Princeton Heads To Ithaca For Ivy Tournament And A Rematch With Cornell
Will Round 2 be any different, or will it be more of the same?
Well, it depends if you’re looking through Red or Orange glasses.
Confidence after the first meeting? Edge to Cornell.
Knowledge that it can’t go much worse than last time? Edge to Princeton.
Princeton, the fourth seed, takes on top-seeded Cornell in the second semifinal, after No. 2 Yale and No. 3 Penn meet in the first semi.
The winners play Sunday for the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
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Cornell led Princeton 8-1 after 22:23 of the game last weekend. Princeton never got within four the rest of the way, though the Tigers did outscore the Big Red 10-9 the rest of the way.
Princeton turned the ball over nine times in the first 22:23, which is basically twice what Princeton averages during a 22:23 stretch.
Cornell scored on five of the possessions that immediately followed Princeton’s first nine turnovers.
Princeton turned the ball over seven more times for the final 37:37.
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The 2013 Ivy League tournament is the fourth such event. Cornell is hosting for the third time, and Princeton was the host last year.
No team has won more than one tournament, and Princeton, Cornell and Yale have all won one. Yale and Cornell have been in all four tournaments.
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There have been nine games in the first three Ivy tournaments. The team that won the regular-season meeting is 5-4 in those nine games, including 1-2 last year, when Yale defeated Cornell and Princeton after losing to both in the regular season and Princeton defeated Brown after having done so in the regular season as well.
Yale defeated Penn and Cornell defeated Princeton during the regular season.
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Cornell’s 17-11 win over Princeton last Saturday marked the second time in the 74 meetings between the schools that both reached double figures. The only previous time when both did was in 2004, when Cornell defeated Princeton 12-11 in overtime.
Both teams have been in double figures in every game this year except for one.
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Princeton scored one goal in the first 22:04 of the game last Saturday and then scored 10 more in the final 37:56.
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Princeton and Cornell rank 1-2 in the Ivy League in goals per game, assists per game, points per game, ground balls per game, shots per game and fewest penalties per game.
Cornell ranks second in Division I in scoring offense at 14.5 goals per game. Princeton ranks eighth in scoring offense in Division I with 12.2 goals per game.
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Princeton averages 12.2 goals per game. The last time a Princeton team averaged that many for a full season was 1998, when Princeton averaged 14.5 goals per game while winning its third straight NCAA title and the fifth of its six.
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The Princeton-Cornell game will feature six first-team All-Ivy League selections, including five of the six first-team selections on offense and all three attackmen.
Princeton middie Tom Schreiber was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, as was Cornell middie Connor Buczek.
Cornell attackmen Rob Pannell and Steve Mock were unanimous picks on attack. Princeton sophomore Mike MacDonald was also a first-team All-Ivy selection on attack.
Cornell defenseman Jason Noble was also a unanimous All-Ivy pick.
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Princeton had six players earn All-Ivy League honors.
Tom Schreiber was a unanimous selection, and he has now been first-team All-Ivy League each of his first three seasons. Only three players in league history have ever been four-time first-team All-Ivy League selections: Cornell’s Max Siebald, Princeton’s Chad Wiedmaier and now Cornell’s Rob Pannell.
Schreiber is Princeton’s 12th three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection.
Mike MacDonald was also a first-team pick.
Attackman Jeff Froccaro, defenseman Derick Raabe and midfielder Kip Orban were second-team selections. Jake Froccaro was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and an honorable mention All-Ivy selection.
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Tom Schreiber has at least three points in every game this season and has at least three points in 14 straight games, including the NCAA game against Virginia last year.
Schreiber has 25 goals and 26 assists, which leaves him five goals and four assists away from becoming only the second player in program history with at least 30 goals and 30 assists in the same season (David Tickner had 34 goals and 32 assists in 1976). Schreiber came close last year, with 32 goals and 28 assists.
Schreiber has 73 career goals and 67 career assists and needs three assists to join Kevin Lowe, Ryan Boyle, Jon Hess and David Heubeck as the only players in program history with at least 70 career goals and 70 career assists. Schreiber would be the only midfielder in program history ever to reach those levels.
Schreiber already has two of the six seasons in program history of at least 25 goals and 25 assists.
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Tom Schreiber is the only player in Princeton program history to have two seasons of at least 50 points as a midfielder.
In all, nine players have at least two seasons of at least 50 points, most recently Ryan Boyle. David Tickner also had two 50+ point seasons, one as an attackman and one as a midfielder.
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Eric Sanschagrin has started the last two games for Princeton and played all 120 minutes, after playing 3:13 for the first 11 games. Sanschagrin has made three career starts, the last two games and the game last year against Manhattan in the only game in four years that Tyler Fiorito didn’t start.
Freshman Matt O’Connor started the first 11 games this season.
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Mike MacDonald is the third sophomore in program history to reach 55 career goals as a sophomore.
The other two are Jesse Hubbard and Chris Massey, who rank 1-2 in goals scored at Princeton with 163 and 146. Hubbard had 86 of his goals his first two years, including a school single-season record 53 as a sophomore, while Massey had 67 in his first two years.
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Jake Froccaro is the 11th Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Princeton history and, along with Tom Schreiber, one of two Ivy Rookies of the Year on the current team.
Froccaro needs one assist to join Peter Trombino as the only freshmen in Princeton history with at least 20 goals and 10 assists. He also is one of six Princeton freshmen to reach at least 22 goals, along with Mike Chanenchuk (28), B.J. Prager (25), Trombino (24), Jesse Hubbard (23) and Mike MacDonald (22).
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Jeff Froccaro has careers highs with 29 goals and 42 points. Froccaro was a second-team All-Ivy selection this year after earning first-team honors last year, when he had 27 goals and 39 points.
Princeton has had five Froccaro-to-Froccaro goals this year, three from Jake to Jeff and two from Jeff to Jake.
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Derick Raabe, a second-team All-Ivy selection, has 63 ground balls, or 27 more than the next highest total on the team.Raabe is the first player since Joe Rosenbaum in 2003 to reach the 60-ground ball mark in a season, and he has the most ground balls of any Princeton player since Matt Bailer had 68 in 2000.
Raabe had his streak of consecutive games with at least five ground balls stopped last week, when he had three against Cornell.
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Kip Orban, a second-team All-Ivy League selection, has 23 goals, the most by a sophomore middie since, well, last year, when Tom Schreiber had 32.
Only five sophomore middies in the last 25 years at Princeton reached at least 23 goals: Orban, Schreiber, Mark Kovler, Lorne Smith and Josh Sims. Besides Orban, the other four all earned at least one first-team All-America honor in their careers.
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Freshmen Jake Froccaro (31) and Ryan Ambler (26) both have at least 25 points this season, making them the first pair of Princeton freshmen to reach 25 or more points since Peter Trombino (35) and Whitney Hayes (26) in 2004.
Prior to that, the last time more than one freshman reached 25 points in the same season was 1995, when Jon Hess (29), Jesse Hubbard (28) and Chris Massey (27) all did so.
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Princeton has started at least three freshmen in every game and has started four freshmen in nine games. Freshmen Mark Strabo (defense) and Jake Froccaro (midfield) have started all 13 games.
The only other Princeton player to start every game for his career is Mike MacDonald.
Tom Schreiber missed one game his freshman year due to injury.
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What Can You Say About ...
Ryan Ambler #14
• has 10 goals and 16 assists
• started first nine games but did not play against Rutgers and Dartmouth due to injury
• returned to start against Harvard and had one assist
• had an assist against Cornell
• has had three five-point games (Villanova, Manhattan, Brown)
• two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, most recently after a one-goal, four-assist performance against Brown
• four assists were the most in a game to date
• also named Cascade/Inside Lacrosse Freshman of the Week after Brown game
• had two goals against Yale, with Princeton’s eighth goal with four seconds left in the third and then ninth goal 1:04 into the fourth in 10-9 win
• 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
• had two assists against Syracuse
• began career with a four-point game against Hofstra (1G, 3A) to earn first 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
• missed first nine games due to injury
• started against Rutgers for injured Ryan Ambler and had three goals, tying career high
• had two goals and an assist against Dartmouth
• had a goal against Harvard - the first goal of the game - after moving to second midfield when Ambler returned
• was slowed by injury for most of 2012
• played in every game, starting seven, in 2011
• was fourth on the team in scoring in 2011
Alex Beatty #36
• team’s No. 1 longstick midfielder
• missed the Dartmouth and Harvard games due to injury but returned against Cornell
• second on the team with eight caused turnovers
• had two caused turnovers against Brown
• caused three turnovers against Johns Hopkins
• played in two games last year
Brandon Bonvino #21
• is the No. 1 LSM with Alex Beatty out due to injury
• had caused turnovers against Harvard, Syracuse, Brown, 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 offensive midfield to defensive midfield
• had a goal and two assists against Manhattan for his first career three-goal game
• had his first goal of the season in the win over Villanova
• had a caused turnover and ground ball against Rutgers
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
• 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• 2013 honorable mention All-Ivy League
• has 22 goals and nine assists
• is one of six Princeton freshmen - and only three midfielders - ever to have at least 22 goals; the others are Mike Chanenchuk (28), B.J. Prager (25), Peter Trombino (24), Jesse Hubbard (23) and Mike MacDonald (22)
• needs one assist to join Peter Trombino as the only Princeton freshmen ever to have at least 20 goals and 10 assists
• two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, including most recent, after second career three-goal game and first career five-point game in the win over Harvard
• had first three goal game of career in win over Brown
• scored goal against Brown on assist from brother Jeff for Jeff’s 100th career point
• also had three goals against Dartmouth, with an assist as well
• had two goals and an assist in the win over Villanova
• had two goals and one assist against Syracuse
• 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 and Rutgers and one against Yale
• 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 second-team All-Ivy League
• 2013 preseason honorable mention All-America
• 2012 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• second among active players and 21st all-time at Princeton with 118 career points (needs nine to tie for 20th)
• leads active players and is tied 17th all-time at Princeton with 83 career goals; would tie Mark Kovler for16th with one more
• second on the team with 29 goals; third on the team with 42 points
• has a career-high 29 goals, after scoring 27 goals last year; had 28 goals as a freshman and sophomore combined
• had 39 points last year after having 38 as a freshman and sophomore combined
• has at least three goals in a game 11 times in his career
• fifth in the league in goals scored per game (2.23) and seventh in the league in points per game (3.23)
• has won 26 of 45 face-offs (57.8%)
• two-time Ivy League Player of the Week, most recently after four-goal, one-assist game against Brown
• had four goals against Syracuse for back-to-back four-goal games for first time in career
• 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 and Rutgers; won 5 of 7 face-offs against RU as well
• had two goals against Manhattan
• had a goal and assist against Yale and Cornell
Brian Kavanagh #44
• has played 14:07 in two games, with a .500 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against
Bobby Lucas #17
• moved to second midfield unit after playing defensive midfield and facing off his entire career and then moved back to defensive midfield against Rutgers due to injuries to Jack Strabo and Chris White
• had first career point with an assist against Manhattan
• also had an assist against Brown
• 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 MacDonald #8
• 2013 first-team All-Ivy League
• leads team with 35 goals and is second on the team with 47 points
• last Princeton player with more than 35 goals in a season was Jason Doneger, with 36 in 2004; Doneger and Sean Hartofilis had 41 in 2003
• second in the Ivy League in goals per game and fifth in points per game
• has 55 career goals, making him the third sophomore all-time at Princeton to reach 55 goals, along with Jesse Hubbard and Chris Massey, who rank 1-2 all-time at Princeton in goals scored
• has eight career games with at least three goals
• tied for third on the team in caused turnovers (7)
• has at least one point in every game
• had four goals and an assist against Cornell
• had career highs with five goals and seven points at North Carolina
• had four goals against Harvard
• had four goals and two assists against Penn
• had three goals against Syracuse
• had three goals and an assist against Yale
• had two goals and an assist against Brown
• had two goals and two assists against Villanova and Rutgers
• 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
Justin Murphy #32
• has won 105 of 196 face-offs (.536)
• won 9 of 15 against Cornell
• won 13 of 20 against Dartmouth
• won 13 of 22 face-offs against Yale
• 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 from Lawrenceville Prep who started the first 11 games
• 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 eight goals against Rutgers
• made 12 saves while allowing 11 goals in win over Villanova
• made 11 saves against Brown
• 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
• second-team All-Ivy League selection
• has 23 goals and six assists this year after having eight goals and three assists a year ago
• is one of five Princeton midfielders in the last 25 years to reach at least 23 goals as a sophomore (Tom Schreiber, Mark Kovler, Josh Sims, Lorne Smith)
• has at least one point in every game this year
• had three goals and an assist against in each of his last two games (Harvard, Cornell), tying his career high in goals and setting a career high in points
• had three goals against Manhattan
• had two goals against Yale and Brown
• had two goals and one assist against Villanova
• had a goal and assist against North Carolina
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had a goal against Syracuse and Dartmouth
• had an assist against Hopkins
Derick Raabe #5
• second-team All-Ivy League selection
• starter on close defense
• leads team with 63 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers
• has the most ground balls in a season by a Princeton player since Matt Bailer had 68 in 2000
• is fourth player in the last 15 years to reach 60 ground balls (school record for a single season is 131 by Greg Waller in 1991)
• had at least five ground balls in seven straight games before having three against Cornell
• had a caused turnover and seven ground balls against
• had a caused turnover and six ground balls against Dartmouth and Rutgers
• had three caused turnovers and five ground balls against Syracuse
• 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 and a little on attack
• had a goal against Harvard
• had first career goal in win over Manhattan
• had first career point with an assist against Villanova
• had an assist against North Carolina and Brown
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• has started the last two games and played the entire game after playing 3:13 for the season prior to that
• had a career-high 12 saves against Cornell
• made eight saves and allowed six goals against Harvard
• allowed three goals and made seven saves through the first three quarters against Harvard
• had played 3:13 in the first 11 games before playing entire game against Harvard
• 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
Tom Schreiber #22
• 2013 uanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection
• 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
• 16th all-time at Princeton with 140 career points; next up would Josh Sims with 141
• has 73 career goals and 67 career assists
• needs three assists to become the fifth player in school history with at least 70 career goals and 70 career assists (Kevin Lowe, Ryan Boyle, Jon Hess, David Heubeck)
• leads team in points (51) and assists (25) and is third in goals (25)
• has 25 goals and 26 assists, giving him two straight years of at least 25 goals and 25 assists; there have been six such seasons in school history and he now has two of them
• is the ninth player in program history with two seasons of at least 50 points
• has at least three points in every game this year and in 14 straight dating to last year
• has at least three points in 35 of 42 career games
• has at least one point in 30 straight games, the ninth longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
• had two goals and three assists against Brown
• had a goal and three assists against Syracuse
• had three goals and an assist against Rutgers
• had three goals and two assists against Penn
• had a goal and three assists against Yale
• had two goals and two assists against Dartmouth
• 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 and Cornell
• had a goal and two assists against Villanova
• had three assists against Harvard
• 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
• 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
• missed last three games due to injury
• had an assist against Cornell
• had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Hofstra
• had four goals, one assist, 19 ground balls and five caused turnovers a year ago
• younger brother Mark starts on defense as a freshman
Mark Strabo #3
• freshman starting on defense
• had two caused turnovers and four ground balls against Yale
• had two caused turnovers against Yale, including one on Conrad Oberbeck, Yale’s leading scorer, on Yale’s final possession of one-goal win
• has five caused turnovers and 18 ground balls
• played at Landon
• younger brother of junior SSDM Jack Strabo
Chris White #29
• team co-captain along with Tom Schreiber
• missed the games against Rutgers and Dartmouth with an injury before returning against Harvard
• moved from defensive middie back to offensive middie
• had a goal against Syracuse
• had a goal and assist agains Brown
• 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