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Come Saturday Morning: Princeton Opens 2014 By Hosting Hofstra At 11 AM

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/19/2014
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Princeton vs. Hofstra • Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium
  Gametime Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. Tickets
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  Twitter: @PUTigers  l  @HofstraPride
  Series Info Princeton Leads 14-13
  Last meeting • Princeton defeated Hofstra 10-7 • Feb. 23, 2013
  Records Princeton 0-0; Hofstra 0-1
  Princeton Roster Schedule  l  Stats  l @TigerLacrosse  l  Game Notes
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Roster Schedule  l  Stats  l @HofstraMLax l Game Notes

 

Chris Bates Video Season Preview

There was a time when playing lacrosse on Feb. 22 wasn’t done. Now, it’s a fairly late state date, as basically all of Division I has at least one game under its belt prior to this weekend, when the seven Ivy League schools will face-off for the first time in 2014.
For Princeton, opening day means a date with Hofstra, just as it has every other year since Chris Bates became the Tigers head coach.
Hofstra will be playing its second game after opening last Saturday with an 11-9 loss to Marquette.

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Chris Bates is 3-1 against Hofstra in his first four years, including a 10-7 win on Long Island last year.
Princeton has averaged 15.5 goals per game in the two games against the Pride played in Princeton and 9.5 goals per game in the two games on Long Island.
Princeton and Hofstra meet for the 28th time overall. Princeton leads the overall series 14-13.

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Lacrosse is a spring sport, correct?
Princeton (six) and Hofstra (seven) will combine to play 13 games before winter ends and it officially becomes spring.

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Princeton lacrosse games averaged 18.57 combined goals in 2010, Chris Bates’ first as head coach. That figure dipped to 14.77 in 2011 and then went back to 18.44 in 2012.
Then, last year, that number skyrocket, with nearly four more goals per game, at 22.14. That was the highest number for Princeton since 1996, when there were 23.04 goals per game.

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Part of the reason for the jump in goals per game last year can be attributed to the new rules, which were designed to speed up the pace of the game.
Princeton also had its best offense (12.03) since 1998, as well as a defense that featured several players who were playing out of position.
This year, Princeton returns the three defensemen who started all 15 games a year ago, but only one will be a starter on defense this time around. That one is Mark Strabo, who started every game as a freshman.
The other two will be moving back to their natural positions, the ones they played in 2012. Nick Fernandez will be a shortstick defensive midfielder again, and Derick Raabe returns to longstick midfield.

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Princeton figures to start two freshmen on defense with Will Reynolds (Delbarton) and Bear Goldstein (St. Mark’s in Texas).
Reynolds was the seventh-ranked incoming recruit by Inside Lacrosse; Goldstein was 97th.
In all, Princeton had recruits in the IL top 100: Zach Currier (No. 5), Gavin McBride (84), Adam Hardej (91).

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If Will Reynolds and Bear Goldstein both start on defense against Hofstra, it will be the first time since 1996 that Princeton has started two freshmen on defense in the season opener.
Back then, the two were Kurt Lunkenheimer and John Harrington.

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Princeton has three new assistant coaches this year after last year’s assistants moved on, including Greg Raymond, who became the head coach at Hobart.
This year, Army grad John Walker came to Princeton after being the defensive coordinator at Virginia. Matt Madalon comes from Division III power Stevens (whom Princeton scrimmaged last weekend), and Brad Conlon was at Division II Pfeiffer a year ago.

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Hofstra dropped its opener 11-9 last Saturday to Marquette, a team coached by former Hofstra assistant Joe Amplo and with former Princeton assistant coach Stephen Brundage.
Hofstra, whose associate head coach Kevin Unterstein is a former Princeton assistant, was led against Marqutte by Sam Linares, who had two goals and an assist, and Lance Yapor and Mike Malave, who had two goals each.
Hofstra goalie Chris Selva, a second-team All-CAA selection last year, made seven saves; Selva had an assist against Princeton last year after he ran the across midfield and near the box and then made a perfect feed on the crease.

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Mike MacDonald has six goals on nine shots in two career games against Hofstra. Tom Schreiber has seven goals and five assists in three games against Hofstra.
 
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Tom Schreiber was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft, chosen by the Ohio Machine. Nick Fernandez was chosen in the sixth round by the Denver Outlaws, with the 46th pick.

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Princeton’s starting midfield of Jake Froccaro, Kip Orban and Tom Schreiber was ranked as the top midfield in Division I by Inside lacrosse.

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Tom Schreiber has 120 points in his last two seasons combined, split exactly evenly with 60 goals and 60 assists.
Schreiber is already Princeton’s career leader for points by a midfielder with 149 (76G, 73A). He is also one of five players in program history with at least 70 career goals and 70 career assists.
Of those five - Schreiber, Kevin Lowe, Ryan Boyle, Jon Hess, Dave Heubeck - only two have at least 80 goals and 80 assists and nobody has at least 90 of each. Hess had 82 goals and 133 assists; Heubeck had 83 goals and 99 assists.
Schreiber had 32 goals and 28 assists as a junior and 28 goals and 32 assists as a sophomore. Only Dave Tickner has ever had a 30/30 season in program history, with 34 goals and 32 assists in the 1976 season.

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Tom Schreiber had at least three points in all 15 games last year and has a streak of 16 straight games with at least three points, dating to his two-goal, two-assist effort against Virginia in the 2012 NCAA tournament loss. He also has at least one point in 32 straight games, which is the longest current streak in Division I by a midfielder and the fifth-longest overall.
Kip Orban had at least one point in every game last year. Orban has the longest current goal-scoring streak for Princeton, with at least one in 13 straight games. Mike MacDonald also had at least one point in all 15 games last year and at least one goal in the last 10 games.

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Tucker Shanley missed all but two minutes of last year with injuries. His two minutes came in the opener against Hofstra.
Forest Sonnenfeldt missed all of 2013 to injury, but he had at least one point in the last 12 games of 2012.
Both players are back for 2013. Shanley scored 20 goals and had eight assists in 2012, while Sonnenfeldt had 17 goals and six assists in 2012. For their careers, they’ve combined for 68 goals, and they will bring serious depth to the midfield. Sonnenfeldt has also been a key member of the extra-man unit.

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What Can You Say About ...

Ryan Ambler #14
    •    had 11 goals and 17 assists as a freshman
    •    had a goal and three assists in win over Hofstra in his first game
    •    started 13 of 15 games, missing games against Rutgers and Dartmouth due to injury
    •    two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week
    •    father Bob is the all-time leading scorer at Drexel  
Alex Beatty #36
    •    was the team’s No. 1 longstick midfielder in 2013
    •    is moving to close defense for 2014
    •    was second on the team in caused turnovers in 2013 with nine
Hunter DeButts #47
    •    has moved from attack to the offensive midfield to defensive midfield
    •    had 12 ground balls and six caused turnovers in 2013
    •    also had three goals and two assists
Nick Fernandez #24
    •    started every game on defense in 2013
    •     moves back to shortstick defensive midfield for 2014
    •    selected by the Denver Outlaws in the sixth round (46th pick overall) in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft
Jake Froccaro #10
    •    2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
    •    2013 honorable mention All-Ivy League
    •    had 24 goals and 10 assists as a freshman
    •    tied for third all-time - and first among midfielders - in goals by a Princeton freshman
    •    he and Peter Trombino are the only Princeton freshmen ever to have at least 20 goals and 10 assists
Bear Goldstein #34
    •    likely starter on defense
    •    figures to start on defense alonside fellow freshman Will Reynolds; should both start, they would be the first two freshmen to start on defense in the first game of the season since Kurt Lunkenheimer and John Harrington in 1996
    •    ranked as the No. 97 incoming recruit by Inside Lacrosse
    •    two-time high school All-America
Sam Gravitte #17
    •    figures to be No. 2 longstick midfielder
    •    all-state lacrosse and football player
    •    both parents are actors; mother won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in “Jerome Robbins Broadway”
    •    has played Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables”
Adam Hardej #16
    •    figures to be a shortstick defensive midfielder
    •    led his league in assists last year with 52
Brian Kavanagh #44
    •    played 14:07 in two games in 2013, with a .500 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against
Mike MacDonald #8
    •    2013 first-team All-Ivy League
    •    2013 honorable mention All-America
    •    had 43 goals in 2013, the sixth-best single-season total in school history and the most by a Princeton player since Chris Massey had 45 in 1997
    •    has 65 career goals, leaving him third  at Princeton in goals after sophomore year, along with Jesse Hubbard and Chris Massey, who rank 1-2 all-time at Princeton in goals
    •    has six goals on nine shots in two games against Hofstra
    •    had seven goals and two assists in the 14-13 win over Cornell in the Ivy League tournament semifinal
Gavin McBride #50
    •    freshman who figures to be in the second midfield
    •    had 46 goals and 21 assists as a senior at Haverford
Justin Murphy #32
    •    won 111 of 218 face-offs (.509) a year ago
    •    took 218 of the team’s 380 face-offs a year ago
Matt O’Connor #11
    •    started the first 11 games in goal last year
    •    had a .517 save percentage
    •    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)
Kip Orban #13
    •    2013 second-team All-Ivy League selection
    •    Ivy League all-tournament team selection
    •    has 27 goals and eight assists in 2013
    •    is one of three Princeton midfielders in the last 25 years to reach at least 27 goals as a sophomore (Tom Schreiber, Josh Sims)
    •    had at least one point in every game
    •    had the game-winning goal in the Ivy League semifinal against Cornell in overtime
Derick Raabe #5
    •    team tri-captain
    •    started all 15 games on defense
    •    2013 second-team All-Ivy League selection
    •    moving back from defense to longstick midfield, where he primarily played his first two years
    •    led team with 73 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers
    •    has the most ground balls in a season by a Princeton player since Matt Bailer had 95 in 1997
Will Rotatori #27
    •    probable starter at the attack spot vacated by the graduated Jeff Froccaro
    •    had two goals and three assists a year ago
Eric Sanschagrin #31
    •    started the last four games of the 2013 season
    •    made 12 saves in both games against Cornell
    • of his 12 saves in the Ivy semifinal win over Cornell, 10 came in the second half
Tom Schreiber #22
    •    team tri-captain
    •    No. 1 selection in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft, by the Ohio Machine
    •    2012, 2013 first-team All-America
    •    2013 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist
    •    three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection; only three players (Cornell’s Rob Pannell and Max Siebald and Princeton’s Chad Wiedmaier) have ever been four-time first-team All-Ivy League selections
    •    2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
    •    led team in points and assists all three seasons
    •    led team in goals and assists as a freshman and sophomore; is the only Princeton player ever to do so
    •    12th all-time at Princeton with 149 career points; needs four to move into the top 10 (Peter Trombino has 152; Gerald Ronon has 153)
    •    is ninth all-time at Princeton with 73 career assists; needs one to tie Matt Striebel for eighth and 11 to tie for seventh
    •    Is one of five players in school history with at least 70 career goals and 70 career assists (Kevin Lowe, Ryan Boyle, Jon Hess, David Heubeck); only Hess and Huebeck had at least 80 of both and no Princeton player has ever had at least 90 of both
    •    had at least three points in every game last year and has at least three points in 16 straight games dating to 2012
    •    has at least three points in 37 of 44 career games
    •    has at least one point in 32 straight games, the fifth longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
    •    has 120 points in the last two seasons, split evenly with 60 goals and 60 assists
    •    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
    •    returns to the midfield after missing all but two minutes of the 2013 season due to injuries
    •    had 20 goals and eight assists in 2012
    •    started nine games in 2012
Forest Sonnenfedlt #2
    •    missed all of 2013 with injuries
    •    scored 19 goals and had six assists in 2012
    •    has started on attack and played midfield and has been an important presence on the extra-an unit
Jack Strabo #35
    •    team tri-captain    
    •    first-line shortstick defensive middie for the fourth straight year
    •    Academic All-Ivy League selection
Mark Strabo #3
    •    started all 15 games a year ago on defense
    •    was fourth freshman in the last 15 years to start every game on defense as a freshman; the other three (Chad Wiedmaier, Dan Cocoziello, Damien Davis) were all first-team All-Americas as seniors


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