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Princeton Hosts Rutgers In The 90th Meeting For The Meistrell Cup
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 04/09/2012
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Though it didn't involve Top 20 teams or have a championship on the line, the best Division I men's lacrosse game of 2011 might just have been the one played on a turf practice field on a cold, rainy, windy Tuesday night.
The opening face-off was delayed for 75 minutes due to lightning, and there was talk of putting the game off for the night and trying to play it again the following week.
Eventually, the game was able to begin, with almost nobody there to see it, after it was moved of Yurcak Field.
And then Princeton and Rutgers played an absolutely amazing game, won eventually by the Tigers 11-10.
Before the victory was complete, all of the following happened:
* Princeton won just 5 of 23 face-offs and almost never had possession
* Princeton won despite being outshot 2-1 for the game (42-21) and being outshot in every quarter
* Princeton scored twice in the first three minutes and then just once more in the next 35 minutes to fall behind by five at 8-3 midway through the third quarter
* Princeton then scored five straight goals to tie it at 8-8, only to fall behind by two again when RU scored twice 58 seconds apart to start the fourth quarter
* Princeton then tied it with two goals eight seconds apart and finally went ahead midway through the fourth
* Rutgers then had seven more shots to try to get the tying goal but couldn't get it past Tyler Fiorito, who made four saves in the final seven minutes, including two in the last 20 seconds, one of which was a miraculous stop of a drive from not-very-far-away by Scott Klimchak
* All 21 Princeton shots were on goal
Princeton and Rutgers meet in the rematch on Sherrerd Field at 52, and as usual, the teams play after a quick turnaround.
Princeton looks to shake off its 10-9 loss at Syracuse this past Saturday.
Rutgers looks to get back to .500 after a 14-9 loss to Villanova Saturday.

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The first men's lacrosse game in Princeton history was played in 1881. It was six years later that the game was first played by Rutgers.
Clearly, the sport didn't take at first on the banks of the Raritan, as RU dropped its team in 1889. Princeton gave up on lacrosse a little after that, in 1893.
It would take nearly 30 years and the work of one man to revive the sport on both campuses. Harland (Tots) Meistrell went from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn to Rutgers in 1920, where he played varsity football as a freshman and also restarted lacrosse.
A year later, in 1921, he did the same at Princeton.
Today, he represents both schools in the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Since that 1921 season, Princeton and Rutgers have played every year except for the World War II seasons of 1944 and 1945. Since 1958, the winner of the game has received the Harland Meistrell Cup.
The 2012 meeting will be the 90th in the series, and Princeton brings a 57-29-3 lead into the game. The Tigers have won 23 of the last 24 meetings.

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Princeton is playing its third Big East opponent of the season. The Tigers are currently 1-1 in those games, having defeated Villanova and lost to Syracuse.
Other than playing Princeton each year, Rutgers has not played another Ivy League school since a 2004 game against Dartmouth.

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Tyler Fiorito ranks eighth in Division I with a .586 save percentage.
In his last three games, Fiorito has made 46 saves while allowing 21 goals, a save percentage of .687.
Fiorito comes in off back-to-back 16-save performances.

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Princeton's loss to Syracuse snapped a four-game winning streak for the Tigers.
The Syracuse game was the first this year for Princeton in which fewer than 50% of its goals were assisted. Princeton had nine goals and four assists against SU after having 89 goals with 63 assists for the season prior to that.

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Both of Princeton's shortstick defensive midfielders, Jack Strabo and Nick Fernandez, had a goal against Syracuse.
Princeton did not have both of its shortstick defensive midfielders from its 2001 NCAA championship team - Winship Ross and Kyle Baugher - each score goals during that entire season.

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Princeton is 15-1 when reaching double figures and 6-15 when not reaching double figures in the three seasons since Chris Bates has become head coach.
Princeton is 6-0 when it reaches double figures and 0-3 when it doesn't reach double figures this year.

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Princeton averaged 13.3 turnovers per game for its first six games.
Princeton has averaged 20 turnovers per game for its last three.
Despite the increased number of turnovers, Princeton's winning percentage is unaffected.
Princeton was 4-2 for its first six games, a winning percentage of .667.
Princeton is 2-1 in its last three, a winning percentage of .667.

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Tom Schreiber needs one goal and three assists to reach 20 of each.
The last Princeton player to have at least 20 goals and 20 assists in a season was Ryan Boyle in 2004; in all, there have been 33 20/20 seasons in Princeton lacrosse history.
Only once in Princeton history has a player had at least 30 goals and 30 assists in the same season, and that was back in 1976, when David Tickner had 34 goals and 32 assists.
Currently, there are four players in Division I with at least 20 goals and 20 assists - Billy Eisenreich of Bucknell, Will Manny of UMass, Bryan Neufeld of Siena and Tucker Hull of the Naval Academy.

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Princeton is 3-0 in the Ivy League. Cornell, at 4-0, is the only other team unbeaten in the league.
Harvard is now 2-1 after a loss to Cornell last weekend, followed by Yale at 2-2, Brown at 1-2, Dartmouth at 0-3 and Penn at 0-4.
Princeton hosts Dartmouth Saturday at 1.
The top four teams in the league will reach the Ivy League tournament, to be hosted by the league champion with semifinals May 4 and the final May 6. The tournament will then determine the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Princeton won the first Ivy tournament two years ago and did not qualify last year.
One win in any of its remaining three Ivy games would clinch a tournament spot for Princeton. Cornell has already clinched a berth.

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This will be the first year that the Big East has a tournament for men's lacrosse.
Unlike the Ivy League tournament, whose location will probably not be known until the week before the event, the Big East tournament is at a predetermined site, Villanova.

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Tucker Shanley is the only Princeton player to have at least one goal in every game this season.
Tom Schreiber has at least three points in every game this season. Schreiber, Shanley and Will Himler are the only 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 three games
• 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 17 points this year; had 10 points his first three years combined
• tied career highs with three goals and four points against Yale
• 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 a career-high four points against UNC while tying his career high with three goals
• 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 seven caused turnovers
• 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
• 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 first extended playing time of his career last year in the game against Syracuse
• had first career point with an assist against the Orange in 2011
Mark Feild #25
• plays on the man-up unit
• had a goal against Manhattan
• 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
• 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
• is eighth in Division I save-percentage (.586)
• has made 16 saves in each of his last two games
• 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
• entered week seventh in Division I in goals-against (7.30)
• 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 16 goals and 22 points
• 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 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
• had a goal and assist against Manhattan
• had a goal against Yale
• leads all active Princeton players with 44 career goals and is second for career lead with 60 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
• one of three players on the team with at least one point in every game
• 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 Brown and Syracuse
• had first career point with an assist against Hofstra on a goal by Tom Schreiber that snapped a three-goal Hofstra run and made it 7-5
• had second career point with assist against Manhattan, also on a Schreiber goal
• last game of high school career at Chaminade was an overtime loss to Schreiber's team (St. Anthony's)
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 62 of 108 face-offs (57.4%); won 46.2% of face-offs last year and 52.1% as a freshman
• won 6 of 9 against Syracuse
• 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 (.545, 12 for 22)
• 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 League Co-Rookie of the Week after Week 1 win over Hofstra
• had three goals on four shots against Hofstra in first collegiate game
• 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
• second on the team with nine caused turnovers
• 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
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
• 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
• 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
• first-team All-Ivy League selection
• named a midseason first-team All-America by Inside Lacrosse
• leads team in goals (19) and assists (17)
• has at least two points in every game
• leads active players in career points (65) and assists (30)
• averaging 3.25 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 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 13 goals this year in seven games after having seven all last year; also has four assists
• is the only Princeton player with at least one goal in every game this year
• had two goals and an assist against Villanova
• had two goals against Penn
• had two goals against Manhattan
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had one goal against Hopkins 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 32 of 69 face-offs
• 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
• 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 Hofstra and Manhattan
• had 10 goals a year ago
Jack Strabo #35
• first-line shortstick defensive middie
• has 12 ground balls and two caused turnovers
• had a goal against Syracuse
• had a goal against North Carolina
• 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
• had an assist against Villanova
• had a caused turnover against Manhattan
Chad Wiedmaier #9
• leads team with 20 caused turnovers
• has 10 caused turnovers in his last three games, with four each against Yale and Brown and two against Syracuse
• 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
• 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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