April 23, 2013
Center Valley, Pa. - Following a second consecutive undefeated Patriot League women's lacrosse campaign, Navy earned an impressive haul of awards on Tuesday led by senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo becoming the first-ever three-time Offensive Player of the Year award winner.
DePompeo was one of three Mids to take home a major award on Tuesday. Sophomore goalkeeper Annie Foky claimed the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honor, while Cindy Timchal was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for the second straight season. The remaining major award winners were Lafayette junior midfielder Ana White as the Patriot League Midfield Player of the Year, and American freshman goalkeeper Teal Harrison as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
After going undefeated against the rest of the Patriot League opponents, Navy and American shared top honors on the all-Patriot League Team with five honorees each. The Mids placed four on the first team, while the Eagles had three first-team recipients. Holy Cross and Lafayette had four All-Patriot League players, while Colgate and Lehigh each totaled three and Bucknell had one. Voting was conducted by Patriot League women's lacrosse head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
Becoming the first-ever three-time winner of the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year award is a fitting way for DePompeo to close out her career, as the senior spent her final season re-writing the League record book. DePompeo holds the Patriot League career records for points (323) and assists (157), and sits just outside the top 10 in League history in goals (166). She put up her best performance as a senior, breaking the Patriot League single-season assists record (61) while also totaling 53 goals for 114 points, just five away from the League single-season record. The point total is 13 ahead of any other player in the country this season, while DePompeo stands second in the nation in assists. DePompeo also set a Patriot League single-season record with six Offensive Player of the Week honors, and tied the career mark with nine awards overall. DePompeo also earned first-team All-Patriot League honors at attack for the third year in a row. It is the fourth straight season with a Navy student-athlete winning the Offensive Player of the Year honor, with Erin Rawlick claiming the award before DePompeo's unprecedented run of three in a row.
White is the epitome of the do-it-all midfielder, as she has a place on the Patriot League leaderboard in multiple categories. White leads the Patriot League in both ground balls (44) and caused turnovers (31), stands second in draw controls (91) and ranks in the top five in goals (44), assists (20) and points (64). Her all-around play helped Lafayette finish 3-3 in the Patriot League and earn a berth to the League Tournament for the first time since 2004. White has the Patriot League career record with 295 draw controls, 77 ahead of any other player in League history with one more season still to play in Easton. She earns All-Patriot League honors for the third time in as many seasons, and makes the first team for the second year in a row. White, who was the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, becomes Lafayette's first Midfield Player of the Year winner. She is the first Leopard since 2002 to earn a major award other than the Rookie of the Year honor.
Foky helped Navy to a brilliant season by leading the Patriot League and ranking third in the nation in goals against average (7.16). She also led the League with a .449 save percentage while recording 5.18 save per contest. Foky took over as the starting goalkeeper early in the season and has posted a 14-1 record to help the Mids to rankings in the top 15 of both national polls. Foky is Navy's first winner of the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year award.
Harrison put on a show in her freshman season at American, particularly during Patriot League play to lead the Eagles to a 5-1 record. She leads the League by a wide margin with 149 saves and 9.23 saves per game, places second with a .436 save percentage and third with an 11.87 goals against average. Harrison earned a Patriot League weekly award after each of American's five League wins, racking up three Defensive Player of the Week honors and a trio of Rookie of the Week nods in that span. Harrison is the first player from American to be named Patriot League Rookie of the Year
Timchal led Navy to another outstanding season to pad her resume as one of the greatest lacrosse coaches of all-time. Navy has set a school regular-season record for victories, and at 16-1 is rated No. 8 in the latest RPI, No. 12 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 15 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Mids went undefeated against Patriot League opponents for the second year in a row, culminating with an 11-10 double overtime victory at American on Sunday that sent the League Tournament back to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the second straight season. Navy is in the midst of one of the best stretches in League history with 12 consecutive regular-season Patriot League wins and 16 in a row overall against League opponents. Timchal has a 92-23 overall record and 29-7 Patriot League mark in her six seasons at Navy, boosting her career record to 428-108. She is the fourth repeat winner of the Coach of the Year award, joining Colgate's Cathy Foto (1998-99) and Katrina Silva (2004-05) and Lehigh's Jill Redfern (2010-11).
The All-Patriot League squad features six seniors, three juniors and three sophomores on the first team, with four seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and a freshman on the second team. American's Kimberly Collins (44 G, 13 A) joins DePompeo on the first-team attack, which also includes Navy sophomore Loren Generi who leads the Patriot League in both goals (55) and draw controls (96). Five players were on the first-team midfield, a group that includes White, American's Emily Maher (28 G, 10 A), Colgate's Amanda O'Sullivan (35 G, 5 A), Holy Cross' Maddie Carellas (23 G, 3 A) and Lafayette's Laura Kleiber (35 G, 6 A). On defense, the first-team members include American's Laura Dawson (26 GB), Colgate's Jenna Frost (34 GB, 24 CT) and Navy's Brijet Mall (12 GB), with Foky earning the first-team nod at goalkeeper.
The second-team All-Patriot League squad has players from four different schools at attack with Holy Cross' Sara Hennessey (31 G, 6 A), Lafayette's Addie Godfrey (50 G, 10 A), Lehigh's Carli Sukonik (25 G, 3 A) and Navy's Kathy Young (36 G, 6 A) making the squad. The midfield includes American's Samantha Marshall (11 G, 18 A), Bucknell's Katelyn Miller (39 G, 13 A), Colgate's Alison Flood (30 G, 1 A), Holy Cross' Laura Ryan (34 G, 6 A) and Lehigh's Julie McBrien (33 G, 3 A). The second-team defense features Holy Cross' Corinne Caracausa (33 GB), Lafayette's Rachel Martin (28 GB) and Lehigh's Lauren Willcox (20 GB) with Harrison as the goalkeeper.
Godfrey joins the list of four-time All-Patriot League selections, while Collins, Young, Martin and McBrien joined DePompeo and White with a third All-Patriot League honor. Generi, Frost, Sukonik, Miller and Ryan were each recognized for the second year in a row.
The 2013 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament will be played this weekend at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, beginning with Friday's semifinals as No. 4 seed Lafayette plays No. 1 Navy at 5 p.m. and No. 3 Holy Cross takes on No. 2 American at 7:45 p.m. The winners meet for the Patriot League Championship on Sunday at 12 p.m. The entire tournament is available with live streaming through the Patriot League All-Access package.
2013 Women's Lacrosse All-Patriot League Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Jasmine DePompeo, Navy, Sr., A
Midfield Player of the Year: Ana White, Lafayette, Jr., M
Defensive Player of the Year: Annie Foky, Navy, So., GK
Rookie of the Year: Teal Harrison, American, Fr., GK
Coach of the Year: Cindy Timchal, Navy
First-Team All-Patriot League
Attack: Kimberly Collins, American (Sr.); Jasmine DePompeo, Navy (Sr.); Loren Generi, Navy (So.)
Midfield: Emily Maher, American (Jr.); Amanda O'Sullivan, Colgate (Sr.); Maddie Carellas, Holy Cross (Sr.); Ana White, Lafayette (Jr.); Laura Kleiber, Lafayette (Jr.)
Defense: Laura Dawson, American (Sr.); Jenna Frost, Colgate (So.); Brijet Mall, Navy (Sr.)
Goalkeeper: Annie Foky, Navy (So.)
Second-Team All-Patriot League*
Attack: Sara Hennessey, Holy Cross (Jr.); Addie Godfrey, Lafayette (Sr.); Carli Sukonik, Lehigh (So.); Kathy Young, Navy (Sr.)
Midfield: Samantha Marshall, American (Sr.); Katelyn Miller, Bucknell (Jr.); Alison Flood, Colgate (Jr.); Laura Ryan, Holy Cross (So.); Julie McBrien, Lehigh (Sr.)
Defense: Corinne Caracausa, Holy Cross (Jr.); Rachel Martin, Lafayette (Jr.); Lauren Willcox, Lehigh (So.)
Goalkeeper: Teal Harrison, American (Fr.)
* - One extra player due to tie in the voting