CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - For the third straight season, the Navy women's lacrosse team has been picked to finish first in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, the league office announced Thursday. Navy was the unanimous choice by the opposing league coaches and sports information directors, garnering all 12 of the possible first-place votes. Coaches and sports information directors cannot vote for their own team.
Navy received 72 points to top the preseason poll and was followed by Holy Cross (55), Colgate (44), Lehigh (39), American (38), Lafayette (34) and Bucknell (12). Navy defeated Holy Cross, 18-11, in the 2012 Patriot League Tournament final.
For the second straight season, senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) has been selected as the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year. DePompeo scored a league-best 92 points in 2012 on 45 goals and a school-record 47 assists.
DePompeo is a two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time all-conference first-team selection.
DePompeo also appears on the inaugural Preseason All-Patriot League Team and the Mids lead the conference with four preseason all-league selections.
Sophomore midfielder Jess Fellows (Vienna, Va.) is on the preseason team after earning all-league second-team honors as a freshman in 2012. Fellows scored 47 points on 34 goals and 13 assists and also had 28 ground balls, 19 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers.
Senior Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.) represents Navy as a defender on the preseason squad. Mall emerged as a full-time starter in 2012, scooping 19 ground balls, causing 13 turnovers and controlling four draws.
Navy's final preseason all-league honoree is senior goalie Michelle Verbeeck (Wading River, N.Y.). Verbeeck played in 20 games last season and started the final seven. Verbeeck (8-1) posted an 8.15 goals-against average and a .484 save percentage, leading the Patriot League in both categories.
Navy won the Patriot League Regular Season title (6-0) in 2012 and also won the tournament championship for the third straight year.
The Mids will open the 2013 season against Winthrop at home on Sunday, February 10 at 12 noon.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Navy, 72 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Holy Cross, 55 (2)
3. Colgate, 44
4. Lehigh, 39
5. American, 38
6. Lafayette, 34
7. Bucknell, 12
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Jasmine DePompeo, Navy (Sr., A)
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Jennie Berglin, Colgate (So., G)
Women's Lacrosse Preseason All-Patriot League Team
Attack Kimberly Collins, American (Sr.)
Attack Jasmine DePompeo, Navy (Sr.)
Attack Addie Godfrey, Lafayette (Sr.)
Attack Carli Sukonik, Lehigh (So.)
Attack Taylor Zebrowski, Holy Cross (Sr.)
Midfield Emily Burton, American (Sr.)
Midfield Jess Fellows, Navy (So.)
Midfield Julie McBrien, Lehigh (Sr.)
Midfield Laura Ryan, Holy Cross (So.)
Midfield Ana White, Lafayette (Jr.)
Defense Jenna Frost, Colgate (So.)
Defense Brijet Mall, Navy (Sr.)
Defense Rachel Martin, Lafayette (Jr.)
Goalie Jennie Berglin, Colgate (So.)
Goalie Michelle Verbeeck, Navy (Sr.)