Women's Lacrosse Falls to Penn in Ivy Tournament Championship, 9-6
PRINCETON, N.J. (5/4/14) - First-half struggles put No. 16 Princeton in too big of a hole and the Tigers couldn't recover as No. 15 Penn claimed the 2014 Ivy League Tournament Championship in a 9-6 game on Sunday on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Winning just two of nine draw controls and committing seven turnovers, the Tigers didn’t give themselves a chance to get momentum going offensively as Penn (11-4) jumped out to a 6-0 lead.
Penn had a 21-3 edge in shots in the first half and had eight free-position attempts.
Princeton (11-5) ended its drought with the final two goals to close out the first half.
Senior Sarah Lloyd put Princeton the board at 9:08 with an unassisted goal after junior Erin Slifer won the draw. Junior Erin McMunn added her eighth goal of the tournament at 1:44 as the first half ended with a 6-2 Penn lead.
Princeton was more polished in the second half and had the edge on Penn in shots 9-3, draws 6-1, ground balls 5-4 and goals 4-3.
Penn converted on each of its three shots on goal in the second half, getting two from Iris Williamson, who opened the half with an unassisted goal.
The teams traded free-position goals with Mary-Kate Sivilli scoring for the Tigers and Lely DeSimone for the Quakers as Penn took an 8-3 lead midway through the second half.
Slifer set up McMunn at 7:57 but 50 seconds later Williamson answered on the other end.
Slifer’s 100th career point came on her feed to McMunn at 5:56 as Princeton once again got within four, 9-5.
Freshman Olivia Hompe scored the final goal of the game at 4:18 as she came around the back of the goal and whipped in a low shot on Lucy Ferguson.
Princeton found it increasingly more difficult to inch any closer as defender Liz Bannantine picked up a yellow card with 2:10 to play, forcing the Tigers to play down a player for two minutes.
"First I want to congratulate Penn," Princeton head coach Chris Sailer said after the game. "I thought they really came out and took the game today and you have to give them a lot of credit. They went after it at the start of the game. We were slow starting. I think Friday night we played the best, if not one of the best games, all season and today was the other end of the spectrum.
Penn came out like a force and they worked really hard offensively and we were working really hard to keep it defensively. We hardly had the ball in the first half. The couple times we had it we had some quick turnovers and we didn't capitalize offensively. But I was really proud of the team that we showed with a different effort and fight in the second half. If you look at the draw controls, they were reversed, that was the name of the game. We were out-hustled and performed in the draw in the first half and we did the reverse in the second half so we had an opportunity. Our kids kept fighting but we just dug ourselves too big of a hole."
Junior Annie Woehling made six saves, all coming in the first half. McMunn tallied a hat trick and Slifer had two assists.
Ferguson made two saves in net for Penn, both of which came in the second half. Smith had a three-point game with two goals and an assist. Corcoran, DeSimone and Williamson scored two goals apiece and Bensen had two helpers.
Princeton will await the NCAA Selection Committees announcement to see if it will receive one of 13 at-large bids tonight at 9 p.m., on NCAA.comAll-Tournament Team
Liz Bannantine, Princeton
Erin McMunn, Princeton
Mary-Kate Sivilli, Princeton
Annie Woehling, Princeton
Tory Benson, Penn - Most Outstanding Player
Nina Corcoran, Penn
Lely DeSimone, Penn
Taylor Foussadier, Penn
Meg Markham, Penn
Lindsey Smith, Penn
Audrey Todd, Harvard
Amanda D'Amico, Cornell