Now, two years after its last appearance there, Princeton again plays Hopkins at Homewood (Friday, 5, ESPNU). And guess what? While the roster hasn't turned over completely since 2011, it's come fairly close.
Princeton has just two starters returning from the game two years ago (Tom Schreiber, Jeff Froccaro), and only Schreiber is starting in the same position that he did in 2011. Of the 23 players who played for Princeton in the 2011 game, only six will play again this year - Schreiber, Froccaro, Chris White, Jack Strabo, Nick Fernandez, Bobby Lucas.
Contrast this with Hopkins, who has eight of its starters from the 2011 game back again in 2013, and 11 of the players who played against Princeton will play again this time around. Hopkins returns its entire starting midfield and defense and its goalie from 2011.
Princeton in 2013 bears little resemblance to the team of 2011, or even of last year. The new Tigers got off on the right foot with a 10-7 win over Hofstra last Saturday. With that one game under its belt, Princeton now focues on third-ranked Johns Hopkins.
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Princeton started four freshmen against Hofstra - one each at attack (Ryan Ambler), midfield (Jake Froccaro), defense (Mark Strabo) and goalie (Matt O'Connor).
The only times in the last 25 years that Princeton had started as many as three freshmen in its opener were in 1991 (Kevin Lowe, Scott Reinhardt, Scott Bacigalupo) and 1995 (Jon Hess, Chris Massey, Jesse Hubbard).
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Prior to this season, Princeton's attackmen and offensive midfielders had combined for 101 career games started.
Princeton's defenseman and goalie had combined for three career games started (two by Derick Raabe and one by Eric Sanschagrin).
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Princeton graduated goalie Tyler Fiorito (2012 Ivy League Player of the Year, second-team All-America), defenseman Chad Wiedmaier (2012 first-team All-America, Princeton's first four-time first-team All-Ivy League selection), longstick midfielder John Cunningham (four-year contributor, MLL draftee) and defenseman Jonathan Meyers (four-year contributor). Returning defenseman Rob Castelo, who started all 16 games a year ago, tore his ACL prior to the start of preseason practice.
Between them, those five combined for 11 All-America selections and 13 All-Ivy League selections, not to mention 253 games and probably more than 10,000 minutes played.
In their place, Princeton's starting defense consists of a converted shortstick defensive midfielder (Nick Fernandez), a converted longstick midfielder (Derick Raabe, who has started two career games on defense) and a freshman (Mark Strabo). The goalie is another freshman, Matt O'Connor. The longstick midfielders are Alex Beatty and Brandon Bonvino, who between them appeared in five career games prior to this year.
Shortstick defensive midfielder Jack Strabo is the only Princeton defensive player who started the 2013 season in the same role he had in the 2012 season-finale.
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Princeton ranked fifth last year in Division I in scoring defense with 7.2 goals allowed per game.
With all its graduation losses and with a completely new lineup, Princeton allowed seven goals in its opener. Hofstra scored three goals in the first 8:42 before Princeton allowed only four more in the final 51:18.
Princeton and Johns Hopkins first met on May 17, 1890, in a 3-2 Tiger win. Princeton lost to Lehigh one week later and then suspended the sport due to "concerns of losing to schools that could not field proper football teams."
Princeton played one game in 1891 and one in game in 1893 and then did not play again until 1921.
Princeton has played Johns Hopkins at least once every year since 1937, except for the World War II-shortened season of 1944.
Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series against Princeton 55-27, though Princeton is 3-0 against Hopkins in the NCAA tournament.Between 1957 and the end of the 1990 regular season, Princeton was 1-33 against the Blue Jays, with the only win in that stretch a 7-1 win in 1966.
Princeton lost to Johns Hopkins 20-8 in the 1990 season-opener, but the series started to go in a different direction when the teams met again that year, in Princeton's first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Tigers won that game 9-8 on Mark Ames' goal with 1:44 to go, after Justin Tortolani (now a pediatric surgeon affiliated with Johns Hopkins) scored five goals.
Beginning with that game, Princeton is 15-10 in its last 25 games against the Blue Jays.
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Princeton won 40.7% of its face-offs in 2011 and 51.3% of its face-offs in 2012. Princeton won nearly 100 more face-offs last year than the year before, going from 87 to 182.
Princeton won 10 of 18 face-offs against Hofstra. Hopkins has been winning face-offs at an otherwordly rate in the early season. The Blue Jays as a team are 54 for 72 (.750), which ranks No. 1 in Division I.
Mike Poppleton of Johns Hopkins and Bobby Lucas of Princeton rank 1-2 in Division I individually. Poppletown is 40 for 50, which is an .800 percentage. Lucas won 6 of 8 (.750), all in the second half, including a 4-for-4 fourth quarter against Hofstra.
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Tom Schreiber has played in 28 games in his career.
He has had three or more points in 21 of those games and two or fewer in seven of those games.
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Ryan Ambler had a goal and three assists in his college debut to earn the Ivy League Rookie of the Week award. Ambler had his goal and two of his assists as Princeton snapped a 3-3 tie in the second quarter and took a 6-3 lead, and Hofstra would never tie the score again.
Ambler became the fourth Princeton player ever to have four points in the first game of his freshman year.
Ryan Boyle (2001) was the most recent. The others were Jesse Hubbard (1995) and Jason Buttles (1993).
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Princeton returned four players - Tom Schreiber, Jeff Froccaro, Mike MacDonald, Tucker Shanley - who all reached at least 20 goals last year. The last time Princeton had four
returning players who reached at least 20 goals was 1998, with Jesse Hubbard, Chris Massey, Jon Hess and Lorne Smith.
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Nick Fernandez will be moving from shortstick defensive midfielder, where he played his first two years, to close defense.
There is precedent for this at Princeton. In 2006, Ryan Schoenig, a shortstick defensive midfielder and face-off man, became a starter at close defense.
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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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Princeton is playing Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for the seventh time in eight years.
Princeton played at Homewood in 2006. The teams then played in M&T Bank Stadium as part of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic from 2007 to 2010 before playing at Homewood in 2011 and then at Class of 1952 Stadium last year.
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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
• 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)
• 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
• played in two games last year, when he was slowed by injuries
Brandon Bonvino #21
• is the No. 2 longstick midfielder
• played in three games last year
Hunter DeButts #47
• has moved from attack to the second midfield
• 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
• moves 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
• 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
• starter on attack this year and last year after playing as a midfielder first two years
• 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 38 points his first two years combined
• had career-highs with five goals and seven points while tying career high with two assists against Villanova
• leads all active Princeton players with 55 career goals and is second for career lead with 77 career points
Will Himler #18
• was second on the team with 13 assists a year ago
• has been slowed by injury in the preseason
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
• has started every game of his career
• had three goals on five shots against Hofstra
• has 25 career goals on 44 career shots (56.8%)
• ranked fifth all-time among Princeton freshman with 22 goals
• had 22 goals on 39 shots (56.4%)
• 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 15 of 30 face-offs as a freshman
• missed the first nine games 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 six saves and allowed seven goals against Hofstra
Kip Orban #13
• starter at midfield
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had eight goals and three assists as a freshman
Derick Raabe #5
• is 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
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• made 11 saves while allowing five goals in first collegiate start, against Manhattan
• 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
• had two goals and an assist against Hofstra
• has three or more points in 21 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 (92) 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 preseason
• 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
• 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 two ground balls and a caused turnover against Hofstra
• moved from offense to defensive middie as a sophomore