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Princeton, Yale Meet In Ivy Tournament Final At 11 A.M. Sunday
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 05/04/2013
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Jeff Froccaro of Princeton and Yale's Peter Johnson meet again in the Ivy League tournament final (Sunday, 11 am).
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Jeff Froccaro of Princeton and Yale's Peter Johnson meet again in the Ivy League tournament final (Sunday, 11 am).
The NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament selections will be announced in a matter of hours.
In the cluttered, confused world of pending at-large bids, there will be more than one team sweating out the selection show - and being disappointed when it’s over.
The winner of the Ivy League tournament final between Princeton and Yale will not be one of those teams. The loser will be right on the bubble.
And those are the stakes as the teams meet for the second straight year in the league tournament championship game.
Win, get the Ivy League’s automatic bid, travel home and enjoy the selection show.
Lose, and start sweating.

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This will be the second-straight year that Princeton and Yale meet in the Ivy final. Last year, both made the NCAA tournament.
The winner of the Princeton-Yale game will be the first team to win two Ivy League tournaments in the four-year history of the event.
This marks the first time that the host team is not in the final, and the host team has now won the championship only once in four years.

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There have been 11 Ivy League tournament games in the events four year history.
The team that won the regular season matchup between the teams has won six times in the rematch of the Ivy tournament. The team that lost the regular season matchup has won five times in the tournament.
Yale defeated Penn in the regular season and in the tournament semifinal. Princeton lost to Cornell in the regular season and won in the tournament.

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Princeton defeated Yale 10-9 on March 22 on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium. The game was tied 4-4 at halftime and 6-6 late in the third quarter before Princeton built a 10-7 lead in the fourth quarter. Yale scored twice in two minutes to make it 10-9 with 5:18 left.
Yale had three shots after that, and the final chance for the Bulldogs ended when Mark Strabo caused a turnover with 1:11 to go. Princeton then ran out the clock.

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Princeton won 13 of 23 face-offs against Yale in the first meeting this year, including a 13 for 22 performance from Justin Murphy.
Yale had dominated Princeton in face-offs for the prior 10 meetings between the schools. During those 10 games, there had been 201 face-offs, of which Yale has won 132, for a percentage of .657.
Dylan Levings won 24 of 40 (.600) against Princeton last year.
On the other hand, Princeton defeated Cornell Friday night despite winning 9 of 30 face-offs. In fact, Princeton has defeated Johns Hopkins while winning 7 of 22 and Villanova while winning 12 of 29 and lost to Penn while winning 15 of 23.

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Princeton defeated Yale 10-9 in five overtimes in the longest game both teams have ever played.
Yale then came back and sprinted past Princeton 15-7 in the Ivy League final, played on Princeton’s home field.
The Bulldogs got off to a 4-0 lead and then put the game away with a commanding 9-2 run from the second through fourth quarters.

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When Princeton defeated Cornell 14-13 in overtime Friday night in the Ivy League semifinals, it marked the first time that the No. 4 seed has defeated the No. 1 seed.
Kip Orban won the game with his goal with 1:19 left in the overtime, after the teams had turned it over three times.
Neither team ever led by more than one two. It was 6-6 at the half, 7-7 at the end of the third and 13-13 at the end of the fourth.
There were 11 ties in the game. There were eight goals scored in a 4:45 span of the fourth quarter, including six goals in 2:16.

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Princeton scored six goals on seven shots in the fourth quarter against Cornell and seven goals on nine shots in the fourth quarter and overtime.

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Mike MacDonald set an Ivy League tournament single-game record with nine points - seven goals, two assists -  in the semifinal win over Cornell.
MacDonald assisted on the game-winner by Kip Orban in overtime for his ninth point, which set the record. His seven goals were one off the record of Yale’s Deron Dempster, set against Cornell in the Ivy semifinals last year.

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Mike MacDonald had four goals in the fourth quarter against Cornell.
Only two other current Princeton players - Tom Schreiber and Jeff Froccaro - have had four goals in any game in their career.

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Mike MacDonald’s seven goals against Cornell were the most by a Princeton player in 10 years and two weeks.
The last Princeton player with seven was Jason Doneger, who did so on April 19, 2003, also against Cornell at Schoellkopf Field.
The last Princeton player with more than seven was B.J. Prager, who had eight against Hobart in 2001.

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Mike MacDonald now has 42 goals for the season and 64 goals for his career.
The 42 goals are tied with Bill Chaires in 1973 as the sixth-best single-season total in program history and the most since Chris Massey scored 45 in the 1997 season.
As for the 64 goals, those would be the third-best ever by a Princeton player as a sophomore, behind only Jesse Hubbard (86) and Massey (67), who rank 1-2 all-time at Princeton with 163 goals and 146 goals.

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Mike MacDonald had seven goals on eight shots against Cornell.
MacDonald has 15 goals on 24 shots in his last three games.

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Tom Schreiber has 26 goals and 30 assists this season. He is the first Princeton player to reach 30 assists in a season since Ryan Boyle had 44 in 2004.
Schreiber needs four goals to become the second player in program history with at least 30 goals and 30 assists in the same season, something only Dave Tickner (34G, 32A in 1976) has ever done.

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Tom Schreiber has 74 career goals and 71 career assists and is the first midfielder in program history with at least 70 of his both for his career.
The only other players with at least 70 goals and 70 assists are attackmen Kevin Lowe, Jon Hess, Ryan Boyle and Dave Heubeck.

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Tom Schreiber has at least three points in every game this year and in 15 straight games dating to last year.

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Tom Schreiber’s 145 career points are the 15th-most in program history. Up next are Don Hahn (146), Bo Willis (147) and Sean Hartofilis (148).

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Jeff Froccaro is tied with Mark Kovler for 16th all-time at Princeton with 84 goals. He needs six to tie Jack McBride for 15th.

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Eric Sanschagrin gave up 23 goals while making 14 saves in his first six quarters against Cornell. He then made 10 saves while allowing seven goals in the third and fourth quarters in the semifinal.
Sanschagrin made two saves in the first half against Cornell Friday night and then made five each in the third and fourth quarters, including three against Rob Pannell and point-blank stops against Steve Mock and Thomas Keith.

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Jake Froccaro, the 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, has 23 goals and 10 assists. He and Peter Trombino (in 2004) are the only Princeton freshmen ever with at least 20 goals and 10 assists.

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Kip Orban has three straight games of tying his career highs with three goals and four points.
Orban’s 26 goals make him the third Princeton middie in the last 25 years to reach at least 26 goals as a sophomore, along with Josh Sims and Tom Schreiber, who had 32 each as sophomores.
 
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Princeton had six players earn All-Ivy League honors.
Tom Schreiber was a unanimous selection, and he has now been first-team All-Ivy League each of his first three seasons. Only three players in league history have ever been four-time first-team All-Ivy League selections: Cornell’s Max Siebald, Princeton’s Chad Wiedmaier and now Cornell’s Rob Pannell.
Schreiber is Princeton’s 12th three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection.
Mike MacDonald was also a first-team pick.
Attackman Jeff Froccaro, defenseman Derick Raabe and midfielder Kip Orban were second-team selections. Jake Froccaro was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and an honorable mention All-Ivy selection.



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