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Women's Lacrosse Season Comes To An End In Second Round Of NCAA Tournament

Women's Lacrosse Season Comes To An End In Second Round Of NCAA Tournament


Portions of this story courtesy of Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2014 Ivy League women's lacrosse season officially came to an end on Sunday, as Penn and Princeton each fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to No. 1 Maryland and No. 11 Virginia, respectively.

No. 1 Maryland 13, No. 13 Penn 5
Penn’s 2014 season came to an end at the hands of top-seeded Maryland in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament as the Terrapins knocked off the Quakers, 13-5.

The Red and Blue hung tight with the Terps throughout the first half, holding an early lead and keeping the potent Terrapin attack in range, but a 7-1 Maryland run to close the game was the deciding factor.

Unlike the regular season game in March at Franklin Field, Penn did not allow the Terrapins to score quickly – or even score first. Lindsey Smith scored the first goal of the game, giving Penn an early lead 4:34 into the game.

That was the only lead the Quakers would hold in the first half, as Maryland rattled off four consecutive goals to build a 4-1 lead 10:35 into the game. Four different players had goals in that run as the Terps worked their offensive depth. Two of the goals came on what can be termed fortunate bounces for the home team as Lucy Ferguson got a piece of the first and third goals for the Terps before the ball would just cross the line for the goal.

Tory Bensen would get Penn back on the board with a goal 18:22 into the game, finishing a Nina Corcoran pass. Corcoran would get a goal of her own 54 seconds later, bringing Penn within one at 4-3.

That was as close as the Quakers would get, though, as Brooke Griffin scored twice in a row for Maryland to build a three-goal lead. Bensen would net her second of the game with 3:39 to play in the half, climbing Penn within two goals. Any momentum for Penn was short-lived, however, as Beth Glaros scored her second of the half 55 seconds after Bensen had scored and Taylor Cummings finished the half with a goal at the 29:27 mark.

Out of the half, Maryland scored quickly, Glaros connecting 21 seconds into the second period. Neither team would score for the next 10 minutes before Tory Bensen would net her third of the game off a Lindsey Smith pass with 19:50 to play. Each team caused two turnovers in that span, and Lucy Ferguson came up with two saves for Penn, including one on Zoe Stukenburg which sent Penn downfield in transition, leading to Bensen’s goal.

Maryland would score under a minute after Bensen’s goal to retake a five-goal lead and stave off any chance for a Penn comeback. The Quakers would hit two posts on their next two shots and Kelly McPartland would score with 9:12 remaining to all but ice the game.

Lucy Ferguson finished with eight saves in the game, including five in the second half.

The Quakers finish the season with a 13-5 record, the 18 games played in 2014 tied for third-most in a season by a Penn squad. The 13 wins are fifth-most by a Penn team.

No. 11 Virginia 13, No. 18 Princeton 11
A valiant effort fell just short for the Princeton women’s lacrosse team as it lost a 13-11 to Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 11 at Klockner Stadium.

Virginia jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game. Courtney Swan scored the opening goal and then converted on a free-position attempt to give her team a 2-0 lead at 26:18.

Meanwhile Princeton had two unforced turnovers on its first two offensive opportunities, the second resulting in UVa’s third goal. A quick transition down the field and Casey Bocklett fired in a goal. Swan converted her second free-position attempt and had the early hat trick giving her team a 4-0 lead at 21:44

Freshman Anna Doherty put Princeton on the board at 19:29, but Liza Blue set up Swan 26 seconds later, 5-1. The Tigers then went on a three-goal run to cut it to a one-goal game at 10:21.

Junior Blake Dietrick cut and shot low and junior Erin Slifer scored two unassisted tallies to make it 5-4.

UVa matched the run to take an 8-4 lead into the locker room. Blue and Swan scored free-position goals and Maddy Keeshan put away a Bocklet pass with 33 seconds left.

Senior Mary-Kate Sivilli started the second half with a free-position goal for the Tigers. She got doubled team but switched hands and shot high on Liz Colgan.

Freshman Amanda Leavell won the next draw and bolted to goal but was stopped by Colgan on the one-on-one. Princeton maintained possession and Slifer received two eight-meter attempts. She scored on the first but it was called back for another attempt. That shot was wide but backed up and lead to senior Sarah Lloyd scoring on the run at 25:00 as Princeton cut the score back to 8-6.

A four-goal run pushed UVa ahead 12-6. Bocklet got open in front of the cage, Blue converted a free-position, Eppler scored and Keeshan added another eight-meter goal.

Princeton fought back and with a 4-0 run the Tigers made it a 12-10 game with 3:29 to play.
Hompe ended the Cavaliers run with a goal from Lloyd to get things started. Sivilli was a factor in each of the next three goals. She started by electing to pass off on an eight-meter to Slifer who scored. Sivilli then tallied the next two goals, getting help from Lloyd on the first.

UVa won the next draw and Princeton tried to force the turnover with goalie Caroline Franke out playing defense. The Tigers did get UVa to drop the ball on an aggressive triple team but it was dubbed too aggressive and a foul was called. Keeshan got loose from her defender and scored on the open net to make it 13-10 with 1:42 remaining.

Princeton got the ball with a little over one minute remaining and called a timeout.

Just eight seconds later, Slifer converted a free-position attempt to once again make it a two-goal game, 13-11 with 56.7 seconds remaining.

Blue won the next draw and the Cavaliers were content to pass the ball around for the remaining time, not even taking a shot on a well positioned eight-meter.

UVa had 11 free-position shots, converting on six while Princeton had just five, converting on two. Shots fell in Virginia’s favor 27-25, as did draw controls 15-11. Ground balls were even at 11-11.
Slifer led the Tigers with four goals while Sivili had three. Lloyd had a goal and two assists.

Erin McMunn had a 38-game scoring streak come to an end as the Cavaliers held her without a point today. Ironically, McMunn did not play in Princeton's 15-13 win over UVa in the regular season. Franke made seven saves in net.

Swan had a six-point day with four goals and two assists. Keeshan and Blue both had hat tricks and Bocket had two tallies and a helper. Colgan made six save in goal as Virginia advances to the quarterfinals to take on North Carolina.

Princeton concludes its season with a 12-7 overall record in the program’s 22nd NCAA tournament appearance.