April 25, 2009

Princeton Hangs on to Beat Brown

from press release

PRINCETON, N.J.  – Senior Christine Casaceli scored four goals on Senior Day to lead the No. 6-ranked Princeton women’s lacrosse team to an 8-7 win over Brown on Saturday, april 25 at Class of 1952 Stadium.

The Tigers held a slim 3-2 lead at halftime, and the Bears managed to tie the game at 6-6 with 7:11 remaining in regulation. Casaceli tallied the go-ahead goal at 6:14 and classmate Holly McGarvie added another at 5:33 to put the game out of reach for the Bears.

Senior Kristin Schwab received a yellow card not soon after, at 5:23, forcing the Tigers to maintain its lead while playing a man down for three minutes. During that time the Bears managed to put two shots on net with sophomore goalie Erin Tochihara making one stops and Brown’s Kelly Robinson beating her with a shot to the upper left corner to make it 8-7 with 2:36 to play. Tochihara would make one more save on a Robinson shot to preserve the win for Princeotn.

McGarvie finished the game with two points while three other Tigers had a single point. Kelly paced Brown with a four-goal game, while Lauren Vitkus tallied three goals.

Princeton quickly got itself on the scoreboard when senior Anne Murray wrapped around the left post and found the net at 29:33. Casaceli made it 2-0 at 23:51 with a free-position goal.

Robinson scored her first of the afternoon on an eight-meter attempt at 21:31. In fact, the first three goals from the Bears came by way of free-position attempts, as Vitkus added an eight-meter goal at 2:51, to make it 3-2. Prior to the goal McGarvie set up sophomore Lizzy Drumm for a goal at 8:21.

Princeton added two more goals to start the second half to increase its lead to 5-2. Schwab fired in a shot from the near post, and Casaceli brought the ball after the endline after a misfired shot and scored her second of the day.

Robinson added another free-position goal at 21:36, with Casaceli answering with her third of the day at 17:36.

Vitkus sparked a three-goal run for Brown at 13:34 when she made her way through traffic and found the back of the net to make it 6-4. Robinson put in a low shot to make it 6-5 at 8:42. Katelyn Caro set up for a free-position attempt just over a minute later but made the pass off to Vitkus who put the ball away to even the game at six apiece.

Following a Tiger timeout, the squad won the draw control and Casaceli gave Princeton the lead.

Princeton had a 24-19 advantage in shots, had 21 ground balls to Brown’s 15, and had a 10-6 edge in draw controls.

Tochihara finished the day with seven saves, while Brown’s goalie Isabel Harvey stopped 11 shots.

The Tigers improve to 12-2 overall and finish the Ivy League season with a 6-1 record. Brown falls to 6-8 and 2-4 in the conference.

Princeton will host Loyola in the final home game of the regular season on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m.


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