DePompeo Leads No. 18 Navy to Win at George Washington

WASHINGTON George Washington used a swarming defensive effort but came up short on attack and was ultimately edged by No. 18 Navy, 9-6, on Wednesday afternoon at the GW Lacrosse Field on the Mount Vernon Campus.

The Colonials (5-4) held the nationally ranked Midshipmen (9-1) to a season-low nine goals through a full 60 minutes in the first-ever match-up between the two programs. On Saturday, Navy defeated Bucknell, 9-3, in a snow-shortened 48-minute contest.

Sophomore Jamie Bumgardner (1g, 3a) paced GW with four points on the afternoon and junior Terasa Vassallomatched her career-high with three goals. Navy's Jasmine DePompeo (4g, 4a) had a hand in all but one of the visitor's nine scores.

The Colonials won nine draw controls including four by sophomore Jenn Seitz and caused six Midshipmen turnovers. Senior goalkeeper Jess Hicks made six stops for GW on the afternoon.

Down by two, 7-5, at halftime, GW could only find the back of the net once during the second frame while Navy scored twice as the Buff and Blue dropped their second straight game to a top-20 opponent.

Bumgardner scored the first goal of the game 1:26 into play off of a pass from classmate Rachel Mia, marking Mia's first helper of the season and second of her career. Navy answered with two straight tallies for a 2-1 advantage just over three minutes later, but Bumgardner connected with Vassallo at 5:32 to even the score.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) matched her season high with eight points on four goals and four assists to lead No. 18 Navy (9-1) past George Washington (5-4), 9-6, at the GW Lacrosse Field in a non-conference game on Wednesday.

The win was Navy's third in a row and the team improves to 3-0 on the road this season.

"George Washington is a tough team," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "This was a healthy match-up for us and a great test. We had to tough it out for the win today and we need to continue to play the games all the way out. It was a hard-fought game and I am proud of the team for coming out with a victory."

DePompeo took part in eight of Navy's nine scoring plays on Wednesday and increased her season totals to 65 points on 33 goals and 32 assists. She entered the week ranked second in the nation in points per game and extended her scoring streak to 20 games.

"We still have some things to work on and we haven't quite been playing to our potential in the last couple of games," said DePompeo. "We were able to pull it out in the end but we need to do a better job on the clear and not commit as many turnovers, because like today, teams will take advantage of that."

George Washington opened the game's scoring just 1:26 in before Navy scored back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead, and Navy would not trail again. Sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) opened Navy's scoring with a goal off an assist from DePompeo and then DePompeo set up junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) for a strike.

The Colonials tallied a goal 40 seconds later to even the game at 2-2 but DePompeo keyed a 3-0 run to give the Mids a 5-2 advantage. DePompeo first set up Generi for her second goal of the half and then curled around the crease to score a goal herself. DePompeo then assisted on junior attacker Molly Hamilton's (New Albany, Ohio) goal with 12:39 left in the first half.

Two eight-meter goals in a span of 1:05 by George Washington cut the lead to 5-4 before senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored an unassisted goal at 8:08. DePompeo followed with her sixth point of the half as she scored an unassisted goal three minutes later. George Washington's Teresa Vassallo then scored her third of the period with eight seconds left to cut the halftime deficit to 7-5.

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