Saturday to Bring Women's Soccer's Return to NCAA Tournament
Princeton will make its 10th NCAA tournament appearance Saturday night in Morgantown, W.Va. against No. 21 West Virginia. The Tigers are fifth among teams receiving votes in the Nov. 6 NSCAA poll.
Princeton individual notes
• Senior Jen Hoy has 17 goals this season, the second-most in program history behind current assistant coach Esmeralda Negron '05 and her 20 goals in 2004.
• Hoy and Negron have had the highest-scoring seasons of any Ivy Leaguer since 1997.
• Negron also ended her 2004 regular season with 17 goals, adding three more over five NCAA tournament games.
• Hoy ranks fourth on Princeton's career lists for goals (35) and points (81). Negron is first on both lists (47, 112).
• Hoy leads the Ivy League in points (38, 2.24/game), goals (17, 1.0/game) and game-winning goals (tied, 4). Senior Rachel Sheehy and sophomore Jessica Haley co-lead the Ivy in assists (7), with Sheehy leading slightly over Haley in assists per game (0.44, 0.41).
• Princeton has the No. 1 and No. 2 scorers in the Ivy with Hoy and sophomore Lauren Lazo (10, 0.71/game).
• Senior Claire Pinciaro has played two-thirds of the team's minutes in goal, starting 14 of the 17 games. She has a GAA of 1.11.
• Senior goalkeeper Kristin Watson is the only player to be a part of the 2008 team that faced West Virginia, entering due to an injury to starting keeper Alyssa Pont '09 in the 23rd minute. She allowed a goal less than three minutes after taking over, but none over her last 64-plus minutes in net.
• Princeton has the No. 6 (Hoy) and No. 16 (Lazo) leaders nationally in points per game, the only team to have two players that high. Hoy is No. 3 in goals per game and Lazo is tied for No. 18, making Princeton the only school with two players that high in that category.
Comparing the schedules
• Outside of the two-game California trip against UCLA and UC Irvine, Princeton's furthest west opponent this season was Wake Forest, about even with West Virginia on the map.
• The closest team geographically West Virginia played to Princeton this season is La Salle, also the only common opponent for the Tigers and Mountaineers. Princeton won 2-1 at La Salle in OT on Oct. 22, while West Virginia lost 2-1 at home on Aug. 17 in the season opener.
• West Virginia played 19 games this season compared to Princeton's 17, an Ivy League rule, and started their season two weeks earlier than the Tigers, who began on Aug. 31, also an Ivy rule.
• Princeton played two nationally ranked opponents (No. 15 Wake Forest, No. 3 UCLA), going 0-2, while West Virginia played four (No. 1 Stanford, No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Baylor) going 2-2 with wins over Stanford and Oklahoma State.
• West Virginia played seven NCAA tournament teams (La Salle, Central Michigan, Stanford, Penn State, Miami-Fla., Texas Tech, Baylor), going 2-3-2, while Princeton played four NCAA teams (Wake Forest, Colgate, UCLA, La Salle), going 1-2-1.
The 2012 Tigers
• Princeton is on an 11-match win streak, the third-longest in program history after a 12-game win streak in 2002 and a 14-game win streak in the first varsity season of 1980.
• This is the longest win streak Princeton has taken into the NCAA tournament. The previous long was three in 2000 and 2008.
• Princeton went 7-0-0 in the Ivy League, the fourth team to do so since Penn became varsity in 1991 to make the Ivy an eight-team league in women's soccer. The others were Dartmouth in 1993, Harvard in 1996 and 1999, and Princeton in 2004.
• Princeton became the first Ivy League team to get 20 (or 21) standings points. The league began awarding three points for a win in 2005, and Princeton's 21 points topped Harvard of 2011 and Columbia of 2006, each of whom went 6-0-1 for 19 points.
• Princeton enters the NCAA tournament ranked third in the nation in scoring at 2.88 goals per game.
• Over the 11-match win streak, Princeton has scored 41 goals, an average of 3.73 per game.
Princeton head coach Julie Shackford
• At 188 victories in 18 seasons as the Tigers' coach, Shackford is the winningest soccer coach in Princeton history, men's or women's. Including her four seasons as the first varsity head coach at Carnegie Mellon, Shackford's teams have won 230 games in 22 seasons.
• Shackford has coached the team to eight NCAA tournaments in her 18 seasons and played in four more at William & Mary.
• Shackford's Princeton teams have won NCAA tournament games in 2001 and 2004. Her NCAA tournament record at Princeton is 5-7.
Princeton in West Virginia
• The Tigers have never played a game in the state of West Virginia. The closest Princeton has come is a two-game tournament at James Madison in 1996.
• The only game Princeton has played against a team from West Virginia was the 2008 NCAA tournament game, which the Mountaineers won 2-1 in Charlottesville, Va.
• Princeton assistant coach Ron Celestin is a 1985 alumnus of West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon, W.Va. Head coach Julie Shackford began her head coaching career in nearby Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon from 1991-94.
• Princeton has appeared in 10 NCAA tournaments (1982-83, 1999-04, 2008, 2012), tied with Dartmouth and behind only Harvard (13). Princeton is 6-9 in NCAA play.
• Princeton has won NCAA tournament games in 1982 (George Mason), 2001 (Loyola-Md.) and 2004 (Cent. Conn. St., Villanova, Boston College, Washington). Princeton advanced to the NCAA College Cup semifinals in 2004, falling 2-0 to UCLA in Cary, N.C.
• Since 1999, when Princeton returned to the NCAAs after a 16-year absence, no Ivy team has been to the NCAA tournament as often as Princeton, making its eighth appearance over the last 14 seasons.
• Princeton will be looking to win its first NCAA tournament game away from the Princeton campus. The Tigers are 6-2 in NCAA games on campus, 0-3 in true road NCAA games and 0-4 in neutral NCAA games.
• Every Princeton class since the Class of 2000 has played in the NCAA tournament.
• This is the first time Princeton will face a Big 12 team in the NCAA tournament.
Ivy League in the NCAA tournament
• Since 2005, six of the eight Ivy League programs have played in the NCAA tournament.
• The Ivy has a record of 25-46 all-time in the NCAA tournament. Yale was the last Ivy team to win an NCAA tournament game, defeating Central Connecticut State and Duke in 2005 to reach the Round of 16, where the Bulldogs lost to Notre Dame.
West Virginia in the NCAA tournament
• West Virginia has an 11-12 all-time record in the NCAA tournament, making an appearance every year since 2000.
• The Mountaineers have won their first-round game in eight of their 12 appearances and advanced to the Round of 16 three times, in 2003, 2007 and 2010. In 2007, the Mountaineers made it a game further, to the national quarterfinals.
• The only time West Virginia has played an Ivy team in the NCAA tournament was the 2-1 win over Princeton in 2008.
On the Mountaineers
• West Virginia started as a varsity program in 1996 and has never had a losing season.
• Junior Frances Silva (10 and sophomore Kate Schwindel (nine) have scored 19 of the team's 33 goals this season. Sophomore Sara Keane has played every one of the team's nearly 1,816 minutes in goal and has an 0.89 GAA.
• West Virginia has outscored its opponents 22-10 in the second half. Princeton has outscored its opponents 23-8 in the first half.
If it happens...
• Princeton has never participated in a penalty-kick shooutout. West Virginia is 2-2 all-time in PKs, all in Big East Tournament play. The last one was in 2008.
• Princeton is 2-0-1 in overtime this year, defeating La Salle and Yale and tying Colgate. The winning goals were an own goal against Yale and by Jen Hoy against La Salle. West Virginia is 1-1-4 in OT this year. The winning goal against Texas was scored by Kara Blosser, no relation to Princeton's Caitlin Blosser.