|Wild Rally Falls Just Short As Tigers Fall At Brown 11-10|
A day of frustration turned into a day of excitement, only to go back to frustration at the end.
Princeton made a furious run that turned a seemingly lost cause into a nailbiter. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they couldn't quite make it all the way back.
Princeton fell 11-10 to Brown on a dreary, rainiy day in Providence. Princeton scored five times in three minutes late in the fourth to make it close and had two chances in the final 40 seconds but couldn't get the equalizer.
The loss was Princeton's second-straight one-goal league loss, after a 16-15 loss to Yale a week ago. The Tigers are now 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the league, while Brown is 6-3, 1-1.
STAT OF THE DAY - Princeton scored four goals in the first 53:38 of the game and then scored five more goals in the next 3:54. In the process, Princeton turned a 10-5 deficit into an 11-10 game with 3:28 left. Tucker Shanley started the run with a goal with 6:22 left, and Princeton got another one - by Jake Froccaro - 24 seconds later, after a Brown penalty on Shanley's goal gave Princeton a man-advantage and the ball. Ryan Ambler made it 10-8 with 5:24 left, making it three goals in 58 seonds. Brown answered less than a minute later to make it 11-8, but Mike MacDonald and Tom Schreiber made it 11-10 with 3:28 in the game.
THE END GAME - Princeton had four shots after it became 11-10, the first two by Froccaro and Ambler. Brown got possession and cleared, and Bear Goldstein committed a holding penalty, giving the Bears a man-advantage. Princeton killed off the penalty and regained possession when goalie Matt O'Connor intercepted a pass with 1:07 left. The Tigers cleared it and called timeout with 47 seconds to go. Out of the timeout, MacDonald bounced a shot through the crease and then had a last chance stopped by Brown goalie Jack Kelly with five seconds left.
HOW THEY GOT THERE - Brown went up 1-0 on Brendan Caputo's goal midway through the fourth quarter and then never trailed or had the game tied. The Bears answered Princeton's first three goals with goals of their own in 1:02, 0:55 and 1:17, buidling a 6-3 lead at the break and then 9-5 at the end of the third quarter. It would be 10-5 on a goal 46 seconds into the fourth quarter before Princeton started its comeback.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME - Brown goalie Jack Kelly made 16 saves, of which seven came in the fourth quarter. Kelly made some big game-changing saves in close and on tough shots from up top, and he stopped MacDonald's final try with five seconds left. Tommy Capone won 13 of 23 face-offs, including 12 of 16 in the first three quarters.
WHAT THE BOX SCORE TELLS YOU - Princeton and Brown each took 39 shots. Princeton was outshot 33-24 in the first three quarters and then outshot Brown 15-6 in the fourth quarter.
WHAT THE BOX SCORE DOESN'T TELL YOU - The game marked the third time in the last 32 years and the first time since 2002 that both Princeton and Brown scored in double fgures against each other.
SCHREIBER UPDATE - Tom Schreiber had three goals and an assist and now has 97 career goals and 89 career assists. He is one assist away from becoming the eighth player in Ivy history - and first midfielder - to have at least 90 career goals and 90 career assists and three goals and one assists away from being the fifth Ivy player with at least 100 career goals and 90 career assists. He also has at least three points in 24 straight games and at least one point in 40 straight games. His 186 career points are sixth best all-time at Princeton, six away from tying Chris Massey for fifth. He needs three goals to become the ninth player in program history to reach 100 career goals and six to tie Josh Sims for the most goals by a Princeton middie. He is also sixth all-time in assists at Princeton, seven away from Don Hahn for fifth.
STREAKS - Kip Orban had a goal, giving him at least one in 21 straight games, the longest current streak by a Division I midfielder. Orban and MacDonald have at least one point in 23 straight games.
ENCORE - Jake Froccaro followed up his 10-goal game against Yale with two goals and an assist.
UP NEXT - Princeton will play three home games in eight days, beginning Saturday, April 5, against Rutgers. Princeton then hosts Lehigh April 8 and Dartmouth April 12.