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Tigers Take on No. 1 Maryland in Quarterfinal Round of NCAAs

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/18/2011
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No. 12 Princeton at No. 1 Maryland
Gametime: Saturday, May 21 at 12 p.m.
2011 Records: Princeton (12-6), Maryland (19-1)
Series Began: 1979
Series Record: Maryland leads 23-8
Last Meeting: Maryland won 17-10 (4/13/11)
Streak: Maryland won last five games

LINKS:  Live Audio l Live Stats l Interactive Bracket l Game Notes


PRINCETON, N.J. (5/14/11) The Princeton women's lacrosse team will face No. 1 seed Maryland in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday, May 21 at noon at the Maryland Lacrosse Complex.

Tickets for the game are $6 for adults, and $4 for youth and seniors and can be purchased the day of the game at the gate. Fans unable to make it to College Park, can listen to an audio stream of the game and follow along with live stats free of charge.

Princeton is 12-6 after defeating JMU 11-10 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers earned the Ivy League’s automatic bid after winning the second Ivy League Tournament. Princeton is ranked No. 12 in the nation, while scoring 11.44 goals per game and holding teams to 10.00. Leading the team in scoring is junior Cassie Pyle. Pyle has 36 goals and 18 assists for 54 points. Senior Lizzy Drumm has a team-high 45 goals and three assists for 48 points and is the team leader in draw controls with 41. Sophomore Jaci Gassaway contributes 45 points on 32 goals and 13 assists. Sophomore Charlotte Davis adds 35 points, while sophomore Sam Ellis and freshman Sarah Lloyd had 26 points apiece. Junior defender Lindsey deButts leads the team in both caused turnovers and ground balls with 29 and 40, respectively. Senior Erin Tochihara has played nearly every minute in goal. She has made 167 saves while allowing 180 goals for a 9.92 goals against aveage and a .481 save percentage.

Maryland leads the all-time series with Princeton 23-8. The Terrapins have won the last five meetings including a 17-10 meeting in College Park back on April 13. They have faced each other seven times in the NCAA Tournament, with Maryland holding a slim 4-3 edge in those game. This is the first time the teams are meeting in the Quarterfinal Round. They have faced each other three times in the national championship game with Princeton winning once and Maryland winning twice. C

Maryland is 19-1 overall with the No. 1 seed in the tournament after being ranked first in the nation the entire season. Maryland defeated Navy 19-6 in the first round of the tournamentThe Terrapins lone blunder of the year came at the hands of an Ivy League squad, as Dartmouth ended Maryland’s perfect season with a 9-8 double overtime win in Hanover. The Terps average 15.05 goals per game and hold teams to 6.70, the best scoring margin and defense in the nation. Sarah Mollison is the team’s leader on offense with 92 points on 48 goals and 44 assists. She ranks third in the nation in both points and assists. Katie Schwarzmann has a team-high 56 goals and 11 assists for 67 points. Karri Ellen Johnson adds 51 points, Kristy Black has 44, Laura Merrifield has 42 while five others are in double digits in scoring. Schwarzmann is the team leader on draws, winning 41, followed by Johnson with 35. Schwarzmann also is tops in caused turnovers with 20 and ground balls with 34. In goal, Brittany Dipper has started in all 20 games. She has made 116 saves and allowed 107 goals for a 6.39 goals against average and a .520 save percentage, ranking first in the NCAA in both categories.

The winner will advance to the NCAA championship semifinals to face the winner of the Duke/Florida game on May 27 at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.

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