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Kip Orban and the Tigers host North Carolina Friday on Sherrerd Field.
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One Year After Wild One In Chapel Hill, Princeton Hosts North Carolina

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/05/2014
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Princeton vs. North Carolina • Sherrerd Field • Princeton, N.J.
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  Series Info North Carolina leads 8-7
  Last Meeting North Carolina defeated Princeton 16-15 • Mar. 9, 2013
  Records Princeton 2-1; North Carolina 3-1
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Early-Season Highlights

Nearly 52 weeks after playing a wild shootout in Chapel Hill and one week after coming up on the short end against a top six opponent, Princeton and North Carolina meet on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium for a Friday evening matchup.
The teams are basically one full year removed from last year’s 16-15 North Carolina win on Fetzer Field in a game that featured 99 shots between the teams, not to mention two UNC goals in the final 30 seconds to pull out the win.
Both teams will be playing for the first time since suffering their first losses of the season.
Princeton fell at home to No. 3 Johns Hopkins 15-9, while UNC lost at home to No. 6 Notre Dame 11-10. Princeton was done in by an 8-1 Hopkins run that broke open a close game; UNC was on the wrong end of an 8-2 run after leading 8-3 early in the third quarter.

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Princeton has played 13 teams more than once in the four-plus years that Chris Bates has been head coach.
Of those 13 teams, Princeton has beaten 11 at least twice and a 12th once. The only one of those opponents that Princeton does not have at least one win against is UNC.
Princeton is 0-4 against Carolina in the last four years, and three of those games have been by a single goal, including the last two, 16-15 in 2013 in Chapel Hill and 9-8 at M&T Bank Stadium in 2012.

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The history of the Princeton-North Carolina series has been dotted with one-goal games.
In fact, the teams have played 15 times, and eight of those 15 games have been decided by one goal.
Of the remaining seven games, two were decided by two goals, including a 16-14 Princeton win in the 1992 NCAA semifinals, two days before the Tigers won the first of their six NCAA championships.
The Princeton-North Carolina series is actually in three separate parts, with two meetings in the 1980s, nine meetings between 1992 and 1999 and then games each of the last four years.
Added together, North Carolina has an 8-7 lead all-time against Princeton.

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North Carolina defeated Princeton 16-15 last year on Fetzer Field. It is the only game Princeton has played since 1979 where it has scored at least 15 goals and not won.
North Carolina defeated Princeton 9-8 in 2012, when the teams combined for 65 shots. The totals jumped from 17 goals and 65 shots to 31 goals and 99 shots.
The game was a total track meet. There were eight times in the game that one team scored two goals within one minute of each other, and seven times where they did it within 51 seconds. It also happened six times within 37 seconds of each other and even four times within 12 seconds.
Each team had three players score at least three goals in the game, and each team has two of those three back this year. Jimmy Bitter and Chad Tutton return for Carolina after having three each, while Davey Emala graduated; Princeton got five goals from Mike MacDonald and four from Tom Schreiber, who are both back, with four from Jeff Froccaro.
Schreiber scored 2:30 and 1:41 to go to put Princeton up 15-14, only to have Emala tie it with 37 seconds left and then Tutton win it with three seconds left.

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Tom Schreiber has 83 career goals and 79 assists, leaving him one assist away from becoming the third player in program history with at least 80 and 80 for a career, along with Jon Hess (82G, 133A) and Dave Heubeck (83G, 99A). No Princeton player has ever had at least 90 of each.
Schreiber is already Princeton’s career leader for points by a midfielder. He is also 10th all-time at Princeton with 162 career points, one behind David Tickner for ninth, two behind Justin Tortolani for eighth and 12 behind Wick Sollers for seventh.
Schreiber has at least three points in 19 straight games and in 40 of 47 games for his career. He also has at least one point in 35 straight games and 46 of 47 for his career.
He also has five goals and seven assists in three career games against the Tar Heels.

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Kip Orban and Mike MacDonald both have at least one point in every game since the start of the 2013 season, a total of 18 games.
Orban has at least one goal in 15 straight games. MacDonald has at least one goal in 13 straight.

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Both Princeton and North Carolina have two players on the Tewaaraton Trophy watchlist.
Princeton’s Tom Schreiber - a 2013 finalist - and Mike MacDonald are both among the 52 players chosen, as are UNC’s Joey Sankey and Chad Tutton.

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North Carolina is ranked No. 6 in this week’s coaches’ poll and No. 8 in this week’s media poll. Princeton is ranked 13th by the coaches and 14th by the media.

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North Carolina leads Division I in scoring offense at 17.0 goals per game. Princeton is averaging 11.7 goals per game.
North Carolina is also sixth in Division I, allowing 6.0 goals per game.
Princeton averages 36 shots per game. North Carolina takes nearly 13 more per game, at 48.8.

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Princeton has started two freshmen (Bear Goldstein, Will Reynolds) and one sophomore (Mark Strabo, who started every game a year ago as well) on defense in each of the first three games of the season.
Those three and sophomore middie Jake Froccaro are the only current players who have started every game of their careers. Tom Schreiber missed one game freshman year due to a rib injury but has started every other game.

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Princeton has rotated goalies through the first three games, as senior Brian Kavanagh has started and played the first half and sophomore Matt O’Connor has come in to play the second half.

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Ryan Ambler is second on the team behind Tom Schreiber in points with 13, and he leads the team with nine assists.
Ambler is averaging four points per game (one goal, three assists) for the first three games this year, and he has five points in each of Princeton’s two home games, against Hofstra and Hopkins.
Ambler and North Carolina’s Austin Pifani were teammates at Abington High School outside of Philadelphia.

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Justin Murphy has won 31 of 52 face-offs (59.6%) through three games and has a team-best 18 ground balls.
North Carolina has won 60 of 107 (56.1%) as a team. R.G. Keenan, a senior and one of the top face-off men in the country, has taken just 17 of the 107 winning 11.

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Mike MacDonald has 99 career points, leaving him one away from becoming the 28th player in program history to reach 100. He also is in 29th place with 71 career goals; with eight more goals he would move up eight spots, to 21st.

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Derick Raabe leads the team with five caused turnovers and is second in ground balls with 13. Raabe had four caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins, to go with five ground balls.
A year ago, Raabe had 73 ground balls, the most by a Princeton player since 1995.

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Forest Sonnenfeldt and Tucker Shanley are seniors - tall seniors, standing 6-6 and 6-4 - who missed all of last year with injuries but are now on the second midfield unit. Through two games this year, each has three goals, for a total of six between them.
Princeton got three goals for the entire season from its second midfield in 2013.

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Princeton starts sophomore Mark Strabo - who started all 15 games last year - and freshmen Bear Goldstein and Will Reynolds on defense. In the last 15 years, the only other defensemen to start Game 1 as a freshman were Damien Davis, Dan Cocoziello and Chad Wiedmaier, all of whom were first-team All-Americas as seniors.



What Can You Say About ...

Ryan Ambler #14
    •    starter on attack
    •    averaging 4.0 points per game through three games after averaging 2.2 per game a year ago
    •    had career-high five assists in the win over Hofstra
    •    five points against Hofstra tied his career high
    •    also had five points against Johns Hopkins (2G, 3A)
    •    had a goal and assist against Manhattan
    •    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, but has been slowed by injury
    •    was second on the team in caused turnovers in 2013 with nine
Zach Currier #25
    •    scored first career goal in the win over Manhattan
    •    was ranked as the No. 5 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse
Hunter DeButts #47
    •    has moved from attack to the offensive midfield to defensive midfield in his career
    •    had 12 ground balls and six caused turnovers in 2013
    •    also had three goals and two assists
Nick Fernandez #24
    •    had an assist (first of his career) and three caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins
    •    started every game on defense in 2013
    •     moved 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 a goal against Johns Hopkins
    •    had first two goals of 2014 in the win over Manhattan
    •    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
    •    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 of first three games
    •    made first career start against Hofstra, with 10 saves and six goals-against
    •    made seven saves in second quarter, when Hofstra outshot Princeton 18-3
    •    made six saves while allowing three goals against Manhattan
    •    played 30:00 against both Hofstra and Manhattan 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
    •    has 99 career points, leaving him one away from becoming the 28th player in program history to reach 100
    •    ranks 29th all-time at Princeton with 71 career goals; would move from 29th to 21st with eight more goals
    •    had five goals and two assists in the game against Carolina last year
    •    second on the team with six goals
    •    had four goals and one assist against Hofstra
    •    had a goal and two assists against Manhattan    
    •    had a goal and assist against Johns Hopkins
    •    has at least one goal in 13 straight games and at least one point in 18 straight games
    •     2014 Tewaaraton Trophy watchlist
    •    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
    •    had 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 started on attack against Johns Hopkins and has played on the second midfield and man-up units
    •    had 46 goals and 21 assists as a senior at Haverford
Justin Murphy #32
    •    has won 31 of 52 face-offs this season
    •    won 13 of 23 face-offs with eight ground balls, as well as first career goal, against Johns Hopkins
    •    won 8 of 12 face-offs against Manhattan
    •    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
Jack O’Brien #29
    •    won 6 of 11 face-offs against Manhattan
Matt O’Connor #11
    •    played the second half against Hofstra and Johns Hopkins and most of the second half against Manhattan
    •    made save in the final minute against Hofstra 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
    •     has at least one goal in 16 straight games (longest current streak on the team) and at least one point in 18 straight games
    •    had two goals and one assist against Hofstra
    •    had two goals against Manhattan
    •    had a goal against Johns Hopkins
    •    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 four caused turnovers and five ground balls against Johns Hopkins
    •    had team-best five ground balls against Hofstra
    •    had three ground balls and one caused turnover against Manhattan
    •    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 Reynolds #4
    •    starter on close defense
    •    was ranked as the No. 7 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse
Will Rotatori #27
    •    starter on attack
    •    has three goals in three games this year after having two for his career prior to this season
    •    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 a goal against Manhattan
    •    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
    •     2014 Tewaaraton Trophy watchlist
    •    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
    •    has 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
    •    has five goals and seven assists in three games against North Carolina
    •    had four goals and two assists against Carolina last year, including two goals in the final 2:30 to put Princeton up 15-14 before Carolina won 16-15
    •    had three goals against Johns Hopkins
    •    had three goals and two assists in win over Hofstra to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors
    •    had a goal and four assists against Manhattan
    •    currently 10th all-time at Princeton with 162 career points; needs one to get to ninth and two to get to eighth
    •    is eighth all-time at Princeton with 79 career assists
    •    has 83 career goals and 79 career assists
    •    needs one assist to join Jon Hess and Dave Huebeck had at least 80 of both; 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 19 straight games dating to 2012
    •    has at least three points in 40 of 47 career games
    •    has at least one point in 35 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 two goals against Manhattan
    •    had 20 goals and eight assists in 2012
    •    started nine games in 2012
Forest Sonnenfeldt #2
    •    missed all of 2013 with injuries
    •    had three goals against Manhattan, including two extra-man
    •    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
    •    had an assist against Manhattan
    •    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
 

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