No. 6/7 Princeton Opens Ivy Schedule At No. 13/14 Penn
There are three Ivy League teams in the top 10 in Division I in scoring offense (Cornell, Princeton, Yale) and a fourth (Brown) is 12th.
There are three Ivy teams in the top eight of the early season RPI, with another at
No. 16 and a fifth at No. 21.
The league portion of the schedule starts this weekend, and for Princeton it means an immediate test from Penn on Franklin Field Saturday (3). The Quakers are ranked 13th in one poll and 14th in the other, not to mention eighth in the RPI and even sixth by Inside Lacrosse's Quint Kessenich. The Quakers are 4-1, with wins over Lehigh, Villanova, Duke and St. Joe's and a lone loss to Denver.
Princeton is also 4-1, ranked sixth, seventh, seventh and seventh in all those same places.
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Penn defeated Princeton 8-3 the last time the teams met at Franklin Field, back in 2011. That is Penn's lone win over Princeton since 1990.
Expect more than 11 goals in this game.
Princeton and Penn combine to average more than 23 goals per game between them, including 13.00 for the Tigers, who rank eighth in Division I in scoring offense.
The last time Princeton averaged more than 13 goals per game for a full year was 1998, with 14.47.
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Princeton is 20-2 when scoring at least 10 goals since Chris Bates became the head coach. The only losses when reaching double figures were the 16-15 loss Saturday and a 12-11 defeat gainst Carlina in 2010, both at Fetzer Field.
Princeton, under Bates, is 10-17 when scoring fewer than 10 goals.
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Princeton defeated Penn 11-4 last year on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium. The game was 4-3 at halftime before Princeton outscored Penn 7-1 after intermission.
Jeff Froccaro, Tom Schreiber and Mike MacDonald combined for six goals and six assists in the game.
As for the 8-3 win two years ago, Tom Schreiber missed the game with a rib injury. No current Princeton player had a point in that game.
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There has been an average of 80.0 shots per game in Princeton's five games. A year ago, there was an average of 66.9 shots per game in Princeton's game; a year before that it was 65.8.
Princeton averaged 31.9 shots two years ago and 36.8 last year. This year, Princeton is averaging 44.4 shots per game.
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Tucker Shanley, who did have a goal in the game at Penn two years ago and had two last year against the Quakers a year ago, will miss the rest of the season, the result of both an ankle injury and a broken wrist.
Shanley, who scored 20 goals and had eight assists as a junior, played briefly against Hofstra but has not played since. He will withdraw from school and return next spring for his senior season.
Rob Castelo (knee) and Forest Sonnenfeldt (ankle) have not played this season. Castelo would have been the lone returning starter on defense, while Sonnenfeldt scored 17 goals and had six assists a year ago.
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Inside Lacrosse ranked its top 25 freshmen to date, and Princeton has three of the players on the list.
Jake Froccaro came in at No. 3 selection, while attackman Ryan Ambler and goalie Matt O'Connor were 15th and 16th.
Princeton has started four freshmen in every game, with those three plus defenseman Mark Strabo.
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Princeton had won 41.7% of its face-offs in its first four games and then won 13 of 19 against Manhattan, led by Justin Murphy's 12 for 16.
Penn has won 53.2% of its face-offs for the year.
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Princeton and Penn have outscored their combined 10 opponents 33-15 in the fourth quarter.
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Princeton has scored 15 goals in each of its last two games.
The last time Princeton scored at least 15 in consecutive games was in 2002, when the Tigers had 15 against Yale and 18 against Penn.
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Tom Schreiber has played in 32 career games and has three or more points in 25 of them.
Schreiber now has 108 career points, which ranks 23rd all-time at Princeton. He is two points away from tying Jason Doneger for 22nd and seven points away from Jack McBride for 21st.
Jeff Froccaro has 93 career points, leaving him seven away from becoming the 27th 100-point scorer in program history.
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Princeton went 4 for 4 on extra-man opportunities in the game against North Carolina and then scored on its first three chances against Manhattan, running the streak to seven consecutive successful EMOs before an unsuccessful one.
Prior to the seven straight, Princeton had been 2 for 10 on EMOs for the season.
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The Princeton men's lacrosse team spent a week in Costa Rica last June. The Tigers played one game against the Costa Rican national team, gave clinics for the Costa Ricans and for the local youth and worked on various service projects, including refurbishing a community center.
Princeton traveled to Spain and Ireland in 2008 and Japan in 2004.
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What Can You Say About ...
Ryan Ambler #14
• had three goals and two assists in the win over Villanova for first career five-point game
• also had three goals and two assists in win over Manhattan
• began career with a four-point game against Hofstra (1G, 3A) to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week award
• had a goal and two assists to snap a 3-3 tie as Princeton built a 6-3 lead in the second quarter; Hofstra would never pull even again
• was the fourth Princeton player with four points in opening game of his freshman year (Ryan Boyle in 2001, Jesse Hubbard in 1995, Jason Buttles in 1993)
• had one assist against Johns Hopkins
• was the second Princeton freshman in two years to start the first game of his freshman year on attack after Mike MacDonald did last year; prior to MacDonald, the last time a Princeton freshman started Game 1 of his freshman year on attack was 2004, when Peter Trombino did so
• high school All-America from Abington High, outside of Philadelphia, where he had 186 career goals and 210 career assists
• younger brother of former Princeton assistant coach Colin Ambler, who also played for Princeton head coach Chris Bates at Drexel
• father Bob is the all-time leading scorer at Drexel
Luke Armour #16
• senior who can play attack or midfield
• was slowed by injury for most of 2012
• had three goals and an assist against Dartmouth
• three goals and four points were career highs
• had two assists against Manhattan
• played in every game, starting seven, in 2011
• was fourth on the team with 14 points (9G, 5A) in 2011
Alex Beatty #36
• team's No. 1 longstick midfielder
• tied for team lead with five caused turnovers
• caused three turnovers against Johns Hopkins
• played in two games last year, when he was slowed by injuries
Brandon Bonvino #21
• is the No. 2 longstick midfielder
• had caused turnovers against North Carolina and Manhattan
• missed the Villanova game due to injury
• played in three games last year
Hunter DeButts #47
• has moved from attack to the second midfield
• had a goal and two assits against Manhattan for his first career three-goal game
• had his first goal of the season in the win over Villanova
• had two goals on two shots (including the first goal of the game) against Brown after missing the first seven games due to injury a year ago
• had an assist against Cornell, Rutgers, Dartmouth and Yale in the Ivy final
Nick Fernandez #24
• moved to being a starter on close defense after having been a shortstick defensive midfielder his first two years; Ryan Schoenig (in 2006) did the same for Princeton
• had his first career goal in the game against Syracuse last year
• also had a goal in the next game against Rutgers
• had four ground balls and a caused turnover vs. Manhattan
• missed games with ankle sprain, concussion, broken arm in 2011
Jake Froccaro #9
• starter at midfield
• had two goals and an assist in the win over Villanova
• had one goal and two assists against North Carolina
• named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week after the Villanova and Carolina games
• had two goals and two assists against Johns Hopkins
• first career assist was to his brother Jeff
• had two goals against Manhattan
• won 1 of 2 face-offs against Hofstra
• had 65 goals and 20 assists as a high school senior at Port Washington
• younger brother of senior attackman Jeff Froccaro, a first-team All-Ivy League selection last year
Jeff Froccaro #10
• 2013 preseason honorable mention All-America
• 2012 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• leads team with 14 goals; tied for second with Mike MacDonald with 17 points
• had four goals against North Carolina
• had three goals against Villanova
• won 5 of 7 face-offs in the fourth quarter against Villanova; prior to fourth quarter, Villanova had won 15 of 21 face-offs.
• had three goals and one assist in win over Hopkins to earn Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors
• had two goals and two assists against Hofstra
• had two goals against Manhattan
• was second on team with 27 goals and 39 points last season
• had career-highs with five goals and seven points while tying career high with two assists against Villanova
• leads all active Princeton players with 59 career goals and is second for career lead with 84 career points
Will Himler #18
• had first point of the season with a goal against Manhattan
• was second on the team with 13 assists a year ago
• slowed by injury in the preseason but returned to play against North Carolina
Brian Kavanagh #44
• No. 2 goalie
• has played 14:07 in two games, with a .500 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against
Bobby Lucas #17
• had first career point with an assist against Manhattan
• won 6 of 8 face-offs against Hofstra, all in the second half
• was 4 for 4 in the fourth quarter
• twice won face-offs after Hofstra goals that led to Princeton goals on that possession
• won 91 of 152 face-offs (55.6%) a year ago
• won 46.2% of face-offs in 2011 and 52.1% as a freshman
• also plays shortstick defensive midfield
Mike McDonald #8
• second on the team in goals (12) and points (17, tied with Jeff Froccaro)
• had career highs with five goals and seven points at North Carolina
• had two goals and two assists against Villanova
• had three goals on five shots against Hofstra
• had two goals against Johns Hopkins
• has started every game of his career
• ranked fifth all-time among Princeton freshman with 22 goals
• had 22 goals on 39 shots (56.4%) in 2012
• had the highest shooting percentage (56.4%) of any Princeton player ever with at least 20 goals in a season
• shot 12 for 16 in six Ivy games
• had four goals in the Ivy tournament (two in each game)
• two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week
Brendan McGrath #15
• playing in the second midfield
Justin Murphy #32
• won 12 of 16 face-offs and had seven ground balls against Manhattan
• won 3 of 6 face-offs against North Carolina
• won 15 of 30 face-offs as a freshman
• missed the first nine games freshman year after breaking his leg in the fall
Matt O'Connor #11
• freshman goalie from Lawrenceville Prep
• 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)
• made 12 saves while allowing 11 goals in win over Villanova
• made five saves while allowing eight goals in the first half against Villanova; made seven saves while allowing three goals in the second half
• made 12 saves against North Carolina
• made 10 saves while allowing seven goals in win over Johns Hopkins
• allowed one goal while making eight saves against Manhattan
• made six saves and allowed seven goals against Hofstra
Kip Orban #13
• starter at midfield
• had three goals against Manhattan
• had two goals and one assist against Villanova
• had a goal and assist against North Carolina
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had an assist against Hopkins
• had eight goals and three assists as a freshman
Derick Raabe #5
• starter on close defense
• was the only current Princeton player who had ever started a game on defense (vs. Penn and Harvard in 2011) prior to this season
• had first career goal in the game against Harvard last year
• has played mostly longstick midfield in his career
Will Rotatori #27
• playing in the second midfield
• had first career goal in win over Manhattan
• had first career point with an assist against Villanova
• had an assist against North Carolina
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• made two saves and did not allow a goal against Manhattan
• made 11 saves while allowing five goals in first collegiate start, against Manhattan, a year ago
• played final 5:05 against Brown in regular season without allowing goal
Tom Schreiber #22
• 2013 preseason first-team All-America
• 2012 first-team All-America
• led team in goals and assists as a freshman and sophomore; is the only Princeton player ever to do so
• 2012 unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection
• 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• 2011 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• ranks 23rd all-time at Princeton with 108 career points; needs two points to tie Jason Doneger for 22nd; up next would be Jack McBride (115)
• leads team in points with 19; tied with Ryan Ambler for team lead with eight assists
• had four goals and two assists against North Carolina, including goals that tied the score and put Princeton up 15-14 late in the fourth
• had three goals against Johns Hopkins
• had two goals and an assist against Hofstra
• had a goal and two assists against Villanova
• had a goal and three assists against Manhattan
• has three or more points in every game this year and in 25 career games; has fewer than three points in seven career games
• had 32 goals and 28 assists last year, falling two assists short of having the second 30/30 season in school history (Dave Tickner 1977)
• became the fourth player in school history with at least 30 goals and 25 assists in the same season and first since Jon Hess in 1996 (Tickner did it twice and Wick Sollers)
• became the first Princeton player since Ryan Boyle in 2004 to reach 60 points in a season
• was tied for ninth in points in a single season at Princeton
• had at least one point in every game and at least three in 13 of 16 games
• leads active Princeton players in career points (95) and assists (42)
• team co-captain
• 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
Jack Strabo #35
• first-line shortstick defensive middie
• had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Hofstra
• has four goals, one assist, 19 ground balls and five caused turnovers a year ago
• had two caused turnovers in Ivy final
• younger brother Mark will start on defense as a freshman
Mark Strabo #3
• freshman starting on defense
• has two caused turnovers and 13 ground balls
• played at Landon
• younger brother of junior SSDM Jack Strabo
Chris White #29
• team co-captain along with Tom Schreiber
• one of top shortstick D middies
• had a goal against Johns Hopkins
• had two ground balls and a caused turnover against Hofstra
• moved from offense to defensive middie as a sophomore