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The Top 25 Princeton Men's Lacrosse Players Of The Last 25 Years: 16-20

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 01/21/2014
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From left: Chad Wiedmaier, Lorne Smith, Sean Hartofilis, Christian Cook, Peter Trombino
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This is Part II of the series of the top 25 Princeton men's lacrosse players of the last 25 years. This week features No. 16-20. For Part I (21-25), click here.

No. 20

Peter Trombino

Class of 2007

Attack

St. Anthony’s • Huntington Station, N.Y.

Currently works in business development for CrowdSurge in Brooklyn, as well as a live music event promoter and marketer for Art For Progress, a non-profit that helps support local artists and funds art programs in New York City public schools; also plays club lacrosse in New York

Peter Trombino is the only player in Princeton men’s lacrosse history to have at least 20 goals and at least 10 assists for all four seasons he played. He began his career by being named Ivy League Rookie of the Year after scoring at least one goal in all 15 games his freshman year, including the one in overtime to defeat Maryland in the quarterfinals and send Princeton to the Final Four. He was a second-team All-Ivy selection as a sophomore and junior and first-team selection as a senior, and he was an honorable mention All-America as a junior and senior. He ranks ninth all-time at Princeton with 98 career goals and 11th all-time at Princeton with 152 career points and finished his career two goals shy of joining Wick Sollers as the only palyers in program history with at least 100 goals and 50 assists.

No. 19

Christian Cook

Class of 1998

Defense

Manual High School  • Denver, Colo.

Currently is a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He also runs the Play for Parkinson’s Fall Lacrosse Series each year along with his sister to raise funds for the ProjectSpark Foundation, which raises funds to fight against Parkinson’s.

Christian Cook is one of the fastest defensemen Princeton has ever had, and he used his speed and tenacity to become a one of its best defensemen as well. After playing longstick midfield as sophomore, he moved to close defense as a junior and became a first-team All-Ivy League and third-team All-America selection on Princeton’s perfect 1997 team. As a senior, he added a third championship ring while being named first-team All-America, as well as first-team All-Ivy. His best game was probably the 1998 NCAA semifinal win over Syracuse, when he shut out Casey Powell and actually outscored him 1-0 with a goal of his own, before tearing his ACL in the final seconds. Even though he did not play two days later in the final, he was still named to the NCAA Final Four all-tournament team.

No. 18

Sean Hartofilis

Class of 2003

Attack

St. Anthony’s • Huntington, N.Y.

Currently is writing and directing movies with his company Walls Farms Pictures, and his first feature “Beach Pillows” was released last week

Sean Hartofilis ranks third all-time at Princeton with 126 career goals, trailing only Jesse Hubbard (163) and Chris Massey (146). Of his 126 goals, he scored 27 in nine NCAA tournament games, and he ranked seventh all-time in Division I in NCAA tournament goals in a career when he graduated. He began his career with 20 goals as a freshman, including five against Virginia in Princeton’s NCAA semifinal win, and he ended his career by scoring 41 goals as a senior, making him one of eight Princeton players to reach 40 for a season. He was a three-time All-Ivy League selection, with first-team honors as a sophomore and senior, and was a two-time All-America.

No. 17

Lorne Smith

Class of 1999

Attack/Midfield

Gilman School • Baltimore, Md.

Currently is a strategic account manager for Warrior Lacrosse. He is also the owner of Lorne Smith Lacrosse, which runs camps and the Marin Lacrosse Club, and a guitar player with Lorne and the Wayhighs.

Lorne Smith came to Princeton as an attackman at the same year that Jesse Hubbard, Chris Massey and Jon Hess were sophomores. So what did he do? He moved to midfield and became a first-team All-America while winning three NCAA championships, with an assist to Hubbard on the game-winner in overtime in the 1996 final. He is tied for 12th all-time at Princeton with 94 career goals despite playing most of his career as a middie, and he had 31 goals as a senior when he finally moved to attack. He was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a sophomore and senior, and he was a second-team pick as a junior. He was a three-time All-America, with a first-team selection in 1997 and second-team selections in 1998 and 1999.

No. 16

Chad Wiedmaier

Class of 2012

Defense

Delbarton School • Chatham, N.J.

Currently is a marketing associate for Trilogy Lacrosse

Of all of the great players who have played lacrosse at Princeton, only one has been a first-team All-Ivy League selection four times – Chad Wiedmaier. He began his career by becoming the first Princeton defenseman to be first-team All-Ivy, and he went on to repeat that selection each season, including his sophomore year, even though he missed the first six games due to a knee injury. Even with that, he was also a second-team All-America as a sophomore. In fact, he was an All-America each of his four seasons, with second-team All-America selections as a freshman and sophomore, a third-team selection as a junior and then a first-team selection as a senior. His battles against Cornell’s Rob Pannell were epics and cemented his reputation as one of the great cover defenders in Ivy League lacrosse history.

No. 25 - Mark Kovler

No. 24 - Jason Doneger

No. 23 - Mike MacDonald

No. 22 - Dan Cocoziello

No. 21 - Damien Davis


Next week – No. 11-15

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