May 14, 2011

Tochihara Preserves Princeton's First-Round Upset of James Madison

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Erin Tochihara's point-blank saves in the final minutes kept Princeton on top for an 11-10 upset of eighth-seeded James Madison in the NCAA tournament.

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Princeton goalkeeper Erin Tochihara made a pair of saves in the final two minutes, including the game-deciding stop with 17 seconds remaining to hold off James Madison 11-10 in the first round of the 2011 NCAA women's lacrosse championship on Saturday at the JMU Lacrosse Complex. With the win, the Tigers advance to the quarterfinal round to face No. 1 seed Maryland.

The Tigers improved to 12-6 on the season and advanced to next weekend's quarterfinal to face the top-seeded and defending national champions Maryland, while the Dukes ended their season with a 15-4 overall mark.

Charlotte Davis led Princeton with three goals and an assist, while Cassie Pyle and Lizzy Drumm each recorded two goals. Tochihara made a game-high eight saves, including five in the second half.

Ashley Kimener and Ariel Lane each recorded hat tricks with three goals apiece, while Mary Kate Lomady had two goals and an assist and Monica Zabel tallied one goal and two assists for the Dukes.

Princeton led 11-8 with 8:14 to go in the game, but JMU got a pair of goals from Lane cut the lead to just one with 2:56 to play.

The Dukes controlled possession on the next draw, but Tochihara made a point-blank save on Casey Ancarrow with 1:52 to go. The Tigers' attempt to stall hit a snag when a turnover in the neutral zone by Lindsey deButts gave the ball back to JMU with just over a minute remaining.

Madison set up its offense, and Lane's shot in front of the cage with just 17 seconds to go was again saved by Tochihara. Drumm picked up the ground ball for the Tigers to run out the clock and pick up the victory.

"We're really happy to get this win today and to be able to come back to JMU and to play an entirely different game than last time we were down here," head coach Chris Sailer said. "Being back in the NCAA quarterfinals - it feels so great. Our kids have been working hard all season long and I think we're reaching our peak, and its the perfect time for that. We're excited to play Maryland again and see what we can do against a great Terp team."

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