Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release -2.12.13

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Holy Cross' Laura Ryan is a preseason All-Patriot League midfielder.
Holy Cross' Laura Ryan is a preseason All-Patriot League midfielder.

Feb. 12, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The defending Patriot League champions got the women's lacrosse season going in style over the weekend, and now everyone will join them as the schedule picks up this weekend.

Navy was the first Patriot League team to take the field, and picked up where it left off last year by throttling Winthrop 23-4 on Sunday. Jasmine DePompeo had two goals and five assists, putting her into second place in Patriot League history with 101 in her career, while Aimee Gennaro had six goals and Kathy Young totaled four in the easy victory.

The rest of the Patriot League teams join the Mids in action this week, beginning with American at William & Mary and Holy Cross at Bryant on Wednesday. Six teams play their home opener on Saturday, including season openers for Bucknell (No. 19 Stony Brook), Lafayette (Marist), Colgate (Vermont) and Lehigh (Villanova). American opens its home schedule against UMBC, while Holy Cross plays its first home contest against No. 18/20 Boston College. Navy is the only team to head on the road for the weekend as it visits Liberty on Saturday.

Patriot League Notebook

Defending Champion Navy Picked First in Preseason Poll
Only one team has ever won four consecutive titles in Patriot League women's lacrosse, but opposing coaches and sports information directors are predicting Navy to accomplish that feat after unanimously putting the Mids in first place in the sport's preseason poll announced on Jan. 31. Navy claimed 72 points and all 12 first-place votes from the other six schools, as coaches and sports information directors were not allowed to vote for their own team. It is the second straight year that the Mids have been unanimously selected as the top team by their peers, and third consecutive first-place pick for the Mids overall. Navy went unbeaten in the Patriot League regular season last year before claiming its third consecutive Patriot League Tournament title. Only Lafayette (1995-98) has ever won four straight Patriot League titles, with those coming before the creation of the League Tournament. Holy Cross, which finished as runner-up to the Mids last season, took second place in the poll with 55 points and two first-place votes. The next group of teams was closely bunched with Colgate (44), Lehigh (39), American (38) and Lafayette (34) ahead of Bucknell (12).

Navy's DePompeo, Colgate's Berglin Headline Preseason Honors
Navy senior attack Jasmine DePompeo was voted the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, as the two-time honoree of the award receives the preseason title for the second year in a row. Colgate sophomore goalkeeper Jennie Berglin claimed the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor. DePompeo and Berglin headline the inaugural Women's Lacrosse Preseason All-Patriot League Team. DePompeo is on attack along with fellow seniors Addie Godfrey (Lafayette), Kimberly Collins (American) and Taylor Zebrowski (Holy Cross) as well as Lehigh sophomore Carli Sukonik. The midfield includes seniors Emily Burton (American) and Julie McBrien (Lehigh), junior Ana White (Lafayette) and sophomores Laura Ryan (Holy Cross) and Jess Fellows (Navy). Navy senior Brijet Mall, Lafayette junior Rachel Martin and Colgate sophomore Jenna Frost make up the defense, with Navy senior Michelle Verbeeck along with Berglin as the goalkeepers.

Returning Talent
Thirteen of the 15 preseason All-Patriot League players earned postseason All-League status last year, with six that made the first team. Overall, 18 of the 24 All-League selections from last season will return to the field in 2013.

Moving Up the Record Book
Navy's Jasmine DePompeo has a chance to leave her name very high in the Patriot League record book by the end of the season. With five assists in Sunday's victory over Winthrop, she went up to second place in Patriot League history with 101 in her career. She is 33 away from the record held by Lafayette's Madalyn Booth (2005-08). DePompeo also had two goals in the game, and with 216 points stands just six away from entering the Patriot League career top 10. While DePompeo will go after those two categories, Lafayette's Ana White will likely beat her to becoming an all-time Patriot League leader. Just a junior, White's 202 career draw controls are just 16 away from the record of 218 held by Navy's Erin Rawlick (2008-10).

Wallace Joins the Patriot League Coaching Fraternity
The Patriot League welcomes one new head coach in 2013 as Emma Wallace takes over on an interim basis at American. She joins a veteran group that includes five coaches that are in at least the fifth year at their school. Holy Cross' Stephanie Ridolfi has the longest tenure at one school in her 11th season in Worcester, while Navy's Cindy Timchal is in her 31st season as a head coach and holds the NCAA record with 413 career victories.

Nationally-Ranked Opponents
Patriot League teams have 13 games on the schedule against teams ranked in either the IWLCA Coaches Poll or de Beer Media Poll, with Lehigh, Bucknell and American playing three apiece. The Bison open the season with their three ranked foes, facing No. 19 Stony Brook on Saturday at home before visiting No. 9/10 Penn State on Feb. 20 and No. 17/19 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 23. There are two games against top five squads as Navy hosts No. 1/2 Northwestern on March 11 (CBS Sports Network) and Lehigh is at No. 3/3 Florida the next day.