PRINCETON, N.J. (4/21/12) - The No. 20-ranked Princeton women's lacrosse team handed No. 8 Dartmouth its first Ivy League loss of the season as the Tigers keep their postseason hopes alive in a 12-9 win at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Princeton improves to 7-6 overall and 4-2 in league play, while Dartmouth is now 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the league.
The Tigers will need to win their final league game of the year when they host Penn on Wednesday, April 25 to stay in the running for the Ivy League Tournament. With Cornell and Harvard having matching 4-2 records, the Tigers will also need some help from Dartmouth and Brown to give Cornell and Harvard a loss, as both own the tiebreaker over Princeton - head-to-head.
With Princeton honoring some of its alumnae teams at halftime, including the 2002 national championship team, the 2012 Tigers knew they had a legacy to uphold and proved that today in Princeton.
Dartmouth took a quick 2-0 lead within the first five minutes, and made it a 3-1 game as the teams traded goals within 31 seconds. Senior Cassie Pyle tied the game when she converted a free-position attempt and scored an unassisted goal.
Liz Calby pushed Dartmouth ahead by one with help from Sarah Parks at 17:57 but Princeton rebounded with two goals, one from Charlotte Davis and a third from Pyle as the Tigers took a 5-4 lead at 13:36.
Darmouth's Kirsten Goldberg scored her second of the afternoon to knot the game at 5-5 but freshman Erin McMunn scored twice in the final eight minutes to give Princeton a 7-5 lead at intermission.
Courtney Bennett cut the lead to 7-6 as she scored an eight-meter goal to start the second, but the second half belonged to Princeton as the Tigers rattled off three straight to take a 10-6 edge at 16:24. Davis, McMunn each scored their second goals of the game and McMunn buried one for a hat trick.
Goldberg didn't want to go down without a fight netting two goals within two minutes to make it 10-8 with seven minutes remaining.
Junior Sam Ellis gave Princeton a bit of a cushion with an unassisted goal at 4:15.
Sarah Plumb would delivered Dartmouth's final goal at 1:46, but Pyle sealed the victory with her fourth goal with 18.3 seconds remaining. Dartmouth's goalie K Giovanniello came out to play defense leaving an open net. Pyle wheeled to the goal and scored while Giovanniello threw her stick in front of the cage, which sustained her a yellow card. She was removed from the field taking with back up Julia Szafman finishing out the game. Giovanniello made eight saves while Szafman wouldn't have time to face a shot.
Freshman Annie Woehling was impressive between the pipes for the Tigers, making nine saves including two free-position chances.
Goldberg led the Big Green with four goals and two assists for six points. Lindsey Allard had two goals, and four other players had one point.
Pyle scored four goals and McMunn had a five-point effort with three goals and two assists. Davis and Slifer both scored twice and had one assist apiece and senior Barb Previ had two assists.
Dartmouth had a slight edge in shots, 25-23. Draw controls were even at 11-11 and Dartmouth had one more ground ball, 13-12.