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Princeton Travels To Harvard For 78th Meeting Between The Two

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/19/2012
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Jeff Froccaro and the Tigers play at Harvard Saturday (1).
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What team has the most to derail Princeton in men's lacrosse the last two years?
Harvard.
Two years ago, Princeton went to Cambridge looking for an outright Ivy League title. Instead, the Crimson knocked off the Tigers, leading to a four-way tie for the Ivy championship, though Princeton did win the league tournament.
Last year, Princeton hosted Harvard, needing a win to get to the Ivy tournament, only to fall 9-8 to the Crimson. To make it worse, Princeton needed Harvard to lose to Yale a week later to have a chance to get into the tournament, and Harvard won that game as well.
Perhaps it was payback for 19 straight times that Princeton had defeated the Crimson prior to the last two years.
The significance for the 2012 meeting is a bit murky for the Tigers.
The Tigers will host Cornell on Apri 28, and the winner of that game will host the Ivy tournament. Princeton has already clinched its spot in the tournament, and the outcome of the Harvard-Princeton game cannot affect who hosts the Ivy event May 4 and 6.
Not that Princeton will be looking ahead. Not in the least. Not after the last two years.
And not at the time of year when every win is crucial.

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Princeton has already doubled last year's win total, going from four in 2011 to eight at this point of 2012.
Princeton is 7-0 in games decided by more than two goals and 1-3 in games decided by two or fewer.
In fact, Princeton has a five-overtime win over Yale, and then its seven other wins are all by at least six goals.
On the other hand, Princeton has a two-goal loss to Johns Hopkins and one goal losses to Syracuse and North Carolina.

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Princeton, Cornell and Yale have all clinched spots in the Ivy League tournament.
Harvard would be the fourth team in the field by winning either of its final two games, at home against Princeton or at Yale.
Penn and Brown still have an opportunity to get into the tournament, though Harvard would have to lose both games to make that happen. Dartmouth has been mathematically eliminated.
Again, the winner of the Princeton-Cornell game will host the tournament.

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Princeton has taken 45 shots against Harvard and scored eight goals in each of the last two meetings between the teams.
For 2012, Princeton has averaged more than 14 goals per 45 shots.
Princeton ranks ninth in Division I in scoring offense at 12.0 goals per game and ranks fourth in Division I in scoring defense at 6.8 goals allowed per game. Princeton and UMass are the only two teams that rank in the Top 10 in both scoring offense and scoring defense.

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Princeton's Tom Schreiber is second in the Ivy League with 25 goals. He trails only Harvard's Jeff Cohen, the runaway leader with 44. In fact, Cohen is secondin Division I, behind only Peter Baum of Colgate.
Schreiber is much closer to Cohen in points. In addition to his 25 goals, Schreiber also has 20 assists, giving him 45 points, seven behind Cohen's 52.
Schreiber also leads the Ivy League in assists.
Schreiber is the first player since Ryan Boyle to have at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same season. Schreiber's 20/20 season is the 34th in program history; only once has there been a 30/30 season (David Tickner in 1976). Schreiber is also the first Princeton player with at least 45 points in a season since Boyle in 2004.
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Mike MacDonald has taken 10 shots in Princeton's four Ivy League games.
Of those 10, nine have been goals.
MacDonald is shooting 60% for the year, with 15 goals on 25 shots. He would be second in Division I had he taken the 3.0 shots/game minimum.

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Princeton defeated Dartmouth 21-6 last Saturday. The 21 goals were the most Princeton scored since a 21-9 win over Dartmouth in 1998.
Princeton had four players score three goals against the Big Green - Tom Schreiber, Jeff Froccaro, Luke Armour and Mike MacDonald. Princeton also had Tucker Shanley, Forest Sonnenfeldt and Brendan McGrath score twice.
Will Himler had a goal and four assists.
Himler had exactly one point in nine of the first 10 games. He then had five points against Dartmouth.
Princeton scored 21 goals, and yet three of its six offensive starters (Alex Capretta, Hunter DeButts, Mike Grossman) did not have goals.

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Princeton has more assists than its opponents have goals.
Princeton has 87 assists; its opponents have 75 goals.
Princeton has 87 assists on 132 goals, so 66% of its goals have been assisted.

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Princeton's top three shortstick defensive midfielders - Jack Strabo, Nick Fernandez and Chris White - have combined for seven goals and four assists.
A year ago, Princeton's second offensive midfield unit - Alex Capretta, Mike Grossman and Hunter DeButts - combined for seven goals and four assists.
This year, those same three players - Capretta, Grossman, DeButts - have combined for 24 goals and 15 assists - and that's with DeButts' being limited to four games due to injury.

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Princeton was ranked 13th in the Nike media poll and 15th in the USILA coaches' poll last week. After defeating Rutgers and Dartmouth by a combined 34-10, Princeton stayed the same in the media poll and went from 15th to 14th in the coaches' poll.

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Tyler Fiorito has a 4.78 goals-against average and .698 save percentage in Ivy League games.

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Jeff Froccaro and Chad Wiedmaier are the only two Princeton players to have started every game the last two years.
Froccaro had 13 goals and three assists last year in 12 games.
He has 20 goals and seven assists this year in 11 games.

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Tucker Shanley is the only Princeton player with at least one goal in every game this season.
Tom Schreiber has at least two points in every game this season and at least three points in 10 of 11 games.
Shanley and Schreiber are the only two Princeton 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 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)
Alex Capretta #1
• starting at midfield
• has 21 points this year; had 10 points his first three years combined
• had a career-high four goals against Rutgers
• tied career-high with four points against Rutgers; also had four-point games against Yale and Carolina
• 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 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 eight caused turnovers and 16 ground balls
• 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
• leads the team with 34 ground balls
• 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 an assist against Rutgers and Dartmouth
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 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 fourth in Division I in goals-against (6.59) and sixth in Division I save-percentage (.606); leads the Ivy League in both
• made 10 saves while allowing three goals against Rutgers
• 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
• 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 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 20 goals and 27 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 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
• 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 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
• second on the team with 12 assists
• had career-highs with 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 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 74 of 127 face-offs (58.3%); won 46.2% of face-offs last year and 52.1% as a freshman
• ranks 16th in Division I in face-off percentage
• 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
• leads team in shooting percentage (.600, 15 for 25)
• is shooting 9 for 10 in Ivy League games
• 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 three goals on three shots against Dartmouth
• 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 12 caused turnovers
• had three caused turnovers and five ground balls against 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
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 (25) and assists (20)
• his 25 goals and 20 assists mark the 34th time in school history that a player has had at least 20 of each in a season
• is the first Princeton player since Ryan Boyle in 2004 to reach 45 points in a season
• has at least two points in every game and at least three in 10 of 11 games
• leads active players in career points (74) and assists (33)
• averaging 3.29 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 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 17 goals this year in 11 games after having seven last year; also has six assists
• is the only Princeton player with at least one goal in every game this year
• 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 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 39 of 80 face-offs
• 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
• reached double figures in goals for the second straight year with his two against Dartmouth
• had first career two-assist game against Rutgers; also had a goal to tie career high with three points
• 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 four goals, one assist, 14 ground balls and three caused turnovers
• had a goal against Syracuse
• had a goal against North Carolina
• had a goal against Dartmouth
• 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 two assists against Dartmouth
• had an assist against Villanova
• had a caused turnover against Manhattan
Chad Wiedmaier #9
• leads team with 25 caused turnovers
• 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
• 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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