PRINCETON, N.J. (4/24/14) - Princeton faces one last test in the 2014 regular season as the Tigers travel to No. 8 Penn State on Saturday, April 26. Game time is at 3 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton heads into the final weekend of the regular season with a 10-4 overall record and ranked No. 19 in both national polls. Eight players are in double digits in scoring, led by junior Erin McMunn. McMunn has a team-high 29 goals and 11 assists for 40 points. Classmate Erin Slifer is one points back with 23 goals and 16 assists. The team’s assist leader, freshman Olivia Hompe has 18 helpers and 16 goals for 34 points. Sophomore Alexandra Bruno adds 31 points on 22 goals and nine assists. Freshman Anna Doherty and senior Sarah Lloyd have 25 and 24 points, respectively while sophomore Anya Gersoff and senior Mary-Kate Sivilli chip in 22 and 21 points, respectively. Sophomore defender Liz Bannantine leads the team in caused turnovers with 18, while senior defender and this week’s Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week Colleen Smith has 14 and Lloyd has 11. Lloyd is the team leader in draw controls with 30 to her credit, while Slifer has 24 and freshman Amanda Leavell has 18. Senior defender Liz Cutting has the most ground balls on the team with 20, with Bannantine picking up 19 and Lloyd and Annie Woehling grabbing 18 each. Woehling has started in the last 10 games and is 9-1 on the season with a 7.96 goals against average and a .455 save percentage.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Penn State, 21-12 since the teams first met in 1982. The Tigers won the last five meetings including a 14-9 game last year in Princeton. In 2012, Princeton won a narrow 13-12 overtime. The teams have met each other in the regular-season finale in each of the last three years, and each time Penn State has been ranked higher than Princeton.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State enters its final regular-season game with a 9-6 overall record and ranked No. 8 in the IWLCA coaches poll and No. 12 in the Inside Lacrosse media poll. The team most recently knocked off No. 7 Johns Hopkins 12-10 to move up four spots in the IWLCA poll. Eight players reached 20+ points in scoring. They are led by sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr who has 37 goals and six assists for 43 points. Junior Maggie McCormick has 37 points on 16 goals and a team-best 21 assists. Junior Tatum Coffey chips in 20 goals and 14 assists. Senior Mackenzie Cyr matches McCormick’s team-best 21 helpers and adds 13 goals. Jess Loizeaux contributes 31 points on 19 goals and 12 assists. Midfielders Kelly Lechner and Jenna Mosketti put up 28 points apiece and Abby Smucker has 24. Sophomore Emi Smith is the starting goalie, with 10 nods, a 5-3 record with a .418 save percentage and a 9.37 GAA. Freshman Cat Rainone has started in five, has a 4-3 record with a .440 save percentage and a 8.75 GAA. She earned the win against Hopkins, coming in on relief as her team was down 6-2 and made five saves in the 12-10 victory.