Ivy League Slate to Resume Saturday With Columbia
When the Tigers host Columbia at 1 p.m. Saturday, the program will honor the 2004 NCAA College Cup semifinalists and fans will receive bobbleheads as supplies last.
If you're attending: Lots 16, 20, 23, 32 and the parking garage, labeled on this map, will be available for spectator parking. Walk past the tennis courts to Roberts Stadium. Admission is free.
|Princeton||Head to Head: Princeton vs. Columbia
|5-4-3, 0-3 Ivy
|NCAA Second Round||Postseason 2012||None
||Goals Per Game||1.45|
|Tyler Lussi (6)
||Leading Scorer||Beverly Leon/Natalie Melo (4 ea.)
|Darcy Hargadon (4-3-3 W-L-T, 1.15 GAA)
||Top Goalkeeper||Grace Redmon (2-2-1 W-L-T, 1.12 GAA)
|20-5-3||All-Time Record vs. Opponent||5-20-3|
|2012||Last Win vs. Opponent||2010|
On Columbia: The Lions will aim to win back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 20-22, and Columbia will also look for its first Ivy League goal of the season, as the Lions were shut out aainst Cornell, Brown and Penn. Between the posts, Columbia hasn't used the same keeper for the full 90 in back-to-back games since Grace Redmon started and finished against North Florida and Albany Sept. 15-20. Redmon is one of four keepers the Lions have used this season.
On the series: Princeton leads the all-time series 20-5-3. If the Tigers can get a win, the three-match win streak Princeton would have over the Lions would be the team's longest since winning seven straight over Columbia from 1999-2005. The Lions have enjoyed two stretches of success in the series, from 1992-98 (3-2-2) and from 2006-10 (2-2-1). The Tigers had unbroken win streaks from 1985-91, 1999-05, and now since 2011.
Home sweet home, indeed: Princeton hasn't lost at home to Columbia since 1995, the team's only loss on campus to the Lions. Since that '95 loss, Princeton is 7-0-1 (tie in 2009) at Lourie-Love Field and Roberts Stadium against Columbia. Overall, Princeton is 12-1-1 at home against Columbia.
Around the Ivy League: All four intra-Ivy League games will again take place Saturday this week, with the last two Ivy-unbeaten teams squaring off in Cambridge where Harvard (3-0) will host Brown (2-0-1). Their closest pursuers, Penn and Dartmouth at 2-1, also play this week in Philadelphia, but Brown or Harvard is assured of entering next week atop the Ivy. Both at 1-2, the Cornell-Yale matchup will be key for those two teams as they look to stay alive in the race, and Princeton and Columbia will aim for their first Ivy win Saturday at Roberts Stadium.
League-leading Tigers: Tyler Lussi co-leads the Ivy with three other players with three game-winning goals.
League-leading Lions: Beverly Leon and Natalie Melo, along with two others, co-lead the Ivy League with 0.46 assists per game. Melo is one of the four players, along with Princeton's Tyler Lussi, who have three game-winning goals. Grace Redmon is the Ivy's best in saves per game with 5.29.
Last meeting: Princeton picked up a 2-1 win at Columbia on Oct. 13, 2012, using goals from Lauren Lazo and Jen Hoy '13 to gain a 2-0 lead before the game was 30 minuts old. Coleen Rizzo made it 2-1 in the 81st minute, but the Tigers held on. Grace Redmon played the full 90 for Columbia in goal, making three saves.
Common foes: The Tigers and Lions have no non-league common opponents, but among Ivy foes, both teams have already faced Brown. The Bears drew Columbia 0-0 a week before defeating the Tigers 2-0.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.
Streak over: Princeton went 369:04 without a goal, from late in the Yale game through the second half of the Lehigh game, but that streak is over and it ended in a win. Jessica Haley's header in the 57th minute broke the skein, and Melissa Downey scored with less than two minutes to go to give Princeton the win. It was the first time Princeton went three full games without a goal since 2007, and the Tigers avoided going four full games without a goal for the first time since 1996.
Rookies: Six of the nine total freshmen have seen action in at least three of Princeton's first 12 games, and three, including Tyler Lussi, Jesse McDonough and Fiona McKenna, have played in all 12 games. McKenna is the only one to have started all 12 and is one of two players in any class to have started all 12 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: Senior Cecilia Di Caprio and junior Darcy Hargadon are the only Tigers to have played in goal this season, and neither was a regular starter prior to this season. Hargadon has started 10 games and had five shutouts, while Di Caprio has started two games, Sept. 24 at Fordham and Oct. 12 at Brown, while also subbing in Oct. 5 at Dartmouth.
Up next: The Tigers will head out on the road to take on Harvard next Saturday at 7 p.m. The Crimson are the only Ivy team to have won their first three league games and enter Saturday's visit from Brown with a 7-3-2 record overall.