PRINCETON, N.J. (4/7/13) - The No. 16-ranked Princeton women's lacrosse team takes a four-game winning streak to No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday, April 10. Game time is at 7 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is 7-3 overall and is ranked No. 13 in theInside Lacrosse poll and No. 16 in the IWLCA poll. The Tigers most recently won its fourth Ivy League game in a 14-9 victory at Yale. The Tigers average 12.30 goals per game and are limiting teams to 9.40 gpg. They clear 82.3% of the time (116-141), set up teammates on 52% of the goals scored (64-123) and are 13 for 26 (50%) from the eight-meter arc.
The two-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Erin McMunn is the team’s leading scorer. McMunn has 45 points on 26 goals and 19 assists. Freshman Alexandra Bruno and junior Sarah Lloyd each have 22 points with Bruno scoring 20 goals and two assists, while Lloyd has 13 helpers and nine goals. Lloyd leads the team in draw controls with 32 and ground balls with 16. Junior Colleen Smith is has 19 draw controls to rank second on the team. Senior Jaci Gassaway has 20 points off the bench, and classmate Charlotte Davis is right behind her with 19 points. Sophomore Erin Slifer, freshman Anya Gersoff and junior Mary-Kate Sivilli are also in double figures in scoring. Defenders Caroline Rehfuss and Liz Bannantine each have 15 caused turnovers apiece, tops on the team. Junior Caroline Franke has started in goal in the last six games and has a 6-2 record. She owns a 9.28 goals against average and a .447 save percentage.
Maryland holds a 25-8 edge in the all-time series that began in 1979. The Terrapins have won the last seven meetings including a 15-9 game last year. Princeton’s last win was a 9-8 game in May 2006. Princeton is 3-11 when playing in College Park, its last visit being in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2011, when the Terrapins took a 15-6 game.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Maryland is coming off of arguably its biggest win of the season, defeating No. 2 North Carolina 13-14 at home on Saturday. The league win secured the top seed for Maryland in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The Terrapins are 14-0 and have been ranked No. 1 in the IWLCA poll all season long. They sport the second-best scoring offense in the nation, averaging 16 goals per game. Helping that offense along is a strong draw control win percentage. The Terrapins average 15.46 draws per game and limit teams to 8.36 goals per game. Leading the charge is senior Alex Aust, the nation’s leading scorer. She averages 5.86 points per game with 44 goals and 38 assists for 82 points. National team player and senior Katie Schwarzmann is second in scoring with 57 points on 41 goals and 16 assists. She leads the team in ground balls with 23, while senior Iliana Sanza, the 2012 IWLCA Defender of the Year is second with 21. Other major contributors offensively are sophomore Brooke Griffin with 27 goals and 15 assists and freshman Taylor Cummings with 29 goals and 10 assists. Cummings is the team leader in draw controls with 67 and caused turnovers with 14.
Schwarzmann is second on the team in both categories with 28 draws and 12 caused turnovers. Four other players, sophomore Kristen Lamon, sophomore Kelly McPartland, junior Beth Glaros and freshman Halle Majorana are in double digits in scoring as well. In her senior season Kasey Howard has earned a starting role, after the graduation of Brittany Dipper. Howard has a .436 save percentage and an 8.48 GAA.