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Princeton Opens Ivy League Schedule By Hosting Penn

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/12/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Nick Fernandez and the Tigers host Penn Saturday (3).
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Princeton vs. Penn • Sherrerd Field • Princeton, N.J.
  Gametime Saturday, March 15 • 3:00 p.m.
  Game Coverage Live Video (IvyLeague Digital Network)  Live Stats
  Twitter: @PUTigers  l  @PennAthletics
  Series Info Princeton leads 63-18
  Last Meeting Penn defeated Princeton 11-10 • Mar. 16, 2013
  Records Princeton 2-2; Penn 3-1
  Princeton Roster Schedule  l  Stats  l @TigerLacrosse  l  Game Notes
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The last time Princeton and Penn met in men’s lacrosse, the game featured all of the following: a big Penn start, a big Princeton comeback, another Penn run, three second-half one-goal Princeton leads, nine fourth-quarter goals, a Penn win, a blizzard, accumulating snow, sunshine, sleet and wind.
Oh, and what would the day have been without a mid-March thunderstorm that delayed the second half by 45 minutes.
When it was over, Penn had an 11-10 win over the Tigers in the 2013 Ivy opener for both. Now, 52 weeks later, the weather promises to be a bit better. The game itself figures to be somewhat similar.
Both Penn and Princeton have legitimate Ivy League championship hopes, and both have legitimate reasons to expect that their season might include that title - and a nice run into May.

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Penn defeated Princeton 11-10 at Franklin Field last March 16. Penn scored the first four goals, including three during the snowy first quarter, before Princeton tied it at 4-4 at the break.
Then, after the delay for the thunderstorm, Princeton took leads of 5-4, 6-5 and 7-6, only to see Penn regain control with a 4-0 run and eventually go up 11-8 before goals by Jeff Froccaro and Tom Schreiber made it 11-10 with 45 seconds left. The Tigers then won the face-off and had shots by Schreiber and Chris White just miss the cage, as Penn held on for the win.

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Princeton leads the all-time series against Penn 63-18.
Penn has won two of the last three, after Princeton won the 21 previous meetings. Penn’s last win in Princeton was in 1988.

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Princeton has won 26 Ivy League men’s lacrosse championships.

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Using the media poll, Princeton was ranked ninth two weeks ago. Since then the Tigers have lost to No. 2 Johns Hopkins and No. 4 North Carolina and dropped to 16th (actually in both polls this week).
Penn, with wins over Denver and Villanova in its last two games, comes in ranked 11th by the media and 12th by the coaches.

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This first Ivy League games of the season will be played this weekend, with Penn at Princeton, Yale at Cornell and Brown at Harvard.
The seven Ivy League schools are a combined 19-9 to date.

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Princeton’s Tom Schreiber and Penn’s Zach Losco were two of the three first-team All-Ivy League midfielders a year ago (Cornell’s Connor Buczek was the other).
This year, Schreiber leads Princeton in goals (10) and points (19), while Losco leads Penn in assists (five) and is tied for the team lead in points (nine).
Schreiber and Losco grew up playing together, beginning in sixth grade, and were teammates together on the Long Island Express club team.

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Princeton (11.5) and Penn (11.0) rank 2-3 in the Ivy League in scoring offense. Penn (.341) and Princeton (.333) rank 1-2 in the league in shooting percentage.
Penn is also is first in the league in scoring defense (8.5).

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Princeton is 2-2 through four games. The Tigers have scored 46 goals - and allowed 46 goals. The Tigers have won 54 face-offs - and lost 54 face-offs.
While not exactly even, there are other stats that are pretty close.
Princeton’s 46 goals have come on 138 shots; Princeton’s opponents hae scored 46 goals on 139 shots. Princeton has turned it over 49 times, and its opponents have turned it over 51 times.   

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Kip Orban tied his career high with three goals in the loss to North Carolina. It was his fifth three-goal game.
Orban has at least one goal in 17 straight games, the longest current streak on the team. He also has at least one point in every game each of the last two years, a current streak of 19 straight games.

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Chris Bates speaks about the value he places on assisted goals. Through four games, Princeton and its opponents both have 46 goals; Princeton has 34 assists to 22 for its opponents.
Ryan Ambler, Tom Schreiber and Mike MacDonald rank 1-2-3 in the Ivy League in assists per game.

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Tom Schreiber leads the Ivy League in points per game (4.75). Mike MacDonald and Ryan Ambler are fourth and fifth.
Schreiber is the only middie in the top nine. The next eight players are all attackmen.

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Penn goalie Brian Feeney leads the Ivy League with an 8.50 goals-against average. Feeney, a first-team All-Ivy League selection a year ago, is third in save percentage in the league at .541.
Feeney figures to be making his fourth start against Princeton, and he has played every minute of every game in goal against the Tigers in the last three meetings. Feeney has allowed 24 goals while making 24 saves against Princeton, for an 8.00 goals-against and .500 save percentage. Feeney’s best game was his freshman year, when he made seven saves and allowed three goals in an 8-3 Penn win.
The last two goalies to start against Princeton for four years were Syracuse’s John Galloway (2008-11) and Hofstra’s Andrew Gvozden (2009-12).

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Tom Schreiber has four goals and six assists in two games against Penn. The only game of Schreiber’s career that he has missed was his freshman year against Penn, after he had injured his ribs in the previous game.

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Tom Schreiber has 86 career goals and 82 career assists, making him the only player in program history with at least 85 goals and 80 assists. Were he to get four more goals and eight more assists, he would become the first player to reach 90 and 90.
Schreiber leads Princeton with 10 goals and nine assists. Since the start of his sophomore year, he has 139 points - with 70 goals and 69 assists.
Only one Princeton player - David Tickner in 1977 - has had a season of at least 30 goals and 30 assists. Schreiber has come close the last two years, with 28 goals and 32 assists in 2013 and 32 goals and 28 assists in 2012.
Schreiber is a two-time first-team All-America.

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Tom Schreiber has at least three points in 20 straight games and 41 of 48 games in his career. He also has at least one point in 36 straight games, the longest current streak in Division I by a midfielder.

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Mike MacDonald ranks 28th at Princeton with 72 goals (tied with Taylor Simmers). With seven more he would move all the way to 21st, passing Kevin Lowe, Rob Palumbo, Robert Thomas, Scott Reinhardt, Tommy Davis and Sam Hill.
MacDonald came into the season with 65 career goals and 24 career assists, or 2.71 goals per assist.
This year, MacDonald has seven goals and eight assists. The junior had a career-high four assists last week against UNC.

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Princeton has four players who have started every game of their careers: sophomores Jake Froccaro and Mark Strabo and freshmen Bear Goldstein and Will Reynolds.
Princeton starts Strabo - who started all 15 games last year - and the two freshmen on defense. In the last 15 years, the only other defensemen to start Game 1 as a freshman were Damien Davis, Dan Cocoziello and Chad Wiedmaier, all of whom were first-team All-Americas as seniors.

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What Can You Say About ...

Ryan Ambler #14
    •    starter on attack
    •    leads team with 10 assists
    •    leads the Ivy League with 2.5 assists per game
    •    had career-high five assists in the win over Hofstra
    •    five points against Hofstra tied his career high
    •    also had five points against Johns Hopkins (2G, 3A)
    •    had a goal and assist against North Carolina
    •    had a goal and assist against Manhattan
    •    had 11 goals and 17 assists as a freshman
    •    started 13 of 15 games a year ago, missing games against Rutgers and Dartmouth due to injury
    •    two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week
    •    father Bob is the all-time leading scorer at Drexel  
Alex Beatty #36
    •    was the team’s No. 1 longstick midfielder in 2013
    •    is moving to close defense for 2014, but has been out with an injury
    •    was second on the team in caused turnovers in 2013 with nine
Zach Currier #25
    •    scored first career goal in the win over Manhattan
    •    was ranked as the No. 5 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse
Hunter DeButts #47
    •    has moved from attack to the offensive midfield to defensive midfield in his career
    •    had 12 ground balls and six caused turnovers in 2013
    •    also had three goals and two assists
Nick Fernandez #24
    •    had an assist (first of his career) and three caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins
    •    started every game on defense in 2013
    •     moved back to shortstick defensive midfield for 2014
    •    selected by the Denver Outlaws in the sixth round (46th pick overall) in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft
Jake Froccaro #10
    •    2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
    •    2013 honorable mention All-Ivy League
    •    had a goal and assist against Carolina
    •    had a goal against Johns Hopkins
    •    had first two goals of 2014 in the win over Manhattan
    •    had 24 goals and 10 assists as a freshman
    •    tied for third all-time - and first among midfielders - in goals by a Princeton freshman
    •    he and Peter Trombino are the only Princeton freshmen ever to have at least 20 goals and 10 assists
Bear Goldstein #34
    •    starter on defense
    •    had two caused turnovers against North Carolina
    •    along with fellow freshman Will Reynolds marked the first time since Kurt Lunkenheimer and John Harrington in 1996 that Princeton started two freshman on defense in the first game of a season
    •    ranked as the No. 97 incoming recruit by Inside Lacrosse
    •    two-time high school All-America
Sam Gravitte #17
    •    No. 2 longstick midfielder
    •    won 3 of 8 face-offs against Hofstra
    •    all-state lacrosse and football player
    •    both parents are actors; mother won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in “Jerome Robbins Broadway”
    •    has played Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables”
Adam Hardej #16
    •    shortstick defensive midfielder
    •    had one caused turnover against Hofstra
    •    led his league in assists last year with 52
Brian Kavanagh #44
    •    started and played first half of first three games
    •    made first career start against Hofstra, with 10 saves and six goals-against
    •    made seven saves in second quarter, when Hofstra outshot Princeton 18-3
    •    made six saves while allowing three goals against Manhattan
    •    played 29:40 for his first three years combined
    •    played 14:07 in two games in 2013, with a .500 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against
Mike MacDonald #8
    •    has 102 career points (72G, 32A), 27th-best all-time at Princeton
    •    needs one point to tie Jonathan Petit for 26th and four to tie Mark Kovler for 25th
    •    ranks 28th all-time at Princeton with 72 career goals; would move from 28th to 21st with seven more goals
    •    second on the team in points and assists and third in goals
    •    had a career-high four assists against Carolina
    •    had four goals and one assist against Hofstra
    •    had a goal and two assists against Manhattan    
    •    had a goal and assist against Johns Hopkins
    •    has at least one goal in 14 straight games and at least one point in 19 straight games
    •     2014 Tewaaraton Trophy watchlist
    •    2013 first-team All-Ivy League
    •    2013 honorable mention All-America
    •    had 43 goals in 2013, the sixth-best single-season total in school history and the most by a Princeton player since Chris Massey had 45 in 1997
    •    had 65 career goals through two years, leaving him third  at Princeton in goals after sophomore year, along with Jesse Hubbard and Chris Massey, who rank 1-2 all-time at Princeton in goals
Gavin McBride #37
    •    freshman who started on attack against Johns Hopkins and has played on the second midfield and man-up units
    •    had 46 goals and 21 assists as a senior at Haverford
Justin Murphy #32
    •    has won 42 of 74 face-offs this season
    •    won 13 of 23 face-offs with eight ground balls, as well as first career goal, against Johns Hopkins
    • won 11 of 22 face-offs against North Carolina, including 11 of his final 18
    •    won 8 of 12 face-offs against Manhattan
    •    won 10 of 17 face-offs against Hofstra
    •    won 111 of 218 face-offs (.509) a year ago
    •    took 218 of the team’s 380 face-offs a year ago
Jack O’Brien #29
    •    won 6 of 11 face-offs against Manhattan
Matt O’Connor #11
    •    made first start of the season, played the entire game and tied his career high with 12 saves against North Carolina
    •    played the second half against Hofstra and Johns Hopkins and most of the second half against Manhattan
    •    made save in the final minute against Hofstra to keep it a two-goal game in 12-10 win
    •    started the first 11 games in goal last year
    •    had a .517 save percentage
    •    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)
Kip Orban #13
    •     has at least one goal in 17 straight games (longest current streak on the team) and at least one point in 19 straight games
    •    second on the team in goals with eight
    •    had three goals against North Carolina
    •    had two goals and one assist against Hofstra
    •    had two goals against Manhattan
    •    had a goal against Johns Hopkins
    •    2013 second-team All-Ivy League selection
    •    Ivy League all-tournament team selection
    •    had 27 goals and eight assists in 2013
    •    is one of three Princeton midfielders in the last 25 years to reach at least 27 goals as a sophomore (Tom Schreiber, Josh Sims)
    •    had at least one point in every game
    •    had the game-winning goal in the Ivy League semifinal against Cornell in overtime
Derick Raabe #5
    •    had six ground balls and two caused turnovers against North Carolina
    •    had four caused turnovers and five ground balls against Johns Hopkins
    •    had team-best five ground balls against Hofstra
    •    had three ground balls and one caused turnover against Manhattan
    •    team tri-captain
    •    started all 15 games on defense in 2013
    •    2013 second-team All-Ivy League selection
    •    moved back from defense to longstick midfield, where he primarily played his first two years
    •    led team with 73 ground balls and 10 CT in 2013
    •    had the most ground balls in a season by a Princeton player since Matt Bailer had 95 in 1997
Will Reynolds #4
    •    starter on close defense
    •    was ranked as the No. 7 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse
Will Rotatori #27
    •    starter on attack
    •    has four goals in four games this year after having two for his career prior to this season
    •    had a goal against North Carolina
    •    had two goals against Hofstra in first career start
    •    both goals against Hofstra came during 8-1 run as Princeton erased four-goal deficit
    •    had a goal against Manhattan
    •    had two goals and three assists a year ago
Eric Sanschagrin #31
    •    started the last four games of the 2013 season
    •    made 12 saves in both games against Cornell
    • of his 12 saves in the Ivy semifinal win over Cornell, 10 came in the second half
Tom Schreiber #22
    •    team tri-captain
    •    No. 1 selection in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft, by the Ohio Machine
    •    2012, 2013 first-team All-America
    •    2013 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist
    •     2014 Tewaaraton Trophy watchlist
    •    three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection; only three players (Cornell’s Rob Pannell and Max Siebald and Princeton’s Chad Wiedmaier) have ever been four-time first-team All-Ivy League selections
    •    2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
    •    has led team in points and assists all three seasons
    •    led team in goals and assists as a freshman and sophomore; is the only Princeton player ever to do so
    •    had three goals against Johns Hopkins
    •    had three goals and two assists in win over Hofstra to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors
    •    had a goal and four assists against Manhattan
    •    currently eighth all-time at Princeton with 168 career points; needs six to tie Wick Sollers for seventh and 14 to tie David Heubeck for sixth
    •    is eighth all-time at Princeton with 82 career assists
    •    has 86 career goals and 82 career assists
    •    one of three Princeton players along with Jon Hess and Dave Huebeck with at least 80 goals and 80 assists; no Princeton player has ever had at least 90 of both
    •    has at least three points in every game to date this season, every game last season and in the final game of the 2012 season, a streak of 20 straight games
    •    has at least three points in 41 of 48 career games
    •    has at least one point in 36 straight games, the fifth longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
    •    had 139 points since the start of sophomore year, with 70 goals and 69 assists
    •    one of 20 candidates for the Senior Class Award
    •    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
    •    returned to the midfield after missing all but two minutes of the 2013 season due to injuries
    •    had a goal against North Carolina
    •    had a goal and assist against Hofstra
    •    had two goals against Manhattan
    •    had 20 goals and eight assists in 2012
    •    started nine games in 2012
Forest Sonnenfeldt #2
    •    missed all of 2013 with injuries
    •    had three goals against Manhattan, including two extra-man
    •    scored 19 goals and had six assists in 2012
    •    has started on attack and played midfield and has been an important presence on the extra-an unit
Jack Strabo #35
    •    team tri-captain    
    •    first-line shortstick defensive middie for the fourth straight year
    •    had four ground balls against Hofstra
    •    had an assist against Manhattan
    •    Academic All-Ivy League selection
Mark Strabo #3
    •    has started every game of his career
    •    had a caused turnover against Hofstra and Manhattan
    •    started all 15 games a year ago on defense
    •    one of six freshmen in the last 15 years to start every game on defense as a freshman; the three who graduated (Chad Wiedmaier, Dan Cocoziello, Damien Davis) were all first-team All-Americas as seniors, while the other two (Bear Goldstein, Will Reynolds) are current freshmen


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