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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 04/11/2013
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The magic number for Princeton men’s lacrosse this week is three.
Actually, there are three threes for Princeton lacrosse right now. They are:
* Princeton has three losses on the season, to teams ranked third (Penn), fifth (North Carolina) and 11th (Syracuse, who has beaten No. 7 Cornell since the most recent rankings) in the official NCAA RPI this week. All three losses were by one goal. Princeton’s RPI was 12th in the most recent rankings.
* Princeton has three games remaining in the regular season beginning with Saturday’s game at Dartmouth. Princeton then hosts Harvard Friday evening, April 19, before playing Cornell in MetLife Stadium as part of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic on April 27.
* In the first Ivy League tournaments, no team with three or more wins has failed to make the field and no team with fewer than three wins has. Going back 25 years before that, only three times would a team with three league wins not have made a four-team tournament had there been one. Princeton is 2-1 in the league as it heads to Dartmouth.

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Princeton and Dartmouth first met in 1953 and have met every year since, and the Tigers have won 42 of the first 50 meetings of the series.
Princeton defeated the Big Green 21-6 last year on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium, getting three goals from Jeff Froccaro, Luke Armour, Mike MacDonald and Tom Schreiber, who also had two assists. Princeton scored at least five goals in each quarter.
Froccaro had four goals against Dartmouth two years ago, in an 8-4 Princeton win at Gillette Stadium as part of the 2011 New England Lacrosse Classic. Schreiber had a goal and three assists in that game.
Froccaro also had a goal in the 16-2 win over Dartmouth in 2010, giving him eight in three games against the Big Green.

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Princeton has not played in Hanover since the 2008 season, when Dartmouth defeated the Tigers 11-9 in the first of two late season losses that knocked Princeton out of an NCAA tournament bid.
The 2009 game was played in Princeton, as was the game a year later, when the league schedule shifted, moving Dartmouth from Princeton’s fifth league game to its fourth.

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Princeton head coach Chris Bates is a 1990 graduate of Dartmouth, where he was an attackman for the Big Green.

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Fergus Campbell has been the starting goalie in each of the last four Princeton-Dartmouth games. This year’s starting goalie for Dartmouth is Bernie Susskind, whose younger brother Max is a Princeton freshman.

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Princeton is 2-1 in the Ivy League. Cornell is unbeaten at 4-0, while Penn, Yale, Harvard and Brown all have two losses. Dartmouth is 0-3 in the league.
Should Princeton defeat Dartmouth and Harvard in its next two games, then the winner of the Princeton-Cornell game would host the Ivy League tournament, regardless of the result of any other game.

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Syracuse defeated Princeton and Cornell by identical 13-12 scores in a four-day stretch this week. Syracuse defeated Princeton last Saturday and then Cornell Wednesday.

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Mike MacDonald has 48 career goals. With two more, he would become the first sophomore since Jack McBride in 2009 to reach the 50-goal mark for his career.
MacDonald’s 48 goals have come in 26 career games. Should MacDonald get two goals against Dartmouth, he would be the fastest Princeton player to 50 goals in terms of games played since B.J. Prager did it in 23 games.
Prager played his 23rd game in his junior year, though, after missing seven games as a sophomore after tearing his ACL.

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Princeton defeated Rutgers 13-8 Tuesday night behind three goals and an assist from Tom Schreiber, four points each from Mike MacDonald and Jeff Froccaro and three goals from Luke Armour.
Princeton played without injured freshman attackman Ryan Ambler, who had started the first nine games this season. Armour started in his place, marking the first time this year that Princeton did not use the same starting lineup.
Armour scored his three goals in the first 17 minutes of the game, matching the career high he set a year ago against Dartmouth. Armour had not played a minute this season due to injuries, and he missed most of last season with injuries as well.

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Princeton played without injured midfielders Jack Strabo and Chris White against Rutgers.
Without those two, Princeton moved Bobby Lucas back from offensive midfield to defensive midfield and had Austin deButts get the first serious playing time of his career as a defensive middie as well. Hunter deButts moved from offensive to defensive middie a few weeks ago.

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Princeton has been in double figures in every game this year. It is the second-longest such streak to start a year in program history.
The only other time Princeton started a season with more consecutive games scoring in double figures was in 1951, when Princeton did so in all 10 games.
The longest streak of consecutive games in double figures is 13, set over the final 13 games of the 1996 season.

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Princeton is averaging 12.5 goals per game, good for eighth in Division I.
Should Princeton maintain that average for the rest of the year, it would be the most by a Princeton team for a full season since the 1998 team averaged 14.5.

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No Princeton longstick has either a goal or assist this season.

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Ryan Ambler #14
    •    started first nine games but did not play against Rutgers due to injury
    •    has 10 goals and 14 assists
    •    has had three five-point games (Villanova, Manhattan, Brown)
    •    two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, most recently after a one-goal, four-assist performance against Brown
    • four assists were the most in a game to date
    •    also named Cascade/Inside Lacrosse Freshman of the Week after Brown game
    •    had two goals against Yale, with Princeton’s eighth goal with four seconds left in the third and then ninth goal 1:04 into the fourth in 10-9 win
    •    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    
    •    had two assists against Syracuse
    •    began career with a four-point game against Hofstra (1G, 3A) to earn first 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
    •    missed first nine games due to injury
    •    started against Rutgers for injured Ryan Ambler and had three goals, tying career high
    •    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 eight caused turnovers
    •    had two caused turnovers against Brown
    •    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 Syracuse, Brown, Penn, 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 offensive midfield to defensive midfield
    •    had a goal and two assists against Manhattan for his first career three-goal game
    •     had his first goal of the season in the win over Villanova
    •    had a caused turnover and ground ball against Rutgers
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
    •    has 15 goals and six assists
    •    had first three goal game of career in win over Brown
    •    scored goal against Brown on assist from brother Jeff for Jeff’s 100th career point
    •    had two goals and an assist in the win over Villanova
    •    had two goals and one assist against Syracuse
    •    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 and Rutgers and one against Yale
    •    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
    •    tied for team lead with with 26 goals; third on the team with 34 points
    •    tied with Mike MacDonald for second in the league in goals scored per game (2.6) and is sixth in the league in points per game (3.4)
    •    two-time Ivy League Player of the Week, most recently, after four-goal, one-assist game against Brown
    •    had four goals against Syracuse for back-to-back four-goal games for first time in career
    •    second among active players and tied for 23rd all-time at Princeton with 110 career points
    •    leads active players and is 19th all-time at Princeton with 80 career goals; would move to 16th with four more
    •    has at least one goal in 22 straight games; streak is the sixth-longest active streak in Division I
    •    one of two players (Tom Schreiber) with at least one goal in every game this year
    •    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 and Rutgers; won 5 of 7 face-offs against RU as well
    •    had two goals against Manhattan
    •    had a goal and assist against Yale
    •    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
Will Himler #18
    •    had first point of the season with a goal against Manhattan
    •    had an assist against Yale
    •    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
    •    has played 14:07 in two games, with a .500 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against
Bobby Lucas #17
    • moved to second midfield unit after playing defensive midfield and facing off his entire career and then moved back to defensive midfield against Rutgers due to injuries to Jack Strabo and Chris White
    •    had first career point with an assist against Manhattan
    •    also had an assist against Brown    
    •    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
    •    tied for team lead for goals (26) and is second in points (37)
    •    tied with Jeff Froccaro for second in the Ivy League in goals per game (2.6) and is fifth in points per game (3.7)
    •    has 48 career goals
    •    with two more goals would be first Princeton sophomore to 50 goals since Jack McBride
    •    has 48 goals in 26 career games; with two goals against Dartmouth would be the fastest Princeton player to 50 goals since B.J. Prager did so in 23 games between 1999-2001 (Prager missed much of 2000 with torn ACL)
    •    third on the team in caused turnovers (6)
    •    has at least one point in every game
    •    had career highs with five goals and seven points at North Carolina
    •    had four goals and two assists against Penn
    •    had three goals against Syracuse
    •    had three goals and an assist against Yale
    •    had two goals and an assist against Brown
    •    had two goals and two assists against Villanova and Rutgers
    •    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
Justin Murphy #32
    •    has won 76 of 147 face-offs (.517)
    •    won 13 of 22 face-offs against Yale
    •    won 15 of 22 face-offs against Penn, with four ground balls
    •    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 who has started every game
    •    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 eight goals against Rutgers
    •    made 12 saves while allowing 11 goals in win over Villanova
    •    made 11 saves against Brown
    •    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 and Penn
    •    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
    •    has 16 goals and four assists in 10 games this year after having eight goals and three assists a year ago
    •    has at least one point in every game this year
    •    had three goals against Manhattan
    •    had two goals against Yale and Brown
    •    had two goals and one assist against Villanova
    •    had a goal and assist against North Carolina
    •    had two goals against Hofstra
    •    had a goal against Syracuse
    •    had an assist against Hopkins
Derick Raabe #5
    •    starter on close defense
    •    leads team with 47 ground balls
    •    has more than doubled his ground ball total from the first five games in the last five games (15 in the first five, 32 more in the next five)
    •    has at least five ground balls in five straight games
    •    had a caused turnover and six ground balls against Rutgers
    •    had three caused turnovers and five ground balls against Syracuse
    •    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 and a little on attack
    •    had first career goal in win over Manhattan
    •    had first career point with an assist against Villanova
    •    had an assist against North Carolina and Brown
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 18th all-time at Princeton with 130 career points; next up would be Taylor Simmers with 137, Rob Palumbo with 139 and Josh Sims with 141
    •    leads team in points with 41 and assists (20) and is third in goals (21)
    •    has 21 goals and 20 assists, giving him two straight years of at least 20 goals and 20 assists, for the 33rd and 34th such years in program history
    •    has at least one goal in every game this year; has at least three points in every game this year
    •    has at least three points in 32 of 39 career games
    •    has at least one point in 27 straight games, the ninth longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
    •    had two goals and three assists against Brown
    •    had a goal and three assists against Syracuse
    •    had three goals and an assist against Rutgers
    •    had three goals and two assists against Penn
    •    had a goal and three assists against Yale
    •    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
    •    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
     •    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    
    •    missed Rutgers game due to injury
    •    had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Hofstra
    •    had four goals, one assist, 19 ground balls and five caused turnovers a year ago
    •    younger brother Mark starts on defense as a freshman    
Mark Strabo #3
    •    freshman starting on defense
    •    had two caused turnovers against Yale, including one on Conrad Oberbeck, Yale’s leading scorer, on Yale’s final possession of one-goal win
    •    has four caused turnovers and 17 ground balls
    •    played at Landon
    •    younger brother of junior SSDM Jack Strabo
Chris White #29
    •    team co-captain along with Tom Schreiber
    •    missed the game against Rutgers with an injury
    •    moved from defensive middie back to offensive middie
    •    had a goal against Syracuse
    •    had a goal and assist agains Brown
    •    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


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