April 27, 2013

Tiger Beat: No. 18 Princeton Pounds No. 6 PSU

from press release

PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 18-ranked Princeton women's lacrosse team knocked off No. 6 Penn State, 14-8, in the regular-season finale Saturday, April 27. The Tigers complete their seventh perfect home season, going 7-0 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.

A 13-save performance by junior Caroline Franke was key to Princeton's win. Those 13 saves match her career-high. Offensively, senior Sam Ellis had a career-game with four goals and two assists. SophomoreErin McMunn also had a six-point game with three goals and three helpers, while classmate Erin Slifer had three goals and two assists. Senior Jaci Gassaway reached a milestone in the game, scoring her 100th career goal.The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead with Ellis scoring the first two goals and Slifer putting away the next two.

Princeton would never relinquish the lead and led by as many as six goals. Penn State could only get within two goals.

Ally Heavens put the Nittany Lions on the board at 16:25 to briefly halt the Tigers' run. McMunn scored her first of three and Ellis scored her third goal of the game to put Princeton up 6-1 with 11:11 remaining in the first half.

PSU would get one more goal, by Maggie McCormick, with less than four minutes to play to end the half 6-2 in favor of Princeton.

Princeton went on a 4-2 run to open the second and take a 10-4 lead. During that run was Gassaway's 100th goal as she put away a pass from McMunn at 22:39. Slifer, junior Sarah Lloyd and freshman Anya Gersoffalso scored.

The Nittany Lions mounted a comeback as they went on a four-goal run to cut their deficit to just two, 10-8 with 6:50 to play in regulation.

The Tigers weren't having it. After a timeout they rattled off four straight in a span of 4:03 to regain the six-goal lead, 14-8. Lloyd provided the spark while McMunn scored twice and Ellis tallied her fourth of the game. Two of those four goals were scored man-down after Princeton received a yellow card at 4:58.

Haley Ford mustered a man-down goal for PSU with seven seconds left but the game belonged to the Tigers.

Emi Smith started the game in net but after allowing six goals she was replaced by Alya Halus. Halus finished off the first half allowing just one. Smith went back in goal to start the second but was taken out again less than nine minutes in as Halus got another crack at it. In the end, Smith made three saves and allowed nine while Halus made one stop on six shots. Kelly Lechner had a hat trick and McCormick had three points on one goal and two helpers.

PSU outshot Princeton 29-21 and won one more draw, 13-12 and one more ground ball, 15-14.

Princeton will be the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League Tournament and will face No. 3 seed Dartmouth on Friday, May 3 at 4 p.m. The winner advances the championship game, against either Penn/Cornell, on Sunday at noon.

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