March 2, 2011

Gassaway OT Goal Lifts No. 18 Princeton Over RU

from press release

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sophomore Jaci Gassaway scored the golden goal in overtime to lift the Princeton women's lacrosse team to a 9-8 win over Rutgers on Wednesday, March 2 at RU Turf Field. This is Gassaway's second straight game winner.

She scored with 25 seconds remaining in the first overtime, leaving Rutgers scrambling to score. The Scarlet Knights won the next draw control but couldn't put anything together in the final seconds.

A free-position goal by junior Cassie Pyle gave Princeton the early lead, but Rutgers would go on a 3-0 run in a span of 8:12, getting goals from three different players to take the lead with less than 14 minutes remaining in the first half.

Gassaway would tally her first of three goals at 13:17 that would spark a 4-0 Princeton run that would give the Tigers a 5-3 lead at halftime.

Senior Kaitlyn Mauritz scored her first collegiate goal at 7:25 that would even the game at 3-3.
Princeton was able to take the 4-3 lead with junior Lindsey deButts winning the next draw and quickly getting to the goal for two shots. A foul resulted in Pyle earning another free-position which she converted. Gassaway would turn a free-position attempt into a goal with 1:55 to play in the half.

After trading free-position goals in the second half, Marlena Welsh scored back-to-back goals for Rutgers within less than a minute of each other to knot the game at 6-6 with 13:30 remaining.
Senior Lizzy Drumm answered with two goals of her own with help from Gassaway and Mauritz to put the Tigers back up on top, 8-6 with less than seven minutes left.

Rutgers brought its defict to one with 43 seconds left on a free-position and won the next draw. The Scarlet Knights drew up a play on a timeout that would result in Lindsey Watts scoring the tying goal with eight seconds left, forcing the extra session.

The Scarlet Knights won the opening draw control and both teams would exchange shots on the goal before exchanging ends three minutes in. Mauritz would win the draw control for the Tigers and Pyle would set up Gassaway for the score.

Gassaway and Pyle would each record four-point games with three goals an assist each. All three of Pyle's goals were on free-position shots as she was 3 for 4 from the fan. Drumm had three points on two goals and an assist and Mauritz had two points. Senior goalie Erin Tochihara made eight saves in her second win of the season.

Katherine Marino and Welsh each scored twice for the Scarlet Knights while Kristen Anderson had a goal and an assist each. Lily Kalata made nine saves in goal in Rutgers' first loss of the season.

No. 18-ranked Princeton is now 2-0 on the season and will travel to take on No. 4 Duke on Saturday, March 5 at 4 p.m.

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