Game 2: Rutgers at No. 8 Princeton
Gametime: Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m.
2012 Records: Princeton (1-0), Rutgers (0-2)
Series Began: 1975
Series Record: 13-3-1
Series Streak: 1, Princeton win
Last Meeting: Princeton won 9-8 (OT)
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PRINCETON, N.J. (2/27/12) – The Princeton women's lacrosse team will christen its new field on Wednesday, Feb. 29 as the Tigers host Rutgers at 6 p.m. in the 2012 home opener. Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium, is phase I of of Princeton's new lacrosse/field hockey project, that features a brand new FieldTurf field for lacrosse.
Princeton opened the 2012 season this past Saturday at Villanova with a bang, winning 16-3. The Tigers got goals from seven different players. Junior Jaci Gassaway paced the offense with five goals and two assists. Freshman Erin McMunn had a team-high three assists and two goals for five points. Sophomore Mary-Kate Sivilli added four points on two goals and assists apiece. Junior Charlotte Davis contributed three points, while junior Sam Ellis and sophomore Grace Bowen scored twice each. Freshman Erin Slifer leads the team in ground balls and draw controls. Freshman Annie Woehling started and played in 50 minutes. She made three saves on five shots for a 2.40 goals against average and a.600 save percentage and caused two turnovers. Sophomore Caroline Franke made came in to play the last 10 minutes in goal.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Rutgers 13-2-1. The teams first met in 1975 when Rutgers’ women’s college was Douglass.The last three games have been decided by one goal, as Princeton won 9-8 in 2009 and 2011 and Rutgers winning 12-11 in 2010.
Rutgers is 0-2 on the season, losing both games by just one goal. The Scarlet Knights opened the season one week ago with a 12-11 loss to Temple and lost 8-7 to Cornell on Saturday. Senior Ali Steinberg leads the team offensively with four goals and three assists for seven points. Junior Annie McGinley has two goals and three assists for five points and sophomore Lauren Sbrilli adds three goals and one assist for four points. Sophomore Megan Clements has one goal and a team-high six draw controls. Senior Rebecca Alley had four caused turnovers to lead the Scarlet Knights in that defensive category. Junior goalie Lily Kalata has been in goal for all 120 minutes. She has made 14 saves on 34 shots for a 10.00 GAA and a .412 save percentage.
Last Time We Met (March 2, 2011)
Jaci Gassaway scored the golden goal in overtime to lift Princeton to a 9-8 win over Rutgers at RU Turf Field. She scored with 25 seconds remaining in the first overtime, leaving Rutgers scrambling to score. The Scarlet Knights won the next draw control but couldn’t put anything together in the final seconds.
A free-position goal by Cassie Pyle gave Princeton the early lead, but Rutgers would go on a 3-0 run in a span of 8:12, getting goals from three different players to take the lead with less than 14 minutes remaining in the first half.
Gassaway would tally her first of three goals at 13:17 that would spark a 4-0 Princeton run that would give the Tigers a 5-3 lead at halftime.
After trading free-position goals in the second half, Marlena Welsh scored back-to-back goals for Rutgers within less than a minute of each other to knot the game at 6-6 with 13:30 remaining.
Lizzy Drumm ’11 answered with two goals of her own to put the Tigers back up on top, 8-6 with less than seven minutes left.
Rutgers brought its deficit to one with 43 seconds left on a free-position and won the next draw. The Scarlet Knights drew up a play on a timeout that would result in Lindsey Watts scoring the tying goal with eight seconds left, forcing the extra session.
Gassaway and Pyle would each record four-point games with three goals an assist each. All three of Pyle’s goals were on free-position shots as she was 3 for 4 from the fan. Drumm had three points on two goals and an assist and Kaitlyn Mauritz had two points. Erin Tochihara ’11 made eight saves in her second win of the season.
Katherine Marino and Welsh each scored twice for the Scarlet Knights while Kristen Anderson had a goal and an assist each. Lily Kalata made nine saves in goal for Rutgers.