With the dramatics of the overtime win over Lehigh four days in the past and the make-or-break games against Harvard and Cornell on the horizon, the Princeton men's lacrosse team hosted Dartmouth on a sunny senior day Saturday afternoon in desperate need of a win against Dartmouth, the ivy League's lone winles team.
Ryan Ambler had a career-best seven points on three goals and four assists and Zach Currier had three goals and an assist to lead Princeton to a 13-10 win over the Big Green in front of 2,066 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium. Princeton had the lead for the final 49 minutes of the game.
The win evened Princeton's record at 2-2 in the Ivy League.Princeton finishes the regular season with games next Saturday at Harvard and the following weekend on Long Island against Cornell, the two teams tied for first in the league at 3-1.
The Tigers won for the third straight time and had a 2-0 week, after knocking off Lehigh 10-9 in overtime Tuesday night after tying that game with 2.7 seconds left in regulation.
PLAYER OF THE GAME - Ryan Ambler had seven five-point games in his career prior to Saturday, when he beat that career high with seven points, on three goals and four assists. Ambler, who reached 20 goals for the season to go along with 17 assists, had two goals and three assists in the first half alone against Dartmouth, as Princeton built an 8-4 lead at the break.
RUNNER UP PLAYER OF THE GAME - Zach Currier had a goal and two assists for the year prior to this game. The freshman then came up with three goals and assist against Dartmouth, with two goals in the first half and then a goal and assist in the fourth quarter to answer any chance the Big Green had to get back into the game. Dartmouth twice cut it to three in the fourth quarter, and Princeton answered both times, as Currier helped build it back to five at 12-7 when he scored 11 seconds after Mike MacDonald and then fed Justin Murphy on the crease for a layup 16 seconds after Dartmouth had cut it to 12-9. Currier also had five ground balls while playing on the wing on face-offs.
WHAT THE BOX SCORE TELLS YOU - Princeton won 17 of 27 face-offs, and Justin Murphy won 16 of 26 of them in his first game back after missing four due to an injury.
WHAT THE BOX SCORE DOESN'T TELL YOU - Princeton won 17 of 27 face-offs against Dartmouth after winning 37 of 111 in the four games Justin Murphy missed.
WHAT ELSE THE BOX SCORE DOESN'T TELL YOU - Princeton has never lost consecutive games to Dartmouth. The Tigers had lost 10-9 in Hanover last year. Princeton leads the overall series 53-9 and is 31-1 in Princeton against the Big Green.
STREAKS - Tom Schreiber's streak of consecutive games with at least three points ended at 26 straight games when he "only" had two against Dartmouth. Schreiber has at least one point in 43 straight games. Kip Orban had a goal in the 24th straight game (he actually had two goals against Dartmouth), and Orban and Mike MacDonald now have at least one point in 26 straight games.
WHAT IT MEANS - Princeton is 2-2 in the Ivy League. Harvard and Cornell are both 3-1 after Harvard suffered its first league loss, falling in overtime to Penn. Yale and Penn are both 3-2. Brown is 1-3, while Dartmouth is 0-4. The top four teams get into the Ivy League tournament. Princeton is guaranteed of a spot in the Ivy tournament and in fact a share of the league title if it wins its last two games.