Friday, April 10, 2009

Double Header at Class of 1952 Stadium

Tomorrow, the No. 7 women's lacrosse team faces off against Harvard at Class of 1952 Stadium at 12 p.m. in a quest to stay unbeaten in the Ivy League. And, then at 3 p.m., the No. 2 men's lacrosse team will take on No. 15 Harvard in its own attempt to remain perfect in the Ancient Eight.

Spearheaded by a balanced offense with seven different Tigers who have 10-plus goals on the season, the women's lacrosse team is certainly on an impressive run. Princeton has won seven straight games and is looking to notch its 10th win overall. In the Tigers' most recent victory, a convincing 15-6 win over Yale, sophomore attack Lizzy Drumm netted five goals.

But the Crimson certainly has the ability to put the ball in the net as well. The tandem of midfielder Jess Halpern and attack Kaitlin Martin has been especially effective this season, netting 36 and 34 goals, respectively. This means that Princeton goaltender Erin Tochihara and the rest of the Tiger defense will have to be on top of their game on Saturday afternoon.

After the women battle it out against the Crimson, the men's team takes the field in an attempt to prove that it belongs at the top of the national polls. Coming off a tough 10-9 overtime win over Penn on Tuesday evening, the Tigers will certainly be looking to assert themselves, especially on the offensive end. Though Princeton defeated the Quakers, Penn outshot the Tigers 33-23. Senior attack Tommy Davis led the Tiger offense with four goals, including the game winner.

Senior midfielder Rich Sgalardi has been playing especially well as of late and the Tigers will certainly look to him for more offensive production on Saturday. Sgalardi has a team-leading 17 assists thus far this season and he has also notched 14 goals.

In net for the Tigers, freshman goalie Tyler Fiorito has been effective thus far this season. He has a .584 save percentage in 10 games. But Harvard has a talented force in goal as well, as Joe Pike is currently second in the country with a 6.51 goals against average. Sgalardi, Davis and the rest of Princeton's scoring offense, which currently ranks seventh in the nation, will need to play well against this tough Harvard 'D' in order to record the 'W' at home.