March 28, 2009

Princeton Pulls Away from Cornell in Ivy Opener

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Knotted at 4-4 midway through the first half, Princeton went on a five-goal run to take a 9-4 lead into the locker room and never looked back en route to a 15-8 win over Cornell on Saturday, March 28 at Schoellkopf Field. Senior Holly McGarvie matched her personal best, scoring four goals, in the women's lacrosse Ivy League season opener.

On top of McGarvie's five-point effort, sophomore Lizzy Drumm had four points with a hat trick and a helper. Senior Christine Casaceli had three points, all of which came in the first seven minutes of the game. Junior Kristin Morrison and seniors Sarah Steele and Kristin Schwab had two points apiece. Sophomore Erin Tochihara made seven saves, two in the first half and five in the second half. Three of her second-half saves were off of free-position chances.

Princeton (7-1, 1-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game with goals from Steele and Casaceli. Big Red free-position goals by Deirdre Lafferty and Libby Johnson sandwiched Casaceli's second goal to make it 3-2 at 22:43. Drumm gave the Tigers a two-goal lead at 20:34 but Cornell (5-3, 1-2) answered with back-to-back goals to even the game at 4-4 with 10:52 to play.

Following a timeout, the tide turned for Princeton as it tallied the next five goals in the final 10 minutes of the half. Freshman Cassie Pyle got things started with an eight-meter goal. McGarvie followed up with two goals and set up Drumm for a goal with just over a minute to play. Schwab closed out the Tiger run with a tally with 16 seconds on the clock to make it 9-4.

Halsey Diakow ended Cornell's scoring drought at 27:29 of the second half, but the Tigers responded with three unassisted goals over a span of less than five minutes to make it 12-5 Princeton at 21:45.

Claire Poza scored on the Big Red's next possession at 21:17 after Tissy O'Connor won the next draw control.

McGarvie rolled her defender and went in with a low shot to make it 13-6 at 15:41, and Schwab followed up with a sidearm shot at 13:10. Drumm completed her hat trick at 9:37 to give the Tigers a 15-6 advantage.

A Princeton turnover led the Cornell's Lindsay Kane nabbing her second goal of the day with help from Shannon McHugh at 3:24. With just over two minutes to play Poza picked up a Katie Kirk pass for the final goal of the game.

Princeton held a 32-15 advantage in shots and a 17-14 edge in ground balls, while Cornell won the draw control battle, 15-10.

Johnson, Poza and Kane each finished the game with two goals, while four other players had one point. Goalie Kristen Reese played the first half and made two saves on 11 shots. Kyla Damach came in for the second half and stopped five of 11 shots.

With the win, Princeton extends its win streak over Cornell to 22 games.

Princeton will host Columbia on Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m.


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