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Women's Lacrosse Takes on No. 18 Cornell on Saturday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/29/2012
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Freshman Erin Slifer
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Game 8: No. 18 Cornell at No. 16 Princeton
Gametime: Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.
2012 Records: Princeton (4-3, 2-0), Cornell (6-2, 2-1)
Series Began: 1980
Series Record: Princeton leads 30-3
Series Streak: 1, Princeton wins
Last Meeting: Princeton won 15-10
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PRINCETON, N.J. (3/28/12) – The Princeton women's lacrosse team looks to stay unbeaten in the Ivy League but will face its first nationally ranked in-league opponent, Cornell on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

Eye on the Tigers
Princeton looks to stay unbeaten in the Ivy League as the Tigers enter the weekend with a 2-0 league mark. Princeton defeated Brown 18-8 and Columbia 18-6 on the road. Princeton is 4-3 overall and ranked No. 16 in the latest IWLCA poll. Overall the Tigers average 12 goals per game and limit teams to 8.0. They average 25 shots per game and put 77 percent of those shots on target. Leading the team offensively is junior Jaci Gassaway. Gassaway has 20 goals and nine assists for 29 points. Senior Cassie Pyle has also scored 20 goals and adds two helpers for 22 points. Freshman Erin McMunn leads the team in assists with 17 set-ups and six goals for 23 points. Sophomores Mary-Kate Sivilli and Sarah Lloyd have 15 and 14 points, respectively. Freshman Erin Slifer has won a team-high 17 draw controls with Lloyd second on the team with 13. Senior Lindsey deButts is the team leader in caused turnovers with nine to her name, while Lloyd once again is second on the team. Freshman Annie Woehling has started every game in goal. She leads the team in ground balls with 18 and has made 42 saves on 97 shots for a 7.91 goals against average and a .433 save percentage.

The Series
Princeton leads the all-time series with Cornell 30-3. The Big Red have won just once in the last 23 years, taking an 11-8 game in 2010.

Scouting the Blue Jays
Cornell is 6-2 on the season and is ranked No. 18 in the national poll. The Big Red most recently lost an 11-10 game to Penn at home with the teams trading runs in the first half and goals in the second with neither team leading by more than three goals. Cornell also defeated Harvard 12-6 and Columbia 19-7 to be 2-1 in the Ivy League. The Big Red average 15 goals per game and hold teams to under 10. Jessi Steinberg sits atop the scoring column with 40 points on 27 goals and 13 assists. Olivia Knotts has 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists, and Caroline Salisbury has 16 goals and 11 helpers for 27 points. Amanda D’Amico and Shannon McHugh both add 11 points. McHugh leads the team in draw controls with 26. Cacki Helmer has 28 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, to lead the team in both categories. Kyla Dambach has started in six games in goal. She has a 3-2 record and has a 10.34 GAA and a .382 save percentage. Courtney Gallagher started in two games and is 2-0 with a 9.46 GA and a .415 save percentage.

Last Time We Met  (from the archives)
Freshman Sarah Lloyd had a five-point game scoring four goals to lead No. 12 Princeton to a 15-10 win over Cornell on Saturday, April 2 at Schoellkopf Field.

Princeton scored the last six goals of the first half to take a 9-3 lead, but a four-goal run early in the second by Cornell made it a three-goal game.

Princeton would take a 10-3 lead 15 seconds off the opening draw of the second half when Jenna Davis scored on a Jaci Gassaway pass.

Cornell scored four unanswered to make it a 10-7 game with 18 minutes remaining.

Lloyd ended the Big Red run with her third goal of the game at 17:10, her first career hat trick.

The teams traded free-position goals with Sam Ellis scoring for the Tigers to maintain the four-goal lead.

Charlotte Davis notched her second of the afternoon with help from Lloyd at 9:49, but a minute later Cornell answered with Steinberg getting an unassisted goal.

Lloyd would scored her fourth of the afternoon, and sixth goal overall at 5:47 to make it 14-9.

The teams traded goals in the final three minutes, with Cassie Pyle finding Previ for the final goal at 1:52 to settle the score 15-10 in favor of the Tigers.

Charlotte Davis and Ellis each finished with four points on two goals and two assists apiece. Pyle had two goals and one helper, Lizzy Drumm scored twice and Gassaway had a goal and an assist. Senior goalie Erin Tochihara finished with 10 saves.

Steinberg led the Big Red with four goals. Johnson had three points on a goal and two assists. Kirk tallied two goals. Dambach played the first half and made two saves while allowing six. Courtney Gallagher played the second half and didn’t make a save, allowing six goals.







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