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Princeton, Rested After 5 OT Epic, Heads To Providence To Take On Brown

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/29/2012
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Chris White and the Tigers are at Brown Saturday (3).
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We start out this week with two predictions:
No. 1 - The 2012 Princeton-Brown game won't go as long as the 2011 Princeton-Brown game.
No. 2 - The 2013 Princeton-Yale game won't go as long as the 2012 Princeton-Yale game.
Princeton is one week removed from playing the longest game in program history, a 10-9 five-overtime win over Yale that went 78:21 and ended on Alex Capretta's goal.
Princeton is also 52 weeks removed from a four-overtime win over Brown. That game ended up 5-4 on Tucker Shanley's goal after 73:04, which makes it now the third-longest game in Princeton history (the 1999 four-OT win against Syracuse is now second).
For the rematch, Princeton heads to Providence as one of three 2-0 teams in the Ivy League, while Brown lost its Ivy opener 10-9 in overtime to Harvard and comes in off a 9-8 loss to Duke Tuesday night.

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Princeton and Brown did not play men's lacrosse until the 1964 season.
By contrast, Princeton first played Yale and Harvard in the 1880s and Cornell and Penn in the 1920s. The first Princeton-Dartmouth game was in 1953.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Brown 28-21 and has won the last three.
The biggest year in the Princeton-Brown rivalry was 1994, when the Bears won 7-6 in the regular season to win the Ivy title and Princeton won 10-7 in the NCAA semifinals en route to the second of its six NCAA championships.

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Princeton led Yale 9-6 when Alex Capretta scored with 3:35 in regulation. The Tigers would then be shut out for 21:56 before Capretta scored again, this time the game-winner.
Princeton led Brown 4-2 when Jeff Froccaro scored with 6:45 to go in the third quarter a year ago at the Class of 1952 Stadium. Princeton was then shut out for 34:49 before Shanley's game-winner.
That's about where the similarities end.
The four overtimes between Princeton and Brown featured a combined total of 13 shots. The five overtimes between Princeton and Yale featured more than twice as many, 28.
The Princeton-Brown overtimes were much closer to the vest, with three turnovers and eight ground balls between the teams.
The Princeton-Yale overtimes were a track meet, with seven turnovers and 13 ground balls as each team had multiple chances to win.

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Princeton, Cornell and Harvard are all 2-0 in the Ivy League. Brown and Dartmouth are both 0-1; Penn and Yale are both 0-2, having lost to Princeton and Cornell.
This week's league games are: Princeton at Brown, Penn and Yale and Cornell at Darmouth. Harvard hosts Michigan in a non-league game.
If goal No. 1 for the season for the Tigers is to return to the Ivy League tournament (the Tigers won the first one in 2010 and then did not qualify last year), then the brief history of the tournament suggests that three wins is the magic number.
So far in the two years of the tournament, any team reaching at least three league wins has qualified and no team with two or fewer has.
Going back for the 25 years prior to that, there would have been only four occasions when a team would have won three league games and not qualified had there been a tournament.


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Looking for an offensive eruption? History also suggests that this might be the game for that. Only twice since 1986 (in 1990 and 2002) have both teams reached double figures in a Princeton-Brown game.
If you're looking for a close game, then this rivalry hasn't let you down in recent years.
The last six Princeton-Brown games have featured four one-goal games, one two-goal game and a four-goal game.

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Princeton has more assists (54) than its opponents have goals (53).
Princeton has 54 assists on 76 goals, or an assist on 71% of its goals. Princeton's opponents have 29 assists on 53 goals, an assist on 54% of its goals.

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Princeton is 5-2 in 2012.
The barometer for wins vs. losses for the Tigers to date?
As simplistic as it seems, it appears to be goals scored.
Princeton is 5-0 this year when reaching double figures and 0-2 when not reaching double figures.
In fact, since Chris Bates became the head coach, Princeton has played 35 games, reaching double figures 15 times and not reaching double figures 20 times.
Princeton is 14-1 in the 15 double-figure games and 6-14 in games where the team has not reached double figures.
Of course, some of this appears to be common sense. Scoring more = better chance of winning.
On the other hand, Princeton reached double figures nine times in 16 games in 2010, once in 12 games last year and now five times in seven games this year.

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Tyler Fiorito has made 36 saves and allowed 18 goals in three games against Brown.
His save percentage is .667 against the Bears.

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Tom Schreiber is averaging 2.14 assists per game this season.
The last Princeton player to average that many per game for an entire season was Ryan Boyle, who averaged 2.93 per game for the 2004 season.
At his current averages, Schreiber would need 14 games to reach 30 goals and 15 games to reach 30 assists. Princeton plays a 13-game regular season, with a postseason possibility of between one and six games, depending on if the team qualifies for the Ivy League and NCAA tournaments.
Only one player in school history - David Tickner, who had 34 goals and 32 assists in 1976 - has ever had a 30/30 season for Princeton lacrosse.
There have been 33 20/20 seasons, most recently by Ryan Boyle in 2004.

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Alex Capretta has 15 points in seven games this season after having 10 points in his first three years.

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The Princeton-Brown game is the only one of Princeton's 13 regular-season games that will be played on natural grass.
Brown will be replacing the natural grass on Stevenson Field with synthetic grass at the conclusion of this season.

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Tucker Shanley is the only Princeton player to have at least one goal in every game this season.
Tom Schreiber has at least three points in every game this season. Schreiber, Shanley and Will Himler are the only players with at least one point in every game.

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Princeton's Chad Wiedmaier is also one of 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior Class Award, which recognizes excellence in what is termed the 4C's of character, competition, classroom and community.

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What Can You Say About ...
Luke Armour #16
• has been slowed all season by injury and has been limited to three games
• had two assists against Manhattan
• played in every game last year, starting seven
• was fourth on the team with 14 points (9G, 5A)
Alex Capretta #1
• starting at midfield
• has 15 points in seven games this year; had 10 points his first three years combined
• tied career highs with three goals and four points against Yale
• scored the game-winning goal in the fifth overtime against Yale, ending the longest game in program history
• had two goals and an assist in the fourth quarter against Yale before scoring the game-winner
• had a career-high four points against UNC while tying his career high with three goals
• had a goal and assist against Villanova
• had three assists against Hofstra after having two for his first three years combined
• had a goal against Hopkins
Rob Castelo #4
• has started every game on defense
• has seven caused turnovers
• had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Hopkins
• had a caused turnover and four ground balls against UNC
• had three ground balls and a caused turnover against Manhattan
• had one caused turnover and one ground ball against Hofstra
• returned healthy this season after missing final 10.5 games last year with a torn ACL against Johns Hopkins
John Cunningham #3
• top longstick midfielder, as well as a wing man on face-offs
• team captain for the second straight year
• preseason third-team All-America selection by Inside Lacrosse for the second straight year
• 2011 second-team All-Ivy League
• 2010 honorable mention All-Ivy League selection
• selected by the Denver Outlaws in the Major League Lacrosse draft with the 46th pick
• has six career goals and eight career points
• tied for second on the team in caused turnovers a year ago
Hunter DeButts #47
• has not yet played due to injury
• would play attack or midfield
• had first extended playing time of his career last year in the game against Syracuse
• had first career point with an assist against the Orange
Mark Feild #25
• plays on the man-up unit
• had a goal against Manhattan
• was injured most of his first two seasons but was healthy last year, when he played mostly extra man
Nick Fernandez #24
• starter at shortstick defensive midfield
• had four ground balls and a caused turnover against Manhattan
• had a ground ball and caused turnover against Hofstra
• had three injuries in 2011 - ankle sprain, concussion, broken arm
Tyler Fiorito #6
• preseason second-team All-America for the second straight year
• unanimous first-team All-Ivy League and third-team All-America last year
• made 13 saves against Yale, including five in the five overtimes
• entered week seventh in Division I in goals-against (7.30)
• second in Division I in save percentage and eighth in goals-against as a junior
• selected 10th in the Major League Lacrosse draft (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
• first-team All-Ivy and second-team All-America as a sophomore
• honorable mention All-America as a freshman
Mike Flanagan #34
• started two games last year on close defense
• plays extensively on man-down defensive unit
Jeff Froccaro #18
• starting on attack after playing as a midfielder first two years
• second on team with 13 goals and 17 points
• Ivy League co-Player of the Week after wins over Villanova and Penn
• had career-highs with five goals and seven points while tying career high with two assists against Villanova
• had two goals and an assist and won 4 of 6 face-offs against Penn
• had two goals against Hopkins; also won 5 of 6 face-offs
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had a goal and assist against Manhattan
• had a goal against Yale
• leads all active Princeton players with 41 career goals and is second for career lead with 55 career points
Mike Grossman #8
• had a career-high four points against Hopkins (2G, 2A)
• also had first multi-goal game of his career
• had a goal and assist against Hofstra and Manhattan
• started every game on attack
• has started on attack and midfield in his career
Will Himler #18
• one of three players on the team with at least one point in every game
• had one assist in each of the first six games while playing on second midfield
• had a goal in the seventh game, against Yale
• three of his six assists have been to Tom Schreiber
• had first career point with an assist against Hofstra on a goal by Tom Schreiber that snapped a three-goal Hofstra run and made it 7-5
• had second career point with assist against Manhattan, also on a Schreiber goal
• last game of high school career at Chaminade was an overtime loss to Schreiber's team (St. Anthony's)
Cliff Larkin #19
• started 10 games on attack a year ago
• has not been able to play to date this season due to injury
Bobby Lucas #17
• has won 47 of 86 face-offs (54.7%); won 46.2% of face-offs last year and 52.1% as a freshman
• won 10 of 16 face-offs against Hofstra and had four ground balls and a caused turnover
• won 6 of 11 against Yale
• won 5 of 9 against Penn
• won 9 of 18 against Villanova
• won 5 of 7 face-offs against Manhattan
• also playing shortstick defensive midfield
Mike McDonald #26
• has started every game on attack
• two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week
• had three goals and two assists against Penn to earn Ivy honor for second time
• named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week after Week 1 win over Hofstra
• had three goals on four shots against Hofstra in first collegiate game
• had a goal and assist against Yale
• had a goal against North Carolina
• had a goal against Manhattan
• had first career assist, in the game against Villanova
Jonathan Meyers #28
• starter on defense
• second on the team with nine caused turnovers
• had three caused turnovers and three ground balls against Penn
• had six grounds ball and a caused turnover against Hopkins
• had three ground balls and a caused turnovers against UNC
• had first career point with a 50-yard pass to Jeff Froccaro against Manhattan
• also had two caused turnovers and four grounds balls against Jaspers
• missed three games last year due to injury
• has started on defense and at longstick midfield
• started six games a year ago
Kip Orban #13
• freshman playing in the second midfield
• had first career two-goal game in the Konica Minolta Face-off Classic against North Carolina
• had a goal and assist against Villanova
• had first career points with a goal and assist vs. Manhattan
Derick Raabe #5
• is the No. 2 LSM behind John Cunningham
• started two games at close defense last year
• has primarily played longstick midfield
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• made 11 saves while allowing five goals in first collegiate start, against Manhattan
Tom Schreiber #22
• preseason first-team All-America
• 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• first-team All-Ivy League selection
• leads team in goals (16) and assists (14)
• entered the week tied for sixth in Division I in points per game and ninth in Division I in assists per game
• leads Ivy League in points per game
• has at least three points in every game
• leads active players in career points (59) and assists (27)
• had a career-high five goals against Villanova
• had a career-high seven points againstHofstra (3G, 4A)
• Ivy League Player of the Week after win over Hofstra
• had two goals and an assist against Yale
• had four goals and an assist against Manhattan
• had a goal and two assists against Hopkins
• had three assists against UNC
• led team in goals and assists last year (first player to do so since Justin Tortolani in 1990)
• father Doug, who played at Maryland and won an NCAA title there in 1973 and then the 1974 World Championship with the U.S., is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Tucker Shanley #7
• had the goal against Brown last year in the first overtime
• starting on first midfield
• has 11 goals this year in seven games after having seven all last year; also has four assists
• is the only Princeton player with at least one goal in every game this year
• had two goals and an assist against Villanova
• had two goals against Penn
• had two goals against Manhattan
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had one goal against Hopkins
• had a goal and first two career assists - as well as a career-best three points - against North Carolina
• had two goals, including the game-winner in the fourth overtime, against Brown last year
Peter Smyth #14
• has won 23 of 50 face-offs
• won 10 of 16 against Manhattan
• had an assist against Yale after fast break off face-off win
Forest Sonnenfeldt #2
• had a goal and assist against Yale
• had one goal in each of the first three games before missing the UNC game due to injury
• returned with an assist against Villanova
• also had a goal against Penn
• had an extra man goal against Hofstra and Manhattan
• had 10 goals a year ago
• could play attack or midfield
Jack Strabo #35
• first-line shortstick defensive middie
• has seven ground balls and two caused turnovers
• had a goal against North Carolina
• had first two career points with a goal and assist against Manhattan
Chris White #29
• moved from offense to defensive middie a year ago and will play there again this year
• had a goal against Penn
• had an assist against Villanova
• had a caused turnover against Manhattan
Chad Wiedmaier #9
• leads team with 14 caused turnovers
• had four caused turnovers against Yale
• had three caused turnovers against Hopkins
• had two caused turnovers against Villanova
• No. 7 pick in the MLL draft (Hamilton Nationals)
• preseason first-team All-America
• three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection (no Princeton player and only one Ivy League player have ever been four-time first-team All-Ivy)
• two-time second-team All-America; third-team All-America last year
• one of 20 candidates for the Lowe's Senior Class Award
• active with Fields of Growth and spent four weeks last summer in Uganda

 

 

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