PRINCETON, N.J. (4/15/14) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team faces Ivy League rival Penn on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. The contest between the first- and second-ranked Ivy League teams has the potential to decide the regular-season champion and the host of the Ivy League Tournament.
EYE ON THE TIGERS
Princeton holds down second place in the Ivy League standings with a 4-1 record, having played two more games than Penn. At 8-4 overall, the Tigers continue to receive votes in the national polls.
A number of threats on offense, with six players with 20+ points, gives Princeton’s opponents fits. Juniors Erin McMunn and Erin Slifer sit at the top with 34 points each. McMunn has a team-high 24 goals and 10 assists. The Ivy League co-Offensive Player of the Week Slifer had a seven-point game at Harvard and now has 19 goals and 15 assists. Freshman Olivia Hompe is the assist leader with 16 helpers while adding 13 goals. Sophomore Alexandra Bruno contributes 28 points on 20 goals, followed by freshman Anna Doherty with 24 points with 21 goals, and senior Sarah Lloyd with 21 points and a team-best 17 ground balls. Not to be forgotten sophomore Anya Gersoff and senior Mary-Kate Sivilli chip in 19 points apiece. Slifer and Lloyd are the team’s top two at the center circle with 25 and 21 draw controls, respectively. Emerging as a force on the circle is freshman Amanda Leavell who has started in the last eight games and has 14 draws. The Ivy League co-Defensive Player of the Week Liz Bannantine has caused 16 turnovers, and fellow defender senior Colleen Smith has 11. Junior Annie Woehling has been a crucial part of turning the Tigers season around. She is 7-1 in goal with a .477 save percentage and an 8.06 goals against average.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Penn in a tight 20-19-3 race. The Ivy rivals first met in 1974 with Penn having the edge in the 70s & 80s before Princeton turned it on in the 90s & 00s. Last year, Penn won a thrilling 10-9 in double overtime at Franklin Field. Princeton’s last win was a 10-8 OT game in the 2011 Ivy League Tournament.
SCOUTING THE QUAKERS
Penn holds down the top slot in the Ivy League standings but has played two fewer games than the rest of the league at 3-0. The Quakers have faced some tough opposition this year traveling to UNC and hosting Maryland and Northwestern to sit 7-3 overall. Penn is ranked No. 10 & 13 in the latest polls.
Sophomore Nina Corcoran and senior Tory Bensen lead the team in scoring with 24 and 23 points, respectively. Bensen along with sophomore Lely DeSimone have a team-high 18 goals while Corcoran has 13 goals and team-best 11 assists. DeSimone is third on the list with 19 points, while senior Lindsey Smith and sophomore Iris Williamson chip in 14 points apiece. Junior Meg Markham is at the top of the list in the three other critical statistical categories. She has 27 caused turnovers, 32 ground balls and 25 draw controls. Junior Lucy Ferguson has started in goal in all 10 games. She has a .479 save percentage and a 7.97 GAA.