Princeton shocks No. 8 Penn
Tigers halt Quakers' 34-game Ivy League winning streak
PRINCETON, N.J. - The No. 15 Princeton women's lacrosse team halted No. 8 Penn's 34-game Ivy League win streak at Franklin Field on Wednesday when it handed the Quakers an 11-7 loss to earn a place in the Ivy League Tournament.
Princeton, which had never led a top-10 team this season, improves to 7-5 overall and 4-1 in the league to sit in a three-way tie for second place along with Dartmouth and Harvard. All four of the top teams have just one league loss.
Princeton had five multiple-point scorers, putting up 11 goals on a team that allows just seven per game. Junior Cassie Pyle led the Tigers with a four-point game with three goals and an assist. Senior Lizzy Drumm tallied three goals and sophomore Charlotte Davis would score twice and add an assist. Sophomore Jaci Gassaway would have a goal and an assist and freshman Sarah Lloyd picked up two helpers. On the other end of the field, senior Erin Tochihara had eight saves in goal, including six in the first half.
Princeton nearly got an empty net about a minute into the game as goalie Emily Leitner came out to the left as Gassaway made her way to the circle, but Leitner stepped in front of the shot to make the save.
Pyle converted on a free position to give Princeton a 1-0 lead with her 18th tally of the year
Tochihara would get first test at 23:52. She scooped up a loose shot by Bridget Waclawik and the Tigers would clear the ball.
Drumm would take quick shot the top of the fan to make it 2-0 at 23:34, her 26th goal of the year.
Meredith Cain would put Penn on the scoreboard at 20:51 when she scored on an eight-meter attempt.
Drumm would notch her second of the day when she slipped a left handed shot in on the right post of Leitner to make it 3-1 at 16:46.
Penn would score the next two goals to even the score at 3-3. Giulia Giordano scored at 15:42 after the Quakers overloaded the right side leaving the left side bare. Giordano broke through into the open space and found the back of the net. Two minutes later Tory Benson would knot the game at 3-3.
Pyle would regain the lead for the Tigers at 12:44 when she drove through her defenders down the lane and for the score. Senior Maisie Devine would make it 5-2 43 seconds later on a restart, as Charlotte Davis passed across the crease and Devine found space on the right side of Leitner.
Lindsey Smith would cut the lead to 5-4 with a goal at 11:18.
Giordano answered with a quick transition goal to make it a 5-5 game at 8:18. It would be Penn's last goal for 17:05 as the Tigers would hold it scoreless, while padding its lead with four consecutive goals.
Gassaway gave the Tigers the lead with help from Pyle at 6:56 and sophomore Caroline Rehfuss scored on a free-position attempt with 29 seconds left as Princeton took a 7-5 lead into the locker room.
Charlotte Davis opened the second half with a goal as she shot far post over the left shoulder of Leitner at 28:49. Gassaway would feed Pyle from the goal line extended and shot low far post for the four-goal lead at 26:27.
Waclawik ended Penn's 17-minute scoring drought at 21:13.
Tochihara was unstoppable in the second half. She made a great stop on a Brennan shot in transition at 17:02. Penn spent the next four minutes with the ball but could not score, missing a free position and hitting the post and Tochihara a stalwart in goal.
Maddie Poplawski scored on a free-position attempt throwing the ball over two defender's sticks with a high shot and goal a 7:55, but it would be Penn's final goal of the game, as Princeton would score twice more.
Winning the next draw, Princeton would score on its next possession. Lloyd delivered an excellent pass to a cutting Charlotte Davis at 7:13.
Tochihara would come up with a huge stop on a Tory Bensen shot at 4:25.
Drumm would seal the win for the Tigers when she caused Lily Posner to turn the ball over in the Quaker end and before she could get to the restraining line. Drumm would turn and run to the goal to score at 2:20.
Leitner made seven saves and allowed 11 goals. Giordana paced the Quaker offense with two goals and one assist and Smith had a goal and an assist each.
Penn had a slim edge in shots 23-20, while Princeton put 18 on goal while Penn had 15. The Quakers won the ground ball battle 23-17 and won 13 of 20 draw controls. Penn had 18 turnovers, 11 in the first half, while Princeton had 13.