PRINCETON, N.J. (4/16/13) - Two rivals. One title. Princeton and Penn will meet in women's lacrosse on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m., at Franklin Field, in a battle that has huge consequences. This game could potentially determine the Ivy League champion, and who will host the Ivy League Tournament.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton clinched a spot in the Ivy League Tournament with an 11-9 win over Harvard on Saturday. The Tigers are 5-0 in the Ivy League, along with Penn, leaving only one undefeated team after tonight’s game. Princeton is ranked No. 17 in the IWLCA poll and No. 13 in the Inside Lacrosse poll with an 8-4 overall record.
Sophomore Erin McMunn leads the offense with 30 goals and 22 assists for 52 points. She adds 28 draw controls, 14 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Freshman Alexandra Bruno and junior Sarah Lloyd have 24 points apiece. Lloyd has the most draws with 34 and ground balls with 17. Bruno has 21 goals and three assists, while Lloyd has 11 goals and 13 helps. Seniors Jaci Gassaway adds 21 points, while senior Charlotte Davis and junior Mary-Kate Sivilli have 20 points each. Sophomore Erin Slifer, freshman Anya Gersoff and senior Sam Ellis are also in double figures in scoring. Senior Caroline Rehfuss and freshman Liz Bannantine are the team leaders in caused turnovers with 15 each, with Bannantine matching Lloyd in ground balls with 17. Defender Colleen Smith has 23 draws, 11 caused turnovers and 10 ground balls. Junior Caroline Franke has started in every game since March 16, and is 7-3 in goal with a .460 save percentage and a 9.90 goals against average. .
Princeton holds a 20-18-3 edge in the all-time series with Penn, which began in 1974. The Quakers have had the upper hand as of late with a 6-2 in the last six years and took a 13-8 game in Princeton last year. The Tigers beat the Quakers twice in 2011 at Franklin Field, 11-7 during the regular season and 10-8 in overtime during the Ivy League semifinal.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn is 7-4 overall and is 5-0 in the Ivy League, after an 8-7 win over Dartmouth last Friday night in Philadelphia. The Quakers’ final league game of the year is at Brown on Saturday. All four of Penn’s losses have been to nationally-ranked teams.
Meredith Cain sits atop the scoring column with 18 goals and nine assists for 27 points. Iris Williamson has the most goals on the team with 24 and adds one assist. Caroline Bunting has 20 points on 13 goals and seven helpers. Tory Bensen chips in 16 points, Shannon Mangini and Courtney Tomchuk have 15 apiece and Maddie Poplawski has 14. Poplawski and Cain are the team leaders in draw controls with 30 and 29, respectively. Poplawski also has a team-high 11 caused turnovers, while Meg Markham, this week’s Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week has 10. Ground ball leaders are netminder Lucy Ferguson 2ith 22 and Mangini with 20. Ferguson has started in all 11 games and has played in all but six minutes. She has a .470 save percentage and an 8.82 GAA.