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Princeton routs Penn, 21-8, to gain share of first in Ivy League

Thursday, 26th April 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/26/18
From Press Release

The No. 18 ranked Tigers knew entering the game that they would need to beat No. 10 Penn by five goals to have a shot at hosting the 2018 Ivy League Tournament. They did even better, dominating the Quakers in a 21-8 game on Sherrerd Field as Class of 1952 Stadium on Wednesday night.

It marks Princeton’s largest margin of victory over Penn (11-3, 5-1 Ivy) since April 19, 2000 and the first time either team has won by double digits since that 19-4 game in 2000. Princeton (9-5, 5-1 Ivy) is still alive to earn at least a share of the Ivy League title, as it moves into first place in the league standings, along with Penn and Dartmouth with matching 5-1 records.

“We were really excited to show what we could do,” Princeton head coach Chris Sailer post game. “The team prepared so well for this game and executed our game plan to a T. We come alive under the lights at ’52 and we were definitely on fire tonight.”

Penn’s 21 goals allowed is the third most goals allowed in program history, as four Tigers had a hat trick or better.

Freshman Kyla Sears had a five-point game, scoring four goals and one assist. With 63 points, Sears now holds the Princeton record for points in a season for a freshman, surpassing Crista Samaras’ 59 from 1995. Samaras was here tonight, doing commentary for the game.

Senior Ellie McNulty had a four-goal game and added one assist and three draws. She moved into second-place in draw controls in a single season with 52. Junior Elizabeth George had a spectacular outing tying her career high of five goals and claiming seven draws. Freshman Marge Donovan also collected seven draws. Senior Colby Chanenchuk scored two goals and two assists and now has 99 career points. Junior Kathryn Hallett had three goals and one assist and sophomore Tess D’Orsi scored twice and added one assist.

Defensively, the Princeton held rookie Zoe Belodeau, who entered the game leading the nation’s freshmen in points per game, scoreless. In goal, Sam Fish was flawless with nine stops.

Gabby Rosenzweig and Erin Barry both had hat tricks for the Quakers. Mikaeila Cheeseman was pulled from the goal after allowing 17 goals on 27 shots. Maggie Smith played out the remaining 9:34 and allowed four goals on four shots.

After Penn scored the opening goal of the game, the Tigers scored seven straight and held the Quakers without a goal for more than 23 minutes. At the half, Princeton held what they at least needed, a five-goal lead, 8-3.

Penn put Princeton fans on the edge of their seats scoring four in the first 10 minutes to cut it back to a three-goal game, 10-7 at 20:18. The Tigers had a 12-8 lead at 18:11 before netting nine unanswered goals and getting the 10-goal running clock going with 8:34 on the clock.

If Princeton defeats Columbia on Saturday it will host the Ivy League Tournament, on May 4 & 6. Other games to keep an eye on are Penn at Yale and Dartmouth at Brown. If all three teams win, they will all share the regular-season title

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