PRINCETON, N.J. (4/25/12) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team fell 13-8 to Penn on Wednesday, April 25 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium. The loss ends the Tigers' hopes for a postseason as they fail to make the 2012 Ivy League Tournament after winning it in 2011, making it a hard pill to swallow on Senior Day.
Costly turnovers would prove to be the Tigers' downfall as they committed 10 in the game, including seven in the second half when No. 10 Penn went on a 5-1 run to take a five-goal lead. No. 17-ranked Princeton didn't have possession long enough to put a dent in the run, as Penn ends Princeton's two-game win streak in the series.
Senior Cassie Pyle put Princeton on the scoreboard first just 1:05 into the game. Freshman goalie Annie Woehling made her first big save of the game two minutes later at the far post on a shot by Caroline Bunting but Bunting would find the back of the net at 25:35 to even the game at 1-1.
Princeton took the 2-1 lead at 24:11 on a great feed by junior Jaci Gassaway to freshman Erin McMunn after Pyle passed to Gassaway on the indirect free position.
Penn responded with two goal to take its first lead of the game. Lindsey O'Laughlin converted a free position attempt and Bunting put away an O'Laughlin rebound for the 3-2 score.
Junior Charlotte Davis scored a free-position goal and senior Barb Previ delivered a cross-crease pass to Gassaway as the Tigers regained the 4-3 lead with 19:06 to play in the half.
The Quakers scored three straight getting goals from Courtney Tomchik and Brennan before Shannon Mangini scored a free-position goal as the Quakers took the first two-goal lead of the game, 6-4 with less than 10 to play.
A quick clear by Princeton led to its next goal, as Pyle found a clean lane and scored at 4:15.
Penn won the next two draw controls and quickly converted on both possessions to take an 8-5 edge with 00:16 to play.
The Tigers won the final draw of the first and Poplawski was called for the foul on Pyle for shooting space. Pyle set up for the shot put it hit the pipe with less than five seconds on the clock.
Like the first half, Princeton scored first to start the second as Pyle found Gassaway to make it 8-6 less than four minutes into the second.
Meredith Cain got the Quakers offense started at 25:38 and Penn went on a 5-1 run to take a 12-7 lead with about 10 minutes left.
Gassaway scored the Tigers' last goal at 9:35 on a free-position shot after Penn goalie Emily Leitner was called for shooting space and had to take the spot behind Gassaway at the arc and Gassaway easily scored on the open net.
Tomchik sealed the win for the Quakers at 3:43 with help from Mangini.
Penn outshot Princeton 24-17 and won 13 draw controls to Princeton's 10. Penn had three more ground balls than Princeton, 12-9.
Gassaway led Princeton in scoring with three goals and one assist. Pyle had two goals and one assists. McMunn scored twice. Woehling made six saves in the game. Princeton falls to 7-7 overall and ends the Ivy season with a winning record at 4-3.
Bunting and Brennan each recorded four-point games, with Cain had a hat trick. Tomchik and Mangini put up two points apiece. Leitner made two saves, both of which came in the first half. Penn is now 8-6 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League.
Princeton's season isn't over as it travels to play No. 8 Penn State on Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m.