PRINCETON, N.J. (2/19/14) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team jumps right into the thick of things as the Tigers open the 2014 season at No. 6/8 Loyola on Saturday, Feb. 22. Game time is at 1 p.m.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton returns 22 of 27 letterwinners from 2013 including eight starters. The Tigers return their top four scorers and 74% of their point production as well as both goalies. An NCAA Tournament team one year ago, Princeton is ranked No. 16 and No. 17 in the latest national polls. Leading the attack is junior Erin McMunn. McMunn has had a point in each of the last 21 games and is ranked 22nd in storied program’s all-time scoring list with 117 points on 58 goals and 59 assists. Midfielders Sarah Lloyd and Erin Slifer were second and third in scoring last year. The tandem combined for 72 points last year on 38 goals and 34 assists, as well as combining for 66 draw controls, 40 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. Sophomore Alexandra Bruno led the freshmen in scoring and was second on the team in goals with 26 tallies and four assists. Senior Mary-Kate Sivilli and sophomore Anya Gersoff were also in double figures in scoring last year. Senior Caroline Franke emerged as the starting goalie in 2013. She posted a 9-6 record with a .451 save percentage and a 10.01 goals against average. Junior Annie Woehling was the started in 2012 and has proven to be formidable with a career 9.48 GAA and a .399 save percentage. In front of the goal Princeton has depth as seniors Colleen Smith and Liz Cutting return with sophomore Liz Bannantine. The Tigers bring in seven freshmen, five of which were named All-America during their high school careers. Expect to see a number of them in the line-up this spring.
Today’s game marks the first meeting between Princeton and Loyola in five years. Princeton owns an 8-3 record in the all-time series and have won the last six games including a 13-7 win in the last meeting on April 29, 2009.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
Loyola opened the season with a 16-12 win at No. 6 Virginia helping it move up in the rankings from No. 9 to No. 6. Virginia took a 3-0 lead before Loyola closed the first half on a 4-2 run to make it a 5-3 game. Two more Greyhound goals to start the second tied the game at 5-5. A 8-2 run by Loyola gave it the 13-7 lead midway through the second. Virginia battled back to make it a four-goal game on a 4-2 run, but that was as close as it would get. Senior Marlee Paton led the team in scoring with seven points on two goals and five assists, while junior Hannah Schmitt scored a career-best six times. Redshirt junior Taryn VanThof had a hat trick and Sydney Thomas had two goals and an assist. Sophomore Molly Wolf made 11 saves in goal for the win. Loyola is the Patriot League preseason favorite as it returns 10 starters from squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Paton was voted the Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and join VanThof, Thomas and Maddy Lesher on the league’s preseason team.