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Women's Soccer to Visit Brown Saturday

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 10/10/2013
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Fiona McKenna and the Tigers will head to Providence this weekend.
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Princeton and Brown will get together Saturday at 4 p.m. in Providence for the third of Princeton's seven Ivy League contests.

If you're attending: Ticket information can be found here. Parking information for the Erickson Athletic Complex can be found here.

Princeton Head to Head: Princeton vs. Brown
    Brown    
4-3-3, 0-2 Ivy
Record 6-2-1, 1-0-1 Ivy
NCAA Second Round Postseason 2012 N/A
1.11
GAA  0.86
1.21
Goals Per Game  0.97
Tyler Lussi (6)
Leading Scorer Chloe Cross (3)
Darcy Hargadon (3-3-3 W-L-T, 1.16 GAA)
Top Goalkeeper MC Barrett (5-0-0 W-L-T, 0.21 GAA)
15-16-4 All-Time Record vs. Opponent 16-15-4
2012 Last Win vs. Opponent 2011


On Brown: The Bears have switched goalkeepers at the break in all nine games this season, with Amber Bledsoe getting every start and MC Barrett playing every second half and the overtime of both such games. Barrett has just an 0.21 GAA in her 430 minutes, while Brown opponents have averaged 1.56 goals in first halves against Bledsoe. On offense, five Bears have split the team's eight goals, with Chloe Cross's three leading the team.

On the series: The Princeton-Brown series has been decidedly different since Princeton coach Julie Shackford came aboard in 1995. From 1980-94, Brown led 12-3-2, including 10-0-2 from 1983-94. Since 1995, Princeton leads 12-4-2. 

Home sweet home, indeed: The home team has won the last three games in the Princeton-Brown series. The Tigers will be looking for their first win in Providence since 2009.

Around the Ivy League: All four intra-Ivy League games will take place Saturday this week, and the entire league is idle until then. Cornell, at home against Harvard, and Princeton will try to deal the Crimson and the Bears their first Ivy League losses. Dartmouth and Yale will try to break their 1-1 deadlock in the league's middle, and Columbia will search for its first Ivy win at home against Penn.

League-leading Tigers: Goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon has a league-best five shutouts. Tyler Lussi's three game-winning goals are also a league-best.

League-leading Bears: Goalkeeper MC Barrett's .917 save percentage and 0.21 GAA lead the Ivy.

Last meeting: In the fifth game of an eventual 12-game win streak, Princeton dealt Brown a 2-0 defeat on Oct. 6, 2012 at Roberts Stadium. Amber Bledsoe kept Princeton off the board through the first half, and the Tigers got to MC Barrett in the 77th (Rachel Sheehy '13) and 82nd (Lynessa McGee) minutes.

Common foes: Princeton and Brown have no common opponents this season outside the Ivy League. Among Ivy teams, both have played Dartmouth, with Brown beating the Big Green 1-0 in Providence in the league's opening weekend and the Tigers losing 2-0 last weekend in Hanover.

Rookie record: Tyler Lussi's six goals are the most for a Princeton freshman in seven years, since Vicki Anagnostopoulos '10 scored six times in 2006. Diana Matheson '08 had seven in 2004. The Princeton freshman scoring record is 13 by Sue Mooney '85 in 1981. If Lussi ends the season as the team's leading scorer, she'd be the first Tiger freshman to lead the team in scoring since Jen Hoy '13 (three goals) in 2009.

End of zeroes: Princeton had a tough week on offense, battling La Salle to a 0-0 tie and losing 2-0 to Dartmouth. The historical odds of the scoreless streak continuing aren't great, however, as Princeton hasn't been shut out in three straight games since 2007 and hasn't been shut out in three straight games once the Ivy League season began since 2006.

Rookies: Six of the nine total freshmen have seen action in at least three of Princeton's first 10 games, and three, including Tyler Lussi, Jesse McDonough and Fiona McKenna, have played in all 10 games. McKenna is the only one to have started all 10.

The coach: Julie Shackford is in her 19th season leading Princeton and has 193 wins as the Tigers' coach. Princeton has played in eight NCAA tournaments under Shackford, who, in addition to being the winningest soccer coach in Princeton history on the men's or women's side, is the third-longest tenured coach in an Ivy League where long tenures are more rule than exception. Only Brown's Phil Pincince (37th season) and Columbia's Kevin McCarthy (20th season) have been at their posts longer among active Ivy women's soccer coaches, and Yale's Rudy Meredith is also in his 19th season.

Going dancing: Princeton advanced to the NCAA tournament last season for the eighth time under head coach Julie Shackford and won a postseason game away from Princeton for the first time in program history. The Tigers won at West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 2-1 for their first NCAA tournament victory since 2004.

Between the posts: Princeton junior goalkeeper Darcy Hargadon is in her first year as the starter and had just one start, as a freshman, prior to this season. She has authored five shutouts this season. Senior Cecilia Di Caprio got her first career start Sept. 24 at Fordham and subbed in Oct. 5 at Dartmouth as the only keeper other than Hargadon to have played this season.

Up next: Princeton will have its final home midweek game of the season next Wednesday against Lehigh at 7 p.m. The Mountain Hawks (2-7-2) will look for their first Patriot League win Saturday against new league member Loyola (Md.) before coming to Princeton.

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