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Princeton Hosts Cornell, With The Winner To Host Ivy Tournament

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/26/2012
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Tyler Fiorito and the Tigers host Cornell Saturday (7, ESPNU).
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The Brown Bears rank third all-time in Ivy League men's lacrosse championships won with seven.
Who's in first?
Princeton and Cornell, who have 26 each.
Princeton reached 26 last weekend, when it clinched at least a share of this year's title by improving to 5-0 with its 12-5 win over Harvard. About two hours later, Cornell fell to Brown 10-9, giving the Big Red their first league loss of the year.
In all of Ivy League athletics, there aren't too many rivalries that measure up to Princeton-Cornell in men's lacrosse, both historically, as the 26 Ivy League titles for each suggests, and contemporarily.
The final game of the 2012 regular season will be the 73rd meeting between the schools, who will cross paths again next weekend at the Ivy League tournament. Whether they meet on the field - and which field that will be - remains to be seen.
The second question will be answered by this game, whose winner will host the Ivy League tournament next Friday/Sunday. Princeton is already assured of a share of the 2012 Ivy title and would be the outright champion with a win; Cornell would gain a share of the title - its 27th - with a win tonight.
Then there is the league tournament itself.
Princeton and Cornell are assured of being the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. Yale is already in the tournament; Dartmouth and Penn are mathematically eliminated.
Harvard played Yale and Brown played Dartmouth in the final league games this weekend as well. A Harvard win puts the Crimson in as the No. 3 seed with Yale as No. 4, while a Yale win makes the Bulldogs the No. 3 seed no matter what. The No. 4 seed would then be either Harvard if Brown lost or Brown if Brown won.

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Princeton and Cornell are the only two Ivy teams ever to win the NCAA championship.
Cornell won the first NCAA tournament in 1971 and then won again in 1976 and 1977.
Princeton has won six times: 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2001.
Princeton and Cornell are also the only two teams ever to win the Ivy League tournament. Princeton won the first tournament two years ago, defeating Cornell in OT. The Big Red won the Ivy tournament last year.
Cornell has been the host team for the first two Ivy tournaments.

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Princeton is 5-0 in the Ivy League this year and has outscored its five opponents 67-26, or an average of 13.4-5.2. Princeton's five Ivy wins have consisted of a five-OT win over Yale and then wins by seven, seven, 11 and 15 in the other four games.
Tyler Fiorito has a .711 save percentage and 4.83 goals-against average in Ivy games. Chad Wiedmaier has 13 caused turnovers in the five league games, and Tom Schreiber is averaging 4.2 points (11G, 10A, 21 points).
Mike MacDonald has a .769 shooting percentage (10 goals, 14 shots), while 17 players have at least one goal and 20 players have at least one point in Ivy games.

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Tyler Fiorito had a career-high 20 saves against Cornell a year ago in a 9-7 Big Red win.
In his last three games against Cornell (the 2010 and 2011 regular-season and 2010 Ivy final), Fiorito ha made 51 saves and allowed 28 goals, for a .646 save percentage.

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For every game between Princeton and Cornell from 2005-2010, the Big Red won the opening face-off and scored the first goal of the game. In most cases, Cornell built large early leads against the Tigers - even in the 2010 Ivy final, when Princeton came from 5-1 down to win 10-9.
A year ago, it was Princeton who got off to the big lead, pulling out to a 6-1 advantage in the second quarter before Cornell came back for a 9-7 win.
In other words, in the last two Princeton-Cornell games, the team that had a four- or five-goal advantage in the first half lost.

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Cornell, despite having played most of the season without All-America attackman Rob Pannell, ranks sixth in Division I in scoring offense at 12.5 goals per game.
Princeton ranks ninth, at 12.0 goals per game.
Between them, Princeton and Cornell have only one player in the top 50 in points scored (Tom Schreiber, 16th, with 50).

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Princeton is one of three teams in Division I that ranks in the top 10 of both scoring offense and scoring defense.
The other two are No. 1 Loyola and No. 2 UMass.

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Tom Schreiber has 29 goals and 21 assists for 50 points. The only other Princeton player since 1998 to reach 50 points in a season was Ryan Boyle, who did it four times.
Should Schreiber get one more goal, it would mark the seventh time in school history that a player has had at least 30 goals and at least 20 assists in the same year. The ones who have done it to date: Jon Hess (1996), David Tickner (1975 an 1976), Gerald Ronon (1982 and 1983) and Wick Sollers (1975).

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Princeton played 12 games in 2011 and has played 12 games to date in 2012.
Some comparative numbers:
2011 2012
Goals 85 144
Assists 40 94
Goals allowed 92 80
Face-off percentage .407 .520
Division I rank in scoring offense 57th 10th
Goals per game 7.08 12.0
Goals by leading scorer 16 29
Assists by leading scorer 13 21

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Tom Schreiber has 29 goals and 21 assists for 50 points. The only other Princeton player since 1998 to reach 50 points in a season was Ryan Boyle, who did it xxx times.
Should Schreiber get one more goal, it would mark the seventh time in school history that a player has had at least 30 goals and at least 20 assists in the same year. The ones who have done it to date: Jon Hess (1996), David Tickner (1975 an 1976), Gerald Ronon (1982 and 1983) and Wick Sollers (1975).

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Tom Schreiber and Tyler Fiorito were named to the list of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the top player in lacrosse. The list of 25 will be cut to five finalists.
Cornell's Roy Lang is the only other Ivy League player on the list.

 


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Tucker Shanley is the only Princeton player with at least one goal in every game this season.
Tom Schreiber has at least two points in every game this season and at least three points in 11 of 12 games.
Shanley and Schreiber are the only two Princeton players with at least one point in every game.

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Princeton's Chad Wiedmaier is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award, which recognizes excellence in what is termed the 4C's of character, competition, classroom and community.

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What Can You Say About ...

Luke Armour #16
• has been slowed all season by injury and has been limited to five games
• 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 last year, starting seven
• was fourth on the team with 14 points (9G, 5A)
Alex Capretta #1
• starting at midfield
• has 22 points this year; had 10 points his first three years combined
• had a career-high four goals against Rutgers
• tied career-high with four points against Rutgers; also had four-point games against Yale and Carolina
• scored the game-winning goal in the fifth overtime against Yale, ending the longest game in program history
• had two goals and an assist in the fourth quarter against Yale before scoring the game-winner
• had three goals and an assist against Carolina
• had two goals against Brown
• had a goal and assist against Villanova
• had three assists against Hofstra after having two for his first three years combined
• had a goal against Hopkins
• high school teammate of Cornell's Roy Lang
Rob Castelo #4
• has started every game on defense
• has eight caused turnovers and 16 ground balls
• had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Hopkins
• had a caused turnover and four ground balls against UNC
• had three ground balls and a caused turnover against Manhattan
• had one caused turnover and one ground ball against Hofstra
• returned healthy this season after missing final 10.5 games last year with a torn ACL against Johns Hopkins
John Cunningham #3
• top longstick midfielder, as well as a wing man on face-offs
• team captain for the second straight year
• preseason third-team All-America selection by Inside Lacrosse for the second straight year
• 2011 second-team All-Ivy League
• 2010 honorable mention All-Ivy League selection
• selected by the Denver Outlaws in the Major League Lacrosse draft with the 46th pick
• has seven career goals and 11 career points
• leads the team with 34 ground balls
• had a goal, two assists and four ground balls against Brown
• became the first Tiger longstick since 1998 to have more than one point in a game (John Harrington vs. Harvard)
• tied for second on the team in caused turnovers a year ago
Hunter DeButts #47
• had two goals on two shots (including the first goal of the game) against Brown after missing the first seven games due to injury
• had an assist against Rutgers and Dartmouth
Mark Feild #25
• plays on the man-up unit
• had a goal against Manhattan and Dartmouth
• had an assist against Rutgers
• was injured most of his first two seasons but was healthy last year, when he played mostly extra man
Nick Fernandez #24
• starter at shortstick defensive midfield
• had his first career goal in the game against Syracuse
• also had a goal in the next game against Rutgers
• had four ground balls and a caused turnover against Manhattan
• had a ground ball and caused turnover against Hofstra
• had three injuries in 2011 - ankle sprain, concussion, broken arm
Tyler Fiorito #6
• preseason second-team All-America for the second straight year
• unanimous first-team All-Ivy League and third-team All-America last year
• one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy
• is third in Division I in goals-against (6.44) and second in
Division I save-percentage (.622); leads the Ivy League in both
• has a .711 save percentage and 4.83 goals-against in Ivy League games
• made 15 saves with five goals-against in win over Harvard
• made 10 saves while allowing three goals against Rutgers
• made 16 saves while allowing 10 goals against Syracuse
• made 16 saves while allowing two goals against Brown
• made 13 saves against Yale, including five in the five overtimes
• made eight saves and allowed four goals against Dartmouth
• second in Division I in save percentage and eighth in goals-against as a junior
• selected 10th in the Major League Lacrosse draft (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
• first-team All-Ivy and second-team All-America as a sophomore
• honorable mention All-America as a freshman
Mike Flanagan #34
• started two games last year on close defense
• plays extensively on man-down defensive unit
Jeff Froccaro #18
• starting on attack after playing as a midfielder first two years
• second on team with 21 goals and 30 points; had 38 points his first two years combined
• Ivy League co-Player of the Week after wins over Villanova and Penn
• had career-highs with five goals and seven points while tying career high with two assists against Villanova
• had two goals and an assist and won 4 of 6 face-offs against Penn
• had three goals and an assist against Dartmouth
• had two goals against Hopkins; also won 5 of 6 face-offs
• had two goals against Syracuse
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had a goal and two assists against Brown and Harvard
• had a goal and assist against Manhattan
• had a goal against Yale and Rutgers
• leads all active Princeton players with 45 career goals and is second for career lead with 61 career points
Mike Grossman #8
• had a career-high four points against Hopkins (2G, 2A)
• also had first multi-goal game of his career
• had a goal and assist against Hofstra and Manhattan
• started every game on attack
• has started on attack and midfield in his career
Will Himler #18
• second on the team with 13 assists
• had career-highs with four assists and five points against Dartmouth
• had one assist in each of the first six games while playing on second midfield
• had a goal in the seventh game, against Yale
• also had an assist against Harvard, Brown and Syracuse
Cliff Larkin #19
• started 10 games on attack a year ago
• has not been able to play to date this season due to injury
Bobby Lucas #17
• has won 74 of 127 face-offs (58.3%); won 46.2% of face-offs last year and 52.1% as a freshman
• ranks 16th in Division I in face-off percentage
• won 6 of 9 against Syracuse
• won 6 of 10 against Rutgers
• won 10 of 16 face-offs against Hofstra and had four ground balls and a caused turnover
• won 9 of 13 against Brown
• won 6 of 11 against Yale
• won 5 of 9 against Penn
• won 9 of 18 against Villanova
• won 5 of 7 face-offs against Manhattan
• also playing shortstick defensive midfield
Mike McDonald #26
• has started every game on attack
• leads team in shooting percentage (.571, 16 for 28)
• is shooting 10 for 13 in Ivy games
• two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week
• had three goals and two assists against Penn to earn Ivy honor for second time
• named Ivy Co-Rookie of the Week after win over Hofstra
• had three goals on four shots against Hofstra in first collegiate game
• had three goals on three shots against Dartmouth
• had a goal and two assists against Syracuse
• had two goals and an assist against Brown
• had a goal and assist against Yale
• had a goal against North Carolina
• had a goal against Manhattan
• had first career assist, in the game against Villanova
Jonathan Meyers #28
• starter on defense
• leads team with 36 ground balls and is second on the team with 12 caused turnovers
• had three caused turnovers and five ground balls against Rutgers
• had three caused turnovers and three ground balls against Penn
• had six ground balls and a caused turnover against Hopkins
• had three ground balls and a caused turnovers against UNC
• had first career point with a 50-yard pass to Jeff Froccaro against Manhattan
• also had two caused turnovers and four grounds balls against Jaspers
• missed three games last year due to injury
• has started on defense and at longstick midfield
• started six games a year ago
Justin Murphy #32
• has won 15 of 29 face-offs
• missed the first nine games after breaking his leg in the fall
Kip Orban #13
• freshman playing in the second midfield
• had first career two-goal game in the Konica Minolta Face-off Classic against North Carolina
• also had two goals against Harvard
• had a goal and assist against Villanova
• had a goal against Brown
• had first career points with a goal and assist vs. Manhattan
Derick Raabe #5
• is the No. 2 LSM behind John Cunningham
• had first career goal in the game against Harvard
• started two games at close defense last year
• has primarily played longstick midfield
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• made 11 saves while allowing five goals in first collegiate start, against Manhattan
• played final 5:05 against Brown without allowing goal
Tom Schreiber #22
• preseason first-team All-America
• 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• 2011 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy
• named a midseason first-team All-America by Inside Lacrosse
• leads team in goals (29) and assists (21)
• needs one goal to become the fifth player in school history with at least 30 goals and 20 assists in the same season and first since Jon Hess in 1996
• is the first Princeton player since Ryan Boyle in 2004 to reach 50 points in a season
• has at least two points in every game and at least three in 11 of 12 games
• leads active players in career points (79) and assists (34)
• averaging 3.43 points per game for his career
• had a career-high five goals against Villanova
• had a career-high seven points againstHofstra (3G, 4A)
• Ivy League Player of the Week after win over Hofstra
• had three goals and an assist against Rutgers
• had three goals and two assists against Dartmouth
• had two goals against Syracuse
• had two goals and an assist against Yale
• had four goals and an assist against Manhattan
• had a goal and two assists against Hopkins
• had three assists against UNC
• led team in goals and assists last year (first player to do so since Justin Tortolani in 1990)
• 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
• starting on first midfield
• has 18 goals this year in 11 games after having seven last year; also has six assists
• is the only Princeton player with at least one goal in every game this year
• had a career-high four points against Dartmouth (2-2)
• had two goals and an assist against Villanova
• had two goals against Penn and Rutgers
• had two goals against Manhattan
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had one goal against Hopkins, Harvard and Syracuse
• had a goal and first two career assists - as well as a career-best three points - against North Carolina
• had two goals, including the game-winner in the fourth overtime, against Brown last year
Peter Smyth #14
• has won 40 of 89 face-offs
• won 7 of 10 against Dartmouth
• won 10 of 16 against Manhattan
• won 3 of 6 against Brown
• had an assist against Yale after fast break off face-off win
Forest Sonnenfeldt #2
• reached double figures in goals for the second straight year with his two against Dartmouth
• had first career two-assist game against Rutgers; also had a goal to tie career high with three points
• had a goal and assist against Yale
• had one goal in each of the first three games before missing the UNC game due to injury
• returned with an assist against Villanova
• had a goal against Syracuse
• also had a goal against Penn and Brown
• had an extra man goal against Harvard, Hofstra and Manhattan
• leads team with six EMO goals
• had 10 goals a year ago
Jack Strabo #35
• first-line shortstick defensive middie
• has four goals, one assist, 15 ground balls and three caused turnovers
• had a goal against Syracuse
• had a goal against North Carolina
• had a goal against Dartmouth
• had first two career points with a goal and assist against Manhattan
Chris White #29
• moved from offense to defensive middie a year ago and will play there again this year
• had a goal against Penn and Harvard
• had two assists against Dartmouth
• had an assist against Villanova
• had a caused turnover against Manhattan
Chad Wiedmaier #9
• leads team with 28 caused turnovers and is fifth in Division I with 2.33 per game
• had three caused turnovers, seven ground balls and an assist against Harvard
• had four caused turnovers against Rutgers, Yale and Brown
• held Brown's Parker Brown, the team's leading scorer, to no goals and no assists, along with four caused turnovers
• three of four caused turnovers against Brown led to Princeton goals in transition
• had three caused turnovers against Hopkins and two against Syracuse
• had two caused turnovers against Villanova
• No. 7 pick in the MLL draft (Hamilton Nationals)
• preseason first-team All-America
• three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection (no Princeton player and only one Ivy League player have ever been four-time first-team All-Ivy)
• two-time second-team All-America; third-team All-America last year
• one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award
• active with Fields of Growth and spent four weeks last summer in Uganda

 

 

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