April 30, 2011

Princeton's Drumm Goes Out in Style

from press release

PRINCETON, N.J. - Eight different players scored to lead the No. 15-ranked Princeton women's lacrosse team to a 19-10 win over No. 13 Penn State in the regular-season finale on Saturday, April 30 at Princeton Stadium.

Prior to the game, Princeton honored seniors Maisie Devine, Lizzy Drumm, Caroline Markowitz, Kaitlyn Mauritz and Erin Tochihara for their contributions to the women's lacrosse program.

In a celebration of its seniors on Senior Day, it was fitting that Drumm would score a game-high five goals and Tochihara would match her career-best with 16 saves. Junior Cassie Pyle a six-point game with four goals and two assists. Sophomore Charlotte Davis, freshman Mary-Kate Sivilli and Devine had three points apiece while junior Barb Previ had two points.

Princeton had a 36-30 advantage in shots, a 16-13 edge in ground balls and had 14 draw controls to Penn State's 17. The Tigers converted 50 percent of their free-position chances, scoring four goals off the fan.

The teams traded goals in the first eight minutes with Drumm putting Princeton on the scoreboard at 24:54 and Mackenzie Cyr answering for Penn two minutes later. The Tigers would take a 4-1 lead scoring three unanswered with Davis, Pyle and Previ recording goals.

Molly Fernandez thought she had ended Princeton's run with a goal at 15:12, but the Tigers - namely Pyle - weren't done yet

Pyle would collect a natural hat trick in a span of 4:19 to give her team an 8-2 lead with five minutes to play in the half.

The half would end like it started with Theresa Zichelli scoring for PSU before freshman Sarah Lloyd responded on the other end as Princeton took a 9-3 lead into the locker room.

Zichelli would start off the second half with a quick goal 57 seconds off the opening draw.

Drumm, Davis and sophomore Jaci Gassaway would each find the back of the net in a span of 2:40 to pad the lead by eight, 12-4, less than five minutes into the second session.

The Nittany Lions called a timeout and drew up a play that seemed to worked as Aly Adams put away a Jackie Eastman pass to make it 12-5.

That goal didn't faze the Tigers as Drumm, Davis and Lloyd scored in succession to take a 10-goal lead.

Princeton couldn't keep the running clock for very long as the teams would trade goals for the next 10 minutes, with Sivilli, Drumm and sophomore Sam Ellis each scoring for the Tigers.

Sivilii would tally the final goal for the Orange and Black at 4:20 before PSU closed out the game getting goals from Jen Steadman and Eastman.

Eastman led the Nittany Lion offense with three points on two goals and an assist. Steadman, Zichelli, Cyr and Fernandez all had two points. Dana Cahill made nine saves in goal, as her team drops to 9-7 overall.

Princeton improves to 9-6 on the season and will face Penn in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals on Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m., at Franklin Field.


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