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Ivy Champ Princeton Faces Virginia In NCAA Tournament Opening Round

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/11/2012
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Chad Wiedmaier and the Tigers play at Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Sunday at 1 (ESPN, WPRB FM 103.3).
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It's not often that Princeton University students - or students anywhere - are this happy to be wrong about something.
The Princeton men's lacrosse team collectively thought its season was over following the Ivy League tournament final loss to Yale last Sunday on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium, to the point where the team did not gather to watch the NCAA tournament pairings several hours later.
Only they were wrong. And thrilled about it.
Princeton, the 2012 Ivy League champion, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Instead of being over, the season continues with the opening round, where Princeton will take on defending-champion Virginia at Klockner Stadium Sunday at 1.
There have been times this season when Princeton has been dominant. The Tigers have 11 wins, of which nine have been by at least five goals. They ran through the Ivy League regular season with a perfect 6-0 record, outscoring their opponents by a combined 81-35 along the way.
There have also been times where Princeton hasn't been dominant, most notably last Sunday, when Yale sprinted past the Tigers 15-7 to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. As an aside, Yale's reward was a 3 a.m. departure time from its campus Friday to head to the airport and ultimately a game at Notre Dame.
As for the Tigers, their trip is by bus. It takes them to a game against an opponent against whom it has had some of the greatest moments in the history of the program - and some extraordinarily tough defeats.
It also completes a remarkable resurgence from a year ago, when the Tigers were already two weeks through with their season when the opening face-off of the NCAA tournament was held.

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Princeton made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1990 and then played in every NCAA tournament through 2004.
Princeton has played in every NCAA tournament since 1990 except for three and has not missed the NCAA tournament in consecutive years in that time.
The Tigers are 30-13 all-time in NCAA tournament games.
Princeton has won six NCAA championships, reached the NCAA championship game eight times and reached the NCAA Final Four 10 times.

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There is no current Princeton player who has a goal or assist in an NCAA tournament game.
UVa's current players have combined for 41 goals and 63 assists in NCAA tournament games.
Tyler Fiorito has a 7.00 goals-against average and .580 save percentage in three NCAA tournament games in his career. Princeton has 12 players who played in the 2010 NCAA tournament and four players (Fiorito, Chad Wiedmaier, Alex Capretta and John Cunningham) who played in the 2009 and 2010 NCAA tournaments.
UVa head coach Dom Starsia is 35-19 all-time in NCAA tournament games. Princeton head coach Chris Bates is 0-1.

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Princeton is 3-0 all-time against Virginia in the NCAA tournament, and all three games were one-goal games.
The Tigers defeated the Cavaliers in overtime at Maryland's Byrd Stadium in both the 1994 NCAA final (on Kevin Lowe's goal) and 1996 NCAA final (on Jesse Hubbard's goal) and then 12-11 in the 2000 NCAA semifinals (on a late goal by Brendan Tierney after the Tigers rallied from three down in the fourth quarter).

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Princeton and Virginia last met on March 8, 2008, on Powers Field at Princeton Stadium. Virginia won the game 12-10; more than three inches of rain fell during the two hours in which the game was played.
Ben Rubeor and Brian Carroll scored three times each for UVa; Princeton' s Mark Kovler led all scorers with four goals.
Princeton and Virginia played every year from 1992-2008 during the regular season. Princeton opened every season from 1993-2003 and then again the 2005 season by playing Johns Hopkins and Virginia back-to-back. The Tigers opened the 1992 season against Hopkins and then played Bucknell and Stony Brook before playing UVa; in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Princeton played Hopkins and UVa as the second and third opponents.
During that stretch from 1992-2008, Princeton and UVa played 20 times, with seven decided by one goal and five decided by two goals.
Virginia leads the all-time series 13-10.

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Princeton won the Ivy League championship with its 6-0 league record. Regardless of the outcome of the league tournament, Princeton is still considered the league champion.
Princeton has now won 26 Ivy men's lacrosse titles, tying Cornell for the most ever (Brown is in third place with seven).
The 2012 season was the first since 2003 in which Princeton went 6-0 in the league. It's also the sixth time in program history that Princeton has been in double figures in every Ivy game: 1958 and 1962 (when there were only five leagues games as Brown did not yet have a team) and then 1996, 2002, 2003 and now 2012.

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Princeton went 4-8 a year ago, when 15 players were lost to injury and only one (Jeff Froccaro) was able to start every game on offense. The 2012 Tigers are 11-4, Ivy League champion and headed to the NCAA tournament.
Some numbers to compare:
2011 2012
Goals per game 7.08 11.60
Total goals 85 174
Assists 40 113
Face-Off % .407 .507
Shooting % .222 .314

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Tom Schreiber is the first Princeton player since Ryan Boyle in 2004 to reach 50 points in a season, and they are the only two Princeton players since 1998 to do so. Boyle did so for all four years of his career.
Schreiber has 30 goals and 26 assists for 56 points, and he is one of four players in school history with at least 30 goals and at least 25 assists in the same season. With four assists, he would join David Tickner (34 goals, 32 assists in 1976) as the only 30/30 players in school history. The other three 30/25 players are: Tickner (1975 and 1976), Wick Sollers (1975) and Jon Hess (1996).
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Tyler Fiorito is second all-time at Princeton in saves with 612.
Hall-of-Famer Scott Bacigalupo holds the school record with 732.

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Princeton is 10-0 this season when it reaches double figures and 19-1 in Chris Bates' three years when reaching double figures.
By contrast, Princeton is 1-4 this season and 7-16 in Chris Bates' three years when not reaching double figures.
The only game this year that Princeton won without reaching double figures was the Ivy semifinal win over Brown.

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Princeton lost the Ivy League final by eight to Yale. Prior to that, Princeton's three losses were by a combined four goals.
All four of Princeton's losses are to NCAA tournament teams: Yale, Johns Hopkins, North Carolina and Syracuse.
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Tyler Fiorito is the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year, chosen by the league's coaches in a unanimous vote. He was also named first-team All-Ivy League for the third time and a unanimous .
Chad Wiedmaier was also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection, making him the first four-time first-team All-Ivy League men's lacrosse player in Princeton history. In fact, only one other men's lacrosse player (Cornell's Max Siebald '09) had ever been a four-time first-team selection prior to Wiedmaier. Tom Schreiber, a sophomore, was also a unanimous first-team choice, and he has made first-team All-Ivy each of his first two years. Jeff Froccaro, who went from middie to attack, was Princeton's fourth first-team All-Ivy pick.
Longstick midfielder John Cunningham and defenseman Jonathan Meyers were both named second-team All-Ivy League.

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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) in 2011
Alex Capretta #1
• has 34 points this year; had 10 points his first three years combined
• led Princeton with seven points in Ivy tournament
• had two goals and two assists in Ivy final against Yale
• had two goals and an assist in the Ivy semifinal against Brown
• 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 in the regular season before scoring the game-winner
• had career-high five goals (and career-high five points) in the win over Cornell, earning Ivy League Player of the Week honors
• had four goals against Rutgers
• 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
Rob Castelo #4
• has started every game on defense
• has 11 caused turnovers and 20 ground balls
• had first career goal in Ivy semifinal against Brown
• had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Hopkins and Cornell
• 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
• 2012 second-team All-Ivy League
• 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 50 ground balls
• had a caused turnover and six ground balls in Ivy semifinal against Brown
• had a goal, two assists and four ground balls against Brown during the regular season
• had seven ground balls and a caused turnover against Cornell
• 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 Cornell, Rutgers, Dartmouth and Yale in the Ivy final
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 vs. Manhattan
• missed games with ankle sprain, concussion, broken arm in 2011
Tyler Fiorito #6
• unanimous 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year and first-team All-Ivy League
• unanimous first-team All-Ivy League and third-team All-America last year
• has been first-team All-Ivy League three times after being second-team as a freshman
• was one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy
• had a .680 save percentage and 5.33 goals-against in six Ivy League regular-season games
• has 612 career saves, second-best all-time at Princeton; Hall-of-Famer Scott Bacigalupo has the school record with 732
• made 13 saves against Yale, including five in the five ovetimes
• made 12 saves while allowing six goals against Brown in Ivy semifinal
• made 16 saves while allowing two goals against Brown in the regular season
• 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 11 saves against Cornell
• 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 soph
• 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 #10
• 2012 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• starting on attack after playing as a midfielder first two years
• second on team with 25 goals and 37 points; had 38 points his first two years combined
• Ivy 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 and won 10 of 19 face-offs against Cornell
• 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 goal and assist against Brown in Ivy semifinal
• 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, 10 on attack and four at midfield
Will Himler #18
• second on the team with 13 assists
• career-high 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 83 of 152 face-offs (54.6%); won 46.2% of face-offs last year and 52.1% as a freshman
• 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
• ranks fifth all-time among Princeton freshman with 22 goals; he trails Mike Chanenchuk (28), B.J. Prager (25), Peter Trombino (24) and Jesse Hubbard (23)
• has 22 goals on 38 shots (57.9%)
• 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
• 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 in regular season
• had two goals against Cornell
• 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
• 2012 second-team All-Ivy League selection
• second on the team with 13 caused turnovers and 45 ground balls
• had three caused turnovers and five ground balls vs. 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 30 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 in the regular season
• had a goal in the Ivy tournament final against Yale
• 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
• has four caused turnovers and 18 ground balls
• started two games at close defense last year
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• made 11 saves while allowing five goals in first collegiate start, against Manhattan
• played final 5:05 against Brown in regular season without allowing goal
Tom Schreiber #22
• 2012 unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection
• preseason first-team All-America
• 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• 2011 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• was one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy
• named a midseason first-team All-America by Inside Lacrosse
• leads team in goals (30) and assists (26)
• is 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
• is the first Princeton player since Ryan Boyle in 2003 to reach 55 points in a season
• tied for 15th in points in a single season at Princeton
• has at least one point in every game and at least three in 12 of 15 games
• leads active players in career points (83) and assists (37)
• averaging 3.32 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 four goals and an assist against Manhattan
• had a goal and two assists against Hopkins
• had three assists against UNC and Cornell
• 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 20 goals this year after having seven last year; also has six assists
• 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 52 of 110 face-offs
• won 11 of 17 against Brown in the Ivy semifinal
• 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
• has 16 goals and six assists
• had career-high three goals against Cornell
• had two goals against Brown during the regular season and a goal and assist in Ivy semifinal
• had a goal and assist in both Yale games
• had first career two-assist game against Rutgers; also had a goal to tie career high with three points
• 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
• scored extra man against Harvard, Hofstra and Manhattan
• leads team with seven EMO goals
Jack Strabo #35
• first-line shortstick defensive middie
• has four goals, one assist, 18 ground balls and five caused turnovers
• had two caused turnovers in Ivy final
• had first two career points with a goal and assist against Manhattan
• also had a goal against Syracuse, North Carolina and Dartmouth
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 and Cornell
• had three caused turnovers in Ivy final
• had a caused turnover against Manhattan
Chad Wiedmaier #9
• 2012 unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection
• is the first four-time first-team All-Ivy League selection in Princeton men's lacrosse history and the second in Ivy league history, along with Max Siebald (Cornell '09)
• leads team with 33 caused turnovers
• had three caused turnovers against Cornell
• 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 and Villanova
• No. 7 pick in the MLL draft (Hamilton Nationals)
• two-time second-team All-America; third-team 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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