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Princeton Hosts Dartmouth As Ivy Tournament Field Takes Shape
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 04/12/2012
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It's that time of year. Here we go again.
Imagine the following:
Should Princeton lose its final three Ivy League games, it would be 3-3 on the year.
Should Dartmouth win its remaining three league games, it would be 3-3.
Should Harvard beat Princeton and lose to Yale, it would be 3-3 or 4-2, depending on what happened in its game against Penn.
By virtue of its win over Harvard, Yale would be 3-2. Add in a Yale win over Brown, and the Bulldogs would be 4-2, while Brown would then be 1-4, since the Bears would have to have lost to Dartmouth in this case.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, all of that is the only way by which Princeton would not qualify for the Ivy tournament.
To clarify, these would be the results necessary:
Dartmouth beats Princeton
Harvard beats Princeton
Cornell beats Princeton
Dartmouth beats Penn
Dartmouth beats Brown
Harvard loses to Yale
Yale beats Brown
If all that happens, then Princeton would either be in a three-way tie with Harvard and Dartmouth having lost to both or a two-way tie with Dartmouth having lost to the Big Green. Princeton would be out in either case.
Another way of saying that is that if any of those seven games goes the other way, then Princeton will have accomplished Goal No. 1 of the season, which is to return to the Ivy tournament, to be held May 4 and 6 at a site to be determined.
So while it's mathematically possible, it's unlikely that the third Ivy tournament won't include the Princeton Tigers. It will definitely include the Cornell Big Red, the only team to clinch a spot so far.
Amazingly, after the chaos of the first two years of the tournament - when the field wasn't set until the final games on the final day and that final day had so many amazing twists and turns, the 2012 field could be set by this weekend, with the four teams at least.
Should Princeton defeat Dartmouth, Harvard defeat Penn and Yale defeat Brown, then the four teams competing in the tournament would be Princeton, Cornell, Harvard and Yale.
Matchups and of course the site, determined by the regular-season champion, would still have a long way to go before they'd be decided.
Princeton would clinch its spot by defeating Dartmouth (or, for that matter, before it ever played Dartmouth if Brown beat Yale Friday night).
On the other hand, fret not, Brown. Win out, and the Bears are in the tournament. Or beat Yale and either Cornell or Dartmouth and the Bears could play into May, depending on the outcome of a few other games.
Dartmouth could win its final three league games and not make the tournament. And even at 0-4, Penn has not been mathematically eliminated, not if it could get to 2-4 by beating Harvard and Dartmouth, have Yale win one more game and have Brown and Harvard lose out.
Yale would be in the tournament with a win over Brown this weekend, no matter what else happens.
Harvard could beat Penn this weekend and still not clinch, not yet anyway.
Hey, it might sound complicated, but that's nothing compared to the last two years.

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Now as far as hosting the tournament goes, it could be played in Princeton, in Ithaca or in Cambridge. It could even come down to a random draw to determine which of those three sites, should all three end up at 5-1 in the league, which would happen should Harvard win out, Princeton win out other than Harvard and Cornell lose to Princeton and beat Brown.
The tournament cannot be held at any other site.

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Princeton and Dartmouth first met in 1953 and have played every year since.
The Tigers lead the all-time series 51-8, including a 29-1 record in games played in Princeton. Dartmouth's only win in Princeton came in 2003, when Andrew Goldtstein made 17 saves and Tom Daniels scored four goals in a 13-6 Big Green win over the Tigers, who were ranked second at the time.

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Princeton defeated Rutgers Tuesday night 13-4 to win the Meistrell Cup for the 24th time in 25 years.
Alex Capretta had a career-high four goals in the game, while Tom Schreiber reached 40 points for the season with three goals and an assist, giving him 22 and 18 for the year.
Chad Wiedmaier continued his remarkable run with four caused turnovers, giving him 14 in the last four games after having 10 in the first six.

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Tyler Fiorito made 10 saves against Rutgers, giving him 562 for his career, fifth-best all-time at Princeton.
Fiorito needs nine saves to tie Peter Cordrey for fourth.
He needs 48 saves to reach second place (passing William Cronin's 606 and tying Kevin Gray's 610).
Scott Bacigalupo holds the all-time record of 732.

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Tyler Fiorito leads the Ivy League in goals-against average (6.69) and save percentage (.601).
Fiorito has a .645 career save percentage against Dartmouth.
Fiorito and Dartmouth's Fergus Campbell will start against each other for the fourth straight year, making this the second matchup for Princeton this year in which Fiorito and the opposing goalie would have started against each other four times (Hofstra's Andrew Gvozden is the other).
Campbell has a .567 save percentage against Princeton for his career.

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Should Tom Schreiber get two more assists this season, it would mark the 34th time in school history and first time since Ryan Boyle in 2004 that a Princeton player had at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same year.
Should Schreiber get eight more goals and 12 more assists, it would make him the second Princeton player ever with a 30/30 season, along with David Tickner in 1976.

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Princeton is 7-0 this year when it reaches double figures and 0-3 when it does not.
Princeton is 16-1 when reaching double figures and 6-15 when not under Chris Bates.

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Princeton ranks fifth in Division I in scoring defense at 6.9 goals per game.

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Bobby Lucas has won 57.6% of his face-offs this year. He won 46.2% a year ago and 52.1% as a freshman.

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Tucker Shanley is the only Princeton player with at least one goal in every game this season.
Tom Schreiber has at least two points in every game this season and at least three points in nine of 10 games.
Shanley and Schreiber are the only two Princeton players with at least one point in every game.

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Tom Schreiber has 69 career points in 21 career games (3.3 points per game). He leads all current Princeton players in points and assists (31).
Jeff Froccaro leads all active Princeton players with 45 career goals.

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Shortstick defensive midfield Nick Fernandez has a goal in each of the last two games. They are the first two goals of his career.

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Princeton's Chad Wiedmaier is one of 10 finalists 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 21 points this year; had 10 points his first three years combined
• had a career-high four goals against Rutgers
• tied career-high with four points against Rutgers; also had four-point games against Yale and Carolina
• 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 three goals and an assist against Carolina
• had two goals against Brown
• 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 and 16 ground balls
• 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 seven career goals and 11 career points
• leads the team with 34 ground balls
• had a goal, two assists and four ground balls against Brown
• became the first Tiger longstick since 1998 to have more than one point in a game (John Harrington vs. Harvard)
• tied for second on the team in caused turnovers a year ago
Hunter DeButts #47
• had two goals on two shots (including the first goal of the game) against Brown after missing the first seven games due to injury
• had an assist against Rutgers
Mark Feild #25
• plays on the man-up unit
• had a goal against Manhattan
• had an assist against Rutgers
• 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 his first career goal in the game against Syracuse
• also had a goal in the next game against Rutgers
• 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
• is fifth in Division I save-percentage (.601)
• made 10 saves while allowing three goals against Rutgers
• made 16 saves while allowing 10 goals against Syracuse
• made 16 saves while allowing two goals against Brown
• 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 17 goals and 23 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 Syracuse
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had a goal and two assists against Brown
• had a goal and assist against Manhattan
• had a goal against Yale and Rutgers
• leads all active Princeton players with 45 career goals and is second for career lead with 61 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
• had one assist in each of the first six games while playing on second midfield
• had a goal in the seventh game, against Yale
• also had an assist against Brown and Syracuse
• 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 68 of 118 face-offs (57.6%); won 46.2% of face-offs last year and 52.1% as a freshman
• won 6 of 9 against Syracuse
• won 6 of 10 against Rutgers
• won 10 of 16 face-offs against Hofstra and had four ground balls and a caused turnover
• won 9 of 13 against Brown
• 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
• leads team in shooting percentage (.545, 12 for 22)
• 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 two assists against Syracuse
• had two goals and an assist against Brown
• 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 12 caused turnovers
• had three caused turnovers and five ground balls against Rutgers
• had three caused turnovers and three ground balls against Penn
• had six ground balls 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 a goal against Brown
• 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
• played final 5:05 against Brown without allowing goal
Tom Schreiber #22
• preseason first-team All-America
• 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• first-team All-Ivy League selection
• named a midseason first-team All-America by Inside Lacrosse
• leads team in goals (22) and assists (18)
• has at least two points in every game and at least three in nine of 10 games
• leads active players in career points (69) and assists (31)
• averaging 3.29 points per game for his career
• 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 three goals and an assist against Rutgers
• had two goals against Syracuse
• 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
• starting on first midfield
• has 15 goals this year in seven games after having seven 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 and Rutgers
• had two goals against Manhattan
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had one goal against Hopkins and Syracuse
• 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 32 of 70 face-offs
• won 10 of 16 against Manhattan
• won 3 of 6 against Brown
• had an assist against Yale after fast break off face-off win
Forest Sonnenfeldt #2
• had first career two-assist game against Rutgers; also had a goal to tie career high with three points
• 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
• had a goal against Syracuse
• also had a goal against Penn and Brown
• had an extra man goal against Hofstra and Manhattan
• had 10 goals a year ago
Jack Strabo #35
• first-line shortstick defensive middie
• has three goals, one assist, 13 ground balls and three caused turnovers
• had a goal against Syracuse
• 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 24 caused turnovers
• has 14 caused turnovers in his last four games, with four each against Rutgers, Yale and Brown and two against Syracuse
• held Brown's Parker Brown, the team's leading scorer, to no goals and no assists, along with four caused turnovers
• three of four caused turnovers against Brown led to Princeton goals in transition
• 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 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award
• active with Fields of Growth and spent four weeks last summer in Uganda

 

 

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