Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release - 2.19.13

Navy's Aimee Gennaro

Feb. 19, 2013

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The season is just a week old, but already five of the seven Patriot League women's lacrosse teams have reached the win column in 2013.

Colgate, Lafayette, Lehigh and Holy Cross all won their season openers last week, with Navy moving to 2-0 after claiming its season opener on Feb. 10 against Winthrop. Patriot League teams are a combined 6-4 early in the year.

The Raiders, Leopards, Mountain Hawks and Crusaders each held on for wins. On Saturday, three were victorious at home as Colgate beat Vermont 13-9, Lafayette topped Marist 12-8 and Lehigh edged Villanova 10-9. Holy Cross posted an 8-7 win at Bryant on Wednesday before falling to No. 18/20 Boston College 17-8 in its home opener on Saturday.

Navy improved to 2-0 on the season with a 15-7 win at Liberty on Saturday, and has scored 38 goals in its first two games. The Mids moved into the de Beer media poll rankings at No. 20 on Monday.

Navy's early success has included more great play from senior Jasmine DePompeo, as the Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year already has 14 points this season (5 goals, 9 assists). DePompeo now stands 10th in Patriot League history in points and second in assists, where she is just 29 from the League record.

All seven teams are in action this week, starting with Colgate at Marist on Tuesday. The Raiders, Bucknell, Navy and Lafayette will each play a pair of contests, with the Bison taking on two more ranked opponents when they visit No. 9/10 Penn State on Wednesday and No. 15/19 Johns Hopkins on Saturday.

Patriot League Twitter Notebook
*Navy is off to a 2-0 start with 38 goals in its contests.
*The Mids are ranked No. 20 in this week's de Beer Media poll.
*Colgate, Lafayette, Lehigh and Holy Cross all opened the year with victories last week.
*The Raiders, Leopards and Mountain Hawks won their home opener.
*Patriot League teams are a combined 6-4 on the season.
*Navy's Jasmine DePompeo has 14 points in two games.
*She has totaled five goals and nine assists in Navy's contests.
*DePompeo is up to 10th in Patriot League history with 223 points.
*Her 105 assists stand second in League annals and are 29 away from the record held by Lafayette's Madalyn Booth (2005-08).
*Four players already have a five-goal game this season.
*Navy's Aimee Gennaro had six goals in a 23-4 win at Winthrop on Feb. 10 for the highest output of the year.
*Bucknell plays a pair of ranked opponents this week, visiting No. 9/10 Penn State on Wednesday and No. 15/19 Johns Hopkins Saturday.
*The Bison open the year with three straight top 20 foes.

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 nine assists already this season, she is up to second place in Patriot League history with 105 in her career. DePompeo is 29 away from the record held by Lafayette's Madalyn Booth (2005-08). DePompeo also has 14 points this season to enter the Patriot League career top 10 with 223 in her career. 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 204 career draw controls are just 14 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 414 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 get theirs out of the way quickly, as they fell 20-5 at home against No. 18/19 Stony Brook on Saturday and now visit No. 9/10 Penn State on Wednesday and No. 15/19 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. There are two games against top five squads as Navy hosts No. 1/1 Northwestern on March 11 (CBS Sports Network) and Lehigh is at No. 3/3 Florida the next day.

Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards

Jr., A, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro has scored 10 goals over Navy's first two games, tallying six in a 23-4 win over Winthrop on Feb. 10 and four in a 15-7 victory at Liberty on Saturday. She has scored a goal in 17 straight games, and the six against Winthrop were one shy of her career high. Her 10 goals have come on just 13 shots. Gennaro is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time and first since 2011.

Jr., M, Sellersville, Pa.
American dropped its two contests last week, but Maher was outstanding in defeat by filling the stat sheet in both games. She had two goals, a ground ball and six draw controls in a 17-13 loss at William & Mary on Wednesday and followed it up with two goals, two assists, three ground balls and five draw controls in a 15-12 loss to UMBC on Saturday. Maher earns her first Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week honor.

Jr., D, Wayne, Pa.
Speck helped Colgate open its season with a victory by recording six ground balls and five caused turnovers in a 13-9 triumph over Vermont on Saturday. She contributed to four failed clears for the Catamounts, including three in the first half as Colgate built an 8-1 lead. Speck is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time.

Fr., A, Ridgewood, N.J.
Concilio is tied for the team lead with three assists after Holy Cross split a pair of contests last week. She had a pair of helpers as the Crusaders opened the year with an 8-7 win over Bryant on Wednesday, then totaled a goal and an assist in a 17-8 loss to No. 20 Boston College on Saturday. Concilio is tied for second on the team with four points.


CARLI SUKONIK, LEHIGH So., A, Penn Valley, Pa.
Sukonik had five goals and an assist to lead the Mountain Hawks to a season-opening 10-9 win over Villanova on Saturday.

O'Sullivan scored five goals for the third time in her career to help the Raiders to a 13-9 win over Vermont on Saturday.

Linville totaled three goals and four ground balls in Lafayette's 12-8 victory over Marist on Saturday.

SARA HENNESSEY, HOLY CROSS Jr., A, Winchester, Mass.
Hennessey had four goals and an assist to lead the Crusaders to a season-opening 8-7 win at Bryant on Wednesday.

KIMBERLY COLLINS, AMERICAN Sr., A, Princeton Junction, N.J.
Collins had seven goals and two assists in the first two games of the season for the Eagles.