The Top 25 Princeton Men's Lacrosse Players Of The Last 25 Years: 11-15
Class of 2002
Garden City • Garden City, N.Y.
Currently the head of Exchange Traded Funds for Barclays. He also plays club lacrosse in the summer.
B.J. Prager ranks fifth all-time at Princeton with 118 career goals, a figure that would have been higher – and almost surely would have left him in third - had he not missed the final seven games of his sophomore year after tearing his ACL. Of all of his goals, the biggest came in overtime on Memorial Day 2001 against Syracuse, giving Princeton its sixth NCAA championship and earning him Most Outsanding Player honors after a seven-goal, eight-point tournament. Prager had a career 49.6 shooting percentage, finishing his career with 118 goals on 238 shots, or one goal away from shooting 50%. He was a three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection and a three-time All-America (second-team once, third-team twice). At one point he scored at least one goal in 31 straight games, the second-longest streak in school history, and his eight goals against Hobart his senior year tie him for the second-highest single-game total. He had four goals against Syracuse in the 2001 NCAA final and five goals against Hopkins in the 2002 semifinal win.
Class of 1994
West Genesee HS • Camillus, N.Y.
Currently works as, in his words, “president, secretary, CFO, janitor and anything else that needs to be done,” for Passive Capital Management, an investment company he co-founded. Passive Capital Management has offices in Syracuse and Baltimore.
Scott Reinhardt is one of the great two-way midfielders ever to play at Princeton, as well as one of the most clutch. He finished his career with 76 goals, but he scored 18 of those in NCAA tournament games, including four in the 1994 semifinals, when Princeton avenged a regular season loss to Brown en route to its second NCAA championship. A key member of the 1992 and 1994 NCAA champions, he was a second-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy League selection as a junior, when he scored 19 goals for the second straight year despite missing five games in mid-season with a broken bone in his leg. He finished his career with a 30-goal, 35-point season that earned him first-team All-America honors, and first-team All-Ivy honors for the second time.
Class of 2001
Boys Latin • Taneytown, Md.
Currently is managing director of the hedge fund group for GSO Capital Partners, part of the Blackstone Group. He still plays lacrosse once a year in a master’s tournament in Lake Placid as part of a team of Princeton alums.
Ryan Mollett was part of one of the most enduring moments of the 2001 NCAA championship game, when his caused turnover against Mikey Powell got Princeton the ball back to start the winning possession. Princeton might never have gotten to the final that year had it not been for Mollett, whose caused turnover and assist snapped a tie game and gave Princeton a 12-11 win over Towson in the semifinal. For Mollett, it was a completely dominant senior year, from start to finish, with two goals, four assists, 60 ground balls and a completely intimidating presence on a team that allowed 5.8 goals per game, not only the lowest total for a Princeton team in the modern era but also the lowest total in the modern era for any Ivy League team (and fourth all-time in Division I). Mollett was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a junior as well, when he was also named honorable mention All-America. Among his other achievements was being the first ever selection in the first Major League Lacrosse draft.
Class of 2001
Hun School • Princeton, N.J.
Currently is the president (and founder) of LXTC Lacrosse Trainer Center in Denver, running camps, clinics, teams and tournaments out of the University of Denver. He is also the president of the National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association and is pursuing his master’s degree in psychology through the Harvard Extension School.
Trevor Tierney was a brick wall in goal during his Princeton career, with career numbers of a .652 save percentage and 6.65 goals-against average that are just extraordinary. In face, Tierney’s 6.65 career goals-against ranks second all-time in Division I in the modern era. He had a career .600 save percentage when it mattered most, in NCAA tournament games. His first big performance was a six-save, one-goal-against performance in the final 37:58 against Duke in the 1998 NCAA quarterfinals, when Princeton erased an 8-4 deficit to rally for an 11-9 win. He went on to make 15 saves in the 2000 NCAA finals and then finish his career with a 14-save performance in the 10-9 win over Syracuse in the 2001 final. He led Division I in goals against (5.70) and save percentage (.671) as a senior, when he was first-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy League. He was honorable mention in both as a junior.
Class of 1992
Manhasset HS • Manhasset, N.Y.
Currently is a spine surgeon in Baltimore, as well as Director of Research and Education at Union Memorial Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery and an adjunct member of the faculty at the John Hopkins School of Medicine. He has coached youth lacrosse and is also involved with his wife Kim Simons, a former Princeton great who is the head coach of the U.S. U-19 team.
Justin Tortolani came to Princeton as the recruit around whom an entire program was rebuilt and a dynasty was created. He left as the school’s all-time leading goal-scorer and as an NCAA champion, not to mention one of the great student-athletes who ever played Division I lacrosse. A two-time first-team All-Ivy League selection who was an honorable mention All-America as a junior and third-team All-America as a senior, Tortolani led Princeton in goals scored in 1990, 1991 and 1992. He graduated with 120 career goals, which at the time was the most in school history (and now ranks fourth). He also had 20 career NCAA tournament goals in six games, and his 3.2 goals per game are the most by a Princeton player in NCAA tournament games. He also graduated with a 3.71 grade-point average in molecular biology and was a two-time Academic All-America. He graduated from Cornell University medical school.
No. 25 - Mark Kovler
No. 24 - Jason Doneger
No. 23 - Mike MacDonald
No. 22 - Dan Cocoziello
No. 21 - Damien Davis
No. 20 - Peter Trombino
No. 19 - Christian Cook
No. 18 - Sean Hartofilis
No. 17 - Lorne Smith
No. 16 - Chad Wiedmaier
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