CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (5/11/14) – A valiant effort fell just short for the Princeton women’s lacrosse team as it lost a 13-11 to Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 11 at Klockner Stadium.
Virginia jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game.
Courtney Swan scored the opening goal and then converted on a free-position attempt to give her team a 2-0 lead at 26:18.
Meanwhile Princeton had two unforced turnovers on its first two offensive opportunities, the second resulting in UVa’s third goal. A quick transition down the field and Casey Bocklett fired in a goal. Swan converted her second free-position attempt and had the early hat trick giving her team a 4-0 lead at 21:44
Freshman Anna Doherty put Princeton on the board at 19:29.
Liza Blue set up Swan 26 seconds later, 5-1.
The Tigers went on a three-goal run to cut it to a one-goal game at 10:21.
Junior Blake Dietrick cut and shot low and junior Erin Slifer scored two unassisted tallies to make it 5-4.
UVa matched the run to take an 8-4 lead into the locker room. Blue and Swan scored free-position goals and Maddy Keeshan put away a Bocklet pass with 33 seconds left.
Senior Mary-Kate Sivilli started the second half with a free-position goal for the Tigers. She got doubled team but switched hands and shot high on Liz Colgan.
Freshman Amanda Leavell won the next draw and bolted to goal but was stopped by Colgan on the one-on-one. Princeton maintained possession and Slifer received two eight-meter attempts. She scored on the first but it was called back for another attempt. That shot was wide but backed up and lead to senior Sarah Lloyd scoring on the run at 25:00 as Princeton cut the score back to 8-6.
A four-goal run pushed UVa ahead 12-6. Bocklet got open in front of the cage, Blue converted a free-position, Eppler scored and Keeshan added another eight-meter goal.
Princeton fought back and with a 4-0 run the Tigers made it a 12-10 game with 3:29 to play.
Hompe ended the Cavaliers run with a goal from Lloyd to get things started. Sivilli was a factor in each of the next three goals. She started by electing to pass off on an eight-meter to Slifer who scored. Sivilli then tallied the next two goals, getting help from Lloyd on the first.
UVa won the next draw and Princeton tried to force the turnover with goalei Caroline Franke out playing defense. The Tigers did get UVa to drop the ball on an aggressive triple team but it was dubbed too aggressive and a foul was called. Keeshan got loose from her defender and scored on the open net to make it 13-10 with 1:42 remaining.
Princeton got the ball with a little over one minute remaining and called a timeout.
Just eight seconds later, Slifer converted a free-position attempt to once again make it a two-goal game, 13-11 with 56.7 seconds remaining.
Blue won the next draw and the Cavaliers were content to pass the ball around for the remaining time, not even taking a shot on a well positioned eight-meter.
UVa had 11 free-position shots, converting on six while Princeton had just five, converting on two. Shots fell in Virginia’s favor 27-25, as did draw controls 15-11. Ground balls were even at 11-11.
Slifer led the Tigers with four goals while Sivili had three. Lloyd had a goal and two assists. McMunn had a 38-game scoring streak come to an end as the Cavaliers held her without a point today. Ironically, McMunn did not play in Princeton's 15-13 win over UVa in the regular season. Franke made seven saves in net.
Swan had a six-point day with four goals and two assists. Keeshan and Blue both had hat tricks and Bocket had two tallies and a helper. Colgan made six save in goal as Virginia advances to the quarterfinals to take on North Carolina.
Princeton concludes its season with a 12-7 overall record in the program’s 22nd NCAA tournament appearance.