Princeton Hosts Manhattan With Ivy Opener On The Horizon
Princeton will turn the page quickly from its 16-15 loss to North Carolina Saturday, as Manhattan comes to Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium Tuesday.
It's a trip to Franklin Field Saturday for the Ivy League opener against Penn. And then in rapid succession Yale and Brown.
Princeton and Manhattan meet for the fourth straight year, and Princeton has won each of the first three.
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Princeton's game against North Carolina featured 31 goals, 53 shots on goal and 99 total shots. Princeton put up 56 of the shots, its highest single-game total since a 60-shot output against Canisius on opening day 2009.
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Chris Bates enters this game with 99 career wins, with 70 at Drexel and now 29 at Princeton. Bates went 70-71 at Drexel and is now 29-19 at Princeton.
He is 60-36 in his last six-plus seasons as a head coach.
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The seven Ivy League teams are a combined 22-8 on the season. All seven teams are at least .500, and five of the seven have one loss or no losses.
There are three Ivy League teams in the top 10 in Division I in scoring offense (Cornell, Princeton, Yale) and a fourth (Brown) is 13th.
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Princeton defeated Hofstra who defeated Notre Dame who defeated North Carolina who defeated Princeton.
Hofstra is 4-1, with its only loss to Princeton and its most recent win over previously undefeated and second-ranked Notre Dame.
Johns Hopkins is 5-1, with its only loss to Princeton.
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Princeton is 19-2 when scoring at least 10 goals since Chris Bates became the head coach. The only losses when reaching double figures were the 16-15 loss Saturday and a 12-11 defeat gainst Carolina in 2010, both at Fetzer Field.
Princeton, under Bates, is 10-17 when scoring fewer than 10 goals.
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Princeton had three players with at least four goals in the loss to North Carolina (Mike MacDonald 5, Tom Schreiber and Jeff Froccaro 3 each).
The last time Princeton had three players with at least four goals in a game was in 2009, when Jack McBride scored six and Mark Kovler and Chris McBride had four each in an 18-11 win over Albany).
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The Princeton-North Carolina game did not feature a single stall warning, resulting in no timer-on situations.
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Tom Schreiber had four goals and two assists against North Carolina, including goals that tied the game with 2:30 remaining and put Princeton ahead 15-14 with 1:37 to play.
Schreiber went over the 100-point mark for his career in the game and now stands 24th all-time in program history with 104 career points.
He needs three points to tie Mark Kovler for 23rd and six to tie Jason Doneger for 22nd.
Schreiber has played in 31 career games and has three or more points in 24 of them.
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Princeton's starting attack (Jeff Froccaro, Mike MacDonald, Ryan Ambler) and first mdifield (Jake Froccaro, Kip Orban, Tom Schreiber) have combined for 48 of Princeton's 50 goals, 26 of Princeton's 28 assists and 144 of Princeton's 168 shots.
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Princeton went 4 for 4 on extra-man opportunities in the game against North Carolina.
Prior to that, Princeton had been 2 for 10 on EMOs for the season.
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Both Princeton and Manhattan have won fewer than 50% of their face-offs for the season.
Princeton is 43 for 103 (.417) through four games. Manhattan is 38 for 119 (.318).
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There has been an average of 81.2 shots per game in Princeton's four 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.
Even without the 99 shots in the North Carolina game, there was still an average of 75.3 shots per game in the first three games.
Princeton averaged 31.9 shots two years ago and 36.8 last year. This year, Princeton is averaging 42.0 shots per game.
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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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Princeton has outscored its four opponents by a combined 17-8 in the fourth quarter.
Princeton has been outscored 15-10 in the first quarter.
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Manhattan is 1-4 ,with a home win over Lafayette and four road losses.
Manhattan is coached by Steve Manitta, who is in his first season with the Jaspers.
Prior to coming to Manhattan, Manitta spent three years as the head coach at Mercy, where he started the Division II program, going 5-10 in his first year and then 11-3 his second year, when the team reached No. 7 in the poll.
Manitta is 23-24 overall as a head coach.
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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
• 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
• 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 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
• won 1 of 2 face-offs against Hofstra
• 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 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
• 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
• slowed by injury in the preseason but returned to play against North Carolina
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
• had career highs with five goals and seven points at North Carolina
• had two goals and two assists against Villanova
• had three goals on five shots against Hofstra
• had two goals against Johns Hopkins
• has 34 career goals on 63 career shots (54.0%)
• 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
• 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
• 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 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 point with an assist against Villanova
• had an assist against North Carolina
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• 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 24th all-time at Princeton with 104 career points; is three points away from 23rd (Mark Kovler) and six points away from 22nd (Jason Doneger)
• 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
• has three or more points in 24 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