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Nov. 5, 2012

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 Lafayette vs. Princeton (New York, N.Y.) -- NCAA Play-In Game
 Date  Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at 1 p.m. (ET)
 Location  New York, N.Y. | Baker Athletics Complex
 At Stake  Berth in NCAA Tournament - First Round Nov. 10
 The Opponent  Princeton Tigers
 Live Coverage   Audio Streaming | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook

Audio Webcast: will provide an audio-only webcast of Tuesday's NCAA play-in game at Columbia University vs. Princeton. The webcast will begin at 12:55 p.m. with Matt Panto and Brian Ludrof on the call. To listen to Tuesday's game visit the All-Access page on or click: Live Audio. Live stats services will also be provided by using this link: Live Stats.

Facility & Directions
: For an overview of Baker Athletics Complex and directions to Columbia University, click here

Scouting the Tigers: Princeton enters the Play-In contest likely assured of a berth in the NCAA Tournament even with a loss on Tuesday. The Tigers are No. 2 in the latest NFHCA Coaches Poll, and have not been below No. 4 all season. They have posted wins over multiple top-25 opponents including Penn State, Maryland, Connecticut and Virginia.

Individual Honors
: Senior co-captain Deanna DiCroce, sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch and head coach Andrew Griffiths all received major awards from the Patriot League for outstanding seasons. DiCroce was named Offensive Player of the Year, while Deutsch was Goalkeeper of the Year and Griffiths earned Coach of the Year honors.

All-League: Six members of the squad were named to All-League teams as senior co-captain Emily Valeo and sophomore Brittany Blass joined DiCroce and Deutsch on the First Team. Sophomore Jenna Seybert and senior Jaclyn White were Second Team honorees. 

In the Classroom: Valeo and White were named to the Academic All-Patriot League squad after stellar academic careers. Valeo, an English major, is currently sporting a 3.73 GPA, while White holds a 3.63 GPA as a Geology major. 

Taking Home the Hardware: After capturing a share of the Patriot League regular season title, Lafayette won its league-leading ninth Patriot League Field Hockey Championship by defeating American and Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament, both in overtime.  

All-Tournament Team: Led by Patriot League Tournament MVP, DiCroce, Lafayette had four players selected to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Joining DiCroce were co-captain Valeo, junior Haley Keenan and sophomore Brittany Blass. 

DiCroce for the Win:
 DiCroce leads Lafayette and the League in goals (18) and points (51). The Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year scored the game-winning goal on a penalty stroke in overtime to take down American in the Patriot League Championship game. 

In The Cage:
 Deutsch has been stellar in the cage all season long, allowing just 18 goals in 18 games. Her 1.03 goals-against average ranks third in the nation.

Getting Defensive: Lafayette has shut out six opponents in 2012, including a stretch of five striaght to close the regular season. In the 7-0 over Holy Cross on Oct. 20, the Leopards did not allow a shot or a corner. 

Selection Show: Currently No. 9 in the nation in RPI (Ratings Percentage Index), Lafayette will have a chance at an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament even with a loss to the Tigers. The NCAA Division I Field Hockey Selection Show can be seen live here at 8 p.m. 

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