Feb. 27, 2013
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release - 2.27.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy and Lafayette are undefeated early in the 2013 season, and senior standouts are leading the way for both teams.
Navy senior Jasmine DePompeo had nine goals and five assists in a pair of wins for the Mids last week, and has seven points in every game this year with 14 goals and 14 assists for the season. Lafayette's Addie Godfrey had a pair of six-goal efforts in victories for the Leopards, and is tied with DePompeo for the League lead with 14 goals on the season.
Their contributions led to victories for their teams on Friday and Sunday last week. Navy dispatched High Point 15-6 on Friday and Monmouth 16-4 on Sunday, improving to 4-0 and moving up one spot to No. 19 in Monday's deBeer Media Poll. Lafayette held off Central Connecticut 11-10 at home on Friday and beat Liberty 16-10 on the road on Sunday to open the season with three straight wins.
Colgate and Holy Cross are off to solid starts as well. The Raiders started 2-0 after beating Marist 16-12 on Tuesday, then fell for the first time with a 13-11 loss at Hofstra on Saturday. Holy Cross pushed its mark to 2-1 with a 16-13 home victory over Yale.
All seven teams are in action this week, the last one before Patriot League play begins on March 9. American, Lehigh and Lafayette open the week up on Wednesday, with the Leopards playing again on Saturday at Temple. Bucknell is at George Mason on Friday and George Washington on Sunday, while Colgate hosts UMBC and No. 19 Navy welcomes Richmond on Saturday.
Patriot League Twitter Notebook
*Navy and Lafayette are each off to unbeaten starts.
*The Mids are ranked No. 19 in this week's de Beer Media poll.
*Patriot League teams are a combined 12-9 on the season.
*League teams are 4-1 against the Big South and 3-0 versus the NEC.
*Navy's Jasmine DePompeo has seven points in each of the team's first four games.
*She has totaled 14 goals and 14 assists for the season.
*DePompeo is up to ninth in Patriot League history with 237 points.
*Her 110 assists stand second in League annals and are 24 away from the record held by Lafayette's Madalyn Booth (2005-08).
*Lafayette's Addie Godfrey had a pair of six-goal games last week and has 14 in just three games this season.
*Her teammate, Ana White, is just two draw controls from the Patriot League record of 218 held by Navy's Erin Rawlick (2008-10).
*Bucknell has opened its season with three ranked opponents.
*The Bison and Lafayette each play multiple games this week.
*Patriot League play opens with three games next Saturday, March 9.
Patriot League Notebook
No. 19 Navy and Lafayette are a combined 7-0 on the season, with the Mids winning their first four contests and the Leopards claiming their first three on the season. While each team has received contributions from multiple players, seniors stars are leading the way for both squads. Navy's Jasmine DePompeo has scored seven points in each of her four games this season, and has 14 goals and 14 assists for the season after recording nine goals and five assists last week. Lafayette's Addie Godfrey has matched DePompeo in goals in one fewer game, with a pair of six-goal contests last week to lead the Leopards to wins over Central Connecticut State and Liberty. Colgate and Holy Cross are also over .500 early in the year with 2-1 marks.
League Play Coming Soon
Though the season started just a few weeks ago, it is already almost time for Patriot League action. The League slate begins in just over a week on March 9 when defending champion No. 19 Navy hosts Lehigh, Bucknell goes to Colgate and Holy Cross visits Lafayette. The League slate will continue for seven straight weeks until the end of the regular season on April 21, and the postseason tournament follows at the site of the top seed on April 26-28.
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. She scored 14 points again last week, improving her career totals to second in Patriot League history with 110 assists and tied for ninth with 237 points. 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 216 career draw controls are just two away from the record of 218 held by Navy's Erin Rawlick (2008-10). She will have a shot at the mark when the Leopards host Columbia on Wednesday.
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. 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. To see the entire squad, look at the left-hand sidebar of the page or visit www.patriotleague.org.
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 have returnedto the field in 2013.
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 416 career victories.
Patriot League teams have 14 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 got theirs out of the way quickly, as they have fallen to No. 18/19 Stony Brook, No. 9/10 Penn State and No. 15/19 Johns Hopkins this season. There are two games against top five squads as Navy hosts No. 4/5 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
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ADDIE GODFREY, LAFAYETTE Sr., A, Princeton, N.J.
Godfrey had a pair of six-goal games to lead Lafayette to two victories over the weekend and a 3-0 start to the season. She totaled six goals with three ground balls and four draw controls in an 11-10 triumph over Central Connecticut State on Friday, then came through with six goals, three assists, four ground balls and three draw controls in a 16-10 victory at Liberty on Sunday. Godfrey is tied for the Patriot League lead with 14 goals on the season. She is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALISON FLOOD, COLGATE Jr., M, Liverpool, N.Y.
Flood totaled eight goals, four ground balls, six draw controls and a caused turnover in a 1-1 week for the Raiders. She came through with a career-high tying five goals, including the game-winner, as well as four draw controls in a 16-12 victory at Marist. Flood then had three goals, four ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover in a 13-11 loss at Hofstra on Saturday. She is named Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week for the first time.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE FOKY, NAVY So., GK, Charlottesville, Va.
Foky had a pair of strong games in the net for the Mids to help No. 20 Navy to two wins over the weekend and a 4-0 start to the season. She made 11 saves in a 15-6 win over High Point on Friday as Navy avenged a loss from last season. Foky also stopped two of the three shots she faced in a 16-4 victory against Monmouth on Sunday. She finished with a 3.80 goals against average and .650 save percentage while winning both contests. Foky also had seven ground balls on the week. She is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LAUREN GORAJEK, COLGATE Fr., M, Hightstown, N.J.
Gorajek had four goals and an assist in two games for the Raiders last week. She had a goal with two ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover in a 16-12 win over Marist on Tuesday, and totaled three goals, an assist, two ground balls and two draw controls in Saturday's 13-11 loss at Hofstra. Gorajek is Colgate's first Rookie of the Week award winner since the 2011 season.
JASMINE DePOMPEO, NAVY Sr., A, Sayville, N.Y.
DePompeo has scored seven points in all four of Navy's games this year, with four goals and three assists in a 15-6 win over High Point on Friday and five goals and two assists in a 16-4 victory over Monmouth on Sunday in last week's action.
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE Jr., M, Swarthmore, Pa.
White had two goals, three assists, six ground balls and 12 draw controls in Lafayette's pair of victories last week. She is just two draw controls away from the Patriot League career record.
TAYLOR ZEBROWSKI, HOLY CROSS Sr., A, Verona, N.J.
Zebrowkski had four goals and two assists in Holy Cross' 16-13 win over Yale on Saturday.
KATE SHERIDAN, COLGATE Sr., A, Westfield, N.J.
Sheridan had a goal and four assists in each of Colgate's contests last week.
LAURA RYAN, HOLY CROSS So., M, Stirling, N.J.
Ryan had four goals, an assist and four draw controls in a 16-13 win over Yale on Saturday.