We really had to fight hard to get back into the game and I am proud of our team. It's tough to perform on the road, but the team pulled together and we were able to get a victory."

Timchal won her 399th career game Saturday and would become the first NCAA lacrosse coach (men's or women's and at any level) to win 400 career games if Navy should defeat Robert Morris on Wednesday. Timchal is already the NCAA leader in all-time wins and owns a career record of 399-106 (.790) over 30 years of coaching.

DePompeo bookended the game's scoring, as she also found the back of the net just 33 seconds into the contest. Freshman Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) then scored to put Navy up 2-0 seven minutes in. The Bulldogs then took over the contest, going on a 5-0 run over the next 20 minutes before junior midfielder Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored just before halftime to cut Bryant's lead to 5-3.

The Bulldogs opened the second half with a goal to push its lead to 6-3, but back-to-back goals by Young and a free-position tally by sophomore Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) pulled Navy even at 6-6 with 13 minutes to go.

Bryant's Lauren Sheridan's third goal of the game at 9:40 temporarily gave the lead back to Bryant at 7-6, but Generi scored off a feed from DePompeo one minute later to tie the game once again at 7-7.

DePompeo then scored an unassisted tally with 6:57 on the clock to give Navy an 8-7 lead, which the team would not relinquish. Coughlin got the ensuing draw control and the Mids were able to take three minutes off the clock before turning the ball over the Bulldogs. Bryant's Olivia McCarthy got off a shot with 2:51 to go that would have tied the game, but junior goalie Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) made a vital save. Navy was then able to hold possession for the final three minutes of the game to secure their third straight road win.

Verbeeck earned the win, increasing her season record to 2-0. Verbeeck made two saves and played the game's final 40 minutes after subbing in for starter Elaina Ponchione (Silver Spring, Md.). Bryant goalie Lauren Filippone, the 2011 NEC Goalie of the Year, made 16 saves and played a key role in Bryant taking the halftime lead with 11 first-half stops.

DePompeo had two goals and one assist to increase her team-leading point total to 23. Young filled up the stat sheet with three goals, five draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. The five draws equal a career high and she recorded her 17th career hat trick. Generi chipped in two goals and four draw controls.

Junior Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.), making her fourth straight start, had a sound game defensively with a career high three ground balls and one caused turnover. Senior defender Dominique Wright (Washington, D.C.) added two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Navy out shot Bryant, 13-4, in the decisive second half and 28-17 in the game. Navy also held large margins in ground balls (20-10) and draw controls (13-4).

Next on Navy's schedule is a four-game home stand over an eight-day stretch. Navy is 2-0 at home in 2012 and 40-6 (.870) all-time. The Mids will host Robert Morris on Wednesday and will open Patriot League play against Bucknell on Saturday.

Notes: Young has scored a goal in 17 straight games and leads Navy with 16 goals this season ... Young passed 2010 graduate Mary Ruttum for fifth place on Navy's all-time goals chart and now has 90 for her career ... Navy has held its last four opponents under 10 goals and the team is 46-0 all-time when achieving that feat.

2012-03-03



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