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Princeton Hosts Yale In Ivy Tournament Final, With NCAA Auto Bid At Stake
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John Cunningham and the Tigers host Yale in the Ivy tournament final Sunday (noon, ESPNU).
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John Cunningham and the Tigers host Yale in the Ivy tournament final Sunday (noon, ESPNU).
You already know that Princeton and Yale went five overtimes the first time they played this season, right?
Maybe you didn't know this: Since that game on March 21, the teams are a combined 14-1.
Princeton and Yale are both sizzling as they head into the Ivy League tournament final on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium, with the prize of an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the winner.
It was Alex Capretta who ended the game back on March 24 in New Haven with his goal with 2:21 gone in the fifth overtime, giving the Tigers the win after 78:21. It is the longest game in the history of both programs.
For the loser in Sunday's final, the hours between the end of the game and the NCAA selection announcement at 9 Sunday night (ESPNU) will seem way longer than that.

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Princeton has won six of seven since playing Yale, and all six of those wins have been by at least three goals, with five of six by at least six. Princeton's only loss during that stretch was a one-goal loss at the Carrier Dome against Big East tournament champion Syracuse.
Yale hasn't lost since the five-OT game and will bring an eight-game winning streak into the Ivy final. Of the eight wins during that streak, three came in overtime.

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Princeton led Yale 9-6 with 3:35 go play before Yale rallied to tie it, forcing OT on Greg Mahony's goal with 21 seconds left.
In the 18:21 of the overtimes, the teams combined for 28 shots, seven turnovers, nine saves and three extra-man opportunities. Neither team had a stalling warning in any of the five overtimes.

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Princeton won the Ivy League championship with its 6-0 league record. Regardless of the outcome of the tournament final, Princeton will be considered the league champion.
Princeton has now won 26 Ivy men's lacrosse titles, tying Cornell for the most ever (Brown is in third place with seven).In six Ivy League games this season, Princeton outscored its opponents by a combined 81-35.
The 2012 season was the first since 2003 in which Princeton went 6-0 in the league. It's also the sixth time in program history that Princeton has been in double figures in every Ivy game: 1958 and 1962 (when there were only five leagues games as Brown did not yet have a team) and then 1996, 2002, 2003 and now 2012.

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Princeton defeated Brown in the Ivy League semifinals 9-6, making that game the first time this season that Princeton has won a game without reaching double figures. Prior to that, Princeton had been 10-0 when reaching double figures and 0-1 when not reaching double figures.
Since Chris Bates became head coach, Princeton is 19-1 when reaching double figures and 7-15 when not reaching double figures.
As for Yale, it defeated Cornell 14-10 led by Deron Dempster's eight goals and Matt Gibson's eight assists.
Dempter's eight goals tied the Class of 1952 Stadium record, set in 2001 by B.J. Prager against Hobart.
Gibson's eight assists are a new stadium record, breaking the old record held by both Jon Hess of Princeton (against Cornell in 1998) and Ryan Powell of Syracuse against Princeton in 2000.
For what it's worth, the career assist record at Class of 1952 Stadium belongs to Ryan Boyle, who will part of the ESPNU crew for the Ivy final.

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Speaking of Ryan Boyle, Tom Schreiber is the first Princeton player since Boyle in 2004 to reach 50 points in a season, and they are the only two Princeton players since 1998 to do so.
Schreiber has 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points.
Should Schreiber get one more assist, it would make him the fourth player in school history to have at least 30 goals and 25 assists in the same season, joining Jon Hess (1996), David Tickner (1975 an 1976) and Wick Sollers (1975).
Tickner, who had 34 goals and 32 assists in 1976, is the only player with at least 30 goals and 30 assists in the same season.

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Tyler Fiorito is third all-time at Princeton in saves with 608. He needs two to tie Kevin Gray (1975-77) for second, though first is out of reach.
Hall-of-Famer Scott Bacigalupo holds the school record with 732.

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Princeton and Yale first met on Oct. 14, 1882.
Princeton and Yale have played 94 times; Princeton has played Yale more than any other opponent. Princeton leads the series 71-21-2.

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You can't talk about a Princeton-Yale game without talking about face-offs.
Yale has won 116 of 176 face-offs against Princeton in the last nine games between the two, a percentage of .660. Princeton has not had an advantage in face-off wins in any of those nine games.
Yale won 14 of 26 against Princeton in the first meeting this season, including 10 of 17 for Dylan Levings.

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The 2012 Ivy League tournament is the third such event and the first to be held in
Princeton - or anywhere other than Cornell, for that matter.
Princeton won the 2010 tournament, defeating the Big Red 10-9 in overtime, after a four-way tie for the league championship between Princeton, Yale, Cornell and Brown. Cornell went 6-0 in the league and won the league title last year.
Cornell and Yale have been in all three Ivy tournaments. Princeton and Brown are back after missing last year's.
There have been eight games in the Ivy League tournament to date, and the team that won the regular-season meeting between the teams also won the Ivy tournament game five times in those eight games. The only times the team that lost during the regular season won in the tournament were Princeton in the 2010 final, Harvard over Penn in last year's semifinals and Yale over Cornell in this year's semifinal.

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Tyler Fiorito is the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year, chosen by the league's coaches in a unanimous vote. He was also named first-team All-Ivy League for the third time and a unanimous .
Chad Wiedmaier was also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection, making him the first four-time first-team All-Ivy League men's lacrosse player in Princeton history. In fact, only one other men's lacrosse player (Cornell's Max Siebald '09) had ever been a four-time first-team selection prior to Wiedmaier. Tom Schreiber, a sophomore, was also a unanimous first-team choice, and he has made first-team All-Ivy each of his first two years. Jeff Froccaro, who went from middie to attack, was Princeton's fourth first-team All-Ivy pick.
Longstick midfielder John Cunningham and defenseman Jonathan Meyers were both named second-team All-Ivy League.

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Princeton is 10th in Division I in scoring offense and fourth in Division I in scoring defense.
Princeton is one of three teams in Division I that ranks in the top 10 of both categories. The other two are Loyola and UMass.

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Tom Schreiber and Tyler Fiorito were named to the list of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the top player in lacrosse. The list of 25 will be cut to five finalists.

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What Can You Say About ...

Luke Armour #16
• has been slowed all season by injury and has been limited to five games
• had three goals and an assist against Dartmouth
• three goals and four points were career highs
• 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 30 points this year; had 10 points his first three years combined
• 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 two goals and an assist in the Ivy semifinal against Brown
• had career-high five goals (and career-high five points) in the win over Cornell, earning Ivy League Player of the Week honors
• had four goals against Rutgers
• 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
• high school teammate of Cornell's Roy Lang
Rob Castelo #4
• has started every game on defense
• has 10 caused turnovers and 19 ground balls
• had first career goal in Ivy semifinal against Brown
• had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Hopkins and Cornell
• 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
• 2012 second-team All-Ivy League
• 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 48 ground balls
• had a caused turnover and six ground balls in Ivy semifinal against Brown
• had a goal, two assists and four ground balls against Brown during the regular season
• had seven ground balls and a caused turnover against Cornell
• 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 Cornell, Rutgers and Dartmouth
Mark Feild #25
• plays on the man-up unit
• had a goal against Manhattan and Dartmouth
• 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 three injuries in 2011 - ankle sprain, concussion, broken arm
Tyler Fiorito #6
• unanimous 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year and first-team All-Ivy League
• preseason second-team All-America for the second straight year
• unanimous first-team All-Ivy League and third-team All-America last year
• has been first-team All-Ivy League three times after being second-team as a freshman
• one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy
• is fourth in Division I in goals-against (6.60) and second in
Division I save-percentage (.619); leads the Ivy League in both
• had a .680 save percentage and 5.33 goals-against in six Ivy League regular-season games
• has 608 career saves, third-best all-time at Princeton; trails Kevin Gray by two for second place; Hall-of-Famer Scott Bacigalupo has the school record with 732
• made 13 saves against Yale, including five in the five ovetimes
• made 12 saves while allowing six goals against Brown in Ivy semifinal
• made 16 saves while allowing two goals against Brown in the regular season
• made 15 saves with five goals-against in win over Harvard
• made 10 saves while allowing three goals against Rutgers
• made 16 saves while allowing 10 goals against Syracuse
• made 11 saves against Cornell
• made eight saves and allowed four goals against Dartmouth
• 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 #10
• 2012 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• starting on attack after playing as a midfielder first two years
• second on team with 24 goals and 36 points; had 38 points his first two years combined
• 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 three goals and an assist and won 10 of 19 face-offs against Cornell
• had three goals and an assist against Dartmouth
• 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 and Harvard
• 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 goal and assist against Brown in Ivy semifinal
• 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, 10 on attack and four at midfield
Will Himler #18
• second on the team with 13 assists
• had career-highs with four assists and five points against Dartmouth
• 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 Harvard, Brown and Syracuse
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 74 of 128 face-offs (58.3%); won 46.2% of face-offs last year and 52.1% as a freshman
• ranks 16th in Division I in face-off percentage
• 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
• is the seventh Princeton freshman to reach 20 goals
• has 20 goals on 34 shots
• shot 12 for 16 in six Ivy games
• 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 Co-Rookie of the Week after win over Hofstra
• had three goals on four shots against Hofstra in first collegiate game
• had three goals on three shots against Dartmouth
• had a goal and two assists against Syracuse
• had two goals and an assist against Brown
• had two goals against Cornell
• 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
• 2012 second-team All-Ivy League selection
• second on the team with 13 caused turnovers and 40 ground balls
• 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
Justin Murphy #32
• has won 15 of 30 face-offs
• missed the first nine games after breaking his leg in the fall
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
• also had two goals against Harvard
• 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
• had first career goal in the game against Harvard
• has four caused turnovers and 15 turnovers
• started two games at close defense last year
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
• 2012 unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection
• preseason first-team All-America
• 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• 2011 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy
• named a midseason first-team All-America by Inside Lacrosse
• leads team in goals (30) and assists (24)
• needs one assist to become the fourth player in school history with at least 30 goals and 25 assists in the same season and first since Jon Hess in 1996
• is the first Princeton player since Ryan Boyle in 2004 to reach 50 points in a season
• has at least one point in every game and at least three in 12 of 14 games
• leads active players in career points (83) and assists (37)
• averaging 3.32 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 three goals and two assists against Dartmouth
• 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 and Cornell
• 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 20 goals this year after having seven last year; also has six assists
• is the only Princeton player with at least one goal in every game this year
• had a career-high four points against Dartmouth (2-2)
• 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, Harvard 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 52 of 110 face-offs
• won 11 of 17 against Brown in the Ivy semifinal
• won 7 of 10 against Dartmouth
• 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
• has 15 goals and five assists
• had career-high three goals against Cornell
• had two goals against Brown during the regular season and a goal and assist in Ivy semifinal
• 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
• scored extra man against Harvard, Hofstra and Manhattan
• leads team with six EMO goals
• had 10 goals a year ago
Jack Strabo #35
• first-line shortstick defensive middie
• has four goals, one assist, 17 ground balls and three caused turnovers
• had a goal against Syracuse
• had a goal against North Carolina
• had a goal against Dartmouth
• 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 and Harvard
• had two assists against Dartmouth
• had an assist against Villanova and Cornell
• had a caused turnover against Manhattan
Chad Wiedmaier #9
• 2012 unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection
• is the first four-time first-team All-Ivy League selection in Princeton men's lacrosse history and the second in Ivy league history, along with Max Siebald (Cornell '09)
• leads team with 32 caused turnovers
• had three caused turnovers against Cornell
• had three caused turnovers, seven ground balls and an assist against Harvard
• had four caused turnovers against Rutgers, Yale and Brown
• 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 and two against Syracuse
• had two caused turnovers against Villanova
• No. 7 pick in the MLL draft (Hamilton Nationals)
• preseason first-team All-America
• 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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