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In the Tigers' final non-league contest of the season, Princeton will head to Colgate for the first time since 2008, playing the second of a home-and-home series that saw Princeton tie the Raiders 4-4 last September at Roberts Stadium.
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||Head to Head: Princeton vs. Colgate
|NCAA Second Round
||NCAA First Round
||Goals Per Game
|Tyler Lussi (6)
||Caroline Brawner (5)
|Darcy Hargadon (4-3-4 W-L-T, 1.28 GAA)
||Brenna Mason (6-4-1 W-L-T, 0.99 GAA)
||All-Time Record vs. Opponent
||Last Win vs. Opponent
On Colgate: After a 4-1 start to the Patriot League season, the Raiders went winless in their next two games before getting a win over Lehigh last time out Saturday night. They'll have their league finale Saturday at home against American before beginning the Patriot League tournament. Eleven players have contributed goals to Colgate's total of 23 this season, led by five from Caroline Brawner. The Raiders have outscored their opponents nearly two to one this season, at 23-12. Brenna Mason has nearly, 1,000 of the team's almost 1,400 minutes this season, accruing an 0.79 GAA.
On the series: Princeton leads the series 5-3-2, and the teams have played on and off since 1989. Prior to last year's 4-4 draw at Roberts Stadium, Princeton defeated Colgate 2-0 in Hamilton in 2008. The 2008 meeting was the first since Colgate provided Princeton with one of only two road losses during the team's 2004 season, which culminated in an NCAA College Cup semifinal appearance. It was also the only loss outside the state of North Carolina, with the other road loss coming at Wake Forest.
OT Tigers: Princeton has played five overtime games this season, tying four and losing one. It's the most overtime games in a season for Princeton since 2009, when the team played a program-record six OT games.
Home field advantage?: In the Princeton-Colgate series, the home team has emerged victorious in only five of the 10 meetings, and neither of the last two. Princeton won at Colgate in 2008, and the teams tied in Princeton in 2012. Colgate's home win over Princeton in 2004 was the last win in the series for the home team.
Around the Ivy League: Harvard can seal the deal with a win Saturday over Dartmouth, entering next weekend with 15 points and a five-point cushion over Penn with six points still on the table for each team. Penn (10 points) and Dartmouth (nine) are the only teams mathematically alive for the Ivy title. For the NCAA berth, Penn needs to win both of its last games and for Harvard to lose out, as the Quakers lost head-to-head to Harvard in what would be the NCAA tiebreaker. Two Penn wins and a Harvard tie and loss would still give Penn a share of the Ivy title. Dartmouth needs to win each of its last two games, have Penn not win out, and have Harvard lose out to get a share of the Ivy title and the NCAA berth.
League-leading Tigers: Entering Sunday's Cornell-Brown weekend finale, Tyler Lussi co-leads the Ivy with three other players with three game-winning goals as the only Tiger to top a league statistical list.
League-leading Raiders: Through games of Oct. 23, Colgate did not lead the league in any statistical category, but the Raiders' Caroline Brawner was tied for second in the league in points (13) and second in points per game (0.93), and Jenna Panepinto was tied for second in assists (four).
Last meeting: Princeton got out to a 4-1 lead over Colgate at Roberts Stadium on Sept. 2, 2012. The Raiders got one back in the 67th minute, but Princeton still led by two with less than five minutes to go. Catherine Williams, who had the 67th-minute goal, struck again in the 86th minute to make it 4-3, and just 94 seconds later, Emily Manoogian scored to tie it at 4-4, which became the game's final score. Darcy Hargadon played the final 65 minutes in goal following Kristin Watson '13 in the first half, who left with a 2-0 lead. Though Ashley Walsh, Colgate's goalkeeper that day, is not a current Raider, Williams, Manoogian and Caroline Brawner, who scored the four goals, are.
Common foes: Cornell, Army and Lehigh are common opponents this season for Princeton and Colgate. The Raiders have defeated all three, while Princeton has defeated the two Patriot League schools with Colgate's upstate New York rival Cornell ahead this Saturday.
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.
Rookies: With goalkeeper Hannah Winner making her debut against Harvard, seven of the nine total freshmen have seen action over Princeton's first 14 games, and three, including Tyler Lussi, Jesse McDonough and Fiona McKenna, have played in all 14 games. McKenna is the only one to have started all 14 and is one of two players in any class to have started all 14 games thus far, along with Gabrielle Ragazzo.
The coach: Julie Shackford is in her 19th season leading Princeton and has 194 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: Saturday at Harvard, rooke Hannah Winner became the third Tiger to play in goal this season, joining senior Cecilia Di Caprio and junior Darcy Hargadon. None was a regular starter at Princeton prior to this season. Hargadon has started 11 games and had five shutouts, while Di Caprio has started three games, against Fordham, Dartmouth and Harvard, while also subbing in against Brown.
Up next: It'll be Senior Day Saturday at Roberts Stadium when Princeton welcomes Cornell at 7 p.m. in the team's final home contest of the season.