ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Led by junior attacker Aimee Gennaro’s (Havertown, Pa.) game-high six points and a stout team defense, the No. 15/12 Navy women’s lacrosse team (18-1) won a fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament title by defeating Holy Cross (9-10), 14-4, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Navy earns the Patriot League’s automatic berth to the 26-team NCAA Tournament and will learn its opponent and site during the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, May 5th at 9:00 PM on NCAA.com. Navy will be making a fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
“I am so proud of our team for stepping onto the field today and winning our fourth Patriot League title,” head coach Cindy Timchal said. “It is certainly a reflection of how hard this team has worked. I give credit to Holy Cross as well. They proved they are a Patriot League finalist team and played brilliantly on Friday night. We were fortunate to get a fast start against them today, but they played tough all the way.”
Gennaro tallied five goals with one assist in Sunday’s final after scoring a game-high five points on two goals and three assists in Navy’s 9-8 semifinal win over Lafayette on Friday. Gennaro was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team for the second time in her career.
Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) earned Patriot League Tournament MVP honors for the second time. DePompeo had six points in Navy’s two tournament wins and broke the Patriot League’s single-season scoring record on Sunday with her 120th point of the season (55 goals, 65 assists).
Her 65 assists rank as the fifth-best in a single season in NCAA history and she is the nation’s leading scorer. DePompeo was named to the Tewaaraton Award nominee list and is a three-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.
Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Rheiner (Wycombe, Pa.) and goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) rounded out Navy’s four selections to the all-tournament team.
After trailing at halftime in its previous three games, Navy had a strong start against Holy Cross by scoring the first two goals and taking a 10-2 halftime lead.
“We knew we had to step onto that field with a lot of confidence,” Timchal said. “We knew that we would have to get a fast start and play tough the whole way through.”
Gennaro scored just one minute into the game on a free-position goal and then tallied her second four minutes later.
After Holy Cross’ Kat Sutton scored, senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored her first of four goals and then assisted on junior midfielder Jill Coughlin’s (Annapolis, Md.) strike.
Holy Cross slipped in another goal to make it 4-2, but the Mids took over with an 8-0 run over the next 18 minutes. Gennaro opened the spurt with another free-position goal and then senior defender Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.) raced down the field on a clear and went unmarked to the cage and put in her first career goal, which set off a wild celebration on the Navy sideline.
Sophomore midfielder Casey Browne (Miller Place, N.Y.) followed with a strike before Young once again found the back of the net.
DePompeo then got involved with back-to-back assists, first setting up sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) and then feeding Gennaro with just 18 seconds remaining in the first half. Navy scored 10 goals on just 11 shots in the first half.
Navy opened the second with back-to-back goals on tallies by Young and Gennaro as the lead grew to 10 at 12-2. The Crusaders chipped away with back-to-back goals with 11 minutes remaining, but Navy’s Young and Generi scored the game’s final two goals for the 14-4 final.
Generi had two goals and four draw controls and became Navy’s career leader with 221 draw controls in just two seasons of play. Generi has 103 draw controls this season after a school single season record of 118 in 2012.
Foky made six saves, after stopping seven shots on Friday night, to improve to 16-1 in the cage.
Rheiner had three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers against Holy Cross after tallying two goals, four ground balls, three caused turnovers and a draw control in the semifinals.
Young scored four goals on Sunday and had a goal and an assist on Friday.
Holy Cross held a slight edge in shots at 21-20, Navy led in ground balls (14-11) and draw controls were even at 10-10.
The victory extends Navy’s program record winning streak to 12 games and the Mids have won 18-straight against league opponents.
Navy also defeated Holy Cross in the 2012 tournament final, 18-11.
The Patriot League Tournament is presented by Rockin’ Refuel.
2013 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse All-Tournament Team Navy Jasmine DePompeo (MVP) Aimee Gennaro Lindsay Rheiner Annie Foky