PRINCETON, N.J. (5/10/14) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team faces a familiar foe in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Virginia. The ninth NCAA meeting between the teams will take place on Sunday, May 11 at 4 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.
Parking for Sunday's second-round game will be $5 in the University Hall and McCue Center lots. Free parking will be available in the Emmet/Ivy Garage.
Note: The Virginia men's lacrosse team will be hosting Johns Hopkins in an NCAA Tournament game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Klöckner. Since there are separate tickets for both events, all fans from the men's game will need to exit the stadium before the gates for the women's game can open. Additionally, depending on the length of the men's game, there is a possibility the women's game may begin after the posted 4 p.m. start time.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after a 16-13 win over No. 8 Penn State on Friday. With a 12-6 overall record, the Tigers are ranked No. 18 in the latest IWCLA poll and No. 17 in the Inside Lacrosse poll. This is the program’s 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Eight players have 20 or more points in a potent offense led by junior Erin McMunn, who scored her 100th career goal on Friday night. McMunn has 57 points on 44 goals and 13 assists. Junior Erin Slifer has 48 points on 24 goals and a team-high 24 assists. Freshman Olivia Hompe comes in off the bench with 45 points on 21 goals and a team-high 24 helpers. Sophomore Alexandra Bruno adds 36 points on 24 goals and 12 assists and the Ivy League Midfielder of the Year Sarah Lloyd has 33 points with 27 coming via goals. Senior Mary-Kate Sivilli adds 30 points, followed by sophomore Anya Gersoff with 28 and freshman Anna Doherty with 26. The school record holder in draw controls, Lloyd has a team-high 39 this season while Slifer has 31 to her credit. Lloyd is also the team leader in ground balls with 27 and needs just four more for 100. Sophomore defender Liz Bannantine has 21 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 14games. She has an 8.49 goals against average and a .444 save percentage. Senior Caroline Franke came in on relief on Friday and made a season-high 12 saves to earn the win. She is 2-3 this season with a .419 save percentage and an 11.22 GAA.
The series between Princeton and Virginia is tied at 16-16. The Tigers took the regular-season meeting 15-13 on March 15 in Princeton. It was that win that kickstarted a 6-0 win streak for the Tigers. Senior Sarah Lloyd and junior Erin Slifer both have a team-best nine points against Virginia. Lloyd has nine goals, while Slifer has four goals and five assists. Lloyd has a team-best eight draws and four caused turnovers. Junior Annie Woehling is 2-0 against UVa with a 10.00 GAA and a .524 save percentage. Senior Caroline Franke is 0-1 with a 9.99 GAA and a .500 save percentage.
This is the ninth NCAA tournament meeting for the teams - and once again the teams are split 4-4 in those postseason games. Here’s the breakdown: first round 2-1, quarterfinals 0-1; semis 1-0; championships 1-2.
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
Virginia earned a bye in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Cavaliers are 10-8 overall but haven’t played since the ACC Tournament on April 25, falling to the eventual champion Maryland in the semifinals, 15-9.
Junior Courtney Swan is the team’s leading scorer with 73 points on a team-high 24 assists and 49 goals. Swan leads the team in draw controls with 86 and is third on the team in caused turnovers with 11. She has received the most free-position attempts on the team with 28, converting on 14 of them. Senior Liza Blue has a team-high 50 goals and adds eight assists and 48 draw controls. Junior Casey Bocklet contributes 52 points on 30 goals and 22 assists. Senior Maddy Keeshan leads the midfielders in points with 31 points, followed by junior Morgan Stephens with 28. The ground ball leader is goalie Liz Colgan who has 34, followed by Keeshan with 32 and senior defender Lauren Goerz with 31. Goerz also chips in 15 caused turnovers, while Stephens has a team-high 18. Colgan has started in all 18 games and has an 11.72 GAA and a .465 save percentage.