Ellis, McMunn combine for 12 points as Princeton tops Penn St. in season finale
PRINCETON, N.J. -- No. 18 Princeton knocked off No. 6 Penn State 14-8 in the regular-season finale on Saturday. The Tigers completed 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. She matched her career-high. Offensively, senior Sam Ellis had a career game with four goals and two assists. Sophomore Erin 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 never relinquished the lead and led by as many as six 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 received a goal from 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 for a 10-4 lead. Gassaway’s 100th goal came on a pass from McMunn at 22:39. Slifer, junior Sarah Lloyd and freshman Anya Gersoff also scored.
The Nittany Lions mounted a comeback as they went on a four-goal run to cut their deficit to just two with 6:50 to play in regulation.
The Tigers responded with four consecutive goals in a span of 4:03 to regain a six-goal lead at 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 on man-down chances after Princeton received a yellow card at 4:58.
Haley Ford mustered a man-down goal for PSU with seven seconds left to cap the scoring.
Kelly Lechner had a hat trick and McCormick had three points on one goal and two helpers.
PSU outshot Princeton 29-21, won the draw control battle 13-12 and had one more ground ball 15-14.