PRINCETON, N.J. (3/24/14) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team returns to its Ivy League schedule with a mid-week game at Columbia on Wednesday night. Game time is at 7 p.m., at Kraft Field.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is 4-3 on the season and riding a three-game win streak after sweeping USC and San Diego State during its California trip last week.
Freshman Anna Doherty’s six-point game at USC catapulted her to the top of the scoring column. She now has 15 goals and three assists for 18 points. Sophomore Alexandra Bruno also has 18 points on 13 goals and five helpers. Junior midfielder Erin Slifer has 17 points and leads the team in draw controls with 16. Freshman Olivia Hompe and junior Erin McMunn round out the top-five scores with 15 and 14 points respectively. Seniors Sarah Lloyd and Mary-Kate Sivilli along with sophomore Anya Gersoff are also in double digits in scoring. Lloyd, Sivilli and McMunn are all in double figures in draw controls. Along with Slifer they combine for 52% of the team’s 101 draws. Lloyd adds a team-high seven caused turnovers and 11 ground balls. Junior Annie Woehling has started in goal the last three games and is 3-0 with a .417 save percentage and a 9.79 goals against average.
Princeton is undefeated in its series with Columbia, 16-0. The largest margin of defeat is 18 (18-0 in 2000) and the smallest is eight (18-10 in 2011). The Tigers have scored 18 goals in each of the last three meetings, with Columbia having its best offensive output in 2011 with 10 goals.
SCOUTING THE LIONS
Columbia is 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Ivy League as it returns home for the first time since March 1, playing its last four games on the road. Like Princeton ,Columbia traveled to California last week, falling 9-8 to USC before a 14-8 win at Fresno State. On Saturday the Lions lost a 12-9 game at Dartmouth. The other league losses include a 13-6 game at Cornell and a 9-6 game against Brown at home.
Senior Paige Cuscovitch paces the offense with 14 goals and three assists for 17 points. Taylor Quinn, Ashley Rinere and Kate Murphy have 13 points apiece. Rinere has scored half of her 10 goals from the eight meter and like Cuscovitch, has a high-percentage rate from the arc as they combined for 10 of 13. Quinn is the team leader in draw controls with 25, winning 35% of her team’s draws, and in ground balls with 20. Sophomore defender Lexi Mazur has caused 11 turnovers and picked up 16 ground balls. Sophomore goalie Colleen Packer has played every minute in goal and has a .319 save percentage and a 10.33 GAA with 29 saves on 91 shots.