No. 5 Princeton Travels To No. 9/11 North Carolina
The frustration of a day when Princeton outshot North Carolina 43-22. The frustration of a day when Princeton forced almost as many turnovers (19) as it allowed shots. The frustration of day when Princeton erased two-goal deficits multiple times.
And, ultimately, the frustration of a day when the Tigers lost, 9-8, to the Tar Heels, as part of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.
For the rematch, M&T Bank Stadium isn't even the halfway point of the trip.
The distance traveled to the game isn't the only thing different for Princeton this time around. Of the 23 players who got into the game for Princeton against North Carolina a year ago, only nine figure to do so this time around.
Princeton's rebuilding year has gotten off to a flying start, as the Tigers find themselves 3-0 and ranked fifth in both the USILA coaches' poll and Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll. The Tigers have already won at both Hofstra and Johns Hopkins, and Princeton comes into the game after a short turnaround following the home opening 14-11 win over Villanova Tuesday night.
UNC, ranked ninth and 11th, is 2-2, with an opening 12-6 win over Air Force followed by three consecutive one-goal games, with a loss to UMass, a win over Fairfield and most recently an overtime loss to Notre Dame.
UNC hasn't played since last Saturday.
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Chris Bates is 0-3 against North Carolina in his three years as head coach of the Tigers. He's also 29-16 against everyone else and 99-89 overall, leaving him obviously one win away from the 100th of his career.
Bates won 70 games as the head coach of Drexel before coming to Princeton.
Oh, and speaking of Chris Bates, he has a master's degree from the University of North Carolina.
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Princeton and UNC meet for the 15th time, with the series tied 7-7. Of the previous 14 meetings, seven have been one-goal games - including two of the three that Chris Bates has coached - and two others have been two-goal games.
The teams have met in Chapel Hill and Princeton, as well as on neutral fields in Norfolk, Piscataway, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
The neutral site game in Philadelphia was in the 1992 NCAA semifinals, won by Princeton 16-14 on a 100-degree day at Franklin Field. The Tigers then won the first of their six NCAA championships by defeating Syracuse 10-9 when Andy Moe scored after picking up a ground ball off the face-off for the second overtime.
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The Princeton-North Carolina series is actually in three separate parts, with two meetings in the 1980s, nine meetings between 1992 and 1999 and then games each of the last three years.
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Princeton is 19-1 when scoring at least 10 goals since Chris Bates became the head coach. The only loss was the 12-11 defeat at Fetzer Field to UNC two years ago.
Princeton, under Bates, is 10-17 when scoring fewer than 10 goals.
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Princeton is averaging 11.7 goals per game through three games. Were that to hold up for the full season, it would be the most by a Princeton team since the 2002 team averaged 12.1 goals per game.
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Princeton defeated Johns Hopkins despite winning only 7 of 22 face-offs. Princeton defeated Villanova despite winning only 15 of 21 face-offs in the first three quarters.
Jeff Froccaro sparked the fourth quarter rally against Villanova by winning 5 of 7 face-offs. Froccaro is 10 for 16 on face-offs this season.
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Princeton has outscored its three opponents by a combined 12-3 in the fourth quarter.
Princeton trailed Villanova 10-7 late in the third before scoring seven of the final eight goals in the game.
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Ryan Ambler has 10 points in his first three games. He's the first Princeton player since, well, Tom Schreiber two years ago to do so.
Kevin Lowe had 11 points in his first three games of his freshman year (1991) and is the only Princeton player with more than 10 in his first three games freshman year. Lowe also holds the record for points by a Princeton freshman with 55.
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Princeton's second midfield unit had its first two points of the season when Hunter deButts had a goal and Will Rotatori had an assist against Villanova. Shortstick defensive midfielder Chris White also has one goal, the final one against Hopkins.
Other than those points, the starting attack and first midfield have all of Princeton's other points through three games, with a combined 33 goals and 19 assists.
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Matt O'Connor made six saves in his first start, 11 saves in his second and 12 in his third.
O'Connor has a .488 save percentage in the first three quarters of his first three games and a .700 save percentage in the fourth quarters of his first three games.
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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
• had three goals and two assists in the win over Villanova for first career five-point game
• 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
• missed the Villanova game due to injury
• played in three games last year
Hunter DeButts #47
• has moved from attack to the second midfield
• had his first goal of the season in the win over Villanova
• 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
• moved 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 two goals and an assist in the win over Villanova
• 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 against Villanova
• won 5 of 7 face-offs in the fourth quarter against Villanova; prior to fourth quarter, Villanova had won 15 of 21 face-offs.
• 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 two goals and two assists against Villanova
• had three goals on five shots against Hofstra
• had two goals against Johns Hopkins
• has 29 career goals on 53 career shots (54.7%)
• ranked fifth all-time among Princeton freshman with 22 goals
• had 22 goals on 39 shots (56.4%) in 2012
• 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 12 saves while allowing 11 goals in win over Villanova
• made five saves while allowing eight goals in the first half against Villanova; made seven saves while allowing three goals in the second half
• 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 and one assist against Villanova
• 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
• had first career point with an assist against Villanova
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 two 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
• had a goal and two assists against Villanova
• has three or more points in 23 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 season
• 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