There’s nothing odd about the Princeton men’s lacrosse team, at least as far as next weekend’s Ivy League tournament is concerned.
Princeton knows it’s in the tournament and will be either the second or fourth seed. Cornell, whom Princeton plays in Game 1 of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic to end the regular season, knows it is in the tournament as is the No. 1 seed and host, by virtue of having won the Ivy League championship.
Yale also knows it is in. The fourth spot will go to either Penn or Harvard.
As for Princeton and Cornell, this could be the only meeting of the year between the two - or the first of two in six days.
Also, even if it is a below average scoring day for both teams, this game could match something that has only happened once in the first 73 meetings between the teams (see below).
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Cornell will be the No. 1 seed in the Ivy League tournament and the host for the event Friday/Sunday, May 3 and 5.
Yale and Princeton are both 3-2 in the league, followed by Harvard and Penn at 2-3. Dartmouth and Brown, who play each other in the final regular season game, both are 1-4 and have been mathematically eliminated.
Yale is at Harvard this weekend as well (Penn plays Bellarmine in a non-league game).
Should Harvard beat Yale, the seedings would be No. 1 Cornell, No. 2 Princeton, No. 3 Harvard and No. 4 Yale, no matter what happens in the Princeton-Cornell game.
Should Yale beat Harvard, then the seedings would be either:
* No. 1 Cornell, No. 2 Princeton, No. 3 Yale, No. 4 Penn in the event of a Princeton win over Cornell
* No. 1 Cornell, No. 2 Yale, No. 3 Penn, No. 4 Princeton in the event of a Cornell win over Princeton
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Should Cornell defeat Princeton and Yale defeat Harvard, then Princeton would play Cornell again next Friday (May 3) in Ithaca for the second meeting in six days between the two.
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Princeton and Cornell met for the first time in 1922 and will meet for the 74th time when they play in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic this weekend.
In the first 73 meetings, only once have both teams scored in double figures, and that was in a 12-11 Cornell win in overtime in 2004.
This year, Cornell averages 14.31 goals per game, second in Division I. Princeton averages 12.33 goals per game, tied with Johns Hopkins for sixth in Division I. Both teams have been in double figures in every game but one; Princeton’s season-low is nine, against Dartmouth, while Cornell scored eight against Bucknell.
The two teams rank 1-2 in the Ivy League in all of the following categories: goals per game, assists per game, ground balls per game, points per game, shots per game, shooting percentage, fewest penalty minutes per game and fewest turnovers per game.
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In addition to ranking 1-2 in the Ivy League in eight important offensive team categories, Princeton and Cornell have the players who rank first (Cornell’s Steve Mock), second (Princeton’s Mike MacDonald), fourth (Princeton’s Jeff Froccaro), fifth (Cornell’s Rob Pannell), eighth (Princeton’s Tom Schreiber, who is first among Ivy midfielders) and tied for 10th (Cornell’s Max Van Bourgondien and Connor Buczek) in goals scored per game in the Ivy League.
Panell and Schreiber are 1-2 in assists per game.
The teams have six of the top 10 Ivy leaders in points per game.
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Cornell is the 2013 Ivy League champion, regardless of what happens in the final week of the regular season or in the Ivy League tournament, which determines only the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Cornell has won its 27th Ivy League men’s lacrosse championship, most by any school. Princeton is second with 26 Ivy titles, most recently last year, when the Tigers were 6-0 in the league.
Brown ranks third, with seven.
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Princeton and Cornell are a combined 19-6, and all six losses by both teams are by one goal. In fact, both teams have a 13-12 loss to Syracuse, with the games four days apart three weeks ago.
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This will be the fourth year of the Ivy League tournament, and only Princeton or Cornell has hosted the event to date. No team has as of yet won two tournaments, and the three teams who have clinched spots already (Princeton, Cornell and Yale) have won one each.
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Tom Schreiber has at least three points in every game this season and has at least three points in 13 straight games, including the NCAA game against Virginia last year.
Schreiber has 23 goals and 25 assists, which leaves him seven goals and five assists away from becoming only the second player in program history with at least 30 goals and 30 assists in the same season (David Tickner had 34 goals and 32 assists in 1976). Schreiber came close last year, with 32 goals and 28 assists.
Schreiber has 71 career goals and 66 career assists and needs four assists to join Kevin Lowe, Ryan Boyle, Jon Hess and David Heubeck as the only players in program history with at least 70 career goals and 70 career assists. Schreiber would be the only midfielder in program history ever to reach those levels.
Schreiber also needs two goals to reach 25 goals and 25 assists. Should he do so, it would be the sixth such season in program history - two of which would be Schreiber’s.
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Rob Pannell has played five games against Princeton. He did not play last year, when the Tigers defeated the Big Red 14-9 in the final game of the regulars season.
Pannell, the Ivy League’s all-time leading scorer, was matched up against Chad Wiedmaier in his first five games against Princeton (2009 regular season, 2009 NCAA quarterfinals, 2010 regular season, 2010 Ivy tournament final, 2011 regular season). Wiedmaier is Princeton’s only four-time first-team All-Ivy League selection and one of two in Ivy history, along with Cornell’s Max Siebald. Pannell will join those two when the All-Ivy team is announced next week, and Tom Schreiber of Princeton has been first-team All-Ivy each of his first two years.
In his five games against Wiedmaier and Princeton, Pannell had four goals and 10 assists for 14 points. His four goals have come on 44 shots.
In his other 62 career games, Pannell has 128 goals and 176 assists for 304 points, or 4.9 per game. In five games against Wiedmaier, a 2012 first-team All-America, Pannell averaged 2.8 points per game.
This is Pannell’s first game against Princeton where he is not guarded by Wiedmaier.
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Princeton is 1-1 in the Meadowlands (both games against Syracuse) and 0-1 in MetLife Stadium. Princeton has played at least one game in an NFL stadium every year since the 2007 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.
Princeton is 7-7 all-time in NFL stadiums.
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Eric Sanschagrin started against Harvard and allowed six goals while making eight saves in the 14-6 Princeton win. Sanschagrin made seven saves while allowing three goals in the first three quarters.
It was the second career start for Sanschagrin, who started a year ago as a freshman against Manhattan in the only game in four years that Tyler Fiorito didn’t.
Freshman Matt O’Connor started the first 11 games this season.
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Mike MacDonald has 53 career goals, making him one of seven Princeton players to reach the 50-goal mark by the end of his sophomore year. The other six are Jesse Hubbard, Chris Massey, B.J. Prager, Sean Hartofilis, Jason Doneger and Jack McBride. The first five rank 1-2-3-5-7 all-time in goals scored at Princeton.
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Derick Raabe has 60 ground balls, or 24 more than the next highest total on the team.Raabe is the first player since Joe Rosenbaum in 2003 to reach the 60-ground ball mark in a season.
The school record for ground balls in a season is 131, set by Greg Waller in 1991, the year before Princeton won the first of its six NCAA championships (accomplished when Waller won the face-off to start the second OT against Syracuse but did not get the ground ball, which instead went to Andy Moe, who took it straight from midfield to the game-winning goal).
Raabe is the fourth Princeton player in the last 15 years to reach 60 ground balls for a season, along with Ryan Mollett (60 in 2001), Matt Bailer (68 in 2000, 65 in 1999) and Jon Harrington (68 in 1998).
The record for a longpole in a season is 99, set by Todd Higgins in 1995.
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Freshmen Jake Froccaro (30) and Ryan Ambler (25) both have at least 25 points this season, making them the first pair of Princeton freshmen to reach 25 or more points since Peter Trombino (35) and Whitney Hayes (26) in 2004.
Prior to that, the last time more than one freshman reached 25 points in the same season was 1995, when Jon Hess (29), Jesse Hubbard (28) and Chris Massey (27) all did so.
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Ryan Ambler and Chris White both missed the Rutgers and Dartmouth games due to injuries but returned against Harvard.
Jack Strabo has missed the last three games, and Alex Beatty has missed the last two.
Returning starters Rob Castelo and Tucker Shanley, as well as EMO threat/second middie Forest Sonnenfeldt, have missed the entire year, except for two shifts by Shanley in the opener against Hofstra.
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Princeton has started at least three freshmen in every game and has started four freshmen in nine games. Freshmen Mark Strabo (defense) and Jake Froccaro (midfield) have started all 12 games.
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Princeton has outscored its opponents by a total of one goal in the first and fourth quarters combined. Princeton has outscored its opponents by a total of 38 goals in the second and third quarters combined.
What Can You Say About ...
Ryan Ambler #14
• started first nine games but did not play against Rutgers and Dartmouth due to injury
• returned to start against Harvard and had one assist
• has 10 goals and 15 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
• had two goals and an assist against Dartmouth
• had a goal against Harvard - the first goal of the game - after moving to second midfield when Ambler returned
• was slowed by injury for most of 2012
• played in every game, starting seven, in 2011
• was fourth on the team in scoring in 2011
Alex Beatty #36
• team’s No. 1 longstick midfielder
• missed the Dartmouth and Harvard games due to injury
• second on the team with eight caused turnovers
• had two caused turnovers against Brown
• caused three turnovers against Johns Hopkins
• played in two games last year
Brandon Bonvino #21
• is the No. 1 LSM with Alex Beatty out due to injury
• had caused turnovers against Harvard, 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 21 goals and nine assists
• two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, including most recent, after second career three-goal game and first career five-point game in the win over Harvard
• 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
• also had three goals against Dartmouth, with an assist as well
• 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
• 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
• second among active players and 21st all-time at Princeton with 116 career points
• leads active players and is tied with Jon Hess for 18th all-time at Princeton with 82 career goals; would move to 16th with three more
• second on the team with 28 goals; third on the team with 40 points
• has a career-high 28 goals, after scoring 27 goals last year; had 28 goals as a freshman and sophomore combined
• had 39 points last year after having 38 as a freshman and sophomore combined
• fourth in the league in goals scored per game (2.32) and is sixth in the league in points per game (3.33)
• has won 25 of 42 face-offs (59.5%)
• 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
• 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
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
• leads team with 31 goals and is second on the team with 42 points
• second in the Ivy League in goals per game and fifth in points per game
• has 51 career goals, making him the seventh sophomore all-time at Princeton to reach 50 goals, along with Jesse Hubbard, Chris Massey, B.J. Prager, Sean Hartofilis, Jason Doneger and Jack McBride
• third on the team in caused turnovers (7)
• has at least one point in every game
• had career highs with five goals and seven points at North Carolina
• had four goals against Harvard
• 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 96 of 181 face-offs (.530)
• won 13 of 20 against Dartmouth
• 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 from Lawrenceville Prep who started the first 11 games
• 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 20 goals and five assists 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 and an assist against Harvard, tying his career high in goals and setting a career high in points
• 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 and Dartmouth
• had an assist against Hopkins
Derick Raabe #5
• starter on close defense
• leads team with 60 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers
• is the first Princeton player with at least 60 ground balls since Joe Rosenbaum in 2003 and fourth player in the last 15 years to reach 60 ground balls (school record for a single season is 131 by Greg Waller in 1991)
• has at least five ground balls in seven straight games
• had a caused turnover and seven ground balls against Harvard
• had a caused turnover and six ground balls against Dartmouth and 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 a goal against Harvard
• 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
• started and played the entire game against Harvard, making eight saves and allowing six goals
• allowed three goals and made seven saves through the first three quarters against Harvard
• had played 3:13 in the first 11 games before playing entire game against Harvard
• 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
• has a career .619 save percentage
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
• tied with Taylor Simmers for 17th all-time at Princeton with 137 career points; next up would be Rob Palumbo with 139 and Josh Sims with 141
• has 71 career goals and 66 career assists
• needs four assists to become the fifth player in school history with at least 70 career goals and 70 career assists (Kevin Lowe, Ryan Boyle, Jon Hess, David Heubeck)
• leads team in points with 48 and assists (25) and is third in goals (23)
• has 23 goals and 25 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 three points in every game this year and in 13 straight dating to last year
• has at least three points in 34 of 41 career games
• has at least one point in 29 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 two goals and two assists against Dartmouth
• 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 three assists against Harvard
• 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 last three games 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 and four ground balls against Yale
• 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 five caused turnovers and 18 ground balls
• played at Landon
• younger brother of junior SSDM Jack Strabo
Chris White #29
• team co-captain along with Tom Schreiber
• missed the games against Rutgers and Dartmouth with an injury before returning against Harvard
• 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