No. 18 Princeton fends off Temple
McMunn’s six assists break single-game Tiger record
PHILADELPHIA -- Erin McMunn set a Princeton record for assists in a game to lead the No. 18-ranked Tigers to a 14-13 win against Temple.
McMunn tallied six assists and scored one goal. The previous record for assists in a game was five with Lauren Simone '02, Melissa Cully '98 and Crista Samaras '99 each totaling five in a game.
Another offensive contribution came from Charlotte Davis. Davis scored three goals and added two assists for a career-best outing of five points. Jaci Gassaway and Sarah Lloyd both recorded hat tricks. Cassie Pyle tallied four points on two goals and two assists, while Erin Slifer had two scores.
Princeton held an 8-5 lead in the second half, but a 7-1 run by Temple put Princeton in danger as the Owls took a 12-9 lead at 15:55. A five-goal run by the Tigers gave them back the lead and they hung 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 short-lived lead at 15:41, before McMunn set up Princeton's next two goals. The first was by Gassaway and the second 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 one with a save on a free-position chance by Pyle before Stephanie Markunas tallied her second goal 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, and 37 seconds later Davis gave Princeton the two-goal lead.
Markunas collected a first-half hat trick at 7:22, to make it a 6-5 game. On the other end, Bishop made another nice save on a free-position shot by 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 Annie Woehling made a terrific save with 11.6 seconds left on an eight-meter attempt 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 went off, scoring three consecutive goals 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 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 with 15:55 remaining.
The Tigers wouldn't go away as they responded with five in a row to regain the lead 14-12 at 3:42. Gassaway sparked the run and McMunn scored her first of the day right out in front off a feed from Davis. Davis followed up with an eight-meter goal to tie the game, and McMunn would set up Lloyd for the Tiger' next two goals.
Keelin Hood ended the Tigers' run at 2:55 and Temple won the ensuing draw control. However, Karly Cohen threw the ball out of bounds on a bad pass which gave the ball back to the Tigers with 1:45 remaining.
Princeton held on to the ball for the remainder for the game, passing it around before the horn sounded.
Princeton outshot Temple, 27-22. The Tigers had one more ground ball, 12-11 and one more draw control, 15-14 than the Owls.
Woehling tallied five saves in net for Princeton, while Bishop stopped eight for the Owls who dropped to 7-5 overall.