Portions courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
PHILADELPHIA -- Princeton capped off a remarkable two-game run with the 2011 Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament trophy in hand thanks to a 12-10 hard-fought victory over Harvard Sunday afternoon at Franklin Field.
Princeton earned the League's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship, its 11th postseason trip and first since 2009.
The Tigers took a 5-0 lead to start the game and went into halftime up 7-3. But Harvard came back strong to open the second half, scoring three-straight goals to make it a one-goal game, 7-6 with 21:05 remaing. Jess Halpern scored back to back goals at 25:58 and 21:51 and Danielle Tetreault added the third to put the Crimson back in the game.
Harvard would take its first lead at the 11:16 mark on Tetreault's fourth goal of the game, but Princeton quickly responded on the other end with a goal from Charlotte Davis at 11:00.
Davis would score her second straight at 9:24, a free position goal that would give her a hat trick, and the Tigers back the lead 11-10.
Jaci Gassaway, voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, would seal the win for Princeton with her third goal on the day with six seconds left. Davis and Lizzy Drumm also recorded hat tricks for Princeton. Erin Tochihara was tested throughout the game but came up with nine critical saves in the win.