April 24, 2012
Center Valley, Pa. - After rolling to an overall mark of 15-2 and an unbeaten Patriot League record of 6-0, regular-season champion Navy reaped the benefits of its outstanding year when three individuals won major awards and six were named to the 2012 Women's Lacrosse All-Patriot League Team on Tuesday.
Junior attacker Jasmine DePompeo earned her second-consecutive Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year award, while freshman attacker Loren Generi was named the Rookie of the Year and Cindy Timchal took home the Coach of the Year honor for the Mids. Generi and Timchal were the first Navy representatives to win their respective awards, while DePompeo gave the school a third-straight Offensive Player of the Year honor.
The remaining two awards went to seniors, as Colgate's Courtney Miller was named the Midfield Player of the Year and Holy Cross' Catherine Furman took home the Defensive Player of the Year award. Each was the first winner of the respective honor from her school.
Navy led all schools with six players on the All-Patriot League Team, including three that earned first-team honors. The All-League Team was balanced throughout the rest of the squads, as American and Holy Cross each had four representatives while Colgate, Lehigh and Lafayette garnered three and Bucknell took a spot. American matched Navy with three players as first-team All-Patriot League selections. Voting was conducted by Patriot League women's lacrosse head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
DePompeo has made her mark in three seasons at Navy, earning a second-consecutive Offensive Player of the Year award to go with a Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player honor last season while leading the Mids to a repeat title. DePompeo leads the Patriot League with 75 points on 34 goals and 41 assists, which is just six of the League's single-season record. The Tewaaraton Trophy candidate is in the top 10 nationally in both points and assists. She also led all players with 14 assists in Patriot League games, while finishing second with 28 points as Navy swept its six League contests. DePompeo was twice named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. She is the sixth repeat winner of the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year award, and first since American's Jackie Lane won the honor in 2007 and 2008. DePompeo also earned first-team All-Patriot League honors at attack for the second year in a row.
Miller is wrapping up an outstanding career at Colgate with a great senior season, standing second in the Patriot League in both goals (54) and points (70). Her all-around game has also included 33 ground balls, good for fourth in the Patriot League, as well as 48 draw controls. Miller was at her best in Patriot League play, scoring 19 goals and adding five assists to help Colgate to a 4-2 record and the No. 2 seed in the upcoming League Tournament. That included a seven-goal, two-assist effort in a 13-11 victory at Lafayette on April 14 that pushed the Raiders into the postseason. Miller is ninth in Patriot League history in points (235), eighth in goals (163), ninth in assists (72) and third in draw controls (198). She is just the fourth player in Patriot League history to finish in the top 10 in points, goals and assists, and only the third to add draw controls to that list. Miller concludes her career with four Midfield Player of the Week honors and three Offensive Player of the Week awards, including one of each this season. She is the first Raider to win the Midfield Player of the Year award, which is in its second season. Miller also becomes only the third player in League history to earn first-team All-Patriot League honors in each of her four seasons, joining Lehigh's Lauren Dykstra (2008-11) and Colgate's Hilary Meyer (1996-99).
Furman has paced a strong Holy Cross defense, as the Crusaders stand second in the Patriot League with a 9.50 goals against average and first with 47 caused turnovers in League action. Holy Cross sat at 1-2 in the Patriot League before allowing just 6.67 goals per game while winning the final three contests to finish at 4-2 and earn the No. 3 seed in the League Tournament. That included a 10-7 win at Lehigh on April 14 that put the Crusaders into the postseason. The senior standout finishes the regular season with a goal, assist, 16 ground balls and six draw controls. In addition to becoming Holy Cross' first Defensive Player of the Year award winner, Furman is named a first-team All-Patriot League defender for the second straight year.
Generi took the Patriot League by storm as a freshman, placing in the top five in overall goals (50), points (57) and draw controls (99), where her total stands third on the League's all-time single-season leaderboard. Generi also led all players with five game-winning goals and accumulated 15 ground balls. Generi finished second with 23 goals and third with 27 points in Patriot League play, while sharing the top spot with 36 draw controls and scoring the game-winning goal in three of Navy's six victories. Generi led all freshmen with four Rookie of the Week awards, just one off the League record. She earned second-team All-Patriot League honors at attack while also becoming Navy's first Rookie of the Year winner.
Winning her first Patriot League Coach of the Year award caps a memorable season for Timchal. Already the winningest coach in collegiate lacrosse history, she became the first men or women's coach at any level to win 400 games when the Mids beat Robert Morris on March 7. Two weeks later, Timchal was recognized as one of 12 female and 24 overall finalists for the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The accolades led into an outstanding Patriot League season where the two-time defending champion Mids became the first team to go unbeaten since Holy Cross in 2007. Navy outscored its opponents by more than 50 goals in six Patriot League contests, and has 123 more goals than its foes while recording a 15-2 overall record. The Mids have won 15 of 16 games and are a perfect 9-0 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, where they will host the Patriot League Tournament beginning on Friday. Timchal has a 73-21 overall record and 23-7 Patriot League mark in her five seasons at Navy, boosting her career record to 409-106.
The All-Patriot League squad features a veteran first team and a second team filled with youth. Five seniors and five juniors are part of the 12-player first team, while five freshmen and four sophomores make up the majority of the second team. Overall, the All-Patriot League squad is very evenly divided by class with seven juniors, six seniors, six freshmen and five sophomores.
The first-team All-Patriot League attack is made up of three juniors, with Lafayette's Addie Godfrey (59 G, 9 A) and American's Kimberly Collins (39 G, 17 A) joining DePompeo. At midfield, Miller has company from American junior Emily Burton (45 G, 10 A) and Navy junior Kathy Young (47 G, 64 DC) as well as Lafayette sophomore Ana White (36 G, 20 A), who set a single-season record with 113 draw controls. The defense is made up of three seniors, with Navy's Kierstin King (33 GB) and American's Emily Stankiewicz (12 G, 6 A, 32 GB) on the list along with Furman. Colgate freshman Jennie Berglin is the first-team goalkeeper after recording a .437 save percentage and 11.64 GAA for the year. Lehigh senior midfielder Leigh Ann Torcivia (24 G, 20 A) earned an at-large spot, making her one of 16 players in League history to receive All-Patriot League honors in each of her four seasons.
The second-team All-Patriot League squad includes Generi at the attack position along with Lehigh freshman Carli Sukonik (41 G, 47 DC) and Holy Cross junior Taylor Zebrowski (34 G, 10 A). The midfield features all freshmen and sophomores, with Navy's Jess Fellows (30 G, 12 A) and Holy Cross' Laura Ryan (35 G, 61 DC) in their rookie campaign while American's Emily Maher (20 G, 57 DC) and Bucknell's Katelyn Miller (32 G, 46 DC) completed their sophomore seasons. Colgate freshman Jenna Frost (51 GB), Lafayette sophomore Rachel Martin (30 GB) and Navy senior Dominique Wright (14 GB) make up the second-team defense, with Holy Cross sophomore Sarah Weber (11.05 GAA) as the second-team goalkeeper. Lehigh junior midfielder Julie McBrien (24 G, 12 A) fills out the squad as the second-team at-large selection.
The 2012 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 American plays No. 1 Navy at 5 p.m. and No. 3 Holy Cross takes on No. 2 Colgate 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.
2012 Women's Lacrosse All-Patriot League Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Jasmine DePompeo, Navy, Jr., A
Midfield Player of the Year: Courtney Miller, Colgate, Sr., M
Defensive Player of the Year: Catherine Furman, Holy Cross, Sr., D
Rookie of the Year: Loren Generi, Navy, Fr., A
Coach of the Year: Cindy Timchal, Navy
First-Team All-Patriot League
Attack: Kimberly Collins, American (Jr.); Jasmine DePompeo, Navy (Jr.); Addie Godfrey, Lafayette (Jr.)
Midfield: Emily Burton, American (Jr.); Courtney Miller, Colgate (Sr.); Ana White, Lafayette (So.); Kathy Young, Navy (Jr.)
Defense: Catherine Furman, Holy Cross (Sr.); Kierstin King, Navy (Sr.); Emily Stankiewicz, American (Sr.)
Goalkeeper: Jennie Berglin, Colgate (Fr.)
At-Large: Leigh Ann Torcivia, Lehigh (Sr., M)
Second-Team All-Patriot League
Attack: Loren Generi, Navy (Fr.); Carli Sukonik, Lehigh (Fr.); Taylor Zebrowski, Holy Cross (Jr.)
Midfield: Jess Fellows, Navy (Fr.); Emily Maher, American (So.); Katelyn Miller, Bucknell (So.); Laura Ryan, Holy Cross (Fr.)
Defense: Jenna Frost, Colgate (Fr.); Rachel Martin, Lafayette (So.); Dominique Wright, Navy (Sr.)
Goalkeeper: Sarah Weber, Holy Cross (So.)
At-Large: Julie McBrien, Lehigh (Jr., M)