Cornell Upends No. 17 Princeton for First Time Since 1988

PRINCETON, N.J. (4/3/10) - The Cornell women's lacrosse team went on a 5-1 run in the second half en route to an 11-8 win over No. 17 Princeton on Saturday, April 3 at Princeton Stadium. The win is the Big Red's first in the series since 1988 snapping a 22-game win streak for Princeton.

The teams traded two-goal runs to start the game, beginning with Cornell taking a 2-0 lead before Princeton's Maisie Devine and Kristin Morrison scored in the next two minutes to knot the game at 2-2 at 21:51. For the remainder of the first half, the teams would score back-and-forth. As soon as Cornell would take a one-goal lead Princeton would answer back to tie it. Down 5-4, Morrison evened the game with an eight-meter goal with just one second left to end the half with the teams knotted at 5-5.

Princeton grabbed its first lead of the game at 27:26 of the second half, when freshman Caroline Rehfuss scored on a Barb Previ pass. Cornell's Julie Klatzkin answered less than two minutes later on her first of three second-half goals. Devine put the Tigers back out ahead 7-6 at 25:20 after getting a feed from sophomore Cassie Pyle.

The Big Red scored two goals in 37 seconds to regain the lead 8-7 at 22:29 as they closed out the game with a 5-1 run. Junior Lizzy Drumm tied the game again at 18:43 but the Big Red rattled off three unanswered, two by Klatzin for the win.

Down by three with 5:28 to play, Drumm won the draw control for the Tigers and freshman Charlotte Davis had a chance to score on a free-position attempt but had her shot blocked by a defender and Cornell took possession. A failed clearing attempt for the Big Red thanks to a caused turnover by Princeton's Jenna Washabaugh got the ball back for the Tigers who received another free-position chance for Davis at 2:25. Her shot was on target but stopped by goalie Kyla Dambach.

Cornell once again got possession but just after it cleared the ball it turned the ball over giving Princeton another chance to score. However the Tigers turned the ball over once they made it across the restraining line and the teams would trade turnovers for the remaining two minutes to end the game in Cornell's favor.

Morrison had a hat trick for the Tigers, while Devine, Drumm, Pyle and Previ had two points apiece. Junior Erin Tochihara made seven saves in goal for the Tigers.

Libby Johnson and Jessi Steinberg who both had four-point games led Cornell. In addition to Klatzkin's hat trick, Katie Kirk added two goals for the Big Red. Dambach finished the game with 12 saves.

Princeton had the advantage in shots (27-22), ground balls (21-19) and draw controls (13-7).

Princeton falls to 4-6 on the season with its first Ivy League loss of the season to fall to 2-1 in conference play. Cornell is now 3-6 and reaches .500 in the league with a 2-2 mark.

2010-04-03



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