Navy, Holy Cross Advance to Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy's Kathy Young scored three goals in a 14-7 win over American on Friday.
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Navy's Kathy Young scored three goals in a 14-7 win over American on Friday.
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April 27, 2012

Annapolis, Md. — The 2012 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship matchup is set, as top seed Navy will go for a third consecutive crown on its home field when it takes on third seed Holy Cross on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Both teams advanced with wins in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament on Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids took control early and never looked back in a 14-7 win over fourth seed American, while the Crusaders outlasted second seed Colgate 13-12 to move on to the finals.

On Sunday, Navy will be trying to become the first team to win three consecutive Patriot League Tournament titles. The last team to win three straight championships overall was Lafayette from 2000-02, but the first of those came before the inception of the Patriot League Tournament in 2001. The Mids, in their fifth season in the Patriot League, will be playing for the championship for the fourth straight year.

Holy Cross returns to the Patriot League title game for the first time since 2007, when the Crusaders won a second consecutive championship. Holy Cross is in its fifth Patriot League title game in six appearances in the postseason. The Crusaders fell in the championship in 2001 and 2005 before winning its two titles consecutively in 2006 and 2007.

Holy Cross and Navy will face off in the Patriot League Tournament for the first time. The Mids are trying to become the ninth No. 1 seed in 12 tournaments to win the title, but the first since Colgate in 2009. The only No. 3 seed to win it all was Navy last season.

The winner of the Patriot League Championship moves on to visit the winner of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in an NCAA Play-In game on Saturday, May 5.

Patriot League Tournament - Semifinals

#1 Navy 14, #4 American 7
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Annapolis, Md.- Top-seed Navy built a big early lead and maintained control the rest of the way to knock off fourth-seed American 14-7 in the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament semifinals on Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The Mids (16-2) advance to the Patriot League Championship for the fourth straight season, and will be going for their third straight title on Sunday at 12 p.m. against third-seed Holy Cross. The Crusaders defeated No. 2 seed Colgate 13-12 in the other semifinal on Friday. The Eagles saw their season come to an end with a 7-10 record.

Jess Fellows and Kathy Young opened with early goals for the Mids, and Jill Coughlin scored a pair sandwiched around a tally from Jasmine DePompeo as Navy took a 5-1 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. Aimee Gennaro scored the next three Navy goals as the Mids built an 8-3 lead late in the first half. Kimberly Collins and Alex Lugovina each tallied for the Eagles to trim the gap to 8-5, but Young and Depompeo scored in the final 30 seconds of the first half to give Navy a 10-5 lead at intermission.

The second half was played at a much slower pace, and Navy never looked back after scoring the first three goals of the period to take a 13-5 lead. Neither team scored in the final 13 minutes as the Mids went on to the 14-7 win.

Gennaro led the Mids with four goals, while Young added three and DePompeo had two goals and an assist. Fellows and Coughlin also scored a pair in the 14-goal effort, while Michelle Verbeeck made eight saves to earn the win in the net.

Lugovina and Lauren Schoenberger each had two goals and an assist to pace the Eagles.

#3 Holy Cross 13, #2 Colgate 12
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Annapolis, Md.- Holy Cross held on down the stretch in a back and forth game as the third-seed Crusaders went on to a 13-12 win over second-seed Colgate in a semifinal of the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday.

The Crusaders (10-7) move on to the Patriot League Championship for the first time since 2007, and fifth overall. They will go for a third Patriot League title on Sunday against host and top-seed Navy, which beat fourth-seed American 14-7 in the other semifinal on Friday. Colgate (6-11) had made it to three of the last four Patriot League title contests.

The Crusaders built a big lead in the regular season matchup with Colgate only to falter late and lose 12-11 in Hamilton, and the semifinal contest followed much of the same script. Holy Cross took a 4-1 lead less than 10 minutes into the game behind a pair of goals from Caitie Shea, but Colgate rallied to take a 6-5 lead behind three goals from Courtney Miller. Shea scored twice more to put Holy Cross back in front, and the teams traded goals to go into intermission tied at 8-8. Both Shea and Miller scored four goals in the first half.

Holy Cross opened the second half in the same manner, scoring three of the first four goals to go ahead 11-9 with 22:03 left. Colgate scored twice in just over a minute to knot the score at 11-11 with 19:14 to go, but the Crusaders came through in the final minutes. Holy Cross went ahead 13-11 on goals by Seton Hartnett and Sara Hennessey, and kept the Raiders off the scoreboard for more than 17 minutes until Amanda O'Sullivan got Colgate back within one at 13-12 with 1:41 left. That would be as close as Colgate would get, however, as the Crusaders held on to get back to the Patriot League Championship for the first time in five years.

Shea led Holy Cross with four goals and two assists, while Laura Ryan had three goals and an assist and Hartnett added three goals. Hennessey scored twice while Sarah Weber made eight saves in goal to earn the win.

Miller had five goals and an assist to lead the Raiders, as the Patriot League Midfield Player of the Year concluded a stellar career. O'Sullivan added three goals for Colgate, while Katie Sullivan had two goals and three assists.