A late 5-0 run broke a 10-10 tie and vaulted the No. 4 Northwestern women's lacrosse team past No. 15 Navy, 15-12, on Monday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"I'm proud of the effort Navy had today and it was a reflection of how hard we have been working," Mids coach Cindy Timchal said. "We played them tough. We were trading goals and then they got that little bit of a gap on us offensively. They are a very good team though. There is a reason why they have won seven of the last eight national championships."
The game featured seven ties, with the last coming with less than 15 minutes to go before the two-time defending national champion Wildcats (6-1) went ahead for good. Navy senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo led a late rally with back-to-back goals in a 40-second span, but the Mids (6-1) could not regain possession.
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DePompeo, second in the nation in points (6.71 per game), finished with a season-high eight on five goals and three assists.
"Obviously a loss is never our goal, but I think we did play hard and I am proud of our effort," said DePompeo, a co-captain. "We came in to the game with confidence and we felt we were ready to play. Everyone on their team is high-caliber, though, and they capitalized on our mistakes."
In addition to DePompeo's eight points, Navy's offense was anchored by junior attacker Aimee Gennaro's five points on three goals and two assists, and senior attacker Kathy Young's two-goal, two-assist effort. Junior midfielder Jill Coughlin (St.Mary's) added two goals.
Mids sophomore Loren Generi had a team-high five draw controls, but Northwestern held the overall advantage at 17-12 and had three straight draw controls during the critical 5-0 run.
Erin Fitzgerald led Northwestern with five goals, and Alyssa Leonard had three goals, one assist, two caused turnovers and seven draw controls.
Northwestern held a 31-23 shot advantage on Navy and a 17-13 edge in ground balls.
JHU women in Top 10
Johns Hopkins debuted in the Top 10 of this week's Inside Lacrosse/deBeer women's media poll released Monday.
The Blue Jays jumped from No. 11 to No. 10 for their first Top 10 ranking in any poll since they were No. 8 early in the 2008 season. They started off 4-0, including an impressive 11-8 win at then-No. 9 Loyola, before falling in their American Lacrosse Conference opener to Northwestern, 18-8, on Saturday. Maryland (7-0) holds the top spot for the third straight week.
Mount's Scalley honored
Mount St. Mary's senior attackman Andrew Scalley (Archbishop Spalding) was honored as the Northeast Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week after finishing with eight goals and six assists in two games last week. Scalley has now won the award three times this season and six times during his career.
Scalley had personal bests of six goals and 10 points in the Mount's 16-7 home win over Manhattan on Saturday.
The senior leads the conference in goals (20) and assists (18) this season and ranks fifth on the Mount's career goals list with 117. With eight more points, Scalley will become the third player in Mount St. Mary's history with 200 in a career.
Division III awards
Salisbury senior midfielder Eric Kluge was named Capital Athletic Conference Offensive Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Sea Gulls to a 4-3 comeback win over Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday.
Kluge scored two goals in the final five minutes of the game with the Sea Gulls trailing by one to secure the victory. Salisbury (5-2) jumped two spots to No. 7 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association coaches' poll.
Meanwhile, York junior midfielder Daniel Schuck (St. Mary's Ryken) was chosen as the CAC Defensive Player of the Week after winning 56.6 percent of his faceoffs (30 of 53) and collecting 19 ground balls in two games.
On the women's side, Frostburg State junior midfielder Malory Brunett (River Hill) was honored as the CAC Offensive Player of the Week, and Marymount junior goalkeeper Kiki Niebuhr (Winters Mill) was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Locals star in NLL
Forward John Grant Jr. finished with a goal and four assists as the Colorado Mammoth rallied to end a five-game losing streak with a 12-6 win over the host Buffalo Bandits before an announced 16,428 at First Niagara Center on Saturday night.
Grant, also a star for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse, tied for the team high with five points and took eight shots. The Mammoth (3-7) scored the final eight goals of the game. After allowing the first three goals of the game, Colorado outscored Buffalo (5-5) by a 4-1 margin in the second quarter to even the contest at the half. With about 30 seconds left in the game, a brawl broke out involving all 10 runners from both teams. Both teams' captains — the Mammoth's Gavin Prout (Loyola College) and the Bandits' John Tavares — sat out the game.
In other action Saturday, forward Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) tied for the team high with four points (one goal, three assists), but the host Philadelphia Wings lost to the Washington Stealth, 16-10 before an announced 7,661 at Wells Fargo Center.
Transition player Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) added two goals and an assist, while forward Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) had a pair of assists for the Wings (5-4), whose three-game winning streak ended. Down 2-1 midway through the first quarter, the West Division-leading Stealth (7-4) scored nine of the next 10 goals.
— Jon Fogg