Before Saturday, the last time the Princeton men's lacrosse team had lost a game this year, it came back with a convincing win over a Big East team on a Tuesday night and then wins over Ivy League rivals on three straight Saturdays.
A repeat of that scenario would be just fine with the Tigers.
Alex Capretta had four goals, Tom Schreiber had four points, Chad Wiedmaier had four caused turnovers and Tyler Fiorito had a lot more than four saves - 10 to be exact - as Princeton rebounded from its tough loss to Syracuse Saturday with a 13-4 win over Rutgers on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium Tuesday night.
The win improved Princeton to 7-3, while Rutgers fell to 5-7. Princeton retained the Meistrell Cup, which goes to the winner of the Princeton-Rutgers game, for the seventh straight year and 24th time in 25 years.
The game was the 90th between the schools. Princeton now leads the series 58-29-3.
With the Rutgers game behind them, the Tigers now look ahead to three straight games in the league to end the regular season, beginning Saturday at home against Dartmouth and continuing with games April 21 at Harvard and April 28 at home against Cornell. The Tigers and the Big Red, who defeated Syracuse 12-6 Tuesday night, are the lone Ivy unbeatens.
The Princeton-Rutgers game had a sloppy first quarter in which the teams combined for 14 times as many turnovers as goals, the only one of which came from Tucker Shanley after 13 fast-paced and error-filled minutes.
By halftime, it was 4-1 Princeton and the lead grew to 10-1 before RU would score again.
Schreiber had three goals and an assist, giving him 22 goals and 18 assists for the year. Capretta's four goals included two in the second half and were a career-high.
Princeton also saw shortstick defensive midfielder Nick Fernandez score for the second straight game and freshman Ben Reynolds score for the first time in his career.
Forest Sonnenfeldt had a goal and two assists, and Shanley had two goals, giving him 15 for the year and at least one in every game.
On the other end of the field, Wiedmaier had four caused turnovers, giving him 15 in his last four games.
In the end, Brendan DeTommaso walked out of the Princeton lockerroom holding the Meistrell Cup. Injured, DeTommaso was one of the few Princeton players not to get on the field, as every healthy Tiger played, including freshman face-off man Justin Murphy, who went 5 for 10 in his first career appearance after missing the first nine games due to an injury.