PRINCETON, N.J. (4/25/13) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team hosts No. 6 Penn State in the final game of the regular-season on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. Prior to the game Princeton will honor its five seniors: Charlotte Davis, Jenna Davis, Sam Ellis, Jaci Gassaway, Caroline Rehfuss. At halftime the program will honor the teams of 1973, 83, 93 and 2003.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton enters its final game of the regular season with a 9-5 record, most recently defeating Dartmouth 15-13. The Tigers are ranked No. 18 in the latest IWLCA poll and No. 13 in the Inside Lacrosse poll. Princeton will be the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League Tournament and will face No. 3 Dartmouth in the semifinals. Sophomore Erin McMunn sits atop the scoring column with 34 goals and 24 assists for 58 points. Next on the list is junior Sarah Lloyd with 29 points on 15 goals and 14 assists. Two players have 25 points: freshman Alexandra Bruno adds 22 goals and three helpers, while sophomore Erin Slifer has 12 goals and 13 assists. Junior Mary-Kate Sivilli and seniors Jaci Gassaway and Charlotte Davis have 20+ points each, while freshman Anya Gersoff and senior Sam Ellis have also reached double figures. Junior goalie Caroline Franke has an 8-4 record to go along with a 10.18 goals against average and a .439 save percentage. Sophomore Annie Woehling has seen action in five games, making 15 stops on 46 shots.
BACKING A CAUSE
The Princeton women’s lacrosse team is dedicating the Penn State game to autism awareness. They will be selling t-shirts and tanks and collecting donations for Eden Autism Services, a group dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. On Sunday, April 28, the team will host the Princeton University Girl’s Lacrosse Youth Clinic to benefit Eden. The clinic is for players in grades 4-8 and will be held from 11-1 at Finney Campbell Fields, adjacent to Princeton Stadium. The cost is $25 with all proceeds going to Eden.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Penn State 20-12 since it began in 1982. The Tigers have won the last four meetings including a 13-12 overtime game last year in University Park in the season finale. Last time the teams met in Princeton the Tigers won a 19-10 game at Princeton Stadium. The Nittany Lions’ last win was 8-7 in 2007 in Princeton.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State enters the weekend with an 11-4 overall record and is ranked No. 6 in both national polls. The team has won its last four games including a 15-14 win at Johns Hopkins that won it a share of the ALC crown. Significant wins for PSU include a 16-11 win over Florida on March 30 and a 15-14 win at Virginia on March 3. The Nittany Lions average 13.8 goals per game and allow 11.07 gpg. Sophomore Maggie McCormick leads the team in scoring with 39 goals and 30 assists for 69 points. Freshman Mackenzie Cyr has 50 points on 26 goals and 24 assists. Sophomore Kelly Lechner adds 30 goals and seven assists, while sophomore Tatum Coffey chips in 22 goals and eight helpers. The pair are the leaders at the circle with 42 and 30 draw controls, respectively. Five others are in double digits in scoring. Senior Katie Guy has a team-high 29 caused turnovers and 38 ground balls. Freshman Emi Smith has started in goal in all 15 games and has a 10.95 GAA and a .366 save percentage. Senior Ayla Halus has appeared in six games and has made nine saves on 33 shots.