Game 9: No. 18 Princeton at Temple
Gametime: Wednesday, April 4 at 4 p.m.
2012 Records: Princeton (4-4), Temple (7-4)
Series Began: 1982
Series Record: Princeton leads 19-9
Series Streak: 1, Temple win
Last Meeting: Temple won 14-12
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PRINCETON, N.J. (4/2/12) – The Princeton women's lacrosse team makes the short trip down I-95 to take on Temple in a non-conference game on Wednesday, April 4 at 4 p.m.
Eye on the Tigers
The Tigers are looking to get back on track after back-to-back one goal losses to nationally ranked teams. Princeton most recently lost 13-12 in overtime to Cornell this past Saturday. With a 4-4 record, the Tigers are ranked No. 18 in the latest IWLCA national poll. Junior Jaci Gassaway leads the team in scoring with 30 points on 21 goals and nine assists. Junior Cassie Pyle has a team-high 23 goals and two assists for 25 points. Freshman Erin McMunn leads the team in assists with 17 and adds eight goals for 25 points. Sophomores Mary-Kate Sivilli and Sarah Lloyd contribute 19 and 16 points, respectively. Freshman goalie Annie Woehling has started in all eight games. She has an 8.44 goals against average and a .433 save percentage, making 52 saves. Woehling is also the team leader in ground balls with 22. Senior defender Lindsey deButts is second on the team in ground balls with 16 but leads the team in caused turnovers with 12. Lloyd is second on the team in caused turnovers with 10, and in draw controls with 16. The team draw control leader is freshman Erin Slifer, who has won 20 draws.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Temple, 19-9 since the teams began playing each other in 1982. Temple won the last meeting, a 14-12, game in Philadelphia in 2010. That game ended Princeton's 11-game win streak in the series.
Scouting the Owls
Temple comes into Wednesday's game with a 7-4 overall record. The Owls kick-started 2012 with five straight wins but are 2-4 in their last six games including a 14-7 loss to Duquesne on Sunday at home. Temple is led offensively by senior Stephanie Markunas who has 30 points on 17 goals and 13 assists. She also is in the top three on the team in ground balls with 15, and draw controls with 19. Juniors Stephany Parcell and Charlotte Swavola have 24 points apiece, with Parcell being the leading goal scorer with 22 tallies and two assists. Swavola has 12 goals and assists each and leads the team in draw controls with 20. Karly Cohen has 22 points and sophomore Jaymie Tabor has 16. Tabor is the team leader in caused turnovers with eight to her name. Senior Allison McWilliams leads the team in ground balls with 17 and is third in caused turnovers with six. Senior goalie Tess Bishop has started in all 11 games and has made 68 saves on 179 shots for an 11.37 goals against average and a .380 save percentage. Junior Meghan Clothier has played back up in seven games and has stopped six of 16 for a 9.68 GAA and a .375 save percentage.
Last Time We Met (from the archives)
PHILADELPHIA (3/31/10)- Princeton outscored Temple 4-3 in the second half but couldn't recover from a six-goal run by the Owls in the first half to fall 14-12 in women's lacrosse on Wednesday, March 31 at Geasey Field.
The No. 17-ranked Tigers took the lead 45 seconds into the game on a goal from freshman Jackie Klauberg. Ann Stouffer answered three minutes later, and the teams would continue to trade goals two more times in the next four minutes for a 3-3 tie at 22:34. Princeton went up 5-3 after back-to-back goals from freshman Charlotte Davis and senior Kristin Morrison.
The tide turned however when the Owls scored six unanswered goals in a 10-minute span to take a 9-5 lead with 8:25 to play in the half. The squad switched goalies after the fourth goal but the defense couldn't find an answer to the Temple attack.
Princeton got back in it with goals from Davis and freshman Sam Ellis, but Temple added two more to regain the four-goal lead. With two seconds left, Ellis added her second goal of the afternoon for the 11-8 halftime score.
The second half went back and forth with the teams trading goals with Temple never getting more than a three-goal lead.
Sophomore Cassie Pyle led the Tigers with two goals and two assists, while junior Lizzy Drumm tallied two goals and added an assist. Freshmen Sam Ellis and Davis both scored a pair of goals. Junior Erin Tochihara made seven saves on 17 shots, and senior Kaitlyn Perrelle stopped one of five shots.
Stephanie Markunas scored three goals and one assist for four points, while Charlotte Swavola and Ann Stouffer each recorded hat tricks. Goalkeeper Jessica Colucci made 12 saves on 24 shots.
Princeton had a 30-27 advantage in shots and won the draw control battle, 14-13. Temple had a 27-18 edge in ground balls and both teams caused six turnovers. Both teams are now 4-5 on the season.