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Women's Lacrosse Hosts Dartmouth in Pivotal Ivy Match

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/19/2012
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Junior captain Caroline Rehfuss
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Game 13: No. 8 Dartmouth at No. 20 Princeton
Gametime: Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m.
2012 Records: Princeton (6-6, 3-2), Dartmouth (10-2, 5-0)
Series Began: 1980
Series Record: Princeton leads 21-17
Series Streak: 1, Dartmouth win
Last Meeting: Dartmouth won 15-10
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PRINCETON, N.J. (4/19/12) – The Princeton women's lacrosse team hosts Ivy League leader Dartmouth in a pivotal Ivy League match on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m., at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.

Eye on the Tigers
Princeton is 6-6 on the season and ranked No. 20 in the national poll. The Tigers are 3-2 in the Ivy League and tied for third place with Cornell and Harvard, two teams who would get the tie-breaker over Princeton when it comes down to the Ivy League Tournament. Princeton still has to face Penn, in the final home game, on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Junior Jaci Gassaway sits atop the scoring column with 43 points on 30 goals and 13 assists. Senior Cassie Pyle has a team-high 32 goals and six helpers for 38 points. Freshman Erin McMunn is right on her heels with 37 points with 12 goals and a team-leading 25 helpers. Sophomores Sarah Lloyd and Mary-Kate Sivilli are next on the list with 21 and 19 points respectively. Freshman Annie Woehling has started in all 12 games and has a .421 save percentage and a 9.12 goals against average. Woehling leads the team in ground balls with 28 with senior defender Lindsey deButts right behind with 27. deButts has caused the most turnovers on the team, with 18. Lloyd and freshman Erin Slifer are tops at center circle with 34 and 27 draws to their credit. .

The Series
Princeton has won 21 of the 38 meetings with Dartmouth since the teams started playing in 1980. The Big Green won the last meeting, a 15-10 game in Hanover. The game marked the Tigers last loss of the regular season, as they won the next five games.

Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth is 10-2 on the season and is ranked No. 8 in the national poll. The Big Green are undefeated in Ivy League play with a 5-0 record with Princeton and Harvard the final two league games of the season. Dartmouth most recently defeated Niagara 21-4 on Monday afternoon and beat Penn 9-7 last Saturday. The Big Green are 3-2 when playing outside of Hanover, and are averaging 11.33 goals per game while allowing 9.42. Senior Sarah Plumb leads the team in scoring with 41 points on 30 goals and 11 assists. She also won the most draws on the team with 62 and has caused the most turnovers, 13 total. In addition, Plumb ranks second in ground balls with 24. Senior Kirsten Goldberg has 29 goals and eight assists for 37 points. Sophomore Lindsey Allard, junior Hana Bowers and sophomore Liz Calby add 24, 22 and 21 points respectively. Sophomore Kristen Giovanniello has started in goal in all 12 games. She has a .471 save percentage and a 9.04 goals against average, while leading the team in ground balls with 31.

Last Time We Met  (from the archives)

HANOVER, N.J. (4/23/11) - No. 15-ranked Princeton outscored No. 14 Dartmouth in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early deficit as the Big Green walked away with a 15-10 win.

The Big Green took a 10-3 halftime lead that the Tigers had to fight through in the second. Princeton had seven goals to Dartmouth’s five in the second session but it wasn’t enough. Dartmouth had a 30-19 edge in shots, including a 20-6 differential in the first half.

Freshman Sarah Lloyd led the Tigers with a four-point game with two goals and two assists. Senior Lizzy Drumm and junior Cassie Pyle both had hat tricks. In goal senior Erin Tochihara made seven saves.

Sarah Parks had a four-point game with three goals and one assist to pace the Big Green offense. Kirsten Goldberg had a hat trick while Sarah Plumb, Hana Bowers and Greta Meyer all had two goals and one assist apiece. Kristen Giovanniello made seven saves in the cage.

Dartmouth quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead less than five minutes into the first half, getting two of those goals on free-position attempts. The Big Green would convert 4 of 4 of their eight-meter chances in the game.

Drumm put Princeton on the scoreboard at 21:38 with a free position goal, but Dartmouth wasn’t done, scoring the next four goals to take an 8-1 lead with six minutes left in the half. The teams traded two goals each to end the half.

Princeton went on a 3-1 run in the first 6:30 of the second half, to make it 11-6. Dartmouth wouldn’t let Princeton any closer than five goals while the Tigers wouldn’t let themselves get down by more than seven.

Pyle tallied two goals in a span of 1:17 to get Princeton within five, 15-10, but the Tigers couldn’t get any more past Giovanniello in the final 3:30 as she would make two stops.







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