Penn, Princeton Survive, Advance to NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Second Round
Portions courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
COLLEGE PARK, Md. & CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Penn and Princeton each defeated their NCAA Tournament first round opponent to advance to the second round, marking the first time that two Ivy League teams won their first round matchup in the same year since 2009, when the Quakers and Tigers accomplished the feat.
The Quakers defeated Canisius, 9-4, while the Tigers held off No. 8 Penn State, 16-13. Penn will next play No. 1 Maryland on Sunday at noon. Four hours later, Princeton will take on No. 11 Virginia.
No. 13 Penn 9, Canisius 4
The win is the first for the Quakers in the NCAA Tournament since 2010 and advances the Red and Blue to Sunday's second round against the tournament's top seed, Maryland. That game is slated for a 12 p.m. start Sunday.
Tory Bensen led all scorers with five points, including four goals. Her four-goal effort marked the sixth time this season she has scored at least four times in a single game – including five of her last six outings.
The first half was the difference as the Quakers dominated the early portion of the game, building a 5-0 lead midway through the opening period and holding a 7-2 advantage after 30 minutes had been played. The Quakers would need that dominant first half as the offense went dry in the second half, scoring just two goals.
Despite scoring just twice in the second half, Penn was able to maintain its five-goal lead thanks to a defensive unit which only conceded two goals of its own in the second half. Lucy Ferguson was a big factor in the final frame, making four saves as the Quakers were outshot, 12-2 down the stretch. She also held the Golden Griffins scoreless on five free position attempts during the game, including four missed eight-meters in the second half. Her two biggest saves arguably came midway through the second half when she denied the leading scorer for the Golden Griffins, Maria Kotas, and then stopped a free position from Tori Quinn. Just over a minute later, Bensen would score her fourth of the game – the final goal of the game – and Penn would go on to the win.
Penn's top-ten team defense came to play, holding the 13th-best offense in the nation to nine goals fewer than its scoring average for 2014. The four goals scored by Canisius is the fewest all season, and the fewest since scoring six in back-to-back games to open the season. Maria Kotas, who entered the game with 54 goals and 79 points, was held to just two goals thanks to outstanding marking from Taylor Foussadier who also finished with a caused turnover and two ground balls. Tori Quinn (47 goals and 70 points entering the game) and Taylor Giglio (41 and 61) were each held to just an assist in the game.
Ivy League Defender of the Year Meg Markham had three caused turnovers and three ground balls while winning two draws to contribute to the defense's impressive day. Lindsey Smith was all over the field, with a goal and an assist on attack and an important two caused turnover, three ground ball effort on defense.
Penn hounded the high-powered attack of the Golden Griffins, forcing five turnovers in the opening 15 minutes of the game and limiting Canisius to just one shot in that span. The lead would reach five for the Quakers before Canisius would score a goal as Catherine Dickinson and Brooke Kiley would score 1:12 apart and Tory Bensen would follow 3:47 later.
The Quakers are now 10-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and head coach Karin Corbett improves to 9-7 in NCAA Tournament games.
No. 18 Princeton 16, No. 8 Penn State 13
Princeton junior Erin McMunn scored her 100th career goal and had four goals and one assist. Freshman Olivia Hompe matched her career-high six points with two goals and four helpers. Senior Caroline Franke made a season-high 12 saves, one shy of a career best, in relief.
Despite an 8-6 halftime deficit, No. 18 Princeton stayed alive in the first half thanks to its efficient shooting percentage and a hot goalie. Franke came in at 19:55 and made seven saves as the offense shot 6 for 7, while PSU shot 8 for 17.
PSU took a 2-0 lead but Princeton answered with two. Hompe had a great pass from the left side to sophomore Anya Gersoff who was wide open on top of Emi Smith. Senior Mary-Kate Sivilli set up junior Erin Slifer with a similar look as Slifer was free in front of the cage.
The Nittany Lions added two more goals to take a 4-2 lead at 21:18, before the team's traded three goals apiece as PSU maintained a two-goal edge, 7-5.
PSU grabbed its largest lead of the half at 3:38 on a free-position goal by Natalie Schmitt. Her initial shot was saved but a foul called it back and she was given the attempt for a clean goal.
Slifer finished off the scoring in the first half as she hit the upper 90 with 1:04 left as Princeton went into the locker room down, 8-6.
PSU opened second with a goal before Princeton exploded on a 3-0 run to tie the game 9-9 at 24:25.
McMunn scored her 100th career goal with help from Hompe at 27:27 and Hompe scored herself on a feed from Slifer just 24 seconds later. A free-position attempt by senior Sarah Lloyd bounced wide but Sivilli backed up, collected the ground ball and sprinted past her defender for the goal to tie it 9-9.
A pass by Smucker on an eight-meter to Loizeaux gave PSU its last lead before freshman Anna Doherty got her own rebound on a free-position shot and scored to tie it at 10-10.
Princeton grabbed its first lead, 11-10, with Hompe passing off on a free-position attempt to McMunn on the right side of the fan at 20:04. A weak-side goal by Smucker, free-position goal from Blake Dietrick, a free-position goal from Coffey led to the fourth tie of the second half, 12-12 with 15:41 to play.
A four-goal run followed to push Princeton ahead 16-12, with Lloyd collecting three points.
Lloyd buried a pass from Slifer to regain the lead for Princeton and less than two minutes later the Tigers had its first two-goal lead of the day. PSU was called for a change and Princeton converted on a quick transition goal as McMunn fired in a Hompe pass. Gersoff scored with help from Lloyd at 3:37 and Lloyd buried a Slifer pass at 2:05.
Slifer had a four-point game with a goal and three helpers, while Lloyd had two goals and assist. Sivilli, Gersoff and Dietrick all scored twice.
The Nittany Lions had one last effort with a goal with 39 seconds remaining as Mackenzie Cyr assisted Madison.
McCormick had a five-point game with two goals and three assists and Mackenzie Cyr had a three-point game. Coffey, Lechner and Madison Cyr scored twice each, while Loizeaux, Mosketti, Smucker had a goal and an assist. PSU played all three goalies. Smith got the start and made one save in the first half. Cat Rainone started the second and made two saves on 11 shots, before Natalie Angelo closed out the final 3:37 with one goal allowed on one shot.
Princeton, now 12-6 on the season, faces Virginia in the NCAA second round on Sunday, May 11 at 4 p.m., at Klockner Stadium