Chris Bates couldn't walk two feet without bumping into an extended hand or a celebratory hug, and every single person who crossed paths with offered up a hearty "congratulations."
The occasion was his 100th career win, which came as his Princeton men's lacrosse team defeated Manhattan 15-2 in front of 633 fans at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium Tuesday night. Bates won 70 games in 10 years at Drexel and now has won 30 games in three-plus years at Princeton.
"I'm glad I got it with this group," said Bates. "I feel like I've grown at Princeton with many of these guys."
Okay, so Bates could be forgiven for hoping that No. 100 would have come three days earlier, when Princeton dropped a wild 16-15 decision at North Carolina.
Still, the game against the Jaspers was a chance to turn the page on that game, which Princeton led before UNC tied it with 37 seconds left and won it with three seconds left.
"To a man, our guys couldn't wait to get back on the field," Bates said.
Princeton, ranked sixth in one poll and seventh in the oher, is now 4-1 on the year, while Manhattan slipped to 1-5. Next up for the Tigers is the Ivy opener against Penn Saturday at Franklin Field.
Manhattan's Patrick Hodapp scored the first goal of the game, 5:55 into the first quarter. Princeton would not score for the first 13:33 of the game, when Jake Froccaro got the Tigers on the board. The Tigers took the lead for good at 2-1 on Jeff Froccaro's goal with 32 seconds in the first, and it was 2-1 after one. Princeton then scored six times in the second quarter and six more in the third, and it was 14-1 before Manhattan scored again.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Justin Murphy won 12 of 16 face-offs and helped Princeton dominate possession time the entire night. Murphy had seven ground balls as well. Before this game, Princeton had won 41.7% of its face-offs. Led by Murphy's big night, Princeton was able to have a 54-21 edge in shots and a 53-34 edge in ground balls.
STAT OF THE DAY
Princeton scored on its first three extra-man opportunities, running its streak to seven consecutive successful EMOs after a 4-for-4 day against North Carolina. Princeton was 2 for 10 on the year in EMOs prior to the Carolina game.
WHAT THE BOX SCORE DOESN'T TELL YOU
Ryan Ambler had three goals and two assists, which the box score does tell you. The freshman attackman had the same numbers in Princeton's win last Tuesday against Villanova, with three goals and two assists - and five shots, same as against Manhattan. Ambler had 10 points in two Tuesday games and five points in three Saturday games.
WHAT ELSE THE BOX SCORE DOESN'T TELL YOU
PLAY OF THE GAME
Bobby Weaver's first career point was a nice dodge and feed to the crease, where Will Rotatori caught it and bounced a shot in for his first career goal. Rotatori also had an assist for his first career multi-point game.
Princeton used every healthy player on the roster, including 11 players who made their first appearance of the season. In addition to Weaver, Brendan DeTommaso had his first career point with a goal that just beat the third-quarter buzzer.