No. 8 Blue Devils Sink the No. 16 Mids in NCAA Second Round

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Visiting Duke used a strong defensive effort to defeat No. 8 Navy, 10-5, in the NCAA second round at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Duke (14-5) now advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals to face top-seeded Maryland while Navy, with its 19-2 record, has its best season in program history come to a close.

"I am so proud of this Navy team for making history on Friday and then coming out tough today," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "It's always sad to lose, but I wouldn't want to be with any other team in the country."

Navy jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first 11 minutes, but Duke responded with a 7-0 run and held the Mids scoreless for a 41:03 span with its tough team defense.

"We had the opportunities," senior co-captain Jasmine DePompeo said. "But they just weren't falling today. Duke did a tremendous job on defense and forced us to take lower percentage shots than we are used to."

"We struggled offensively today and I give credit to Duke for playing us tough defensively," said Timchal.

After sophomore Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) opened the contest with her first of a game-high four draw controls, junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) spun in from the right side and scored on a tough-angled shot to put Navy on the board first.

Duke's Maddy Acton responded with a goal one minute later before DePompeo sent a pass to a cutting Gennaro who finished her second goal in the opening six minutes. Duke's Kelci Smesko then scored by wrapping around the crease to even the game at 2-2.

Generi got the ensuing draw and senior Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) wrapped around the right side of the crease to put a shot past Duke's goalie Kelsey Duryea. Senior Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.) got the next draw and the Mids scored again to go up 4-2. Junior midfielder Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) created a scoring opportunity by scooping up a loose ball inside the fan. Coughlin was immediately fouled and then converted an eight-meter shot past Duryea with 19:50 remaining in the first half.

Duke then went on its critical 7-0 run, first tallying two quick goals from Molly Quirke and Taylor Trimble. Kerrin Maurer scored with 11 minutes left in the half and then Trimble scored off a feed from Smesko with 11.2 seconds remaining as the visitors took a 6-4 halftime lead, erasing Navy's early 4-2 lead.

Trimble controlled the first draw of the second half and Duke scored 1:43 into the period when Trimble put in another feed from Smesko. Duke would get two more goals from Maurer and Smesko before Coughlin broke Navy's scoreless drought with 8:47 remaining in the game to cut the lead to 9-5.

Navy was able to get a few more opportunities in the final minutes but could not get another shot past Duryea, who made 10 saves in the game and six in the second half. Smesko scored off a pass from Trimble with 37 seconds left for the 10-5 final.

Smesko had a game-high five points (3 g, 2 a) and Trimble had three goals and one assist.

Navy senior co-captain Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.) caused three turnovers and Coughlin had three ground balls and a draw control to go along with her two goals.

DePompeo had one assist and increased her Navy single-season scoring record to 127 points (56 goals, 71 assists). DePompeo finishes her career with a school-record 336 points (169 goals, 167 assists).

Gennaro's two goals increased her season total to 64 and she has 80 points overall. Generi finishes the season with 75 points and 111 draw controls.

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