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The Top 25 Princeton Men's Lacrosse Players Of The Last 25 Years: 1-5

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/11/2014
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The top five Princeton players of the last 25 years: Jesse Hubbard, Scott Bacigalupo, Kevin Lowe, Ryan Boyle, David Morrow
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Here is the final installment of the top 25 Princeton men's lacrosse players of the last 25 years.

If you missed the previous parts, here you go: 21-25. 16-20. 11-15. 6-10.

Princeton men's lacrosse has had an extraordinary number of great players in the last quarter-century. This countdown has been one man's opinion. The top 25 is certainly debatable, and clearly the top spots are as well. Hopefully you've enjoyed it.

Here are the top five:

 

No. 5

David Morrow

Class of 1993

Defense

Brother Rice HS • Troy, Mich.

Currently the CEO/Founder of Warrior Lacrosse, as well as a founder of Major League Lacrosse. He is also Chairman of the Board for Brother Rice High School Lacrosse and a coach for the Michigan Warriors club team.

David Morrow is the best defenseman ever to play at Princeton and one of the best ever to play college lacrosse. He came from Michigan at a time when lacrosse wasn’t nearly as widespread nationally as it is today, and he used that “outsider” mentality as a motivation every time he stepped on the field. Whatever he used, it worked, as Princeton has had few if any players who brought his level of ferocity and intensity to the game. Morrow was the 1993 Lt. Enners Award winner as the national player of the year, which makes him still to this day the last defenseman to win the award. He was a two-time first-team All-America and three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection, as well as a two-time winner of the William Schmeisser Award as the top defenseman in Division I. As a junior he helped Princeton to its first NCAA championship, with an epic performance in the 16-14 win over North Carolina in the semifinals, when he shut out the Tar Heels top attackman and scored not one but goals of his own. A World Champion with the U.S. national team, he has also done as much as anyone to bring the sport of lacrosse into its modern era as the founder of Warrior Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse. Warrior Lacrosse, named for the nickname of Brother Rice High School, revolutionized the sport, with its use of titanium sticks to replace the old wooden ones and an appeal to youth players that has helped make the sport fun for players from all over the country.

No. 4

Ryan Boyle

Class of 2004

Attack

Gilman School • Baltimore, Md.

Currently the CEO of Trilogy Lacrosse and a player for the Boston Cannons in Major League Lacrosse, as well as a color analyst for lacrosse for ESPN and a columnist for Lacrosse Magazine.

Ryan Boyle is a lacrosse savant and a great natural athlete who is one of the best field generals the sport has ever seen. He is known for being an additional coach on the field, for having incredible vision and for being a winner on every level. Boyle made his presence known immediately, as his assist freshman year in overtime against Syracuse on Memorial Day gave Princeton its sixth NCAA championship. He ended up career with 233 career points (and with at least one point in every game he ever played) and 162 career assists, both of which are second all-time at Princeton. He was a first-team All-America as a senior and junior, a second-team All-America as a sophomore and a third-team All-America as a freshman, as well as a three-time first-team All-Ivy pick. He is also the only Princeton player to be the Ivy League Player of the Year more than once, as he won the honor in 2002 and 2004. As a junior he equaled the school record for assists in a season with 48 (tying Jon Hess); as a senior he willed Princeton to the NCAA Final Four with his most famous individual performance, with two goals to tie the score in the final minute of regulation and then an assist to win it in overtime as the Tigers rallied to defeat Maryland in the quarterfinals. Boyle would play in 10 NCAA tournament games and put up 37 points, with 12 goals and 25 assists. He went on to win multiple Major League Lacrosse and World Championships, and he is the all-time leader in points and assists in MLL history.

No. 3

Kevin Lowe

Class of 1994

Attack

Mineola HS • Williston Park, N.Y.

Currently a bond trader for Credit Suisse, as well as a board member for the Cougar Lacrosse Club in Chatham, N.J.

Kevin Lowe is one of the greatest feeders and most accomplished players in the history of the sport of lacrosse, and he put up numbers at Princeton that have yet to be challenged despite all of the great players who have tried. He is Princeton’s career leader in points, the 247th and last of which was a goal that came in overtime against Virginia on Memorial Day his senior year of 1994, giving Princeton its second NCAA title. Lowe, who had at least one point in every game he played and led Princeton is points each of his four years, is also Princeton’s career leader in assists with 174. Of all the great players who have played at Princeton since, no player has come within 15 points or 12 assists of Lowe, and only two have come within 36 points or a remarkable 75 assists. Lowe won the Turnbull Award as a senior as the top attackman in Division I, and he was a three-time All-America, with a first-team honor as a senior and second-team honors as a sophomore and junior. He was also a three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection and the 1994 Ivy League Player of the Year, as well as a second-team All-Ivy selection as a freshman. He averaged three points per game in nine NCAA tournament games, with nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points. He went from Princeton to Major League Lacrosse, where he scored an overtime goal in the 2003 championship game for the Long Island Lizards, making him the only player ever to score an overtime goal in the NCAA final and MLL final. Lowe, who also won a World Championship with the United States team in the 2002 event in Australia, was inducted into the USILA Hall of Fame in 2009.

No. 2

Scott Bacigalupo

Class of 1994

Goalie

St. Paul’s School • Baltimore, Md.

Currently head of Americas cash equities trading and sales trading for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. He also is coaching the kindergarten through second grade girls team.

Scott Bacigalupo graduated from Princeton in 1994 and never played lacrosse again, famously saying then and now that he would never be able to top his Princeton experience. His time at Princeton wasn’t perfect, but it came pretty close. A three-time first-team All-America (which makes him a three-time winner of the Ensign Kelly Award as the top goalie in Division I) and three-time first-team All-Ivy selection, Bacigalupo won the Lt. Enners Award as the outstanding player in Division I his senior year. Bacigalupo was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1991, a season that ended with his 20-save performance in a triple-overtime loss to Towson in the NCAA quarterfinals, after which he guaranteed that Princeton would never lose another OT game on his watch. From there, the Tigers were 5-0 in overtime games before he graduated, with three of them in the NCAA tournament and two of them in the NCAA championship games of 1992 and 1994. Princeton went 7-2 in NCAA tournament games in his four years, winning its first two NCAA championships and reaching the Final Four his junior year as well. Bacigalupo made at least 15 saves in five of his nine career NCAA tournament games, and his 732 career saves are 112 more than any other goalie in program history. He was inducted into the USILA Hall of Fame in 2010.

No. 1

Jesse Hubbard

Class of 1998

Attack

St. Alban’s School • Washington, D.C.

Currently the founder of Motive Pure, a beverage company focusing on electrolyte hydration. He also runs the Jesse Hubbard Lacrosse Experience summer camp.

Jesse Hubbard brought with him a power and presence that simply dominated the rest of Division I lacrosse. The possessor of a laser for a shot, Hubbard’s theory was to go after the opposing goalie’s strength that was listed in the scouting report, figuring if he could beat his strength, he could do anything he wanted. He is the premier goal scorer in program history, and he actually had more career games with three or more goals than he did with fewer than three. His final total was 163 career goals, a figure 17 more than the next-highest total and 37 more than the third-best. He also holds the school single-season record with 53, set in 1996. He set a then-Princeton freshman record with 23 goals as a midfielder his freshman year, earning Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, before changing positions for the rest of his career. During his three years as a starter on attack, Princeton went 43-2 overall and 18-0 in the Ivy League and won the NCAA championship each year. In fact, Princeton from 1996-98 remains the last team to win three straight NCAA titles. Hubbard scored in overtime against Virginia in the 1996 NCAA championship game, and he had four goals in both the 1997 and 1998 NCAA final wins over Maryland. He holds the school record for goals in NCAA tournament games with 33 (in 11 games), and his 43 career NCAA points are tied for the most in program history. He went on from Princeton to win a World Championship with the U.S. in 1998, and he would also become the career leader in goals in Major League Lacrosse history when he retired (though his record has since been broken). Hubbard was inducted into the USILA Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

The entire list:

1. Jesse Hubbard

2. Scott Bacigalupo

3. Kevin Lowe

4. Ryan Boyle

5. David Morrow

6. Jon Hess

7. Tom Schreiber

8. Chris Massey

9. Josh Sims

10. Tyler Fiorito

11. Justin Tortolani

12. Trevor Tierney

13. Ryan Mollett

14. Scott Reinhardt

15. B.J. Prager

16. Chad Wiedmaier

17. Lorne Smith

18. Sean Hartofilis

19. Christian Cook

20. Peter Trombino

21. Damien Davis

22. Dan Cocoziello

23. Mike MacDonald

24. Jason Doneger

25. Mark Kovler

Wildcard Matt Striebel

Honorable mention

Kyle Baugher

Patrick Cairns

Scott Conklin

John Cunningham

Brad Dumont

Scott Farrell

John Harrington

Alex Hewit

Todd Higgins

Zachary Jungers

Kurt Lunkenheimer

Mike Mariano

Torr Marro

Andy Moe

Taylor Simmers

Scott Sowanick

Greg Waller

Becket Wolf

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