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Princeton vs. Penn for Ivy League Tournament Championship Sunday

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/03/2014
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  Ivy League Championship: No. 15 Penn at No. 16 Princeton
  Gametime Sunday, May 4 at 12 p.m.  l  Sherrerd Field at Class of 52 Stadium
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  Series Info Princeton leads 21-9-3
  Streak: 1 Princeton win
  Records No. 1 Princeton (11-5, 6-1 Ivy); No. 2 Penn (11-4, 6-1 Ivy)
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Fans attending the game please be advised of the following road closure: Faculty Road between Washington and Elm will be CLOSED. Please use the Alexander Road entrance to the University.

PRINCETON, N.J. (5/2/14) - Ivy League rivals Princeton and Penn will meet in the Ivy League women's lacrosse championship game this Sunday, March 4 at noon on Sherrerd Field at Class od 1952 Stadium. The winner receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and the title of Ivy League tournament champion.

EYE ON THE TIGERS
A 12-5 win over Cornell in the Ivy League semifinals puts Princeton in the Ivy League Championship game for the second time. The Tigers are 11-5 overall and ranked No. 16 in the IWLCA poll and No. 18 in the Inside Lacrosse Poll. As the No. 1 seed in the Ivy League Tournament, the Tigers went 6-1 to win their first Ivy League title since 2006.

Balanced scoring is key to the Tigers attack. Eight players have 20 or more points this season with two breaching the 40-point plateau. Leading the charge is junior Erin McMunn. McMunn has 49 points on 37 goals and 12 assists. She had a seven-goal game against Cornell on Friday and is five goals away from her 100th career goal. Junior Erin Slifer has 42 points on 23 goals and 19 assists. Like McMunn she is nearing a milestone, just two points shy of her 100th career point. Freshman Olivia Hompe leads is third on the team in scoring and is the assist leader with 20 assists and 18 goals. Sophomore Alexandra Bruno adds 36 points on 24 goals and 12 helpers. Senior Sarah Lloyd chips in 29 points, followed by senior Mary-Kate Sivilli’s 27, sophomore Anya Gersoff’s 26 and freshman Anna Doherty’s 25 points. Lloyd is the team leader in both draw controls and ground balls with 32 and 23, respectively. She is also third on the team in caused turnovers with 11 to her credit. The defensive pair of Liz Bannantine and Colleen Smith are tops in causing turnovers with 20 and 14, respectively. Adding depth in the center circle behind Lloyd is Slifer with 27 draws and freshman Amanda Leavell with 21. Junior Annie Woehling has started in goal in the last 12 games and has a 10-2 record with an 8.24 goals against average and a .457 save percentage. She was a key factor in Princeton’s win on Friday with a season-high 10 saves against Cornell.

THE SERIES
Princeton is ahead in the series with Penn, 21-19-3. The Tigers won the regular-season game here on Sherrerd Field just two weeks ago, a 9-5 game, that gave Princeton the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The teams have never met in the Ivy League championship tilt, but have faced each other twice in the semifinals, with each winning a game. Junior Erin McMunn leads all current Tigers in scoring against Penn with eight goals and two assists in three games. Junior Erin Slifer has three goals and three assists in three games, while senior Sarah Lloyd has two goals and two assists in five games. Lloyd has also won seven draws and caused five turnovers in those five games. Junior Annie Woehling has been in net for two games against Penn and has a .621 save percentage and a 9.00 GAA.

SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn reaches the Ivy championship game for the fourth time after a 10-9 double overtime victory over Harvard in the semifinals. The Quakers are 11-4 overall with the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League went 6-1 in league play this season. Penn is ranked No. 15 in this week’s IWLCA poll and No. 14 in the Inside Lacrosse poll.

The hero on Friday night who scored the golden goal was senior Tory Bensen. She is the team’s leading scorer with 36 goals and nine assists for 45 points. Sophomore Nina Corcoran has 42 points on a team-best 21 assists and 21 goals. Sophomore Lely DeSimone adds 25 points on 23 goals and two helpers while senior Lindsey Smith chips in 23 points on 16 goals and seven assists. Sophomore Iris Williamson, sophomore Catherine Dickson and freshman Sarah Bacia are also in double figures in scoring. The Ivy League Defender of the Year junior Meg Markham leads the team in draw controls, caused turnovers and ground balls. She has 35 draws, 37 caused turnovers and 41 ground balls. Junior Lucy Ferguson is 11-4 in net and has a 7.67 GAA and a .471 save percentage. Ferguson is the all-time saves leader in Quaker history after her seven on Friday night.


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