Game 14: No. 9 Penn at No. 20 Princeton
Gametime: Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
2012 Records: Princeton (7-6, 4-2), Penn (7-5, 5-1)
Series Began: 1974
Series Record: Princeton leads 20-17-3
Series Streak: 2, Princeton wins
Last Meeting: Princeton won 10-8 (OT)
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PRINCETON, N.J. (4/23/12) – The stakes couldn't be higher. It’s a do-or-die situation for Princeton when it hosts Penn in women's lacrosse on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. The Tigers must defeat Penn in order to stay alive in a fight for a place in the Ivy League Tournament. Click here for your guide to the Ivy League Tournament.
Eye on the Tigers
Princeton is ranked No. 20 in the latest national poll with a 7-6 overall record and a 4-2 in Ivy play. The Tigers defeated Dartmouth 12-9 on Saturday, handing the Big Green their third loss of the season and first in the league. Junior Jaci Gassaway leads the team in scoring with 44 points on 30 goals and 14 assists. Senior Cassie Pyle has a team-best 36 goals and six assists for 42 points. Freshman Erin McMunn also has 42 points with 15 goals and team-high 27 assists. Sophomore Sarah Lloyd and junior Charlotte Davis both add 21 points apiece, and sophomore Mary-Kate Sivilli contributes 19. Freshman Erin Slifer, junior Sam Ellis and senior Barb Previ are also in double digits in scoring. In goal, freshman Annie Woehling has a .428 save percentage and a 9.11 goals against average. She leads the team in ground balls with 30, one more than senior defender Lindsey deButts. deButts has the most caused turnovers on the team with 20 with Lloyd second with 12. Lloyd has won the most draw controls with 37 with Slifer next with 31 wins. .
Princeton leads the all-time series with Penn, 20-17-3. The Tigers won both games last season, taking an 11-7 game during the regular season and a 10-8 overtime win in the Ivy League semifinals. Both games were won at Franklin Field. The wins ended Penn’s five-game win streak in the series that dated back to 2007.
Scouting the Quakers
Penn is 7-5 overall and is 5-1 in the Ivy League to sit in a first-place tie with Dartmouth. Ranked No. 8 in the nation, Penn rebounded from two straight losses to beat Brown 15-6 on Saturday. Prior to that Penn lost to No. 1 Northwestern 14-6 and to No. 10 Dartmouth 9-7. The Quakers average 11.50 goals per game and are limiting teams to 10.08. Senior Erin Brennan sits atop the scoring column with 46 points on 25 goals and 21 assists. Junior Meredith Cain has 23 goals and five assists for 28 points, sophomore Courtney Tomchik has 20 goals and five helpers, and junior Maddie Poplawski has 24 points on 23 goals and one assists. Junior Caroline Bunting is also a 20-point scorer with 13 goals and three assists. Senior Emily Leitner owns a 7-5 record and has played in all but 22 minutes. She has a .438 save percentage and a 10.05 goals against average. Leitner leads the team in ground balls with 33 and has the second-most caused turnovers on the team with 10. Poplawski is the team leader at the circle with 48 draw controls and in caused turnovers with 11 and is second in ground balls with 21..
Last Time We Met (from the archives)May 6, 2011 - No. 14 Princeton defeated host school, top seed and No. 8-ranked Penn, 10-8 in overtime in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals - a game that featured six lead changes and seven ties.
Princeton won the first draw control of the overtime and would hang on to the ball until there was just about 40 seconds left when Charlotte Davis found Jaci Gassaway for the goal. Lizzy Drumm won the ensuing draw control and Princeton didn’t hesitate to shoot as Sam Ellis connected with Gassaway to make it 10-8 Princeton with six seconds left before the teams would change ends. Barb Previ won the draw and the Tigers played catch as Penn pressured hard to try to force a turnover but instead drew five fouls. Princeton would have possession as the clock expired.
Bridget Waclawik put Penn on the scoreboard two minutes into the game, but eight minutes later Gassaway made it 1-1 on a pass from Previ. The teams traded goals for a 2-2 game at 14:12.
Princeton took its first lead of the game at 8:55 when Davis scored on a free-position attempt. However Penn answered to tie it at the end of the first half.
Erin Brennan put Penn back up on top when she scored in transition. Princeton used a fake on an eight-meter attempt as Gassaway scored on a pass from Pyle on the far hash mark at 27:00 to make it 4-4. Pyle scored a goal of her own at 19:41 when she sent a low shot into the lower left corner at 19:41 as Princeton took a 5-4 lead.
Meredith Cain scored twice in two minutes to put Penn up 6-5 at 17:05.
The Tigers then went on a 3-0 run as Caroline Rehfuss scored in transition and Pyle buried two to give Princeton a two-goal lead, the first two-goal lead by either team.
Bunting and Brennan both scored to make it an 8-8 with 2:24 remaining. Penn won the next draw on a Princeton foul and hung onto the ball until 40 seconds remained on the clock.
Penn had a 27-20 edge in shots, a 24-22 advantage in ground balls and won 14 draw controls to Princeton’s eight. The Tigers won three of four draws in the overtime.
Cain finished the night with five points on three goals and two assists, while Brennan had one goal and three assists. Bunting tallied two goals and one assist and Waclawik had two points. Leitner made four saves in the game, three in the first half.
Gassaway and Pyle each had five-point games. Gassaway had four goals and one assist, while Pyle had three goals and two assists. Davis finished with a goal and an assist. Erin Tochihara made 10 saves in the win.