PRINCETON, N.J. (4/18/13) - Catch your Tigers on national TV on Saturday, April 20 when Dartmouth hosts Princeton in women's lacrosse at noon. The game will be broadcast nationwide on FSC Atlantic. Check your local listings for channel number.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton is coming off of its first Ivy League loss of the season, in a 10-9 overtime game at Penn from Wednesday night. The Tigers have already clinched a spot in the Ivy League Tournament with a 5-1 record, and will be either the No. 2 or 3 seed. (see tournament scenarios). At 8-5 the Tigers are ranked No. 17 in the IWLCA poll and No. 13 in the Inside Lacrosse poll.
A 56-point effort by sophomore Erin McMunn paces the Tigers offense. She has scored 33 goals and 23 assists. Freshman Alexandra Bruno has scored 22 goals and adds three assists. Junior Sarah Lloyd has 25 points on 12 goals and 13 assists. Senior Jaci Gassaway and sophomore Erin Slifer have 22 points apiece, with junior Mary-Kate Sivilli nipping at their heels with 21 points while senior Charlotte Davis has 20. Freshman Anya Gersoff and senior Sam Ellis are both in double figures in scoring as well. Lloyd (35), McMunn (31) and Colleen Smith (23) are the Tigers’ draw control leaders. Smith (11) is in the top three on the team in caused turnovers as well, with senior Caroline Rehfuss (15) and freshman Liz Bannantine (16) making up the rest of the trio. Starting goalie junior Caroline Franke has a 7-4 record with a 9.81 goals against average and a .461 save percentage. She has made 83 saves on 180 shots in 11 games.
Princeton leads Dartmouth 22-17 in the all-time series, which began in 1980. It’s been a tight race as of late, with each team winning three times in the last six years. The Tigers won 12-9 last year at Sherrerd Field, with Dartmouth taking a 15-10 game in Hanover in 2011.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth heads into the weekend with an 8-5 record and a 4-1 Ivy League mark. After today’s game Dartmouth concludes the regular season hosting Harvard at 7 p.m., on Friday, April 26. The Big Green are 0-2 in their last two games, falling 8-7 at Penn and 17-8 at Maryland. Dartmouth is unranked in the IWLCA poll but is No. 16 in the Inside Lacrosse poll. The Big Green averages 9.46 goals per game and allow 9.92 gpg. They are nearly even with their opponents when it comes to draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers.
Hana Bowers it the team’s leading scorer with 32 goals and 11 assists for 43 points. Liz Calby adds 22 goals and 12 assists for 34 points. Sarah Byrne and Jaclyn Leto both have 18 points, with Bryne scoring 15 goals and three assists, and Leto chipping in 12 goals and six assists. Lindsey Allard and Courtney Bennett contribute 17 and 14 points, respectively. Bennett leads the team at the circle with 41 draw controls, while Bowers has 30. Bennett, Kelsey Johnson and Francis Bird have the most caused turnovers on the team with 18, 16 and 12, respectively. Kristen Giovanniello has played all but 46 seconds in goal this season. She has a .418 save percentage and a 9.66 GAA, making 92 saves on 220 shots.