Princeton to Continue NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament Against Marquette Thursday
Courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Princeton women's soccer team will head to Provo, Utah, to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles in the second round of the NCAA tournament Thursday afternoon.
Marquette was ranked No. 12 in the NSCAA poll on Nov. 6, while Princeton received votes in that poll. Princeton was ranked No. 25 on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 list Monday while Marquette was at No. 2.
Princeton individual notes
• Senior Jen Hoy scored her 18th goal of the season Saturday night at West Virginia, increasing her already second-highest total in program history behind current assistant coach Esmeralda Negron and her 20 goals in 2004.
• Hoy and Negron have had the highest-scoring seasons of any Ivy Leaguer since 1988, as Brown's Theresa Hirschauer (23 goals in 1988) was the last non-Princetonian in the Ivy to score as many as 18 goals.
• Negron also ended her 2004 regular season with 17 goals, adding three more over five NCAA tournament games.
• Hoy ranks fourth on Princeton's career lists for goals (36) and points (83). Negron is first on both lists (47, 112).
• Hoy leads the Ivy League in points (40, 2.22/game), goals (18, 1.0/game) and game-winning goals (five). Senior Rachel Sheehy and sophomore Jessica Haley co-lead the Ivy in assists (7).
• Princeton has the No. 1 and No. 2 scorers in the Ivy with Hoy and sophomore Lauren Lazo (10, 0.67/game).
• Senior Claire Pinciaro has played more than two-thirds of the team's minutes in goal, starting 15 of the 18 games. She has a GAA of 1.10.
• Princeton has the No. 6 (Hoy) and No. 23 (Lazo) leaders nationally in points per game, the only team to have two players that high. Hoy is No. 3 in goals per game and Lazo is tied for No. 26, making Princeton the only school with two players that high in that category.
• Sophomore Lynessa McGee scored her fourth goal of the season, all in the last eight games, when she scored in the fifth minute against West Virginia.
Against the BIG EAST
• Princeton is 36-22-4 all-time against teams in the BIG EAST at the time of the game. The last BIG EAST teams Princeton faced were Seton Hall and Villanova last year, losing in double overtime at Seton Hall and winning at Villanova.
• In the NCAA tournament, Princeton is 2-4 against the Big East, most recently with a 2008 loss against West Virginia at Virginia. Princeton has faced Boston College (1-1), Rutgers (0-1), Villanova (1-1) and WVU (0-1) from the Big East at the time of the game in the NCAA tournament.
Tigers in Utah
• Princeton has played in Utah once, in 2009, losing to the University of Utah 2-0 in Salt Lake City.
• Princeton has never faced Marquette. The Tigers have faced only one team from Wisconsin, when they traveled to Madison and lost to Wisconsin in double overtime in the 2000 NCAAs.
On the Tigers
• Princeton is on a 12-match win streak, tied for the second-longest in program history with a 12-game win streak in 2002 and a 14-game win streak in the first varsity season of 1980.
• This is the longest win streak Princeton has taken into the NCAA tournament. The previous long was three in 2000 and 2008.
• Princeton went 7-0-0 in the Ivy League, the fourth team to do so since Penn became varsity in 1991 to make the Ivy an eight-team league in women's soccer. The others were Dartmouth in 1993, Harvard in 1996 and 1999, and Princeton in 2004.
• Princeton became the first Ivy League team to get 20 (or 21) standings points. The League began awarding three points for a win in 2005, and Princeton's 21 points topped Harvard of 2011 and Columbia of 2006, each of whom went 6-0-1 for 19 points.
• Princeton stands fifth in the nation in scoring at 2.83 goals per game.
• Over the 12-match win streak, Princeton has scored 43 goals, an average of 3.58 per game.
• No team holds the opposition scoreless like Marquette, which has posted shutouts in 16 of 21 games. That equals a nation-best 76.2 percent of games ending in shutouts.
• The Golden Eagles went 9-0-1 in Big East play, winning the conference's American division and then going on to win the Big East tournament.
• Marquette is on a shutout streak that has lasted 276:46. UConn, late in the BIG EAST quarterfinal while facing a 4-0 deficit, was the last team to score on Marquette.
• While Princeton hasn't lost since Sept. 16, Marquette has gone a week longer since its last loss. That came to Duke on Sept. 9.
• Marquette is two spots behind Princeton on the list of top-scoring teams in the nation, standing seventh at 2.67 goals per game.
• Marquette's Amanda Engel is second in the country in goals-against average at 0.42.
• The Golden Eagles have allowed 12 goals this season, nine of which came in September against Duke and North Carolina. The other three were to Pittsburgh (one) and UConn (one each in two games).
• Marquette is 2-1 in neutral-site games this season, losing 4-0 to North Carolina in September and defeating Notre Dame and Georgetown 1-0 earlier this month in the BIG EAST tournament.
• Maegan Kellly and Taylor Madigan lead Marquette with eight goals apiece. Kelly leads the BIG EAST with 12 assists.
• Marquette has also played in Utah only once, a 2-1 loss at BYU in 2010.
• This is Marquette's 12th appearance in the NCAA tournament, beginning in 1999. The Golden Eagles won first-round matches in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and now 2012, and have also won second-round matches in 2005 and 2010.
• Marquette has faced an Ivy League team only once, losing to Harvard 2-1 in double overtime on Oct. 5, 2001 in Cambridge. The Golden Eagles have faced only two teams from New Jersey, their BIG EAST foes from Rutgers (2-2) and Seton Hall (2-0-1).
Princeton head coach Julie Shackford
• At 189 victories in 18 seasons as the Tigers' coach, Shackford is the winningest soccer coach in Princeton history, men's or women's. Including her four seasons as the first varsity head coach at Carnegie Mellon, Shackford's teams have won 231 games in 22 seasons.
• Shackford has coached the team to eight NCAA tournaments in her 18 seasons and played in four more at William & Mary.
• Shackford's Princeton teams have won NCAA tournament games in 2001, 2004 and now 2012. Her NCAA tournament record at Princeton is 6-7.
Princeton in the NCAA tournament
• Princeton has appeared in 10 NCAA tournaments (1982-83, 1999-04, 2008, 2012), tied with Dartmouth and behind only Harvard (13). Princeton is now 7-9 in NCAA play.
• Princeton has won NCAA tournament games in 1982 (George Mason), 2001 (Loyola-Md.), 2004 (Cent. Conn. St., Villanova, Boston College, Washington) and now 2012 (West Virginia). Princeton advanced to the NCAA College Cup semifinals in 2004, falling 2-0 to UCLA in Cary, N.C.
• Since 1999, when Princeton returned to the NCAAs after a 16-year absence, no Ivy team has been to the NCAA tournament as often as Princeton, making its eighth appearance over the last 14 seasons.
• At West Virginia, Princeton won its first NCAA tournament game away from the Princeton campus. The Tigers are 6-2 in NCAA games on campus, now 1-3 in true road NCAA games and 0-4 in neutral NCAA games.
• Every Princeton class since the Class of 2000 has played in the NCAA tournament.
Ivy League in the NCAA tournament
• Since 2005, six of the eight Ivy League programs have played in the NCAA tournament.
• The Ivy now has a record of 26-46 all-time in the NCAA tournament. Until last Saturday, Yale was the last Ivy team to win an NCAA tournament game, defeating Central Connecticut State and Duke in 2005 to reach the Round of 16, where the Bulldogs lost to Notre Dame.
If it happens...
• Princeton has never participated in a penalty-kick shooutout. Marquette is 1-3 all-time in penalty kicks, losing in the 1998 Conference USA tournament, 2006 and 2009 NCAAs, and winning in the 2010 NCAAs.
• Princeton is 2-0-1 in overtime this year, defeating La Salle and Yale and tying Colgate. The winning goals were an own goal against Yale and by Jen Hoy against La Salle. Marquette is 0-0-2 in OT this year, tying against Central Michigan and Connecticut.