Navy Downs Women's Lacrosse In Season Opener, 14-4

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Mount St. Mary's and Navy ushered in the 2011 women's lacrosse season for the entire country, but the Midshipmen came away with a 14-2 victory in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Friday. The Mount-Navy match was the first official game in Division I this season, beating out George Mason at UMBC and Notre Dame at California. Both those matches started an hour later.

Nicole Price (White Hall, Md./North Harford) and Esther Rufolo (Woodstock, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) paced the Mount (0-1) with two goals apiece.

Jasmin DePompeo and Aimee Gennaro fueled the Midshipmen (1-0) with five points each. Gennaro had four tallies and an assist while DePompeo posted three goals and two helpers in the winning effort.

Navy took the advantage and never looked back to earn the first win of the 2011 season and take the first meeting against Mount St. Mary's in program history.

Kathy Young started an 8-0 run to start the game with an unassisted tally 1:07 into the match. Katrina Neitsch then found the twine unassisted at 2:36. Gennaro found the twine off a Caitlin Mandrin Hill helper at 3:43 before Gennaro set up DePompo's first tally the season at 4:50. Lexi Dauernheim scored off a Jen Eikenberg assist at the five-minute mark for a 5-0 lead. Neitsch then set up the Midshipmen's next two tallies, setting up Gennaro at 13:30 and Molly Hamiton 51 seconds later. DePompeo then found the twine for the second time on the afternoon off a Mandrin Hill helper at 21:12 to cap an 8-0 run.

Price got the Mountaineers on the scoreboard when she found the back of the net off a Jen Semler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) assist at 28:28, but DePompeo returned the favor at 28:28 to give Navy a 9-2 advantage at halftime.

Price, who did not play in 2010, got the scoring started in the second half with an unassisted tally at 31:13. After Price's marker, Navy scored the next five goals to grab a 14-2 advantage. Gennaro had two tallies in the run.

Rufolo then scored the final two goals of the match. The junior, who is the squad's top returning scorer, found the twine off a helper from Meaghan Conlon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) at 54:36 and then found the twine unassisted at 57:11 to trim the margin to 14-4.

Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) made five saves for the Mountaineers while Elaina Ponchione had nine saves and Michelle Verbeeck turned away one shot for the Midshipmen.

Along with her two goals, Price had a team-high four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Rufolo led the team with five draw controls. The junior moved into eighth place in program history with 72 draw controls.

Freshmen Gabe Little (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll), Mary Macadam (Palmyra, N.J./Holy Cross) and Lindsay Diaz (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) each made their collegiate debut in the starting lineup.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action at Johns Hopkins on Feb. 23. Game time is 4 p.m.