Coming off a 17–13 win against rival Harvard last Saturday, the women’s lacrosse team will head to Princeton, N.J., to face the Tigers (4–2, 2–1 Ivy).
The Bulldogs, (5–6, 2–2 Ivy), will look for an upset on Saturday in order to get continue their pursuit into the top four Ivy League standings, which would send them to the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. Although the Tigers began the season ranked at No. 9, two early-season losses paired with last week’s consecutive losses to Temple and Cornell have knocked them out of the rankings completely. The Elis will face the Tigers as they come off a disappointing 11–8 Ivy loss to the Big Red.
“Princeton has had an up-and-down season so far and we are meeting them at the ideal time, we are coming off a great win against Harvard and they just suffered an Ivy loss to Cornell,” attacker Jenna Block said. “If we play our game, limit our turnovers and have patience on attack, we can beat Princeton on Saturday.”
But the Elis know better than to underestimate the Tigers. Having dropped most of their losses by only one goal, the Tigers, who bested the Bulldogs 15–6 last season, will not go easy on the Elis.
“We are expecting a good game from Princeton,” defender Michele Fiorentino ’10 said. “They always have a solid team and in order to win we need to play to our potential and be ready for a fight.”
The Bulldog attack showed they have potential as they recorded 17 goals against the Crimson, including a record-setting eight tallies from attacker Devon Rhodes ’13.
Rhodes and the Bulldog offense will look to ride the momentum from the Harvard game as the defense will look to hold off the strong Princeton attack, including leading scorer attacker Lizzy Drumm, who had five goals against the Bulldogs last year and leads the Tigers in both goals and points. The Eli defense will also keep an eye on attacker Kristin Morrison. Lindsay deButts leads the Tigers in draw controls and ground balls, areas in which attacker Caroline Crow ’12 says the Bulldogs will need to capitalize on.
“Specifically, I think that if we win the draws and control the pace of the game on the both ends of the field, we will beat Princeton,” Crow said.
The Bulldogs will face-off against the Tigers at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Princeton.