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Penn vs. Princeton Game Notes
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PHILADELPHIA - Over the past four seasons, many firsts have been accomplished for the Penn women's lacrosseteam. This weekend, at Franklin Field, the Quakers have a chance to add another 'first' to their resume - an Ivy League Tournament championship. The first-ever Ivy League Women's Lacrosse Tournament is slated to begin April 30 at Franklin Field with the Quakers holding the top seed in the bracket based on a fourth-consecutive perfect regular season. The Red and Blue will play fourth-seeded Princeton Friday at 7 p.m. after second-seeded Dartmouth and third-seeded Cornell kick things off at 4 p.m. The winners will meet Sunday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. at Franklin Field to crown the recipient of the Ancient Eight's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Over the course of Penn's three trips to the NCAA Championships, eight other teams have qualified for all three national tournaments. Two wins this weekend will keep Penn in line with the seven of those schools who are in line to qualify this year (the other program which has been to the last three NCAA Championships is Friday's opponent - Princeton. The Tigers are 6-9 this season and need to win the tournament to make it four).
Up first in Penn's pursuit of the Ivy League Tournament title is archrival Princeton. The Quakers and Tigers played on April 21 in New Jersey, with the Red and Blue heading home with a 12-5 win and a share of the Ivy championship on Princeton's home field.
Two Quakers who will be looking to continue torrid paces against the Tigers are Ali DeLuca and Erin Brennan. DeLuca, the unanimous 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year, has 16 career points against Princeton (including nine goals). Brennan has had a hat trick in each of her two career games against the Tigers and has notched nine total points. Also, senior Megan Smith came away from last week's game with a hat trick, and will be a matchup problem for the Tigers on Friday. In goal, Emily Szelest has made two career starts against Princeton and has a pair of wins while allowing five goals in each victory.
The Tigers are feeling a second win heading into the weekend, advancing to the Ivy Tournament only after an 11-10 win in overtime over Dartmouth last weekend. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 6-9 record and a 4-3 clip in the Ivy League. Princeton trailed 7-3 at one point in the game, but tied the game at 10-10 with 50 seconds left. In overtime, Dartmouth had a goal called off for an illegal stick and Princeton goalkeeper Erin Tochihara followed with three saves to keep Princeton alive. Finally, after the Tigers missed a free position late in overtime, a pair of freshman converted on the winning score with one second left in overtime. Jenna Davis brought the ball in on a restart and fed it to Caroline Rehfuss who had missed the earlier free position. Rehfuss did not miss that shot and sent the Tigers into the playoffs.
In last week's game, Penn held Rehfuss scoreless and limited Princeton's leading scorer, Lizzy Drumm (30G-9A in 2010) to three points. Kristin Morrison ranks second on the Tigers with 36 points, but only came away with two assists in the loss last week.
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