Photos courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Two weeks remain in the
regular season, and seven teams are battling for four spots in the
Ivy League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, which will be May 2
and 4 at the site of the team that finishes in first-place.
Penn (7-3, 3-0 Ivy), which has hosted all four of the Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments, remains in first-place in the standings. The team in second-place, Princeton (8-4, 4-1 Ivy), will host the Quakers on Wednesday in a game that will go a long way in deciding who will host the 2014 Tournament.
After that, two games separate five teams. The Tigers knocked Harvard (7-5, 3-2 Ivy) out of second-place with a 15-6 win, while Cornell (6-6, 3-2 Ivy) junior Lindsay Toppe scored in overtime to defeat Brown (9-4, 2-3 Ivy), 11-10. Bears senior Danielle Mastro tallied four points against the Big Red, part of an 11-point week as she set career-highs in points (seven) and goals (six) in a 19-10 win over Michigan.
Yale (8-5, 2-3 Ivy) and Dartmouth (5-6, 2-3 Ivy) are tied with the Bears in fifth-place after the Bulldogs held off Columbia (3-7, 0-5 Ivy), 9-6, and the Big Green fell to the Quakers, 10-6.
Penn and Princeton each play two Ivy contests this week. Besides their matchup on Wednesday, the Quakers and Tigers will host Brown and Dartmouth, respectively. Harvard will travel to Columbia and Yale will play at Cornell.
Highlights of this week’s non-conference action include No. 3 Syracuse at Cornell on Tuesday and Columbia at No. 18 Albany (N.Y.) on Wednesday. The Ivy League® Digital Network will stream all six League games, as well as Hofstra at Dartmouth on Monday, Syracuse at Cornell and Boston U. at Harvard on Wednesday.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior Erin Slifer (Mt. Airy, Md.) led the Tigers offense in a 1-1 week, finishing with nine points overall as her team lost to No. 2 Maryland, 8-7, before defeating Harvard, 15-6. Slifer tallied a goal and an assist against the Terps and then recorded four goals and three assists against the Crimson, matching her career-bests in both categories.
Slifer earns her second Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season (March 17).
Slifer’s Weekly Stats
1G, 1A, 2 Pts., 1 GB, 1 CT, 20.0 Shooting % vs. No. 2 Maryland
4G, 3A, 7 Pts., 1 DC, 80.0 Shooting % at Harvard
With two games remaining, Yale sophomore Nicole Daniggelis (St. James, N.Y.) has already re-written the Ivy League records book, as her 90 draw controls on the year breaks the previous single-season mark of 82, set by Dartmouth’s Sarah Plumb in 2012. Daniggelis finished with four draw controls in each of her team’s games last week, an 11-9 loss to No. 15 Stony Brook and a 9-6 win over Columbia. She also tallied nine points, including a career-high matching six goals against the Seawolves. Yale’s nine goals is the second-highest given up by Stony Brook this season.
Daniggelis is the first Bulldog to earn three Offensive Player of the Week honors in a single season. It marks the fourth such award of her career.
Daniggelis’ Weekly Stats
6G, 6 Pts., 2 GB, 4 DC, 1 CT, 60.0 Shooting % vs. No. 15 Stony Brook
1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 4 DC, 50.0 Shooting % vs. Columbia
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
For the first time in League history, two teams shared both awards, as Princeton sophomore defender Liz Bannantine (Baltimore) and Yale junior midfielder Christina Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.) were named Defensive Players of the Week. Both had remarkably similar weeks, playing well defensively to lead their teams to 1-1 weeks that included holding a League foe to six goals in a win and a close loss to a ranked opponent.
Bannantine finished with two ground balls and two caused turnovers in an 8-7 loss to No. 2 Maryland, marking the Terps’ lowest goals total since they netted eight in a win over Stony Brook on March 17, 2013. Bannantine limited Brook Griffin to just one goal and two turnovers, both caused by Bannantine. Griffin averaged 3.5 points per game coming into the contest against Princeton. Bannantine then posted three groundballs and two caused turnovers in a 15-6 win over Harvard, the Crimson’s third-lowest single-game offensive output this season.
Bannantine earns her first career Ivy League weekly award.
Bannantine’s Weekly Stats
2 GB, 2 CT vs. No. 2 Maryland
3 GB, 2 CT at Harvard
Doherty filled the boxscore last week, averaging 1.0 goal, 3.5 ground balls, 2.5 draw controls and 4.0 caused turnovers in a 1-1 week for the Bulldogs. She matched Yale’s single-game caused turnover record with five in an 11-9 loss to Stony Brook, along with five ground balls, two draw controls and one goal. The 11 goals marked the Seawolves’ fourth-lowest single-game offensive output of the season. Doherty then tallied two ground balls, three draw controls, three caused turnovers and a goal in a 9-6 win over Columbia.
Doherty also takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award and gives Yale a program-record four on the year, as Erin McMullan is a three-time recipient.
Doherty’s Weekly Stats
1G, 1 Pt., 5 GB, 2 DC, 5 CT, 33.3 Shooting % vs. No. 15 Stony Brook
1G, 1 Pt., 2 GB, 3 DC, 3 CT, 33.3 Shooting % vs. Columbia
Paige Cuscovitch, Columbia (Sr., M – Longmeadow, Mass.)
2G, 2 Pts., 2 GB, 1 DC, 1 CT, 33.3 Shooting % vs. UMBC
3G, 3 Pts., 2 GB, 1 CT, 50.0 Shooting % at Yale
Kristen Giovanniello, Dartmouth (Sr., GK – Old Brookville, N.Y.)
1 GP-1 GS, 60:00 Mins., 10 GA, 10.00 GAA, 10 Svs., 50.0 Sv. %, 0-1, 2 GB vs. No. 9 Penn
Carly Gniewek, Cornell (Jr., GK – Mountain Lakes, N.J.)
1 GP-1 GS, 66:00 Mins., 10 GA, 9.09 GAA, 11 Svs., 52.4 Sv. %, 2 GB, 1-0 at Brown
Jaclyn Leto, Dartmouth (So., M – Chatham, N.J.)
2G, 2 Pts., 2 GB, 2 DC, 1 CT, 33.3 Shooting % vs. No. 9 Penn
Meg Markham, Penn (Jr., D – Manhasset, N.Y.)
4 GB, 2 DC, 3 CT at Dartmouth
Danielle Mastro, Brown (Sr., A – Endicott, N.Y.)
6G, 1A, 7 Pts., 1 GB, 85.7 Shooting % vs. Michigan
2G, 2A, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 40.0 Shooting % vs. Cornell
Taylor Quinn, Columbia (Fr., M – Radnor, Pa.)
3G, 3 Pts., 4 GB, 4 DC, 2 CT, 50.0 Shooting % vs. UMBC
2G, 2 Pts., 4 GB, 1 DC, 28.6 Shooting % at Yale
Marisa Romeo, Harvard (Fr., A – Syracuse, N.Y.)
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 1 GB, 1 DC, 1 CT, 66.7 Shooting % at Holy Cross
2G, 2 Pts., 1 DC, 25.0 Shooting % vs. Princeton
Erin Roos, Brown (Sr., M – Wilmette, Ill.)
1G, 1 Pt., 2 GB, 3 DC, 2 CT, 100.0 Shooting % vs. Michigan
2 GB, 3 DC, 4 CT vs. Cornell
Lindsey Smith, Penn (Sr., M – West Chester, Pa.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 1 DC, 42.9 Shooting % at Dartmouth
Lindsay Toppe, Cornell (Jr., A – Bedford, N.Y.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 50.0 Shooting % at No. 8 Penn State
3G, 3 Pts., 2 DC, 75.0 Shooting % at Brown
Monday, April 14
Hofstra at Dartmouth, 3 pm [IVY]
Tuesday, April 15
No. 3 Syracuse at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
Wednesday, April 16
Columbia at No. 18 Albany (N.Y.), 3 pm
Boston U. at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*No. 9 Penn at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, April 19
*Brown at No. 9 Penn, 1 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Columbia, 1 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 1 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Cornell, 3 pm [IVY]
*-Ivy League contest
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