No. 5 Princeton Hosts Villanova In Home Opener Tuesday Evening
And by "modern era," we're talking the last two years here.
Back in 2011, Brian Karalunas had eight caused turnovers in a 10-9 Wildcat win on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
A year ago, the focus was on Princeton's offense, as Tom Schreiber and Jeff Froccaro had five goals each in a 14-8 Tiger win at Villanova Stadium.
The other era of the series was in the 1980s, when the teams met in 1987, 1988 and 1989. Princeton won all three of those games, two of which were played at Villanova, making the home team 1-4 all-time.
The teams have their sixth meeting - and third in three years - when Villanova comes to Sherred Field again (Tuesday, 7).
Both teams come into the game off short turnarounds after wins over the weekend. Princeton defeated Johns Hopkins 11-8 Friday evening; Villanova knocked off Delaware 14-9 Saturday night.
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Princeton moved from 12th in both the media and coaches' polls a week ago to fifth this week after the win over Johns Hopkins.
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Jeff Froccaro and Tom Schreiber had 10 goals and three assists in the 14-8 win over Villanova last year. Schreiber did not have a point against Villanova the year before after injuring his ribs during the game (he would miss the next game, against Penn, in 2011), while Froccaro had a goal and two assists in the 2011 game.
Froccaro and Schreiber combined to shoot 10 for 18 against Villanova last year, including 5 for 7 in the third quarter alone.
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Tom Schreiber has 95 career points, leaving him five away from becoming the 26th player in program history to reach 100 points for his career.
Villanova's Jack Rice has 99 career goals, leaving him one away from becoming the fifth 100-goal scorer - and first since 1991 - for the Wildcats. Villanova's Will Casertano enters the game with 99 career points.
Rice had four goals against Princeton on Sherrerd Field two years ago but did not have a point in the game against Princeton at Villanova last year.
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Princeton head coach Chris Bates is close to a 100-themed milestone of his own but will not reach it against Villanova.
Princeton's win over Johns Hopkins Friday was the 98th in Bates' career. Bates won 70 games at Drexel and has won 28 to date at Princeton. He's also 7-5 against Villanova after going 6-4 against the Wildcats at Drexel.
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Princeton allowed 7.2 goals per game a year ago while finishing fifth in Division I in scoring defense.
Princeton is currently eighth in Division I in scoring defense at 7.5 goals allowed per game. In fact, Princeton has allowed fewer goals (15) than any other team in Division I (of course Princeton has only played two games).
Princeton is playing with only one defensive player (shortstick defensive midfielder Jack Strabo) in the same position he was in a year ago.
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Princeton held Hofstra to seven goals and Johns Hopkins to eight goals.
In its games against teams other than Princeton, Hofstra is averaging 11.0 goals per game and Hopkins is averaging 14.7 goals per game.
Hofstra and Hopkins combined are 0-2 against Princeton and 6-0 against their other opponents.
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Villanova's Thomas Croonquist has taken every face-off for the Wildcats through three games and has won 44 of 73, which is a .603 percentage.
In other words, Croonquist is nowhere near the percentage that Princeton's last opponent, Johns Hopkins' Mike Poppleton, had prior to that game.
Poppleton won 15 of 22 Friday night - and had his percentage for the season actually drop from .800 coming in to .764 afterwards.
Princeton, through two games, has won 17 of 40 face-offs. On the other hand, Princeton has had one of its four face-off men stop the bleeding, as it were, during the first two games.
Against Hofstra, Bobby Lucas won 6 of 8, including 4 for 4 in the fourth quarter. Against Hopkins, Jeff Froccaro won 5 of 9 against Poppleton.
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Princeton has gotten 20 of its 21 goals and all 11 of its assists from its top six offensive players (attackmen Ryan Ambler, Jeff Froccaro, Mike MacDonald; first midfielders Jake Froccaro, Kip Orban, Tom Schreiber). The other goal came from shortstick defensive middie Chris White against Hopkins.
The starting attack and midfield have combined to take 63 of Princeton's 71 shots.
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Princeton has been outscored by a combined 12-9 in the first and third quarters and has outscored its two opponents by a combined 12-3 in the second and fourth quarters.
Princeton has been outshot 28-10 in its two first quarters, with five first-quarter shots against both Hofstra and Hopkins. Princeton has outshot its opponents 61-42 in the final three quarters.
On the other hand, Princeton has turned 10 first-quarter shots into six first-quarter goals, a shooting percentage of .600.
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Matt O'Connor made six saves while allowing seven goals in the opener against Hofstra and then made 10 saves while allowing seven goals in the game against Hopkins.
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Jake Froccaro had his first four career points in the win over Hopkins with two goals and two assists.
His first career point was an assist on a goal by his brother Jeff Froccaro.
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Tom Schreiber has played 29 games at Princeton. He has at least three points in 22 of them.
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Princeton starts four freshmen, one each on attack (Ryan Ambler), midfield (Jake Froccaro), defense (Mark Strabo) and at goalie (Matt O'Connor).
Princeton starts four freshmen, two sophomores, three juniors and one senior.
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Rob Castelo and Forest Sonnenfeldt will both miss the entire 2013 season due to injuries.
Castelo tore his ACL before the start of practice, while Sonnenfeldt had ankle surgery. Castelo started every game on defense last year, while Sonnenfeldt had 17 goals and six assists.
Castelo had his second major knee injury in three years. He also tore multiple ligaments in the game at Johns Hopkins two years ago.
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The Princeton men's lacrosse team spent a week in Costa Rica last June. The Tigers played one game against the Costa Rican national team, gave clinics for the Costa Ricans and for the local youth and worked on various service projects, including refurbishing a community center.
Princeton traveled to Spain and Ireland in 2008 and Japan in 2004.
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What Can You Say About ...
Ryan Ambler #14
• began career with a four-point game against Hofstra (1G, 3A) to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week award
• had a goal and two assists to snap a 3-3 tie as Princeton built a 6-3 lead in the second quarter; Hofstra would never pull even again
• was the fourth Princeton player with four points in opening game of his freshman year (Ryan Boyle in 2001, Jesse Hubbard in 1995, Jason Buttles in 1993)
• had one assist against Johns Hopkins
• was the second Princeton freshman in two years to start the first game of his freshman year on attack after Mike MacDonald did last year; prior to MacDonald, the last time a Princeton freshman started Game 1 of his freshman year on attack was 2004, when Peter Trombino did so
• high school All-America from Abington High, outside of Philadelphia, where he had 186 career goals and 210 career assists
• younger brother of former Princeton assistant coach Colin Ambler, who also played for Princeton head coach Chris Bates at Drexel
• father Bob is the all-time leading scorer at Drexel
Luke Armour #16
• senior who can play attack or midfield
• was slowed by injury for most of 2012
• 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, starting seven, in 2011
• was fourth on the team with 14 points (9G, 5A) in 2011
Alex Beatty #36
• team's No. 1 longstick midfielder
• caused three turnovers against Johns Hopkins
• played in two games last year, when he was slowed by injuries
Brandon Bonvino #21
• is the No. 2 longstick midfielder
• played in three games last year
Hunter DeButts #47
• has moved from attack to the second midfield
• had two goals on two shots (including the first goal of the game) against Brown after missing the first seven games due to injury a year ago
• had an assist against Cornell, Rutgers, Dartmouth and Yale in the Ivy final
Nick Fernandez #24
• moves to being a starter on close defense after having been a shortstick defensive midfielder his first two years; Ryan Schoenig (in 2006) did the same for Princeton
• had his first career goal in the game against Syracuse last year
• also had a goal in the next game against Rutgers
• had four ground balls and a caused turnover vs. Manhattan
• missed games with ankle sprain, concussion, broken arm in 2011
Jake Froccaro #9
• starter at midfield
• had two goals and two assists against Johns Hopkins
• first career assist was to his brother Jeff
• won 1 of 2 face-offs against Hofstra
• had 65 goals and 20 assists as a high school senior at Port Washington
• can also face off
• younger brother of senior attackman Jeff Froccaro, a first-team All-Ivy League selection last year
Jeff Froccaro #10
• 2013 preseason honorable mention All-America
• 2012 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• had three goals and one assist in win over Hopkins to earn Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors
• had two goals and two assists against Hofstra
• game against Hofstra was his eighth career game of at least four points
• was second on team with 27 goals and 39 points last season
• had career-highs with five goals and seven points while tying career high with two assists against Villanova
• leads all active Princeton players with 59 career goals and is second for career lead with 84 career points
Will Himler #18
• was second on the team with 13 assists a year ago
• has been slowed by injury in the preseason
Brian Kavanagh #44
• No. 2 goalie who came off the bench against Johns Hopkins when Matt O'Connor committed a penalty
Bobby Lucas #17
• won 6 of 8 face-offs against Hofstra, all in the second half
• was 4 for 4 in the fourth quarter
• had team-best six ground balls
• twice won face-offs after Hofstra goals that led to Princeton goals on that possession
• won 91 of 152 face-offs (55.6%) a year ago
• won 46.2% of face-offs in 2011 and 52.1% as a freshman
• also plays shortstick defensive midfield
Mike McDonald #8
• has started every game of his career
• had three goals on five shots against Hofstra
• had two goals against Johns Hopkins
• has 27 career goals on 49 career shots (55.1%)
• ranked fifth all-time among Princeton freshman with 22 goals
• had 22 goals on 39 shots (56.4%)
• had the highest shooting percentage (56.4%) of any Princeton player ever with at least 20 goals in a season
• shot 12 for 16 in six Ivy games
• had four goals in the Ivy tournament (two in each game)
• two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week
Brendan McGrath #15
• playing in the second midfield
Justin Murphy #32
• won 15 of 30 face-offs as a freshman
• missed the first nine games after breaking his leg in the fall
Matt O'Connor #11
• freshman goalie from Lawrenceville Prep
• became the third Princeton goalie in the last 25 years to start Game 1 of his freshman year (Scott Bacigalupo in 1991, Tyler Fiorito in 2009)
• made 10 saves while allowing seven goals in win over Johns Hopkins
• made six saves and allowed seven goals against Hofstra
Kip Orban #13
• starter at midfield
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had an assist against Hopkins
• had eight goals and three assists as a freshman
Derick Raabe #5
• starter on close defense
• was the only current Princeton player who had ever started a game on defense (vs. Penn and Harvard in 2011) prior to this season
• had first career goal in the game against Harvard last year
• has played mostly longstick midfield in his career
Will Rotatori #27
• playing in the second midfield
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• made 11 saves while allowing five goals in first collegiate start, against Manhattan
• played final 5:05 against Brown in regular season without allowing goal
Tom Schreiber #22
• 2013 preseason first-team All-America
• 2012 first-team All-America
• led team in goals and assists as a freshman and sophomore; is the only Princeton player ever to do so
• 2012 unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection
• 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• 2011 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• needs five points to become 26th player in program history to reach 100 career points
• had three goals against Johns Hopkins
• had two goals and an assist against Hofstra
• has three or more points in 22 career games and fewer than three points in seven career games
• had 32 goals and 28 assists last year, falling two assists short of having the second 30/30 season in school history (Dave Tickner 1977)
• became 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 (Tickner did it twice and Wick Sollers)
• became the first Princeton player since Ryan Boyle in 2004 to reach 60 points in a season
• was tied for ninth in points in a single season at Princeton
• had at least one point in every game and at least three in 13 of 16 games
• leads active Princeton players in career points (95) and assists (42)
• team co-captain
• 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
• started on first midfield last year; has been slowed by injury this preseason
• had 20 goals as a junior after having seven as a sophomore
• had six multi-goal games as a junior
Jack Strabo #35
• first-line shortstick defensive middie
• had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Hofstra
• has four goals, one assist, 19 ground balls and five caused turnovers a year ago
• had two caused turnovers in Ivy final
• younger brother Mark will start on defense as a freshman
Mark Strabo #3
• freshman starting on defense
• had three ground balls against Hopkins
• played at Landon
• younger brother of junior SSDM Jack Strabo
Chris White #29
• team co-captain along with Tom Schreiber
• one of top shortstick D middies
• had a goal against Johns Hopkins
• had two ground balls and a caused turnover against Hofstra
• moved from offense to defensive middie as a sophomore
HOFSTRA (W, 10-7)
GOALS - MacDonald 3, Schreiber 2, Jeff Froccaro 2, Orban 2,
ASSISTS - Ambler 3, Jeff Froccaro 2, Schreiber 1,
GOALIE - O'Connor (60 min, 7 goals-against, 6 saves)
JOHNS HOPKINS (W, 11-8)
GOALS - Schreiber 3, Jeff Froccaro 3, Jake Froccaro 2,
Mike MacDonald 2, Chris White 1
ASSISTS - Jake Froccaro 2, Jeff Froccaro 1, Ryan Ambler 1,
Kip Orban 1
GOALIE - O'Connor (59:42 min, 7 goals-against, 10 saves), Brian Kavanagh (00:18 min, 1 goal-against, 0 saves)