April 18, 2009

Princeton Women Down Dartmouth Decisively

from press release

HANOVER, N.H.  -- Seven Tigers scored goals with senior Anne Murray leading the way with a career-best four tallies as the Princeton women's lacrosse team turned a decisive 14-4 win over Dartmouth on Saturday.

It was a senior showcase at Scully-Fahey Field, as Christine Casaceli, Holly McGarvie and Kristin Schwab each contributed three points, and Katie Cox had two.

No. 7-ranked Princeton had the upperhand in every statistical catergory, including a 35-18 shot differential. The Tigers had a 26-23 edge in ground balls and won 10 draws to No. 14 Dartmouth's nine.

Sophomore goalie Erin Tochihara made seven saves, all of which game in the second half, including two free-position shots. Dartmouth's Julie Wadland made 11 saves in the losing effort.

Kat Collins, Dartmouth's leading scorer, had two points, while Katherine Chiusano and Greta Meyer each scored a goal.

Down 3-1 about 13 minutes into the game, Princeton refocused and scored 13 of the next 14 goals for the win.

Freshman Allison Behringer got things started with help from Cox at 22:39.

Dartmouth answered with a 3-0 run over the next five minutes to take the 3-1 lead at 17:34.

Murray sparked a four-goal run at 8:59 as she tallied her first marker of the day with help from McGarvie. Sophomore Lizzy Drumm and Schwab scored within 21 seconds to give the Tigers a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Casaceli closed out the first half with a free-position goal, one of five that Princeton would score on the afternoon, to take a 5-3 lead at the half.

Casaceli notched her second of three on the afternoon to begin the second half.

Dartmouth's Meyer converted on a free position opportunity to make it 6-4, but that would be as close as the Big Green would come, as the Tigers rattled off the next eight goals.

Senior defender Marie McKenna tallied her second goal of the season at 14:45, and 20 seconds later Schwab made it 8-4. Two minutes later Murray expanded the lead with an eight-meter goal.

McGarvie notched her first of two at 9:16, before Murray added two more goals from the eight meter to make it 12-4 with 4:39 to play.

Casaceli capped off her hat trick at 1:40, and McGarvie collected her 24th goal of the season with four seconds to play.

Princeton improves to 11-2 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League to take sole possession of second place in the conference standings. The Tigers will host Brown on Senior Day on Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m. The game will be part two of a doubleheader with the men's team, which takes on Dartmouth at noon.

Dartmouth slides down to third place in the league standings with a 4-2 record, and a 7-5 mark overall.

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