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Princeton women rout Yale, 19-9, claim Ivy League tourney championship and league’s AQ

Sunday, 8th May 2022

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/8/22
From Press Release

For the second weekend in a row, the Princeton women’s lacrosse team had cause to celebrate on home turf as the top-seeded Tigers defeated No 2 seed Yale, 19-9, in the Ivy League Tournament championship game.

With the win, Princeton secured its sixth Ivy League Tournament championship overall — and fourth in a row — and the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Selections for the 2022 NCAA Tournament will be announced this evening at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

Princeton only trailed for 0:53 in the game, answering quickly after Yale took a 1-0 lead. McKenzie Blake (Haddonfield) tied the game at 1-1, starting an 8-1 Princeton run that all but put the game away before the first quarter was complete. The Tigers scored on all eight shots on goal in the first quarter and scored on 15 of 19 shots on goal in the first half.

Blake (2GB, 1CT) was one of three Tigers with four goals in the game, joined by Kyla Sears and Grace Tauckus. Tauckus had a game-high seven points.

Marge Donovan had a program single-game record 12 draw controls, adding two caused turnovers and two ground balls and an assist to earn Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.

Donovan and Sophie Whiteway (six draw controls) led a big reversal in that statistics from the previous meeting with Yale. One week ago, the Bulldogs had a 25-9 edge in draw controls on the strength of 13 from Sky Carrasquillo. This time out, Princeton had a 21-10 edge on the circle and held Carrasquillo to just six.

Notes To Know
Princeton’s six Ivy League Tournament championships are the most of any school since the Tournament began in 2010.
Kyla Sears’ first goal of the game established a new program record for career goals. She now has 202 career goals, surpassing Olivia Hompe ’17 who had 198.
Sears now has 299 career points, extending her Princeton program record.
Sears now has 97 career assists, extending her Princeton program record.
Marge Donovan now has 204 draw controls, extending her Princeton program record.
Donovan now has 102 draw controls this season, extending her Princeton program record.
Donovan now ranks No. 10 all-time in caused turnovers by a Tiger with 76.
Sam Fish now ranks No. 4 all-time in saves by a Princeton player with 553.
Princeton is now 13-4 all-time in the Ivy League Tournament and 7-1 in Ivy Tournament games played at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Tauckus’ 7 points were a career high. Maria Pansini (Agnes Irwin) had a draw control and Ellie Mueller (Radnor) scored once for the Tigers.

How It Happened

In search of its first Ivy League Tournament title. Yale jumped oit to a quick 1-0 lead via an Olivia Markert goal 0:43 into the game. The Tigers quickly answered with McKenzie Blake’s first of the game less than a minute later, and followed with the next three to build a 4-0 lead.

After the Bulldogs countered with a Taylor Everson goal with 5:45 left in the opening period, Princeton again responded with a 4-0 run to blow the game open. Four different Tigers scored in a span of 2:48, with Ellie Mueller, Kate Mulham, Kyla Sears and Blake finding the back of the net. Sears’ goal was another history-maker as she broke the program record via a spectacular diving goal to give Princeton a 7-2 lead with 3:24 left in the first quarter.

Everson would score again for Yale with 0:37 left in the first quarter, but that was the final goal for Yale in the first half. Princeton kept the Bulldogs of the scoreboard for the entire second half, racking up a run of 16:29 without allowing a goal from the end of the first quarter to the beginning of the third. While the defense was doing its part, the offense gto to work and extended the lead to 15-3 at halftime. Nina Montes and Grace Tauckus each had two goals in the second quarter as Princeton built a double-digit lead at the break.

Yale would get the lead back under double digits just once in the second half, Jenna Collignon scoring to make it 17-8 with 10:06 left in the fourth quarter. Princeton would counter quickly with a Kyla Sears fast-break goal assisted by Marge Donovan and an unassisted goal from Kari Buonanno and the dancing could begin.

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