Photos courtesy of Harvard, Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The field has been set and
the site is known. All that’s left for the 2014 Ivy League
Women’s Lacrosse Tournament is the seeding.
On Friday, May 2, Cornell, Harvard and Penn will descend upon Princeton for the 2014 Ivy League Tournament semifinals, with the two winners advancing to Sunday’s championship game.
Princeton (10-4, 6-1 Ivy) clinched at least a share of the League title, as well as the top seed and hosting duties after defeating Penn, 9-5, and holding off Dartmouth (5-8, 2-4 Ivy), 12-10. It marks the first time in the Tournament’s young history that it will not be held at Penn, ending the Quakers’ four-year reign as the host. For the Tigers, it marks their first Ivy title since 2006, when they shared with Cornell.
Penn (8-4, 4-1 Ivy), meanwhile, can still clinch a share of its eighth-straight Ivy title if it wins its two remaining League contests. The Quakers are in the Tournament thanks to their 12-6 win over Brown (9-5, 2-4 Ivy), ending the Bears’ chances at their first-ever Tournament berth. Dartmouth's loss to Princeton means the Big Green will miss the Ivy League Tournament for the first time, meaning Penn is the only team among the Ancient Eight to have earned a spot in each of the five Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments.
Cornell (7-7, 4-2 Ivy) held off Yale (8-6, 2-4 Ivy), 8-7, to return to the Tournament for the third-straight season and fourth time overall. The Big Red has won its last three League games, all by one goal. It also took on No. 1 Syracuse last week, battling hard but eventually succumbing to the top-ranked Orange, 7-5.
Harvard (9-5, 4-2 Ivy) returns to the Ivy League Tournament for the first time since 2012, marking its third appearance in the event. The Crimson held off Columbia (3-9, 0-6 Ivy) by a score of 12-10 to punch its ticket.
The Tigers have clinched the top seed, but the other three spots are still up for grabs. Penn controls its own destiny for the second seed, with games against Columbia and Cornell remaining.
If the Quakers defeat Columbia but fall to Cornell, and Harvard defeats Dartmouth, each team would be 1-1 against the other two. In that situation, goal differential between the tied teams would be used as the tiebreaker, and Cornell would have to defeat Penn by at least four goals to take the second seed. If Penn were to sweep its final Ivy contests and Cornell and Harvard finish with the same record, the Crimson would have the advantage thanks to its 10-7 win over the Big Red on March 1.
Besides the four remaining Ivy League contests, all of which will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network, the Ancient Eight has two final non-conference contests. Columbia will host Manhattan, also on The Ivy League® Digital Network, while Princeton will travel to play No. 12 Penn State.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard went 2-0 last week thanks to the offensive explosion from sophomore Audrey Todd (Baltimore), who posted nine points in the two games. Todd scored a career-high four goals en route to a personal-best six points in an 11-6 win over Boston U., and then followed that with three goals in a 12-10 victory at Columbia that clinched an Ivy League Tournament berth for the Crimson. Todd also recorded five ground balls, four draw controls and one caused turnover on the week.
Todd earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the second Crimson to earn Offensive Player of the Week this season, joining Megan Hennessey (Feb. 24). It’s the first time Harvard received two Offensive Player of the Week honors in the same season since 2011, when they went to Danielle Tetreault and Jennifer VanderMeulen.
Todd’s Weekly Stats
4G, 2A, 6 Pts., 3 GB, 2 DC, 1 CT, 66.7 Shooting % vs. Boston U.
3G, 3 Pts., 2 GB, 2 DC, 75.0 Shooting % at Columbia
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Penn junior defender Meg Markham (Manhasset, N.Y.) had another stellar week, finishing with two groundballs and one caused turnover in a 9-5 loss at Princeton, marking the Tigers’ second-lowest offensive output this season, behind only the seven goals they scored against No. 2 Maryland. Markham then caused a career-best six turnovers and added five ground balls in a win over Brown. In that game, Markham helped hold Danielle Maestro, the Ivy League's leading scorer, to just one assist and one shot.
Markham earns her third career Defensive Player of the Week award and second of the season.
Markham's Weekly Stats
2 GB, 1 CT at Princeton
5 GB, 2 DC, 6 CT vs. Brown
Princeton senior defender Colleen Smith (Wilmette, Ill.) was instrumental in her team’s 2-0 week that helped give the Tigers at least a share of the Ivy title, their first since 2006. The Smith-led Princeton defense forced Penn into 13 turnovers and held the Quakers to the same amount of shots in a 9-5 victory. It marked Penn’s fewest goals scored in a League game since it tallied four against Dartmouth on April 15, 2006. In the Tigers’ next game, Smith recorded an assist, three ground balls and three caused turnovers as Princeton forced 14 Big Green turnovers en route to a 12-10 win.
Smith receives her first career Ivy League weekly award. It marks the second-straight week a Tiger defender was named Defensive Player of the Week, as Liz Bannantine shared the award with Yale's Christina Doherty last week.
Smith’s Weekly Stats
1 DC vs. Penn
1A, 1 Pt., 3 GB, 3 CT vs. Dartmouth
Tory Bensen, Penn (Sr., M – Darien, Conn.)
2A, 2 Pts. at Princeton
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 80.0 Shooting % vs. Brown
Sarah Byrne, Dartmouth (Jr., A – West Hartford, Conn.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 2 DC, 1 CT, 75.0 Shooting % vs. Hofstra
3G, 3 Pts., 5 DC, 75.0 Shooting % at Princeton
Christina Doherty, Yale (Jr., M – Bernardsville, N.J.)
6 GB, 2 DC, 5 CT, 0.0 Shooting % at Cornell
Carly Gniewek, Cornell (Jr., GK – Mountain Lakes, N.J.)
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 7 GA, 7.00 GAA, 7 Svs., 50.0 Sv. %, 1 GB, 0-1 vs. No. 1 Syracuse
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 7 GA, 7.00 GAA, 7 Svs., 50.0 Sv. %, 1-0 vs. Yale
Grace Healy, Brown (Sr., A – Bellport, N.Y.)
2G, 2 Pts., 1 DC, 66.7 Shooting % at Penn
Bailey Johnson, Dartmouth (Sr., D – Baltimore)
1 GP vs. Hofstra
1 DC, 2 CT at Princeton
Erin Magnuson, Yale (Jr., M – Northport, N.Y.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 75.0 Shooting % at Cornell
Allie Martin, Penn (Sr., D – Villanova, Pa.)
2 GB, 1 DC, 2 CT at Princeton
5 GB, 4 CT, 0.0 Shooting % vs. Brown
Erin McMunn, Princeton (Jr., A – Westminster, Md.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 50.0 Shooting % vs. No. 10 Penn
2G, 2 Pts., 1 GB, 1 DC, 100.0 Shooting % vs. Dartmouth
Taylor Quinn, Columbia (Fr., M – Radnor, Pa.)
2 GB, 5 DC, 2 CT at No. 19 Albany
5G, 1A, 6 Pts., 6 GB, 3 DC, 2 CT, 100.0 Shooting % vs. Harvard
Lindsay Toppe, Cornell (Jr., A – Bedford, N.Y.)
3G, 3 Pts., 37.5 Shooting % vs. No. 1 Syracuse
2G, 2 Pts., 1 DC, 33.3 Shooting % vs. Yale
Kelly Weis, Harvard (So., GK – Garden City, N.Y.)
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 6 GA, 6.00 GAA, 7 Svs., 53.8 Sv. %, 1 GB, 1-0 vs. Boston U.
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 10 GA, 10.00 GAA, 4 Svs., 28.6 Sv. %, 1-0 at Columbia
Wednesday, April 23
*Columbia at No. 10 Penn, 4 pm [IVY]
Friday, April 25
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, April 26
*No. 10 Penn at Cornell, 1 pm [IVY]
Princeton at No. 12 Penn State, 3 pm
Manhattan at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*-Ivy League contest
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network