No. 5 North Carolina Steams by Navy to Advance in Tourney

The Midshipmen responded with Gennaro's second goal shortly thereafter, making it 11-6. George scored her second goal with 12:48 left off a pass from Lynch that made it 12-6 Carolina. Lynch scored unassisted with 2:40 left for her fourth goal of the game and Gennaro scored her third goal with 2:12 to go. Zimmerman added an unassisted goal with under a minute left for the 14-7 final score.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Navy (18-3) fell to No. 5 North Carolina (15-3), 14-7, in the NCAA First Round at Fetzer Field on Saturday. North Carolina will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals against the winner of Syracuse-Dartmouth. Navy's best season in its five-year history comes to a close.

"I am so proud of Navy ," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We were ready to compete and we were ready to run towards victory today. We had a great start with Jasmine [DePompeo] leading the way offensively and Michelle [Verbeeck] coming up with big saves on the defensive end.

"It was a tough day for us and we do have to credit the outstanding play of the University of North Carolina today. We had some good looks and good scoring opportunities and I thought our players played tough the whole way through and I'm proud of how hard this team has worked."

Timchal made her 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which is the most in women's lacrosse history.

Junior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) led Navy with four goals and one assist for a team-high five points, the best single-game output for Navy in its three NCAA Tournament games.

Navy battled with North Carolina early in the game, but the Tar Heels pulled away with a 5-0 run that spanned 16 minutes in the first half.

The Tar Heels opened the game's scoring just 28 seconds in when Laura Zimmerman scored off a feed from Taylor George. But DePompeo responded a minute-and-a-half later on a free-position goal to put the Mids on the board.

Zimmerman tallied her second of the game just 19 seconds later for a 2-1 lead.

DePompeo then made a great move coming around the back of the net and firing on goal to even the game at 2-2. Two minutes later DePompeo drove down the right side of the field and fired a rocket in net the beat the Tar Heel goalie to put the Mids up 3-2 with 23:54 remaining in the first half. DePompeo needed just over six minutes to register her 19th career hat trick.

North Carolina then used its 5-0 run to take control of the game, with senior attacker Becky Lynch leading the way with three goals. Jessica Griffin and Taylor George also scored as Navy struggled to win draw controls during that span.

After North Carolina took its 7-3 lead, Timchal called a timeout. Coming out of the break, junior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) won the draw control and the team went right down and scored as sophomore attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) put a nice shot on goal off an assist from DePompeo, who set up the play from behind the cage.

North Carolina added two more goals in the final five minutes of the half by Kara Cannizzaro and Abbey Friend to take a 9-4 lead into the locker room.

Carolina opened the second half scoring on a goal by Cannizzaro, but DePompeo made a great individual effort inside the eight-meter arc to create space and beat the goalie for her fourth goal of the day.

Carolina answered with a goal from Friend and after a Navy timeout, sophomore attacker Molly Hamilton (New Albany, Ohio) controlled the draw and Gennaro scored again to pull Navy within five at 11-6 with 18 minutes to play.

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