May 3, 2012
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse NCAA Play-In Preview
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- After winning its third consecutive Patriot League Championshp with a dominant performance last weekend, No. 18 Navy tries to make it three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament when it visits Oregon in a Play-In game on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Mids won the Patriot League title at home in impressive fashion, beating American 14-7 in the semifinals on Friday before dispatching of Holy Cross 18-11 in Sunday's title contest.
Navy now heads to the NCAA Play-In game for the third year in a row, and the Mids have enjoyed their trips in the past two seasons. Navy defeated Sacred Heart 12-2 in 2010 and Quinnipiac 20-5 last season in the Play-In contests, though both of those games were played at home.
Patriot League teams are a perfect 4-0 in appearances in the NCAA Play-In game. In addition to Navy's victories, Colgate edged Marist 19-18 in 2008 and Holy Cross stopped Le Moyne by a 14-8 final in 2006. Navy's matchup at Oregon will be the first time the Patriot League representative goes on the road for the Play-In.
Navy went undefeated in the Patriot League regular season before winning the tournament, while Oregon did the same in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Ducks went undefeated during the regular season and then ended Stanford's seven-year run as champion by knocking off the Cardinal 13-10 on the road in the championship contest on Sunday.
Patriot League teams went 3-0 against the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation during the regular season, with each of the games played on the east coast. Navy beat Cal, which went 4-3 in the conference, by a 15-5 final.
Patriot League NCAA Play-In Notebook
Navy, Patriot League Look for Continued Success in NCAA Play-In
Navy has found an easy going in the NCAA Play-In game the past two seasons, and the Mids will try to keep themselves and the Patriot League perfect in the contest on Saturday. Navy defeated Quinnipiac 20-5 last year after beating Sacred Heart 12-2 in 2010 in its two Play-In game appearances. Patriot League teams are 4-0 in the contest, with Colgate beating Marist 19-18 in 2008 and Holy Cross topping Le Moyne 14-8 in 2006. The Patriot League champion has gone on to the NCAA Tournament 11 times, including 10 consecutively since 2002.
Mids Go to the Road
Navy will have to face a challenge that no other Patriot League team has taken on in an NCAA Play-In: a road game. The Mids are the first League champion in the five appearances in the contest to go on the road. Patriot League teams have never won a postseason road game, with losses on the road in the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 10 seasons.
Navy Wins Third Consecutive Patriot League Title
Navy became just the second program in Patriot League history to win three straight League titles, and the first to ever win the postseason tournament in three straight years. Lafayette won at least three straight titles on three different occasions (1991-93, 1995-98, 2000-02), but only the latter two crowns came after the creation of the Patriot League Tournament in 2001. The Mids won the title as the No. 1 seed for the first time after claiming the
League crown as the No. 3 seed in 2011 and No. 2 in 2010.
Mids Crack the Rankings
Wins in seven straight, and 17 of the last 18, games have sent Navy to the Patriot League title, NCAA Play-In contest and now a national top 20 ranking. Navy came in at No. 18 in Monday's deBeer Women's Lacrosse Media Poll. It is the fifth time in the last three years that the Mids have been ranked in the poll's top 20, and matches their highest showing from 2010.
Winning Record in Non-League Action
Patriot League teams completed the regular season with a 37-36 record in non-League games. That record included a perfect 3-0 mark against the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in games that were all played at the home of the Patriot League school. Holy Cross beat UC Davis 12-9 on March 26, while two days later Lafayette stopped San Diego State 17-14 and Navy beat Cal 15-5.
Getting to Know Oregon
While Navy has won seven straight games, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion Oregon actually comes in slightly hotter with a nine-game winning streak. The last seven of those wins came against conference foes, as the Ducks completed a perfect 7-0 MPSF record before defeating host and seven-time defending champion Stanford 13-10 in the title game on Sunday.
Navy and Oregon shared five opponents in 2012, and the results were the same across the board. Each team defeated Cal, Davidson and Old Dominion while falling in games at High Point and No. 1 Northwestern. The only small edge for the Mids came in a better goal differential against each of the five teams.
Navy's DePompeo, Generi Nearing Single-Season Marks
Navy junior Jasmine DePompeo has already enjoyed a distinguished career that includes two Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year awards and a Tournament MVP trophy. Now, she is getting close to having her name at the top of a Patriot League record chart. DePompeo's 44 assists this season are three away from the single-season mark, and her career total of 93 stands in fifth place in Patriot League history. She has some company in the record book category, as Navy freshman Loren Generi's 112 draw controls are one off the mark set earlier this year by Lafayette's Ana White. The draw control total also stands only 14 away from the Division I record for a single season.