NEW YORK (3/21/12) - A balanced offensive effort lead the No. 14-ranked Princeton women's lacrosse team to an 18-6 win at Columbia on Wednesday, March 21. The Tigers are now 2-0 in the Ivy League and 4-2 on the season.
Freshman Erin McMunn paced the offense with a career-high six points, with three goals and three assists. Senior Cassie Pyle tied her career-best, scoring five goals. Junior Jaci Gassaway had a four-point effort with two goals and two assists. Freshman Erin Slifer and sophomore Sarah Lloyd had two goals and one assist each and junior Sam Ellis had one goal and two assists. Sophomore Mary-Kate Sivilli, junior Charlotte Davis and freshman Erin Curley each scored.
Princeton wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, scoring just 1:53 into the game as Slifer tallied her second goal of the season. McMunn put away back-to-back goals and Pyle scored an unassisted goal as the Tigers took a 4-0 lead less than nine minutes into the game.
Kacie Johnson would put the Lions on the scoreboard at 19:02 but Slifer would spark another Princeton run as it rattled off five straight goals to take a 9-1 lead with 10 minutes to play in the half.
Columbia would add two goals, a free-position by Ashley Rinere and an unassisted marker by Paige Cuscovitch to trim the deficit to six at the end of the half.
The teams traded goals during the first 15 minutes of the second half with Princeton as the Tigers held a 12-6 lead midway through the second frame. Johnson's goal at 15:53 would be the last from the light blue as Princeton went on a 6-0 to end the game.
Princeton netminder Annie Woehling made 11 stops, as Princeton outshot Columbia 30-21. Skylar Dabbar made eight saves for the Lions who fall to 1-5 on the season
Princeton won the draw control battle 14-12 and the picked up 26 ground balls to Columbia's 24.
Princeton remains undefeated in the series with Columbia, 14-0.
Princeton travels to No. 20 Johns Hopkins on Sunday, March 25 for a 1 p.m., game. It will be the third ranked opponent for Princeton this season.