Game 15: No. 17 Princeton at No. 8 Penn State
Gametime: Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m.
2012 Records: Princeton (7-7), Penn State (11-4)
Series Began: 1982
Series Record: Princeton leads 19-12
Series Streak: 3, Princeton wins
Last Meeting: Princeton won 19-10
Links: Live Stats
PRINCETON, N.J. (4/26/12) – The Princeton women's lacrosse team will play its final game of the regular season when it travels to No. 8 Penn State on Saturday, April 28 for a 3 p.m., game. The Tigers hope to end the season with a win and a winning record after a disappointing finish in the Ivy League.
Eye on the Tigers
Princeton is 7-7 overall after a tough 13-8 loss to Penn on Wednesday night. The Tigers, ranked No. 17 in the country, average 11.57 goals per game and are limiting teams to 9.50. The squad has top-10 wins over Virginia and Dartmouth. Junior Jaci Gassaway has scored in all but two games this year and has 48 points on 33 goals and 15 assists. Only senior Cassie Pyle has more goals with 38 to go along with seven assists for 45 points. Pyle has riding a 13-game scoring streak with at least two goals in every game since Feb. 29. Freshman Erin McMunn leads the team in assists with 27 while adding 17 goals for 44 points. Junior Charlotte Davis and sophomore Sarah Lloyd add 22 and 21 points apiece. Sophomore Mary-Kate Sivilli chips in 19, while freshman Erin Slifer, junior Sam Ellis and senior Barb Previ have 16 points each. Lloyd and Slifer are the team leaders around the circle with 39 and 34 draw controls respectively. Freshman Annie Woehling has played nearly every minute in goal. She has a .419 save percentage, a 9.39 goals against average and has a team-best 32 ground balls. Senior defender Lindsey deButts has caused a team-best 20 turnovers and has 31 ground balls.
Princeton and Penn State first meet in 1982. The Tigers have a 19-12 edge in the all-time series and have won the last three meetings. Princeton won a 19-10 game in the home finale last year, the final game of the regular season that came amid the Tigers' five-game win streak that ran through the Ivy tournament and into the NCAAs.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn is 11-4 on the season and is ranked No. 8 in the latest national poll. The Nittany Lions have won the last three games including a 12-9 game versus Johns Hopkins last Saturday. In addition to the win over Hopkins, PSU has quality wins over Virginia (14-7), Vanderbilt (12-11 OT) and Ohio State (15-12). The team averages 12.20 goals per game and are holding teams to 9.60. Leading the team offensively are underclassmen Mackenzie Cyr and Maggie McCormick who both have 40+ points apiece. Sophomore Cyr has 30 goals and 18 assists for 48 points while freshman McCormick has 21 goals and a team-best 24 assists for 45 points. Rookie Tatum Coffey matches Cyr in goals with 30 and adds five helpers. She has won the most draw controls on teh team with 46, nearly a third of the team's wins at the circle. Coffey also has caused the most turnovers on the team with 17. Junior Molly Fernandez contributes 31 points, senior Theresa Zichelli has 23 and sophomore Kelly Lechner has 21. Senior Dana Cahill has started in goal in all 15 games. She ranks fifth in the nation in save percentage at .514 and a 9.58 goals against average. Cahill leads the team in ground balls with 30 and has caused six turnovers.
Last Time We Met (from the archives)PRINCETON, N.J. (3/14/09) – Down by one, junior Kristin Morrison sparked a three-goal run and senior Sarah Steele collected her second consecutive hat trick to lead the No. 7 Princeton women’s lacrosse team to a 9-7 win over No. 15 Penn State on Saturday, March 14 at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Penn State (4-2) took the early lead with a goal by Megan McGuire at 27:46 but Princeton (3-1) responded scoring two in 1:14 to take the 2-1 lead. Morrison set up sophomore Lizzy Drumm for the team’s first goal at 27:46, and Morrison had an unassisted marker at 21:33. The Nittany Lions evened it up when Erica Mihm grabbed a loose ball in their defensive end and ran into the entire length of the field and beat sophomore netminder Erin Tochihara for the score. Penn State took a 3-2 lead 28 seconds later when Kerry Shea scored on a free-position attempt.
A Kristin Schwab caused turnover led to Princeton’s third goal at 12:38. Senior Katie Cox picked up the ground ball, the Tigers cleared the midfield and Steele threw the ball at goalie Stephanie Ellis who stopped the shot but didn’t collect it. Steele picked up the loose ball and sent it back in on net for the score, to make it 3-3 at the half.
The Tigers started the second half scoring two goals to make it 5-3. Steele tallied her second goal of the game when she slipped the ball in between Ellis and the left pipe and Schwab deked her defender and found the back of the net after collecting a pass from senior Holly McGarvie.
Marisa Lozano cut the lead back to one when she scored on the doorstep at 22:53, but McGarvie answered when she notched a goal after a great feed from Morrison in front of the cage to give Princeton a 6-4 lead at 18:55.
Trailing 6-4 Penn State scored three unanswered goals to take its first lead of the second half. Lozano added her second from inside the 12-meter fan at 14:00, and her next came from just outside the right point of the eight-meter arc at10:55. One minute later, Theresa Zichelli scored on a free-position attempt.
Morrison quieted the Nittany Lions bench at 10:26 when the Tigers won the draw control and quickly brought the ball down into the attacking end. Morrison had a wide open shot on the left side and Cox feed her the ball for the game-tying score.
Schwab and Casaceli followed up with two shots that went just high of the cage. After Penn State got control of the ball, Casaceli forced a turnover and junior Sarah Vance collected the ground ball. Casaceli tried her hand again at the goal but her shot went just wide, but she managed to grab the rebound and put it away for the eventual game-winning goal at 8:34.
Steele sealed the win for the Tigers at 4:34 when she scored on a close-range shot.
Princeton held a 30-24 advantage in shots and a 36-26 edge in ground balls, while draw controls were even at nine apiece.
Morrison finished the day with four points, off of two goals and two assists, while McGarvie had a goal and an assist each and had a team-best three draw controls. Senior defender Marie McKenna had a team-high five ground balls, while Schwab led the team in caused turnovers with five.
After making a career-high 16 saves in her last game at Duke, Tochihara followed up stopping 13 shots on 20 chances this afternoon. Ellis finished her game with 11 saves.
Lozano had three goals to lead the Nittany Lions offensively, with Shea contributing a goal and an assist each. Theresa Bucci and Ellis each grabbed four ground balls, while Margo Josephs had a team-best four caused turnovers.