Oh, and the loser will tear through the rest of the season and not lose again until the NCAA tournament.
Princeton and Yale have been playing men’s lacrosse since Oct. 14, 1882, and the meeting Friday evening on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium (5 pm, ESPNU) will be the 96th between the schools.
It’s hard to imagine the rivalry ever had a wilder year than 2012.
First Princeton defeated Yale 11-10 during the regular season in New Haven on Alex Capretta’s goal in the fifth overtime in the longest game in the history of either program.
Then the teams met again in the Ivy League tournament final, where Yale grabbed the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a 15-7 win on Sherrerd Field on a May afternoon on which the Bulldogs were simply unstoppable.
The teams meet this time coming off tough losses in their Ivy League openers a week ago, Princeton 11-10 to Penn and Yale 12-10 to Cornell. The math says the loser of this game is 0-2 in the league, which isn’t as bad as it might seem, considering that Yale was 0-2 in the league a year ago and then didn’t lose again until the NCAA tournament.
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Tom Schreiber had five points in two games a year ago against Yale, including two points - both assists - in the Ivy tournament final.
He is averaging five points per game in his last three games this year, including a six-point game against North Carolina and a five-point game against Penn.
Schreiber has at least three points in every game since the Ivy final, starting with two goals and two assists against UVa in the NCAA tournament last year and now in every game this season.
Schreiber has at least one point in 23 straight games, which is the 10th-longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by a midfielder.
He also ranks 22nd all-time at Princeton with 113 career points and needs two points to tie Jack McBride for 21st; next up would be Charles Stillwell and Bill Chaires with 127 and Tommy Davis with 128.
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Apparently, as Ryan Ambler goes, so go the Tigers.
Ambler, the freshman attackman, has 15 points, all of which have come in Princeton’s four wins (3.8 per game). He has no goals and no assists in either of the two losses.
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Yale has dominated Princeton in face-offs for the last 10 meetings between the schools. During those 10 games, there have been 201 face-offs, of which Yale has won 132, for a percentage of .657.
Yale won 30 of 51 (.588) against Princeton in the two games last year combined, and Dylan Levings won 24 of 40 (.600) of those. Levings won 22 of 25 face-offs a week ago against Cornell, and he ranks fourth in Division I in face-off winning percentage at .661.
On the other hand, Yale lost that game to Cornell. And Princeton lost to Penn 11-10 despite winning 15 of 23 face-offs.
So far this year, Princeton has lost when winning 15 of 23 face-offs (Penn) and won while winning 7 of 22 face-offs (Johns Hopkins) and 12 of 29 face-offs (Villanova).
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Princeton had 10 goals and six assists against Penn, all of which came from four players - Tom Schreiber, Jeff Froccaro, Mike MacDonald, Kip Orban.
Princeton’s starting attack and first midfield (those four, plus Ryan Ambler and Jake Froccaro) have combined for 69 of Princeton’s 75 goals and 38 of Princeton’s 44 assists, as well as 212 of the team’s 262 shots.
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Princeton and Yale meet for the 96th time. Princeton has played Yale more than any other opponent.
Princeton and Yale played three times in 1882-83, and Princeton won all three, by scores of 2-0, 2-1 and 3-0.
Yale was not the first Ivy League school Princeton played. The Tigers had games with Columbia in 1881 and Harvard and Columbia in the spring of 1882.
The first Princeton-Yale game was the 10th game in Princeton lacrosse history. The game Friday will be the 1,102nd men’s lacrosse game in Princeton history.
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The fourth quarters of Princeton’s two losses (vs. North Carolina and Penn) featured a combined 19 goals on 56 shots.
There has been an average of 79.9 shots per game in Princeton’s five games. A year ago, there was an average of 66.9 shots per game in Princeton’s game; a year before that it was 65.8.
Princeton averaged 31.9 shots two years ago and 36.8 last year. This year, Princeton is averaging 43.7 shots per game.
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Jeff Froccaro has 95 career points, leaving him five away from becoming the 27th 100-point scorer in program history.
Froccaro has 69 career goals, the most by any current player and 27th-best in program history. Froccaro would move up eight spots with 10 more goals and 11 spots with 15 more goals.
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Princeton has been in double figures in scoring in all six of its games. Prior to the North Carolina game, Princeton had been 19-1 while reaching double figures since Chris Bates became head coach; Princeton is 1-2 since (lost to UNC and Penn, beat Manhattan) when reaching double figures.
The last time Princeton was in double figures in the first six games in a season was 2010, and the streak ended in Game 7 when Yale held the Tigers to seven. On the other hand, Yale only scored six.
The last time Princeton reached double figures for longer than six games to start a season was 2003, when the team reached at least 10 in each of the first 10 games.
Only once in the entire history of the program has Princeton been in double figures in every game for a full season, and that was back in 1951.
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Princeton is playing this season without three key upperclassmen.
Rob Castelo, the only returning starter on defense, suffered a torn ACL before spring practice even started. Forest Sonnenfeldt, who had 17 goals and six assists while leading the team with seven extra-man goals a year ago, had a preseason ankle injury that required surgery, and he too is out for the entire season.
Tucker Shanley, a starting midfielder who had 20 goals and eight assists last year, played briefly against Hofstra as he tried to come back from a preseason ankle injury. During the Hofstra game, he reinjured his ankle and broke his wrist and will be out the rest of the year.
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Princeton is 9 for 15 on extra-man opportunities after starting the season 2 for 10.
On the other hand, Princeton scored on seven consecutive EMOs between North Carolina (4 for 4 for the game) and Manhattan (goals on the first three EMOs), which means the team is 4 for 18 before and after the streak.
Penn went 4 for 4 on EMOs against Princeton after Princeton’s opponents had been 4 for 14 for the year prior to that game.
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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
• also had three goals and two assists in win over Manhattan
• 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
• tied for team lead with five caused turnovers
• 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
• had caused turnovers against Penn, North Carolina and Manhattan
• 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 a goal and two assits against Manhattan for his first career three-goal game
• 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 an assist in the win over Villanova
• had one goal and two assists against North Carolina
• named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week after the Villanova and Carolina games
• had two goals and two assists against Johns Hopkins
• first career assist was to his brother Jeff
• had two goals against Manhattan
• won 1 of 2 face-offs against Hofstra
• had 65 goals and 20 assists as a high school senior at Port Washington
• 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
• second among active players with 95 career points; needs five to become 27th player in school history to reach 100
• leads active players with 69 career goals
• has at least one goal in 18 straight games; streak is the seventh-longest active streak in Division I
• second on the team this season with 15 goals; third on the team with 19 points
• one of two players (Tom Schreiber) with at least one goal in every game this year
• had four goals against North Carolina
• 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
• had two goals against Manhattan
• 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
Will Himler #18
• had first point of the season with a goal against Manhattan
• was second on the team with 13 assists a year ago
• slowed by injury in the preseason but returned to play against North Carolina
Brian Kavanagh #44
• No. 2 goalie
• has played 14:07 in two games, with a .500 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against
Bobby Lucas #17
• had first career point with an assist against Manhattan
• won 6 of 8 face-offs against Hofstra, all in the second half
• was 4 for 4 in the fourth quarter
• 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
• leads team in goals (16) and is second in points (23)
• has at least one point in every game
• had career highs with five goals and seven points at North Carolina
• had four goals and two assists against Penn
• had two goals and two assists against Villanova
• had three goals on five shots against Hofstra
• had two goals against Johns Hopkins
• has started every game of his career
• 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
• has won 27 of 38 face-offs (71.1%) the last two games after winning 8 of his first 23 (34.8%)
• won 15 of 22 face-offs against Penn, with four ground balls
• won 12 of 16 face-offs and had seven ground balls against Manhattan
• won 3 of 6 face-offs against North Carolina
• won 15 of 30 face-offs as a freshman
• missed the first nine games freshman year 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 12 saves against North Carolina and Penn
• made 10 saves while allowing seven goals in win over Johns Hopkins
• allowed one goal while making eight saves against Manhattan
• made six saves and allowed seven goals against Hofstra
Kip Orban #13
• starter at midfield
• has 10 goals and four assists in six games this year
• has at least one point in every game this year
• had three goals against Manhattan
• had two goals and one assist against Villanova
• had a goal and assist against North Carolina
• 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 goal in win over Manhattan
• had first career point with an assist against Villanova
• had an assist against North Carolina
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• made two saves and did not allow a goal against Manhattan
• made 11 saves while allowing five goals in first collegiate start, against Manhattan, a year ago
• 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
• ranks 22nd all-time at Princeton with 113 career points; needs two points to tie Jack McBride for 21st; next up would be Charles Stillwell and Bill Chaires with 127 and Tommy Davis with 128
• leads team in points with 24 and assists (10) and is third in goals (14)
• has 15 points in last three games
• has at least one goal in every game this year; has at least three points in every game this year
• has at least three points in 28 of 35 career games
• has at least one point in 23 straight games, the 10th longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
• had three goals and two assists against Penn
• had four goals and two assists against North Carolina, including goals that tied the score and put Princeton up 15-14 late in the fourth
• had three goals against Johns Hopkins
• had two goals and an assist against Hofstra
• had a goal and two assists against Villanova
• had a goal and three assists against Manhattan
• 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
• 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
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
• has two caused turnovers and 14 ground balls
• 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