Seniors Liz Cutting and Erin Williams talk Tigers and preview the NCAA First Round (video)
PRINCETON, N.J. (5/7/14) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team will face a familiar foe in the NCAA Tournament as they meet again with Penn State, a team they faced just two weeks ago. The teams will face off on Friday, May 9 at 4 p.m., at the University of Virginia. The game will be webstreamed free of charge.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton makes its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament with an 11-6 overall record. The Tigers were co-champions in the Ivy League and finished second at the Ivy League Tournament. Princeton is currently ranked No. 18 in the IWLCA poll and No. 17 in the Inside Lacrosse poll.
Eight players have 20 or more points in a potent offense led by junior Erin McMunn. McMunn has 52 points on 40 goals and 12 assists. Junior Erin Slifer has 44 points on 23 goals and a team-high 21 assists. Freshman Olivia Hompe comes in off the bench with 39 points on 19 goals and 20 helpers. Sophomore Alexandra Bruno adds 36 points on 24 goals and 12 assists and the Ivy League Midfielder of the Year Sarah Lloyd has 30 points with 25 coming via goals. Senior Mary-Kate Sivilli adds 28 points, followed by sophomore Anya Gersoff with 26 and freshman Anna Doherty with 25. The school record holder in draw controls, Lloyd has a team-high 33 this season while Slifer has 30 to her credit. Lloyd is also the team leader in ground balls with 24, with senior Liz Cutting following up with 23. Sophomore defender Liz Bannantine has 20 caused turnovers, with senior Colleen Smith second with 14 followed by Lloyd with 11. Junior Annie Woehling is 10-3 in net, starting the last 13 games. She has an 8.29 goals against average and a .453 save percentage.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Penn State, 21-13 since the teams first met in 1982. Penn State won this year’s meeting a 13-12 game, ending a five-game win streak for Princeton in the series. Two of the last four meetings have been one-goal games. This is the fourth NCAA tournament meeting for the teams, but the first on neutral territory. Princeton hosted Penn State on three previous occasions and is 2-1 in those games.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Like Princeton, Penn State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team lost 13-10 to Johns Hopkins in the first round of the ALC Championship game after finishing the regular-season fourth in the league. With a 10-7 record the Nittany Lions are ranked No. 8 in the IWLCA poll and No. 11 in the Inside Lacrosse poll.
Another similarity is Penn State’s offense, as eight players have 20+ points. Madison Cyr is the leading scorer with 39 goals and seven assists for 46 points. Maggie McCormick has 43 points on 19 goals and 24 assists. Mackenzie Cyr also has 24 assists and has scored 16 goals for 40 points. Tatum Coffey contributes 23 goals and 14 assists for 37 points. Jenna Mosketti, Kelly Lechner and Jess Loizeaux have 33 points apiece and Abby Smucker chips in 25. Mosketti has won a team-high 68 draw controls with Lechner adding support with 35 and Madison Cyr winning 31. Mosketti and Lauren Purvis match each other in ground balls with a team-high 27 each, while Purvis has caused a team-best 29 turnovers. Freshman Cat Rainone has emerged recently as the starting keeper, starting the last two games, including the game against Princeton. Rainone is 5-4 in goal with a 9.71 GAA and a .407 save percentage. Emi Smith has equal numbers with a 5-3 mark with a 9.39 GAA and a .432 save percentage.