PHILADELPHIA (3/16/13) - And you thought last Saturday was wild? Add the most recent
one, this time against Penn, to the one a week ago for the Princeton men's
lacrosse team - who has now had a second consecutive extraordinarily
frustrating Saturday afternoon.
This time, Princeton fell 11-10 to Penn in front of 1,437 at
Franklin Field on a game that featured all of the following - snow (enough to
cover the field), sleet, heavy rain, a 65-minute lightning delay and ultimately
a furious Princeton rally at the end that just fell a few inches or a few
All of this came seven days after Princeton lost 16-15 at
North Carolina on two goals in the final 37 seconds, including the game-winner
with three seconds left. At least that game was played in the sunshine and 65
degree weather in Chapel Hill.
The result is that sixth-ranked Princeton falls to 4-2
overall, 0-1 in the Ivy League, while Penn is now 5-1, 1-0. Princeton hosts
Yale Friday in an ESPNU game.
Penn led 11-8 with 2:44 to go before Princeton's Jeff Froccaro
and Tom Schreiber scored 23 seconds apart, making it a one-goal game with 45
seconds to play.
Justin Murphy won the face-off, and Chris White and
Schreiber ripped shots just over the goal in the frantic final seconds before
Penn was able to throw it the length of the field as time expired.
TURNING POINT OF THE
GAME - The game was tied at 7-7 when Princeton's Mark Strabo was called for
a slash. With the flag down, Nick Doktor scored to make it 8-7, with 6:03 to go
in the fourth. Penn then won the face-off and scored an extra-man goal to make
it 9-7 32 seconds later, and a penalty against Brian Reilly gave Penn the ball
and another EMO. The Quakers scored on that one as well, turning it into a 10-7
game with three goals in 45 seconds.
WEATHER REPORT -
The game started in sleet that quickly turned to snow. As the field began to be
covered by the white stuff, Penn was able to build a 4-0 lead. When the snow
stopped, Princeton answered with four goals of its own, including one by
Schreiber with 13 seconds left in the half, tying it at 4-4 at intermission. As
the 10-minute half was about to end, thunder could be heard, resulting in a
delay that started as 30 minutes and grew to 55, plus a 10-minute warmup
period. With the 10 minutes of halftime, the teams did not play for a 1:15
span. The rain ended as the third quarter started.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
- Mike MacDonald had four goals and two assists for Princeton, and Schreiber
had three goals and two assists. Between them, they had seven goals of the 10
goals and four of the six assists. Justin Murphy won 15 of 22 face-offs. Freshman goalie Matt O'Connor made 12 saves.
WHAT THE BOX SCORE
DOESN'T TELL YOU - Princeton had leads of 5-4, 6-5 and 7-6 and had the ball
with the lead each time but could never build a two-goal lead. Each time Penn
got a stop and then scored to tie it.
STAT OF THE GAME
- Penn was 4 for 4 on extra-man opportunities.