March 17, 2012

Woehling Stops 12, Princeton Upsets No. 10 Virginia

from press release

PRINCETON, N.J. — Freshman goalie Annie Woehling backstoppped the Princeton women's lacrosse team with 13 saves as the Tigers defeated No. 10 Virginia, 9-7 on Saturday, March 17 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.

Woehling nearly doubled her season save total in today's game in an outstanding effort. She made a number of stops on point blank shots to keep her No. 16-ranked Tigers ahead, as Virginia never led in the game. Woehling enter today's game with a total of 17 saves in five games.

The game started in typical Princeton/Virginia fashion, with each team trading goals throughout the first half with a 4-4 tie at halftime.

With 13 one-goal games in series history it looked like the game would come down to the wire, but an explosive second half keep Princeton ahead as the Tigers lead by as many as four goals.

The Tigers came out of the locker room scoring three goals in 2:36. Senior Cassie Pyle scored her 11th goal of the season at 25:53. Freshman Erin McMunn assisted on both Charlotte Davis' and Sarah Lloyd's goals at 24:29 and 23:17 as Princeton grabbed a 7-4 lead.

Josie Owen would halt the Princeton run with a free-position goal at 19:32. Pyle answered two minutes later with a hat trick.

With less than 10 minutes on the clock Virginia started to feel the pressure and tried to get things going offensively but the Princeton defense was relentless.

Sophomore Sarah Lloyd caused Sloan Warren to turn the ball over around 8:00 and senior Cathy Bachur grabbed the ground ball. The Tigers quickly cleared and sophomore Sam Ellis went in for the goal to make it 9-5 with 7:38 to play.

Virginia would make a run scoring the next two goals. The first was on a free-position attempt and the next was on a man-up opportunity after Caroline Rehfuss received a yellow card.

The Tigers would let the Cavaliers any closer as they forced them into two more turnovers, including another double-team effort by Lloyd and Bachur in the fan with two minutes to play.

Pyle led the team in scoring with three goals and one assist for four points. junior Jaci Gassaway had two goals and one assist and McMunn had two assists. Freshman Erin Slifer, Charlotte Davis, Ellis each scored for the Tigers while sophomore Mary-Kate Sivilli picked up a helper.

Owen had a four-point effort for Virginia with two goals and two assists. Gardner had one goal and one assist. The Cavs got additional goals from Liza Blue, Kelsey Gahan Ainsely Baker and Katie Slater. Goalie Kim Kolarik would finished the game with four saves on 13 shots.

Princeton won the draw control battle 10-8, with ground balls nearly even. Virginia was 3 for 8 from the eight meter, with Princeton was 0 for 1. Virginia outshot Princeton 27-21 after a 15-9 differential in the second half.

Princeton is now 3-2 on the season and will face Columbia on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m., in New York. Virginia falls to 4-4 on the year.


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