#3 Penn vs. #15 Princeton
Wednesday, April 18
7 p.m. - Franklin Field
PHILADELPHIA If you’re a Quaker fan, no matter what the sport, it simply could not be any better than this.
Third-ranked Penn meeting 15th-ranked Princeton, under the lights at Franklin Field. The Quakers taking on their rivals from Old Nassau, a team they haven’t beaten in 14 years.
Oh, and if Penn wins, the Ivy League title comes along with the bragging rights.
It would be the perfect result for the storybook season the Penn women’s lacrosse team has had. The Quakers (11-1, 5-0 Ivy) are chasing their first Ivy League title since 1982 and their first NCAA appearance since 1984. Princeton (6-4, 2-1 Ivy), a game behind in the standings, is trying catch Penn for its own shot at the crown when they meet a 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Live streaming video of the game will be available to subscribers of the Penn Sports Network, and free audio commentary and live stats will also be on PennAthletics.com. Play-by-play man Brian Seltzer will be joined by director of athletic communications Mike Mahoney.
THE SCENARIO Mathematically there are four teams in the running for the Ivy League title, but Penn, as the only team left with no Ivy losses, is in the driver’s seat. If Penn beats Princeton, it would clinch the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and at least a share of the title. A win over Brown would then give Penn the title outright. If Princeton were to win, there would be a three-way tie in the standings between Penn, Yale and Princeton.
A SEASON FOR THE RECORD BOOKS At 11-1, Penn has already won the most games in the regular season in program history and is one win away from equaling the most wins ever in a season. The Quakers are also 5-0 in the Ivy League and have a chance to run the table, something they have never done.
STREAKING Penn has won its last eight in a row, the second-longest win streak in program history. The longest was a nine-game run during Penn’s 1982 Ivy League championship campaign. The eight-game run is the second-longest active winning streak in the nation, behind No. 1 Northwestern’s 11 games and tied with Le Moyne’s current streak.
IN THE RANKINGS Penn achieved the highest ranking in program history Monday when the STX/IWLCA coaches’ poll placed them at third in the nation, up three spots from the week before. The Quakers are also ranked fifth in the InsideLacrosse media poll. Princeton is 15th in the IWLCA poll and 13th in the media rankings.
SENIOR DAY Penn’s four seniors will be honored in a brief ceremony prior to Wednesday’s game. Seniors Sarah Eastburn, Karen Jann, Caitlin McDonnell and Chrissy Muller will be making their final regular-season appearance at Franklin Field.
WITH HONORS Sophomore Becca Edwards was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the week on Monday after a fantastic all-around game against Dartmouth. Edwards scored twice and contributed an assist to help beat the Big Green for the first time since 1991. Defensively, she added four ground balls and as many caused turnovers. Her first score in the game put the Quakers up by two goals and her second tally, which opened the second half, ended up as the game-winner. Rachel Manson, last week’s Offensive Player of the Week, was named to the weekly honor roll after her three-goal, one-assist game.
NOTING PRINCETON The Tigers are a deceptive 6-4, with all their losses coming by two goals or less to nationally-ranked teams in Duke, Penn State, Virginia and Yale. Princeton is led by a pair of 30-point scorers in Katie Lewis-Lamonica (32 goals, 5 assists) and Kathleen Miller (24 goals, 10 assists). The Tigers have won two in a row over Temple and Harvard, shelling the Crimson 19-5 behind Kristen Morrison’s five-goal outburst.
LAST YEAR Penn lost a heartbreaker, 8-7, at Princeton after giving up the halftime lead in a low-scoring second half. The Quakers led 6-5 at the break but Princeton scored three in a row, ending with Christine Casaceli’s eventual game-winner with 10:06 left. Allison Ambrozy cut it to a one-goal lead with five to go, but Penn never found net again despite several late chances.
MOVING ON UP A trio of Quakers are marking their spots in the program’s record book. Chrissy Muller has 61 career assists and has tied Lisa Romig for second place all-time. Muller is also fourth with 133 career points and eighth in career goals with 75. Meanwhile, junior Rachel Manson is also moving up the goals list with her 72 career tallies, which is tied for ninth. Freshman Ali DeLuca, who has 26 goals, has a chance to break the freshman goals record of 31, held by Penn’s all-time leading scorer, Sherry Marcantonio.
THE SERIES Princeton has won 13 in a row dating back to April 14, 1993. The Tigers have also won 18 of 19 since 1988. They lead the all-time series, 18-12-3.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME The Quakers are finishing their regular season home slate with Princeton. Penn is 6-0 at home this year and has been dominant in the process, beating opponents at Franklin Field by an average of 6.2 goals per game.