Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The race for the Ivy League women’s lacrosse tournament comes down to the final week of the season, as five teams are in the mix for the four spots. Thanks to No. 8 Dartmouth’s 12-9 loss at No. 20 Princeton, the Big Green are tied atop the standings with No. 9 Penn, at 5-1 apiece. The Tigers, No. 13 Cornell and Harvard are tied for third-place and are a mere game behind the leaders, at 4-2.
Dartmouth can clinch the top seed in the League tournament with a win at Harvard on April 27. Prior to the Big Green’s final game of the season, Penn faces Princeton on April 25. Cornell closes out its Ivy campaign with a road game at Brown on April 28.
There is also the possibility of a five-way tie for first-place if Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton each finish 5-2. It would be the first time in League history that more than three teams finished tied for first. The only other occasion that saw more than two teams tied at the top of the standings was 2003, when Princeton, Yale and Dartmouth were all 6-1.
If all five teams finish 5-2, they would all be considered Ivy champions. Dartmouth and Penn could also finish tied on top of the standings, at 6-1 apiece, which would mark the second-straight year those two teams were co-Ivy League champions.
If that five-way tie occurs, Ivy Manual tiebreaker No. 4 would
be used, which is goal differential against the other four teams
involved in the tie. After week nine, Cornell is in first with a
differential of +4, followed by Dartmouth (+1), Penn (E), Princeton
(-1) and Harvard (-4). The Big Red is the only squad among the five
teams in contention that has already faced the other four
If the five teams tie for first and the goal differential remains as is, the tiebreaker for the remaining three spots would then go back to No. 2, which is head-to-head results amongst the remaining tied teams. Princeton and Harvard would be 2-1 against the other three teams, with Harvard getting the second-seed due to its win over the Tigers, giving Princeton the third-seed. Dartmouth would get the fourth seed thanks to its victory over the Quakers, who would be eliminated.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell took care of League business during week nine, defeating Yale, 17-9. In its other game on the week, the Big Red fell to No. 2 Syracuse, 16-9, to become the third Ivy squad to lose to the Orange, joining Harvard (10-6 on March 31) and Dartmouth (22-4 on April 9). Cornell junior attack Caroline Salisbury (Middletown, Md.) finished with 10 points on eight goals and two assists in the two games and was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week.
In the Big Red’s 16-9 loss to the Orange, Salisbury led the team in points (four), goals (three), assists (one) and draw controls (five). Against the Bulldogs, Salisbury tied for the team lead in points and goals with teammate Jessi Steinberg, as each tallied six points on five goals and one assist. Salisbury again led the team in draw controls with five. She also tallied three groundballs and two caused turnovers in the two games.
Salisbury received her first career Ivy League weekly award and joined Steinberg (March 19) as Big Red players to earn Offensive Player of the Week honors this season.
Salisbury’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 8G, 2A, 10 Pts., 3GB, 10DC, 2CT, .364 Shooting %
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman goalie Annie Woehling (Radnor, Pa.) used her own version of the 9-9-9 plan to put the Tigers in the playoff race, stopping nine shots while allowing nine goals and recording a 9.00 goals against average in Princeton’s 12-9 upset win over No. 8 Dartmouth. It marked the first Ivy loss for the Big Green, and the second victory by Princeton over a top-10 team this season, as the Tigers previously defeated No. 10 Virginia, 9-7, on March 17.
Three of Woehling’s saves were made on shots by Dartmouth's leading goal scorer Sarah Plumb, who was held to just one goal on the afternoon. The Big Green entered the game averaging 11.33 goals per contest. Woehling also recorded two groundballs in the win.
Woehling received her first career Ivy League weekly award and the first Defensive Player of the Week honor for a Tiger since Erin Tochihara received the accolade on April 4, 2011. Woehling is the second freshman to earn Defensive Player of the Week this season, joining Harvard rookie goalie Kelly Weis (March 27).
Woehling’s Weekly Stats
1GP-GS, 60:00 Mins., 9GA, 9.00 GAA, 9 Svs., .500 Sv. %, 2GB, 1-0
The race to the Ivy League tournament comes down to three final games: Penn at Princeton on Wednesday, Dartmouth at Harvard on Friday and Cornell at Brown on Saturday. The final day of the regular season features a number of big non-conference matchups, as Penn will travel to face No. 6 Duke, Columbia will take on Virginia Tech, Yale will play at No. 17 Boston College and Princeton will face No. 10 Penn State.
Caroline Crow, Yale (Sr., A – Davidsonville, Md.)
2 GP, 7G, 2A, 9 Pts., 1GB, 1DC, .636 Shooting %
Skylar Dabbar, Columbia (So., GK – Houston)
2 GP-GS, 120:00 Mins., 24 GA, 12.00 GAA, 19 Svs., .442 Sv. %, 5GB, 0-2
Alyssa Dibona, Brown (Fr., M – Media, Pa.)
2 GP, 4GB, 2DC, 4CT
Kristen Goldberg, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Cockeysville, Md.)
2 GP, 7G, 2A, 9 Pts., 1GB, 1DC, 1CT, .538 Shooting %
Cacki Helmer, Cornell (Sr., D – Manilus, N.Y.)
2 GP, 1G, 1 Pt., 6GB, 1DC, 5CT, 100.0 Shooting %
Bre Hudgins, Brown (So., A – Syracuse, N.Y.)
2 GP, 5G, 5 Pts., 2GB, 3DC, 1CT, .357 Shooting %
Emily Leitner, Penn (Sr., GK – Darien, Conn.)
1 GP-GS, 60:00 Mins., 6 GA, 6.00 GAA, 7 Svs., .538 Sv. %, 5GB, 1-0
Erin McMullan, Yale (So., GK – Wading River, N.Y.)
2 GP-GS, 120:00 Mins., 23 GA, 11.50 GAA, 31 Svs., .574 Sv. %, 6GB, 1CT, 1-1
Maddie Poplawski, Penn (Jr., M – Springfield, Pa.)
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 2GB, 7DC, 1CT, .429 Shooting %
Cassie Pyle, Princeton (Sr., M – Alexandria, Va.)
1 GP, 4G, 4 Pts., 1CT, .800 Shooting %
Hilary Smith, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Bronxville, N.Y.)
2 GP, 2GB, 6DC, 4CT
Danielle Tetreault, Harvard (Jr., M – Guilderland, N.Y.)
1 GP, 4G, 4 Pts., 1GB, 2DC, 1CT, .444 Shooting %
Tuesday, April 24
No. 13 Cornell at Binghamton 4:00 PM
Wednesday, April 25
*No. 9 Penn at No. 18 Princeton 7:00 PM
Friday, April 27
*No. 8 Dartmouth at Harvard 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 28
No. 9 Penn at No. 6 Duke 12:00 PM
*No. 13 Cornell at Brown 12:00 PM
Columbia at Virginia Tech 1:00 PM
Yale at No. 17 Boston College 1:00 PM
No. 20 Princeton at No. 10 Penn St. 1:00 PM
Friday, May 4
Ivy League Tournament Semifinals
Sunday, May 6
Ivy League Tournament Championship
*-Ivy League Contest