PRINCETON, N.J. (5/1/14) - Princeton hosts the 2014 Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament for the first time, this weekend on Sherred Field at Class of 1952 Stadium. On Friday, No. 1 seed Princeton will face No. 4 seed Cornell at 7 p.m., after No. 2 Penn and No. 3 Harvard square off at 4 p.m. The winners will meet on Sunday, May 4 to decide who receives the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and the title of Ivy League tournament champion.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is 10-5 on the season and ranked No. 16 in the IWLCA poll and No. 18 in the Inside Lacrosse Poll. As the No. 1 seed in the Ivy League Tournament, the Tigers went 6-1 to win their first Ivy League title since 2006. Eight players have reached 20 or more points this season. The attack is led by junior Erin McMunn. McMunn has 41 points on a team-high 30 goals and 11 assists. Just one point back is junior midfielder Erin Slifer. Slifer has 23 goals and 17 assists for 40 points. Freshman Olivia Hompe has a team-best 18 helpers and 17 goals for 35 points, while sophomore Alexandra Bruno has 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists. Senior Sarah Lloyd adds 28 points, freshman Anna Doherty has 25 and sophomore Anya Gersoff and senior Mary-Kate Sivilli contribute 24 apiece. Lloyd is the team leader in both draw controls and ground balls with 32 and 20, respectively. She is also third on the team in caused turnovers with 11 to her credit. The defensive pair of Liz Bannantine and Colleen Smith are tops in causing turnovers with 20 and 14, respectively. Adding depth in the center circle behind Lloyd is Slifer with 25 draws and freshman Amanda Leavell with 21. Junior Annie Woehling has started in goal in the last 11 games and has a 9-2 record with an 8.52 goals against average and a .439 save percentage.
Princeton owns a 32-4 record in the all-time series with Cornell since it began in 1980. The Tigers held a 22-game win streak in the series from 1989-2009. Two of the last three games have gone into overtime, both at Princeton. Back on March 29, Princeton took a 10-7 OT game while Cornell won a 13-12 OT game in 2012. The game in 2013 was a 12-10 Princeton victory in Ithaca.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED
Cornell is 7-8 on the season with a 3-4 record when playing on the road. The Big Red dropped its season finale, 10-8 to Penn as it closed out the regular-season with three straight home games. Highlighting the stretch was a 7-5 loss to then No. 1 Syracuse and an 8-7 win over Yale. The Ivy League Attacker of the Year, junior Lindsay Toppe leads is the team’s leading scorer with 56 points on 45 goals and 11 assists. Senior Rachel Moody adds 22 goals and 12 assists for 34 points, while sophomore Emily Tripodi chips in a team-high 23 assists and eight goals for 31 points. Freshman Catherine Ellis and senior Amanda D’Amico adds 26 and 23 points, respectively. Junior middie Sarah Hefner has 38 percent of her team’s draws, a total of 66. She is also the ground ball leader with 21. Sophomore Brittany Marriott has a team-best 18 caused turnovers. Freshman Amie Dickson is second on the team in draws and caused turnovers with 25 and 13, and is third in ground balls. Freshman Renee Poullot has started in 10 games in goal and has a 5-5 record with a 9.54 GAA and a .423 save percentage. However she has not seen playing time since the Penn State game on April 8. Since then junior Carly Gniewek has been the starter. She has a 9.63 GAA and a .456 save percentage in 10 games played.