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PHILADELPHIA - No. 6 Penn has a chance to take the field tonight at archrival Princeton (game time is 7 p.m.) knowing whether or not a win over the Tigers will clinch Penn's fourth-straight outright Ivy League championship. What the Quakers know ahead of time that a win over the Tigers - no matter what happens in Cambridge between No. 7 Dartmouth and Harvard - will secure at least a share of the Ancient Eight crown.
The Big Green and Crimson will revisit their rivalry at 4 p.m. today, and their game should end just as the Red and Blue take the field to begin warm-ups. If Harvard downs Dartmouth, no team can surpass Penn atop the Ivy standings, regardless of how the Quakers fare in their two remaining games. A Big Green loss ensures the six Ivy teams besides Penn would have two losses while the Quakers would have zero. On the flip side, a Dartmouth win keeps the Big Green one game back with only one loss and puts the onus on the Quakers to win out to claim the outright title.
The Quakers have never worried much about what other teams are doing, and staring across the field at bitter rival Princeton will guarantee that the Red and Blue are focused on their task at hand.
The Penn-Princeton rivalry dates back to 1974, and the Tigers hold an 18-15-3 advantage all-time. Penn has rallied back of late, winning three in a row from 2007-09. Before the win in 2007 that clinched Penn's first Ivy title since 1982, the Quakers had gone since 1993 without beating Princeton.
Senior Ali DeLuca will be playing in her final game against Princeton for the Quakers, and she has enjoyed much success against the Tigers in her career. Starting with a three-goal, four-point game in 2007, DeLuca has totaled seven goals and three assists against Princeton over her career. Classmate Emma Spiro has three goals against Princeton in her career while sophomore Erin Brennan began her series with the Tigers in stellar fashion last year by scoring three goals and adding a pair of assists.
Princeton enters tonight's game with a 5-8 overall record with a 3-2 Ivy mark. A win tonight would help the Tigers secure a berth in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament and give them a chance to salvage the season. The Tigers have been uncharacteristically off at home this year, with a 1-6 record at Princeton Stadium. Junior Lizzy Drumm leads the Tigers with 26 goals and 34 points. Sophomore Kristin Morrisson also has 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists. Erin Tochihara has started all 13 games in goal and has a 10.49 GAA and a save percentage of .478 (109 saves).