CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (3/16/13) - No. 9 Virginia handed the Princeton women's lacrosse team just its second loss of the season in a 9-7 game at Klockner Stadium on Saturday, March 16.
With 13 games in this series (43%) being decided by one
goal, one didn't have to guess that today's game would come down to the wire.
Junior Sarah Lloyd was the only Tiger to score in the first
half, as Virginia stepped out with a 7-2 lead in the first half. The Cavaliers
scored three unanswered goals in the first seven minutes. Lloyd put Princeton
on the board at 21:40 and scored again at 14:50, sandwiching a goal by Morgan
Stephens. Virginia ended the half scoring three goals in the final 6:04.
Princeton changed things around in the center circle after
being outdrawn 7-2 in the first half. Sophomore Erin McMunn took the place at
the center and Princeton would win six of nine draws on the half and outscored
Casey Bocklet opened the second half with a goal at 28:19 to
give Virginia its largest lead of the game 7-5.
Back-to-back draw controls wins led to two Princeton goals
in less than two minutes. Anya Gersoff delivered an unbelievable pass to senior
Jaci Gassaway for a goal at 25:07 and Mary-Kate Sivilli scored unassisted to
cut the Tiger' deficit to three with 23:37 left to play.
Virginia's Dana Boyle scored three minutes later but
Princeton responded with two goals to come within two, 8-6. Sophomore Erin
Slifer tallied an assisted goal and then set up Gassaway for a goal after Lloyd
caused a turnover and Princeton quickly cleared.
With 10 minutes left to play and Virginia with possession,
the Cavaliers called a timeout and drew up a play with Ashlee Warner scoring.
The next seven minutes would go back-and-forth as Lloyd and
senior Charlotte Davis put two on frame that were stopped by Kim Kolarik. On
the other end junior Caroline Franke made two stops on shots by Bocklet and
Boyle. A shot by Courtney Swan that hit the post was picked up by Caroline
Rehfuss to give Princeton possession and they would score on it. McMunn dodged
her defender on the left side of the goal and buried one behind Kolarik with
Princeton called a timeout but lost the next draw. After one
minute of possession, Virginia turned the ball over. The Tigers put two more
shots on net but Kolarik stood strong stopping both and keeping Princeton from
getting any closer than two goals.
Princeton outshot Virginia 26-13 with a 14-9 differential in
the second half. Ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers were nearly
Slifer had a three-point game with one goal and two helpers.
Lloyd and Gassaway both scored twice. Franke made a career-high nine saves in
her first career start for the Tigers, as the Tigers fall to 3-2. Both of
Princeton's losses have been to teams ranked in the top-15.
Bocklet had a three-point game with two goals and one
assist. Stephens, Warner and Boyle each scored twice. Kolarik stopped 10 shots
as Virginia improves to 4-4 on the season.
Princeton visits in-state opponent Rutgers on Tuesday, March
19 for a 3 p.m., game.