By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun
8:10 PM EDT, April 13, 2013
To Navy coach Cindy Timchal, it was only fitting that senior Jasmine DePompeo broke the all-time Patriot League scoring record on Saturday with an assist.
"It just comes from Jas very genuinely being an unselfish player," Timchal said.
DePompeo's feed to Aimee Gennaro 13:10 into the game -- one of five assists on the day for the attacker -- broke the 17-year-old record, helping stake the No. 12 Midshipmen to an early lead in a 12-6 win over visiting Colgate.
It marked the seventh straight win for Navy, which improved to 14-1 (5-0 league) to continue the best start in program history. The Midshipmen already had positioned themselves to play for first place and the top seed in the upcoming Patriot League tournament next Sunday at American.
With little other drama, this day belonged to DePompeo.
She scored the game's first goal off a feed from Loren Generi just 1:21 into the game to tie the career record of 308 points by Lehigh's Jill Altshuler (Catonsville), which had stood since 1996.
DePompeo then sent a feed from the right side to Gennaro cutting in front with 16:50 left in the half to claim the record as her own, with two regular season games and the postseason still to play. She finished with two goals and five assists in the victory.
"It's exciting, but definitely a tribute to my teammates and everyone I've played with over the last four years," said DePompeo, who moved into fourth place on the NCAA all-time career assists list with 155. "I think a lot of my teammates just look for those [scoring] opportunities and make my job easy."
Said Timchal: "They face-guarded her for the whole entire game, so to get those opportunities that she had were great."
Generi led the Midshipmen with four goals and an assist, with Gennaro and Kathy Young adding three goals each. Led by Generi, Navy held a 14-6 edge in draw controls, and broke open a tight game by scoring five out of six goals during a 12-minute stretch late in the first half.
The Raiders (7-7, 2-3) cut the lead to three on back-to-back goals from Amanda O'Sullivan and Kate Sheridan midway through the second half before Navy answered with consecutive scores of its own from Generi and Kathy Young.
For players, it was difficult not to look ahead to next Sunday's game at American. A win and Navy will get to host the Patriot League tournament at home, where it is 57-7 all-time.
"It's going to come down to that game," DePompeo said. "And I think we play well under pressure."
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