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NCAA women’s Division I tourney: Penn to play Canisius; Princeton to meet Penn State in first-round games

Sunday, 4th May 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/4/14

For the eighth consecutive season, Penn will compete for a women’s lacrosse national championship as the Quakers will take on Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Canisius.

The Ivy League’s automatic entrant into the NCAA Tournament via a 9-6 win over Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament championship game on Sunday, the Quakers (11-4) will play the Golden Griffins on May 9 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex at the University of Maryland. The Terrapins are the tournament’s top seed, and the winner of Friday’s game will advance to play the Terps on May 11.

Overall, this will be Penn’s 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament and the first time that the Quakers will play Canisius in the NCAA Tournament.

Overall in the NCAA Tournament, the Quakers are 9-9. Eight of those wins have come over the past seven entries, including three Final Four runs from 2007-09. The 2008 and 2009 teams competed in the season’s final weekend at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University which is again serving as the host site for the Final Four May 23-25. In 2008, the Quakers were national runner-up to Northwestern.

Penn, which features two Tewaaraton Award nominees for the nation’s best player in Meg Markham and Lucy Ferguson, is one of six teams in this year’s field making its eighth or more consecutive appearance. Last week, Markham was named unanimous first-team All-Ivy and Ivy League Defender of the Year. Ferguson joined her as a first-team All-Ivy selection, one of an Ivy-best seven All-Ivy selections for the Red and Blue.

Penn State to host Princeton

The seventh-ranked Penn State women’s lacrosse team will continue its season in the NCAA tournament after the squad received an at-large bid into the 26-team field, the organization announced Sunday night during its selection show.

The Nittany Lions, who will compete in their 20th NCAA tournament, qualified for the national championships in three straight seasons for the first time since 1995-97. Penn State is coming off back-to-back NCAA quarterfinal appearances and will face Princeton in first-round action Friday, May 9. The winner of the Penn State-Princeton matchup will face sixth-seeded Virginia in the second round Sunday, May 11. The Cavaliers will serve as hosts for the first and second rounds.

Penn State will enter the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships at 10-7 overall after falling to Johns Hopkins in the first round of the ALC tournament. The Nittany Lions – one of five teams from the American Lacrosse Conference to make the field – have won at least 10 games in each of the past five seasons.

Sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md.) paces the nation’s 15th-ranked offense with a team-leading 39 goals and 46 points. The All-ALC First Team honoree boasts a 14-game point-scoring streak (35g, 7a) and has set career highs in points (5), goals (5), draw controls (5) and caused turnovers (4).

In addition to the sophomore standout, senior attacker Mackenzie Cyr (Westminster, Md.) and All-ALC Second Team member Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) entered the ALC tournament ranked fourth in the conference with a team-high 24 assists. Cyr will enter the NCAA tournament just one point shy of 200 for her career, while McCormick needs a pair of markers to reach the century mark.

ALC Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Purvis (Hatboro-Horsham), who led the conference in caused turnovers per game during the regular season, anchors the Nittany Lion defense. The senior has collected 29 caused turnovers, 27 ground balls and seven caused draw controls. Sophomore midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.), who earned All-ALC Second Team honors, has collected a team-high 68 draw controls.

Princeton and Penn State faced each other just last week, with the Nittany Lions winning 13-12 on their home turf. The Tigers defeated then-ranked No. 6 Virginia in mid-March, a 15-13 game. That game marked the turning point of the season, as the Tigers went on a 9-2 run to end the regular season.

Check back later for more information including game times, ticket prices and tournament information.

Princeton Quick Hits

• This is Princeton’s 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the third most appearances by a team
• The program has a 31-18 record in the tournament
• Princeton had a 12-year streak of NCAA appearances from 1998-2009
• The Tigers have made it to the championship round 10 times since the NCAA Tournament began in 1982
• Princeton has won three national titles, in 1994, 2002 and 2003

The Nittany Lions have played both Princeton and sixth-seeded Virginia during the 2014 season. Penn State defeated Princeton, 13-12, April 26 and fell to the Cavaliers, 12-11, in Charlottesville March 1.

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