#14 Princeton Stuns #2 Virginia, 8-7, to Advance

After the Cavs tied it at 2-2 five minutes later, Princeton again took control by scoring twice in a four-minute span, with both goals coming from Lewis-Lamonica. The first came thanks to a nice pass from Kathleen Miller, and the second thanks to a feed from Alison Murray behind the net with eight minutes left.

Murray's goal with 24.6 seconds on the first-half clock made it 5-2 at half. Amo then scored for Princeton 20 seconds into the second half to make it 6-2, but neither team would score after that for a 16-minute stretch.

"It was big that we got that early second-half goal," said Sailer. "Obviously Virginia is a great team. They got on a roll and made a terrific comeback. But we never really panicked and made the plays we had to at the end."

Princeton improved to 4-3 all-time against the Cavaliers in the NCAA tournament and broke a three-game losing streak to Virginia. The Tigers won their fourth straight game overall.

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Facing a 7-2 deficit with less than 12 minutes remaining in regulation, the Cavaliers staged an incredible rally with a five-goal run in seven minutes to tie up the game, but Princeton's Katie Lewis-Lamonica scored her fourth goal of the game to send the Tigers to the upset 8-7. Virginia (15-4) won eleven of the game's draws and Megan O'Malley bookended the 5-0 run with her two goals, while Kate Breslin scored twice in the span of 58 seconds in that run, but the Cavaliers could not get the go-ahead goal as their season ends with the loss.

After Virginia won the opening draw, the Tigers gained control and used a deliberate offense that was stymied at first by Ginger Miles, who made saves on Princeton's first two shots. Lewis-Lamonica finally got the Tigers on the board at 6:04 for a 1-0 lead as she took from the top and bounced a shot into the cage. Six minutes later Katie Cox fed Ashley Amo in the arc, and the Tigers went up 2-0.

Virginia answered as Miles knocked down a pass and Julie Hauser collected the ground ball just outside the goal circle. She sent the ball up to Breslin, who led a long pass up to Blair Weymouth, who was at the restraining line. Weymouth drove into the 8 and scored at 15:41, pulling the Cavaliers within one at 2-1.

Whitaker Hagerman won the ensuing draw, and Virginia quickly set up their offense in which Jess Wasilewski fed an opposite post pass to Breslin, who scored 77 seconds after Weymouth to tie the game at 2-2. The Tigers then scored less than a minute later on Lewis-Lamonica's second goal, and her hat trick four minutes later give the Tigers a two-goal lead again. Alison Murray notched her only goal of the game 25 seconds before halftime to give the Tigers a three-goal lead at halftime.

Princeton stretched that lead to four 20 seconds into the half as Kathleen Miller won the draw and the Tigers got the ball up to Amo, who scored at 39:20 for a 6-2 lead. At the other end of the field Colleen O'Boyle made saves on the first five shots for Virginia in the half, and at 46:58 Amo notched her third goal of the game to give the Tigers a 7-2 lead.

The Cavaliers roared back, starting with a Jen Holden ground ball after Princeton won the draw but threw it away. Virginia settled their offense and O'Malley cut through the arc, but was fouled on the way through. She converted the 8-meter to end the scoring drought.

Virginia won the ball but turned it over almost immediately, but the Tigers stepped out of bounds on the endline, giving the ball back to the Hoos. Nikki Lieb took possession and advanced the ball up to Wasilewski, who sent the ball up to Kim Connors. Connors cut across the top of the arc and shot to the upper-90, pulling the Hoos within three at 7-4. The Tigers won the draw but lost it in the arc, and Connors scooped up the loose ball and sent it over to Jessy Morgan, who raced out of the fan and sent it up to Weymouth. At the other end of the field, Breslin was all alone in the offensive zone, and Weymouth threw a long leading pass to her. Breslin raced to the goal and scored 36 seconds after Connors.

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