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

George netted the game's only goal over the next 16 minutes and then Lynch scored with 2:40 remaining.

Gennaro then notched her third of the day 28 seconds later before Zimmerman ended the game's scoring with 41 seconds remaining for the 14-7 win.

A big difference in the game was the draw control battle, as North Carolina held a 12-2 advantage in the category in the first half as the team built its 9-4 lead. Navy did much better on the draws in the second half, trailing just 5-4 in the category over the final 30 minutes. It was the first time this season that Navy did not outdraw its opponent.

"We pride ourselves on being great on the draw and North Carolina did a great job against us in the first half," said Timchal "In the second half we made some adjustments and made a commitment to get to the ball first and did better."

Navy made its third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament in just its fifth year as a varsity program and the seven-goal deficit was Navy's best performance in the tournament to date. The Mids lost to Maryland last season, 19-6, and fell at Fetzer Field to North Carolina, 18-5, in their first tournament appearance in 2010.

"Two years ago we were just happy to make it here," DePompeo said. "Today we came out and knew that we were more prepared and more seasoned than we were last time. We've come a long way."

DePompeo and Gennaro provided all of the scoring for Navy with four goals and three goals, respectively. DePompeo finishes the season with a team-high 92 points (45 goals, 47 assists). DePompeo's 47 assists is a school record and ties the Patriot League single season record and she also tied the school career record with 96 over her first three years at Navy.

Gennaro's hat trick was her ninth of the season and she has came on strong of late, scoring 18 goals in Navy's four postseason games.

Junior goalie Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.) made 12 saves for Navy, just one shy of her career high. Verbeeck made seven of her saves in the first half and was a key factor in keeping Navy in the game.

Freshman attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) had one draw control to push her season total to 118, which is currently the third-best single-season total in NCAA history.

Senior team captain Kierstin King (Upperco, Md.), Navy's all-time leader in games started (72) and ground balls (153), scooped three ground balls and caused one turnover in the final game of her career.

Lynch had a game-high six points on four goals and two assists and six draw controls to lead North Carolina and Zimmerman had three goals and one assist. George, Canizzaro and Friend all scored twice. Goalie Lauren Maksym made nine saves for the win in the cage.

Navy led in ground balls, 13-7, and North Carolina held a 34-21 edge in shots.

Navy, the three-time Patriot League Tournament champions, is graduating six seniors, but will return 10 starters and its top-six scorers for the 2013 season.

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