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Tucker Shanley and the Tigers are at Manhattan Tuesday (7).
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Princeton Heads Into New York City To Take On Manhattan Tuesday Night

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/24/2014
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Princeton vs. Manhattan • Gaelic Field • New York, N.Y.
  Gametime Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. 
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  Series Info Princeton Leads 4-0
  Last meeting • Princeton defeated Manhattan 15-2 • March. 12, 2013
  Records Princeton 1-0; Manhattan 0-3
  Princeton Roster Schedule  l  Stats  l @TigerLacrosse  l  Game Notes
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 The Princeton men’s lacrosse team came from four goals down in the third quarter to win its opener 12-10 over Hofstra Saturday. Roughly the time that the Princeton game was ending, Manhattan faced off against Fairfield in what would become an 18-4 loss.
In fact, the Jaspers are 0-3 on the young season and have been outscored 52-14 in those three games.
This is Year 2 for Manhattan coach Steve Manitta, and while he is 4-14 with the program, it breaks down to 3-2 at home and 1-12 on the road. The Jaspers welcome No. 9 Princeton to Gaelic Field hoping to find some magic again at home, while Princeton plays the first of its three midweek games before returning home Saturday to take on No. 7 Johns Hopkins.

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Princeton defeated Manhattan 15-2 last year despite allowing the first goal of the game and not scoring for the first 13:33. After the slow start, Princeton scored six goals in the second quarter and six more in the third and built a 14-1 lead before the Jaspers would score again.
The meeting Tuesday in New York will be the fifth in the series that only began in 2009, and Princeton has won each of the first four meetings. This will be the second game of the five to be played in New York, after Princeton’s 13-8 win at Gaelic Field in 2010.

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Tom Schreiber earned the Ivy League’s first Player of the Week award for 2014 after his three-goal, two-assist game in the 12-10 win over Hofstra. Schreiber scored two of his goals and had one of his assists during the 8-1 run that reversed an 8-4 third-quarter deficit, and he gave the Tigers the lead for good with his goal with 6:46 to play.
Schreiber now has at least three points in 17 straight games and at least three points in 38 of 45 career games.

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Princeton rarely runs into an opponent who played lacrosse at an earlier date that it did, but Manhattan is one of those teams.
While Princeton lacrosse dates to 1882, Manhattan actually played in the first intercollegiate lacrosse game, back when it took on NYU on Nov. 22, 1877.

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Princeton’s win over Manhattan last year was the 100th career win for Tiger head coach Chris Bates.   

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Senior Brian Kavanagh made his first career start in the game aganist Hofstra, making 10 saves while allowing six goals while playing the first half. Matt O’Connor then played the second half. Kavanagh made seven of his saves in the second quarter, when Princeton was outshot 18-3 by the Pride. Despite trailing 6-4 at the half, Princeton could have been way behind were it not for Kavanagh, who played 30 minutes against Hofstra after playing 29:40 for his career prior to that.
Kavanagh became the fourth Princeton goalie in the last 25 years to start a game as a senior after not starting any games for his career prior to that, joining Matthew Larkin (2005), Neal DiBello (1998) and Pancho Gustein (1996).

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Princeton had four players make their first career starts in the game against Hofstra: freshman Will Reynolds, freshman Bear Goldstein, senior Brian Kavanagh and junior Will Rotatori. Of course, Reynolds and Goldstein have also started every game of their careers, as has sophomore Mark Strabo and junior Mike MacDonald.

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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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Tucker Shanley missed all but two minutes of last year with injuries after scoring 20 goals and having eight assists in 2012. He returned this year with a goal and assist against Hofstra.
Forest Sonnenfeldt, the only New York City resident on the team, missed all of 2013 to injury, but he had at least one point in the last 12 games of 2012, when he finished with 17 goals and six assists. He too is back for 2014.
 
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Princeton is ranked ninth by the media and 10th by the coaches this week, the same as it was a week ago, before its win over Hofstra.
Using the coaches’ poll, Princeton’s next five games are against No. 5 Johns Hopkins, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 20 Penn, unranked but receiving votes Villanova and No. 12 Yale.
 
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Ryan Ambler #14
    •    had career-high five assists in the win over Hofstra
    •    five points against Hofstra tied his career high
    •    had 11 goals and 17 assists as a freshman
    •    started 13 of 15 games a year ago, 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 in his career
    •    had career-high three points (1G, 2A) against Manhattan last year
    •    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
    •    starter on defense
    •    along with fellow freshman Will Reynold marked the first time since Kurt Lunkenheimer and John Harrington in 1996 that Princeton started two freshman on defense in the first game of a season
    •    ranked as the No. 97 incoming recruit by Inside Lacrosse
    •    two-time high school All-America
Sam Gravitte #17
    •    No. 2 longstick midfielder
    •    won 3 of 8 face-offs against Hofstra
    •    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
    •    had one caused turnover against Hofstra
    •    led his league in assists last year with 52
Brian Kavanagh #44
    •    started and played first half against Hofstra, with 10 saves and six goals-against
    •    made seven saves in second quarter, when Hofstra outshot Princeton 18-3
    •    played 30:00 against Hofstra after playing 29:40 for his first three years combined
    •    played 14:07 in two games in 2013, with a .500 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against
Mike MacDonald #8
    •    had four goals and one assist against Hofstra
    •    ranks 29th all-time at Princeton with 69 career goals; would move from 29th to 21st with 10 more goals
    •    has started every game of his career
    •    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 through two years, 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
Gavin McBride #37
    •    freshman who is on the second midfield and man-up unit
    •    had 46 goals and 21 assists as a senior at Haverford
Justin Murphy #32
    •    won 10 of 17 face-offs against Hofstra
    •    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
    •    played the second half against Hofstra
    •    made save in the final minute to keep it a two-goal game in 12-10 win
    •    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
    •    had two goals and one assist in win over Hofstra
    •     has at least one goal in 14 straight games (longest current streak on the team) and at least one point in 16 straight games
    •    2013 second-team All-Ivy League selection
    •    Ivy League all-tournament team selection
    •    had 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
    •    had team-best five ground balls against Hofstra
    •    team tri-captain
    •    started all 15 games on defense in 2013
    •    2013 second-team All-Ivy League selection
    •    moved back from defense to longstick midfield, where he primarily played his first two years
    •    led team with 73 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers in 2013
    •    had the most ground balls in a season by a Princeton player since Matt Bailer had 95 in 1997
Will Rotatori #27
    •    had two goals against Hofstra in first career start
    •    both goals against Hofstra came during 8-1 run as Princeton erased four-goal deficit
    •    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
    •    had three goals and two assists in win over Hofstra
    •    moved to 10th all-time at Princeton with 154 career points with three goals, two assists against Hofstra
    •    is eighth all-time at Princeton with 75 career assists
    •    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
    •    has at least three points in every game last year and has at least three points in 18 straight games dating to 2012
    •     had three goals and two assists against Hofstra to earn Ivy
Leage Player of the Week honors
    •    has at least three points in 38 of 45 career games
    •    has at least one point in 33 straight games, the fifth longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
    •    had 120 points in the last two seasons, split evenly with 60 goals and 60 assists
    •    one of 20 candidates for the Senior Class Award
    •    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
    •    returned to the midfield after missing all but two minutes of the 2013 season due to injuries
    •    had a goal and assist against Hofstra
    •    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
    •    had four ground balls against Hofstra
    •    Academic All-Ivy League selection
Mark Strabo #3
    •    has started every game of his career
    •    had a caused turnover against Hofstra
    •    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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