April 4, 2012

McMunn Sets Princeton Assist Record in 14-13 Win Over Temple

from press release

PRINCETON, N.J. - Freshman Erin McMunn set a Princeton women's lacrosse record for assists in a game to lead the No. 18-ranked Tigers to a 14-13 win at Temple on Wednesday, April 4.

McMunn had one goal and six assists. Junior Charlotte Davis scored three goals and two assists for five points, while junior Jaci Gassaway and sophomore Sarah Lloyd both recorded hat tricks. Senior Cassie Pyle had four points on two goals and two assists, while freshman Erin Slifer had two tallies.

A 7-1 run by Temple in the second half put Princeton in danger as the Owls took a 12-9 lead at 15:55. A five-goal spark by the Tigers gave them back the lead and they'd hang on for the win.

Pyle opened the game with a goal at 26:46 and Slifer followed up off a feed from McMunn to help the Tigers take a 2-0 lead at 21:29.

Temple went on a 3-0 run to take the lead at 15:41.

McMunn set up Princeton's next two goals, one by Gassaway and one by Slifer, which allowed the Tigers to take back the lead, 4-3 at 13:12.

Temple's goalie Tess Bishop kept her team's deficit to just one with a big save on a free-position chance by Pyle before Stephanie Markunas tallied her second of the day to knot the game at 4-4 less than a minute later.

A turnover by Temple resulted in a quick clear and goal as Pyle set up Gassaway two minutes later Davis grabbed Princeton's first two-goal lead since 21:29.

Markunas collected a first half hat trick at 7:22, to make it a 6-5 game. Bishop made another nice save on a free-position shot by junior Sam Ellis two minutes later.

With time winding down Temple worked the ball around waiting for a good shot. Princeton was called for a foul in the arc and goalie Annie Woehling made a terrific save with 11.6 seconds left on an eight-meter to keep the Tigers ahead at halftime.

Two goals in the first three minutes of the second half gave Princeton an 8-5 lead, the first three-goal lead in the game.

Temple would then go on a 7-1 run that would give it a 12-9 lead. The Owls scored three straight within 1:17 to knot the game at 8-8. Helping the Owls along was a turn in draw controls. Princeton won nine of 11 in the first half, but Temple would win three of the first five in the second half to help them get possession.

Temple would go off scoring three straight to knot the game at 8-8 within 1:17. Helping the Owls along was the change in draw controls from the first to the second. Princeton won nine of 11 in the first half, but Temple won three of five in the first five minutes of the second and won a total of 11 of 17 in the second half.

A goal by Lloyd at 21:32 sandwiched the Temple run as she scored on a quick clear and feed from Davis.

The Owls would score four more in span of 5:04 to take the 12-9 lead at 15:55.

The Tigers wouldn't go away as they responded with five straight to regain the lead 14-12 at 3:42. Gassaway sparked the run, and McMunn added her first of the day right out in front off a feed from Davis. An eight-meter goal by Davis at 6:27 tied the game. McMunn would set up Lloyd for the Tiger' next two goals.

Keelin Hood ended the run at 2:55 and won the ensuing draw control. Karly Cohen threw the ball out of bounds, putting it back in the sticks of the Tigers with 1:45 remaining.

Princeton passed it around for the remainder to earn the win.

Princeton outshot Temple, 27-22. The Tigers had one more ground ball and one more draw control than the Owls.

Woehling made five saves in net for Princeton, while Bishop stopped eight for the Owls who drop to 7-5 overall.

Princeton improves to 5-4 and hosts Yale on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m.

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