Game 12: No. 18 Princeton at Harvard
Gametime: Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m.
2012 Records: Princeton (6-5, 3-1), Harvard (6-6, 2-2)
Series Began: 1974
Series Record: Princeton leads 25-17
Series Streak: 1, Princeton win
Last Meeting: Princeton won 12-10
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PRINCETON, N.J. (4/13/12) – The Princeton women's lacrosse team resumes Ivy League action on Saturday, April 14 when it travels to Harvard for a 1 p.m., game. The No. 18-ranked Tigers look to leave Cambridge in third-place or better in the Ivy League.
Eye on the Tigers
Princeton is 6-5 on the season most recently falling to No. 4 Maryland 15-9 after winning two straight. The Tigers are third in the Ivy League at 3-1, with wins over Brown, 18-8, Columbia, 18-6, Yale, 12-4 and a loss to Cornell in overtime, 13-12. In conference action, the Tigers are averaging 15 goals per game and allowing just 7.75 per game.
Junior Jaci Gassaway sits atop the scoring column with 41 points on 30 goals and 11 assists. Senior Cassie Pyle and freshman Erin McMunn both have 35 points. Pyle has scored 29 times and adds six assists. McMunn leads the team in assists with 25 and has 10 goals. Sophomores Sarah Lloyd and Mary-Kate Sivilli chip in 21 and 19 points, respectively, while junior Charlotte Davis has 18. Junior Sam Ellis, senior Barb Previ and freshman Erin Slifer are also in double digits in points. Freshman netminder Annie Woehling has started in goal in all 11 games and has a .419 save percentage and a 9.04 goals against average. She leads the team in ground balls with 28 while senior defender Lindsey deButts has 22 and a team-high 17 caused turnovers. Lloyd and Slifer are the team's draw control leaders with 29 and 26, respectively.
Princeton and Harvard have one of the oldest current rivalries in women's lacrosse with the teams first meeting in 1974. Princeton owns a 25-17 edge in the all-time series. Harvard took a 9-8 win at Princeton during the regular season last year, but Princeton avenged the loss by defeating Harvard in the Ivy League Championship 12-10.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard is 6-6 on the season and 2-2 in Ivy League play to sit in fifth place in the league standings. The Crimson's league wins have been over Yale, 7-5 and Brown, 16-8; while its loses were to Penn, 14-13 and Cornell, 12-6. Harvard has won its last two games including a 10-4 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday. Harvard is averaging 8.83 goals per game and is allowing an average of 10.50 gpg.
Senior Melanie Baskind leads the team in points with 27 on 21 goals and six assists. Baskind is also the team leader in caused turnovers with 11 and ground balls with 30. Juniors Danielle Tetreault and Jenn Vandermeulen each have 23 points with Tetreault scoring 19 times and added four assists, while Vandermeulen has scored 20 times and adds three assists. Tetreault has won the most draw controls on the team with 23. Junior Micaela Cyr is the other double-digit scorer on the team with 15 goals and two helper2 and has 26 ground bounds.Freshman Kelly Weis has started in all 12 games in goal. She has a .459 save percentage and an 8.16 goals against average.
Last Time We Met (from the archives)
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (5/8/11) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers defeated Harvard 12-10 in the 2011 Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Championship to earned the league's automatic bid to the tournament.
Earning places on the All-Tournament team were senior Lizzy Drumm, sophomore Charlotte Davis, junior Cassie Pyle, senior Erin Tochihara and the Tournament Most Oustanding Player sophomore Jaci Gassaway.
Princeton took a 5-0 lead but Harvard rallied in the second half to take a 10-9 lead but the Tigers responded with three straight goals for the win.
Tochihara was tested early after Princeton got off to a shaky start. The Tigers cleared 2 of 4 and turned the ball over four times at the start of the first.
Tochihara made a great save on the first shot on goal of the game by Melanie Baskind, as Baskind took off in transition five minutes into the game. Tochihara made another stop on Jess Halpern's shot as she weaved in to the goal two minutes later. Basking had a free position chance after she stripped the Tigers off the ball around the 40, but Tochihara once again was there.
Princeton started to settle down and soon found its rhythm. Helping the Tigers was a 4-1 advantage in draw controls that allowed Princeton to get some solid possession time.
Junior Barb Previ scored on Princeton's first shot on goal at 22:05 with an unassisted tally. Drumm wheeled her defender in the lane for a goal at 19:01 and added her second less than a minute later on a feed from sophomore Sam Ellis.
Princeton got a 4-0 lead when Pyle had the ball at the top of the arc and fed Gassaway inside, who then sent a high shot into the back of the back at 17:02.
The Tigers weren't done yet when Charlotte Davis scored at 16:33 when she came in on the left side extended goal line for the tally.
Harvard would call a timeout to regroup.
The Crimson would have two chances to get on the scoreboard with two free position attempts within two minutes. Jennifer VanderMeulen had a chance at 14:36 but instead of shooting, she went to her left and was caught by two defenders who caused a turnover. Two minutes later, Chelsey Newman had a free position shot stopped by Tochihara.
Kyler Keating ended the drought for Harvard with an unassisted goal at 11:09, and Basking would make it 5-2 at 9:36.
The Crimson started to control the center circle helping swing possession their way.
VanderMeulen had a free position attempt stopped by Tochihara at 8:30, as the senior netminder came up big again.
Princeton would expand its lead to 7-2 with two goals in three minutes. Senior Maisie Devine spun and scored on a pass from Pyle at 7:10 and Pyle would get a goal of her own at 4:47.
The Crimson won the ensuing draw and ran down to score to make it 7-3. Harvard couldn't get another as Baskind ran the length of the field but was stopped from scoring by Tochihara with her eighth save of the half at 5:29.
Harvard's goalie Kerry Clarke made her first save of the day with three minutes left on a shot from Previ.
VanderMeulen goes 0 for 3 on her opportunities from the eight meter when she shoots way to high in the final minute. Harvard got the ball back and Baskind blasts a shot that Tochihara sweeps away as time expires.
Harvard scored three straight goals to start the second half, making it a one-goal game, 7-6 at 21:05. The Crimson went 3-0 on draw controls to start the half. Jess Halpern scored back to back goals at 25:58 and 21:51 and Danielle Tetreault made it a one-goal game at 21:05.
Princeton would win the next draw and Gassaway one-timed a pass from Ellis at 20:31 to make it 8-6.
Halpern tallied her third of the day at 17:15 when she got open on the far side.
Drumm would get fouled and score a free-position goal at 16:18, 9-7.
Tyler Petopulos went over the right shoulder of Tochihara at 15:10 and Tetreault would tie the game when she scored a free-position goal at 14:29.
Harvard would take its first lead at 11:16 on Tetreault's fourth goal of the game, but Princeton quickly responded on the other end with a goal from Charlotte Davis at 11:00.
Davis would score her second straight at 9:24, a free position goal that would give her a hat trick - and the Tigers back the lead 11-10.
Gassaway would seal the win for Princeton with a goal with six seconds left.
Pyle led the Tigers with four points on one goal and three helpers. Charlotte Davis, Drumm and Gassaway each had hat tricks while Ellis had two assists. Tochihara would finish the day with nine saves.
Tetreault would collect five points on four goals and one assist and Halpern tallied three as the only two multiple-point scorers. Clark finished the game with four saves.
Harvard had a slim 29-21 edge in shots and a 19-17 edge in ground balls. Princeton won the draw control battle, 14-10.
Princeton will earn its NCAA opponent with the selection committee reveals the bracket live on NCAAsports.com at 7:30 p.m., tonight. Click here for the link to the web stream.