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Women’s lacrosse: Navy edges New Hampshire, 11-10

Thursday, 14th March 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/14/13
From Press Release

Junior midfielder Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) scored the game-winning goal with 5.7 seconds remaining in overtime to send No. 20/15 Navy (7-1) past New Hampshire (0-5), 11-10, on Wednesday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

“We always talk about playing `60 minutes or more’, so it was great to come out on top in our first overtime game of the season,” said head coach Cindy Timchal. “We knew this was going to be a challenging match for us. New Hampshire and their coaching staff did a great job. Maybe it wasn’t a pretty win, but we were able to tough it out today.”

Navy rallied from an early 4-0 deficit and also trailed 8-7 with 10 minutes remaining but was able to rally again to send the game to overtime, where Navy outscored New Hampshire 2-1.

Senior Beth Young (Berwyn, Pa.) controlled the opening draw of the first three-minute half of the non-sudden victory overtime and Navy played the clock down before senior Kathy Young (Berywn, Pa.) attacked with under 10 seconds to go. Young was fouled on her initial shot, which was saved, and was granted a free-position shot with 1.2 seconds remaining. Young converted the eight-meter and the ball crossed the line just as the clock hit 0:00.

The teams then changed sides and began the second three-minute half of the overtime with Navy holding a one-goal lead. Junior attacker Aimee Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.) controlled the opening draw and Navy held the ball until goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) turned it over with 1:34 remaining.

New Hampshire’s Hannah Wohltmann sent a shot wide and then Foky made back-to-back saves on two free-position attempts by Laura Puccia. New Hampshire was then able to tie the game at 10-10 with just 32.6 seconds left on a goal by Amber Casiano.

Navy controlled the ensuing draw, its third of the overtime period, when Beth Young scooped up the loose ball. Navy played its back towards its own end and then senior defender Emily Mellin (Sherwood Forest, Md.) sent a long cross field pass to junior Molly Hamilton (New Albany, Ohio). Hamilton sent it forward to an open Coughlin who began her drive towards goal with New Hampshire defenders closing in on both sides. Coughlin eventually broke through and shot to the back of the net with just 5.7 seconds remaining to give Navy the win.

“Jill was able to come in and dodge a couple players and have the finishing touch to get the game-winning goal,” Timchal said.

Navy found itself down 4-0 in the opening 20 minutes of the game as New Hampshire received two goals from Jenny Simpson and one each from Casiano and Puccia. Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) finally gave Navy a spark by scoring the team’s first goal with 9:38 left in the first half.

New Hampshire responded back with a goal to make it a 5-1 game before DePompeo assisted on a goal by Gennaro. However, Simpson answered with her third of the first half to keep the deficit at four.

With 4:10 to go in the first half, DePompeo set up sophomore Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) for a goal. UNH won the ensuing draw control, but DePompeo caused a turnover and then scored a goal of her own as Navy was able to cut the halftime deficit to 6-4.

Simpson opened the second half by scoring at 26:35 to extend the lead to 7-4 before a great play by Mellin keyed a 3-0 Navy run. Mellin first caused a turnover in Navy’s defensive end and then scooped up the ground ball and started the clear. Mellin eventually passed ahead to Gennaro who moved in on net to beat the goalie at 24:45.

Generi then converted an eight-meter shot followed by another free-position goal, this time by sophomore midfielder Casey Browne (Miller Place, N.Y.) as Navy evened the game at 7-7. Simpson’s fifth goal of the day put the Wildcats up 8-7 but Navy responded right back again when Browne buried her second free-position goal in an eight-minute span to tie the game at 8-8.

UNH won the next draw control but senior Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.) caused a turnover and Navy finally took its first lead of the game with 6:12 left when Hamilton received a pass from DePompeo right in front of the cage and shot a bouncing ball past Wildcat goalie Kathleen O’Keefe.

New Hampshire then tied the game yet again at 9-9 with 4:07 left on a goal by Casiano. Navy regained the ball with 31 seconds remaining after an unforced UNH turnover but the Mids were unable to get a shot off before the game was sent to overtime, where Coughlin eventually notched her game-winner.

Navy outshot New Hampshire, 34-21, held a 15-9 edge in draw controls and won the ground ball battle, 19-18. However, Navy was hurt by a season-high 17 turnovers and cleared just four-of-eight opportunities in the first half.

DePompeo, the nation’s second-leading scorer, tallied five points on two goals and three assists. DePompeo has already surpassed the 50-point plateau this season with 28 goals and 24 assists. Generi, Gennaro and Browne each scored twice and Navy had seven different goal-scorers.

Navy was able to get outstanding late-game contributions from two of its reserve players in Browne and Hamilton, who combined to score Navy’s final three goals in regulation. With New Hampshire putting forth a strong effort in the draw circle, Hamilton was also called upon to take the draws for Navy late in the second half and in overtime, helping Navy earn critical possessions.

“Molly has inserted herself as the backup draw specialist and getting those key draws and scoring the critical goal that gave us the lead near the end of regulation was huge,” said Timchal. “Casey has been really coming along as well. That’s the whole team concept that we talk about. Everyone is ready to step up at any time and make a difference on this team.”

Simpson tallied five goals to lead New Hampshire and O’Keefe made 11 saves and had six ground balls. This was New Hampshire’s third loss by two goals or fewer to teams that are currently ranked in the top-20 of the deBeer media poll (Navy, UConn, Dartmouth).

Navy is now 2-1 all-time in overtime games. Navy’s last overtime contest was a 10-9 win at Oregon in the 2012 NCAA Play-In Game.

Navy will resume Patriot League play at Bucknell on Saturday at 1:00 PM. Navy has won 11 straight games against Patriot League opponents and is 1-0 in the conference this season.



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