Schreiber, Armour Lead Princeton Past Rutgers 13-8
A big night against Rutgers was nothing new for Tom Schreiber.
For Luke Armour, any kind of night against anyone was.
Schreiber scored three goals and added an assist to give him 14 points in three games against Rutgers and Armour scored three goals in the first 18 minutes to lead Princeton to a 13-8 win over the Scarlet Knights Tuesday night at Yurcak Field.
With the win, Princeton improved to 7-3 on the year. The Tigers also won the Meistrell Cup, given to the winner of the Princeton-Rutgers game, for the 24th time in 25 years.
Princeton also leads the all-time series 59-29-3. Rutgers is now 2-10.
PLAYER OF THE GAME - Slowed by injuries, senior Luke Armour had not stepped on the field in any of Princeton's first nine games this season. Armour was held to just five games last year, also because of injuries. Finally healthy, Armour replaced Ryan Ambler at attack in the starting lineup after Ambler couldn't play due to an injury of his own. By the time the second quarter was three minutes old, Armour had scored three times.
HONORABLE MENTION PLAYER OF THE GAME - Austin deButts. Princeton was without both Jack Strabo and Chris White, which forced some reshuffling of the shortstick defensive midfield line. Bobby Lucas, who had been playing offensive midfield, returned to defense, teaming with Hunter deButts and the freshman Austin, who had the most extensive playing time of his first season and responded with a very strong outing.
WHAT THE BOX SCORE DOESN'T TELL YOU - Rutgers may be 2-10, but the Knights came into this one having been outscored by only two goals for the season. Among the first nine losses were four by one goal, including two in overtime, and three others by two losses. This one looked like it was going to be a close one too, as RU came from being down 5-2 to tie it at 5-5 and 6-6, but Princeton scored three goals in the final 2:23 of the first half to take control and lead 9-6 at intermission.
PLAY OF THE GAME - Princeton was up 8-6 and in possession when head coach Chris Bates called timeout with 14 seconds left in the first half. On the restart, the ball went up top to Schreiber, who ripped his third goal of the night to make it 9-6 with three seconds left. Rutgers would get no closer in the second half.
WHAT ELSE THE BOX SCORE DOESN'T TELL YOU - Princeton has been in double figures in every game this season. The 1951 team also was in double figures in the first 10 games and is the only team in program history to do so for an entire season (that year was 10 games, and Princeton was the USILA national champion). The record for consecutive games in double figures is 13, set in the final 13 games of the 1996 season.
NOTES - Schreiber has nine goals and five assists in three games against Rutgers.; he also has at least three points in ever game this year and in 11 straight, dating to last year ... Mike MacDonald and Jeff Froccaro both had four-point nights with two goals, two assists ... Brendan McGrath had an assist for his first point of the year ... Matt O'Connor made 12 saves ... Face-offs were even at 12 for 24 for each team; Rutgers had been winning two-thirds of its face-offs ... Princeton went 3 for 4 extra man.
NEXT UP - Princeton is at Dartmouth Saturday. The Tigers are 2-1 in the league, and no team that has won three league games has ever missed the Ivy tournament. Princeton is home with Harvard and then at the Meadowlands against Cornell to finish the regular season.