HARRISONBURG, Va. – Princeton earned an 11-10 win over No. 8 seed James Madison in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. With the win the Tigers advance to the quarterfinal round to face No. 1 seed Maryland.
Princeton grabbed a 4-0 and James Madison battled back to tie the game and eventually take the lead. The Tigers regained the lead in the second half and wouldn’t let it go, working their way back up to a three-goal lead with eight minutes left.
“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.”
Senior Maisie Devine scored at 27:52 on a pass off an eight-meter opportunity by sophomore Charlotte Davis. Fifty-five seconds later senior Lizzy Drumm had made it a 2-0 game. She took a pass from inside the arc from freshman Sarah Lloyd and found a lane to the goal, going stick side on netminder Alex Menghetti.
Senior defender Caroline Markowitz scored on a ride as senior Barb Previ caused a turnover near the center circle and quickly fed Markowitz the ball for the third goal at 24:59.
The Dukes got their first shot on goal six minutes, but senior Erin Tochihara was there for the shot.
Lloyd scored in transition with help from sophomore Caroline Rehfuss who found Lloyd wide open on a 1v1 with Menghetti.
James Madison scored twice in 16 seconds to make it a 4-2 game. Monica Zabel sparked JMU’s comeback, scoring at 20:04 when she popped free o the left side and sent a high shot in to the back of the net. Casey Ancarrow scored 16 seconds later after the Dukes won the darw.
Previ had a point-blank shot saved by Menghetti at 18:30 before Ashley Kimener made it a one-goal game at 17:56.
Tochihara made two saves on shots by Ariel Lane, 33 seconds apart.
Previ point blank shot saved 18:30
A free-position shot by Previ went wide, but Princeton was nearest the ball to get it back but couldn’t get anything into the goal.
Lane tied the game at 10:01 when she ducked two defenders on the near post and shot to the left of Tochihara.
Davis put Princeton back out by one with a goal as she threw in a pass from sophomore Sam Ellis from behind the cage to make it 5-4 at 9:18.
Kimener added her second of the day, tying the game at 5-5, at 6:38 and a free-position goal by Caitlin McHugh would give the Dukes their first lead of the game at 4:58. Mary Kate Lomady won a clean draw, ran down and scored just nine seconds later.
Davis tallied her second of the day at 3:54 when the Tigers set up on offense and Davis went top shelf on Menghetti. Previ had a shot saved with 40 seconds left and JMU was called for a foul on a scrum for the ball. Pyle had the ball on the restart and passed off to Davis who buried a shot from nearly 20 yards out to tie the game 7-7 with four seconds left in the half.
Pyle would score the first goal of the second half, at 26:21, to give Princeton back the lead for the first time since 9:18 of the first. She would help the Tigers take a two-goal lead at 19:04 when she had a free-position attempt. Lined up at the near hashmark she passed off to Gassaway at the top of the arc and Gassaway shot low for the goal.
James Madison’s Kimener made it 9-8 scoring on a similar play to the Tigers, as McHugh passed off on an eight-meter attempt to Kimener who scored her third of the day at 17:48.
Tochihara made a big stop on an Ancarrow shot to keep her team ahead with 16 minutes to play in the second.
Pyle would get her second at 11:08 on a free-position goal to give Princeton a 10-8 lead. JMU would follow the goal with a timeout.
Drumm tallied her second of the game at 8:14 when she got a pass from a sprinting Gassaway around the cage and buried a goal from the doorstep, 11-8.
The Dukes would pull Menghetti in favor back up Alisa Konishi before the next draw.
Lane notched her second of the afternoon, deking her defender and sending a low shot in on the right side at 6:27 to make it 11-9.
James Madison got three free-position attempts in nearly one minute and the Dukes got a goal on the third chance, Lane’s third goal of the game at 2:56 to make it a one-goal game, 11-10.
The Dukes would get possession winning the next draw. Ancarrow would finally release the ball at 1:40 but Tochihara made a huge stop to give Princeton possession.
The Tigers turned the ball over with 1:04 to play giving the Dukes a chance to tie the game.
Tochihara made a save on a Lane shot with 17 seconds to play giving Princeton the ball and the victory.
James Madison had a slim 22-20 edge in shots and had a 13-10 advantage in draw controls. Both teams had 19 ground balls apiece.
Charlotte Davis finished with three goals and one assist. Pyle and Gassaway each had three-point games while Lloyd had two points. Tochihara made eight saves in the win.
Lane and Kimener each had three goals, while Lomady and Zabel had three-point games as well. McHugh had a goal and an assist. Menghetti made five saves while Konishi did not face a shot in the final 8:14.