PRINCETON, N.J. (3/28/13) - The Princeton women's lacrosse team looks to keep its win streak alive and stay on top of the Ivy League standings when its travel to No. 11 Cornell on Saturday, March 30 for a 3 p.m., match.
Eye on the Tigers
Princeton is 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League after a convincing 18-7 win over Columbia on Wednesday evening. The Tigers, as they have all season, are receiving votes in both national polls. Princeton is seeking its first win on the road this season. At 0-3 all of the team’s road games have been at program’s ranked in at least one of the national polls (Georgetown, Virginia, Rutgers). The Tigers average 12.12 goals per game and are limiting teams to 9.38 gpg. They clear 84.5% of the time (98-116), set up teammates on 54.6% of the goals scored (53-97) and are 10 for 21 (47.6%) from the eight-meter arc.
Sophomore Erin McMunn has already matched her goal total from last year as she leads the team in scoring with 21 goals and 15 assists for 36 points. Freshman Alexandra Bruno and junior Sarah Lloyd each have 17 points, with Bruno scoring 16 goals and one assist and Lloyd tallying seven goals and 10 assists. Lloyd is the team leader at the circle with 23 draws and has a team-high 16 ground balls. Freshman Anya Gersoff chips in 15 points, while seniors Charlotte Davis and Mary-Kate Sivilli contribute 14 each. Senior Jaci Gassaway and sophomore Erin Slifer are also in double digits in scoring with 13 points apiece. Senior Caroline Rehfuss and freshman Liz Bannantine have 13 and 12 caused turnovers, respectively. Other hot targets on the draw are junior Colleen Smith with 15, McMunn with 14 and senior Jenna Davis with 13. Junior Caroline Franke has taken over the starting role in net as she has started in the last four games. She has a 4-2 record with a 9.19 goals against average and a .450 save percentage.
Princeton holds a 30-4 edge in the all-time series with Cornell that began in April 1980. The Tigers are 14-1 in Ithaca, their loss coming in 1988. After stringing together 22 straight wins between 1989-2009, Princeton is 1-2 in the last three games. Cornell won11-8 in 2010, Princeton won 15-10 in 2011 and Cornell took a 13-12 game in OT last year.
Scouting the Big Red
It’s been one week since Cornell suffered its first Ivy League loss of the season, a 12-11 overtime game at Penn. The Big Red are 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the league with wins over Harvard (17-12) and Columbia (14-7) and are ranked No. 11/12 in the latest national polls. Like the Tigers, the Big Red are undefeated at home this season at 3-0. Cornell averages 14.13 goals per game and have allowed 10.25 gpg. The team is 21 of 45 on the eight meter (46.7%), has assists on 43.3% of its goals (49-113) and clears 79.5% of the time (89-112).
Lindsay Toppe leads the team offensively with 39 points off of 30 goals and nine assists. Caroline Salisbury adds 20 goals and five assists, while Amanda D’Amico chips in 21 goals and three assists. Rachel Moody contributes 21 points (11-10-21) and Emily Tripodi adds 20 (6-14-20) as the team’s top assist leaders. Sarah Hefner has won 28 draw controls with Kelly Lang second at the circle with 19. Kate Ivory has a team-high 18 caused turnovers with no other teammate close to catching her. She also has a team-best 26 ground balls. Courtney Gallagher has started in goal in every game. She has a 10.67 goals against average and a .398 save percentage. Backup Carly Gniewek has played in two games and made eight saves on 13 shots in just over 60 minutes of action.