Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The field has been set, the
seeds decided. All that’s left for the Ivy League
Women’s Lacrosse Tournament are the games.
On Friday, May 2, at the Class of 1952 Stadium in Princeton, N.J., the Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will kick off, with No. 3 Harvard playing No. 2 Penn at 4:00 p.m. and No. 4 Cornell taking on top-seed Princeton at 7:00 p.m.
Princeton (10-4) had already clinched the top seed with a 6-1 Ivy mark, marking its first League title since it shared with Cornell in 2006.
The other three spots in the Tournament were still up for grabs when the week began. Penn (10-4) went 2-0, defeating Columbia (4-10, 0-7 Ivy), 17-4, and Cornell (7-8, 4-3 Ivy), 10-8, to clinch a share of its League-record eighth-straight Ivy title. It marks the Quakers’ first shared Championship since 2011 (Dartmouth).
The Big Red’s loss meant that Harvard (9-6, 4-3 Ivy) took the third seed thanks to its head-to-head win over Cornell. The Crimson dropped their final regular season game, falling to Dartmouth (6-8, 3-4 Ivy), 9-8.
Yale (9-6, 3-4 Ivy) closed its 2014 campaign on a high note, defeating Brown (9-6, 2-5 Ivy), 9-8. It marked the Bulldogs’ most wins since 2008 and most League victories since 2010. Sophomore Nicole Daniggelis finished with three goals and 12 draw controls in the win, marking the third time this season she tallied at least 10 in a game. Daniggelis finished the season with 104 draws, the best single-season total in Ivy League history.
Princeton closed out its season with a non-conference game against No. 8 Penn State, falling in heartbreaking fashion, 13-12. It marked the Tigers’ third one-goal loss to a ranked opponent this season, as they also fell to then-No. 14 Georgetown, 17-16 in double overtime, and No. 2 Maryland, 8-7. Columbia played the final non-conference game of the 2014 season, defeating crosstown rival Manhattan, 8-7.
As a League, the Ancient Eight finished the 2014 regular season with a 36-25 (.590) record against non-conference opponents, an improvement over last year’s 29-27 mark (.518).
The semifinals of the Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament will take place on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with the winners advancing to the Championship on Sunday at noon. All three games of the Tournament will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network with Brian Seltzer providing the play-by-play and former Tigers Jaci Gassaway and Caroline Rehfuss serving as analysts.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn needed to win its final two games to clinch the second seed in the Ivy League Tournament. Senior midfielder Tory Bensen (Darien, Conn.) made sure the Quakers did just that, finishing with 11 points in wins over Columbia and Cornell. Bensen scored a career-best six goals in a 17-4 win over the Lions, and then followed that with a five-point effort on four goals and an assist in a 10-8 win over Cornell.
Bensen takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the first Quaker to earn Offensive Player of the Week this season.
Bensen’s Weekly Stats
6G, 6 Pts., 2 GB, 1 DC, 100.0 Shooting % vs. Columbia
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 100.0 Shooting % at Cornell
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth senior goalie Kristen Giovanniello (Old Brooksville, N.Y.) ended her impressive career on a high note, stopping a season-best 16 shots in a 9-8 win over Harvard. Giovanniello’s 16 saves was one shy of matching her career-high. She posted 13 saves in the first half alone as Harvard attempted 22 shots. In the second half, Giovanniello and the Big Green defense allowed just two Crimson goals en route to the come-from-behind victory.
Giovanniello takes home her second Defensive Player of the Week of the season and eighth of her career. She is tied for second all-time in Ivy League history with Cornell’s Jaimee Reynolds and trails only former Dartmouth goalie Devon Wills, who finished her career with 10.
Giovanniello’s Weekly Stats
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 8 GA, 8.00 GAA, 16 Svs., 66.7 Sv. %, 1 GB, 1 CT, 1-0 at Harvard
Liz Calby, Dartmouth (Sr., A – Darien, Conn.)
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 2 GB, 80.0 Shooting % at Harvard
Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia (Sr., M – Longmeadow, Mass.)
1 DC at No. 15 Penn
3G, 3 Pts., 2 GB, 2 DC, 1 CT, 60.0 Shooting % vs. Manhattan
Nicole Daniggelis, Yale (So., A – St. James, N.Y.)
3G, 3 Pts., 12 DC, 1 CT, 75.0 Shooting % vs. Brown
Bre Hudgins, Brown (Sr., A – Syracuse, N.Y.)
2G, 1A, 2 GB, 2 DC, 2 CT, 100.0 Shooting % at Yale
Sarah Lloyd, Princeton (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.)
4G, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 2 DC, 57.1 Shooting % at No. 8 Penn State
Allie Martin, Penn (Sr., D – Villanova, Pa.)
1G, 3 GB, 1 DC, 1 CT, 100.0 Shooting % vs. Columbia
3 GB, 4 CT at Cornell
Erin McMullan, Yale (Sr., GK – Wading River, N.Y.)
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 8 GA, 8.00 GAA, 8 Svs., 50.0 Sv. %, 1-0 vs. Brown
Taylor Quinn, Columbia (Fr., M – Radnor, Pa.)
2G, 2 Pts., 3 GB, 5 DC, 100.0 Shooting % at No. 15 Penn
1G, 1 Pt., 5 DC, 1 CT, 33.3 Shooting % vs. Manhattan
Lindsay Toppe, Cornell (Jr., A – Bedford, N.Y.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 60.0 Shooting % vs. No. Penn
Ivy League Tournament (Class of 1952 Stadium – Princeton, N.J.)
Friday, May 2
No. 3 Harvard vs. No. 2 Penn, 4 pm [IVY]
No. 4 Cornell vs. No. 1 Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, May 4
Championship Game, 12 pm [IVY]
IVY-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network