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Princeton Travels to Providence To Take On Brown

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/27/2014
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Princeton vs. Brown • Stevenson Field • Providence, R.I.
  Gametime Saturday, March 29 • 3 p.m.
  Game Coverage Live Video (Ivy League Digital Network) Live Stats
  Twitter: @PUTigers  l  @BrownAthletics Radio - WPRB FM 103.3
  Series Info Princeton leads 31-21
  Last Year

Princeton defeated Brown 15-8 • March 30, 2013

  Records Princeton 4-3 (1-1 Ivy League); Brown 5-3 (0-1 Ivy League)
  Princeton Roster Schedule  l  Stats  l @TigerLacrosse  l  Game Notes
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Prior to this weekend, there have been six Ivy League men’s lacrosse games played to date. The average number of goals scored in those six games has been 25.5, with the winners at 15.2 and the losers at 10.3.
Remember the old days, when averaging 11 goals per game was good enough to lead the league in scoring? In case you’re wondering when those old days were, it was three years ago, in 2011, when only one team averaged at least 11 per game and only three even averaged in double figures. Or two years ago, when nobody averaged more than 12.
This year, six of the seven teams average in double figures in goals per game, and three of the seven average at least 12. Again, maybe it was the rules changes prior to last season, or maybe the Ivy League is just in a mode where its offenses are ahead of its defenses.
Now consider these numbers: 8, 6, 2, 4, 7, 7, 5, 4, 5, 4. That would be the losing total in the last 10 Princeton-Brown men’s lacrosse games, and it averages to 5.2 goals per game that the losing team has scored.
For that matter, here are the winning goal totals in the last 10 years: 15, 9, 13, 5, 9, 11, 6, 8, 6, 13. That averages out to 9.5 goals per game.
So will it be another low-scoring Princeton-Brown game when the teams meet on
Stevenson Field in Providence Saturday? If both teams reach their scoring averages, then both will be in double figures, something that has happened just twice in the last 31 meetings between the two: in 2002 and 1991.
This year, Princeton is averaging 12.9 per game, while Brown averages 10.3.

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Princeton has scored 15 goals in both of its Ivy League games, with a 15-12 win over Penn preceding the 16-15 loss to Yale last Saturday.
Princeton also scored 15 goals last year against Brown in a 15-8 win at Sherrerd Field, as Jeff Froccaro scored four goals and Jake Froccaro had three.
Princeton has never scored more than 15 goals in a game against Brown. Actually, the Tigers have reached 15 just four times against the Bears - in 1975, 1996, 2001 and 2013.
In the two-year span of 1997-98, Princeton went 29-1, won the fourth and fifth of its six NCAA titles and reached double figures in 26 of 30 games. The only four times Princeton did not reach double figures those two years were against Johns Hopkins in 1997, Virginia in 1998 and Brown both years.

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Princeton leads the all-time series with Brown 31-21.
Princeton and Brown did not play men’s lacrosse until the 1964 season.
By contrast, Princeton first played Yale and Harvard in the 1880s and Cornell and Penn in the 1920s. The first Princeton-Dartmouth game was in 1953.
Princeton and Brown played twice in 2012, in the regular season and in the Ivy League semifinals, and twice in 1994, in the regular season and in the NCAA semifinals.

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Of those first six Ivy games, only one has been decided by one goal, last week’s 16-15 Princeton loss to Yale. The other five games have been decided by two, three, six, eight and nine goals.
Jake Froccaro scored 10 goals in the game against Yale, tying William Griffith’s 63-year-old school record and becoming the first Division I player since Jordan McBride of Stony Brook in 2008 to reach double figures, as well as the 15th Division I player since 1971 and fifth Ivy player since the formalization of the league in 1956 to reach double figures.
Froccaro had 13 goals and three assists in two games last week after having five goals and two assists in the first five games of the year. His performance earned him the Ivy League Player of the Week award and vaulted him from fifth on the team in goals scored to tied with Tom Schreiber for first.

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Tom Schreiber has four goals and nine assists in four career games against Brown.
Schreiber has 94 career goals and 88 career assists. He is already the only Princeton player ever with at least 90 career goals and 80 career assists and would obviously be the first Princeton90/90 player with two more assists.
In fact, Schreiber would be the eighth Ivy League player to reach 90/90, along with: From Cornell - Rob Pannell (150/204), Mike French (191/105), Eamon McEneaney (92/164).From Brown - Darren Lowe (205/111), Tom Gagnon (109/99). From Harvard - Mike Eckert (91/152), Grady Watts (96/145).
Schreiber leads the Ivy League and is sixth in Division I (first among middies) with 5.0 points per game.
 
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Tom Schreiber has at least three points in every game this year, every game last year and the last game of the year before, a streak of 23 straight games. He also has at least one point in 39 straight games, which is the longest current streak by a Division I midfielder.
Kip Orban has scored at least one goal in each of his last 20 games, which is also the longest current streak by a DI middie. Orban has a streak of 22 straight games with at least one point, as does Mike MacDonald.
 
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Princeton has one player who has started every game of his career, and that is freshman defenseman Bear Goldstein. Fellow freshman defenseman Will Reynolds and sophomore midfielder Jake Froccaro were not considered starters against Yale last week after both had started every game prior to that.
Froccaro, of course, scored 10 goals in the game. Reynolds had his first career goal and the first goal by a Princeton longstick since Rob Castelo against Brown in the 2012 Ivy semifinal.
 
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Princeton leads the Ivy League and ranks fifth in Division I in man-down defense, having allowed five goals in 24 man-down situations (.792).
Princeton is seventh in Division I in man-up offense, with 15 goals in 28 attempts (.536).
 
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Tom Schreiber and Jake Froccaro, both midfielders, are tied for the team lead with 18 goals, five more than the next-best total on the team.
Schreiber led the team in goals as a freshman and sophomore (and in points his first three years). Other than Schreiber, the only midfielders in the last 25 years to lead Princeton in goals in a season were Josh Sims in 2000 and Torr Marro in 1993.
 
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Princeton has a team .338 shooting percentage. The only time since 1996 that Princeton had a better team shooting percentage for a full season was in 2004, when the Tigers shot .348 as a team and reached the Final Four.
Princeton’s best single-season shooting percentage since Chris Bates became head coach is .304 in 2012, the only time Princeton has been over .300 since 2004.
Princeton’s top five goal scorers all shoot better than .300 - Ryan Ambler (10 for 25 .400), Tom Schreiber (18 for 46, .391), Jake Froccaro (18 for 49, .367), Kip Orban (12 for 33, .364) and Mike MacDonald (13 for 42, .310).
Froccaro’s 10 goals against Yale came on 18 shots.
 
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What Can You Say About ...

Ryan Ambler #14
    •    starter on attack
    •    third on the team in assists and points
    •    has tied his career high of five points three times in seven games (Penn, Hopkins, Hofstra)
    •    had two goals against Yale, including one to tie the game at 15-15 with 1:52 to play
    •    had a career-high four goals, plus an assist, against Penn
    •    had career-high five assists in the win over Hofstra
    •    had two goals and three assists against Hopkins
    •    had a goal and assist against North Carolina
    •    had a goal and assist against Manhattan
    •    had 11 goals and 17 assists as a freshman
    •    started 13 of 15 games a year ago, missing games against Rutgers and Dartmouth due to injury
    •    father Bob is the all-time leading scorer at Drexel  
Alex Beatty #36
    •    was the team’s No. 1 longstick midfielder in 2013
    •    is moving to close defense for 2014, but has been out with an injury
    •    played against Villanova for first appearance of the year
    •    was second on the team in caused turnovers in 2013 with nine
Zach Currier #25
    •    scored first career goal in the win over Manhattan
    •    is playing on the second midfield
    •    was ranked as the No. 5 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse
Hunter DeButts #47
    •    has moved from attack to the offensive midfield to defensive midfield in his career
    •    had a goal and two caused turnovers against Villanova
    •    had a caused turnover and three ground balls against Penn
    •    had 12 ground balls and six caused turnovers in 2013
    •    also had three goals and two assists
Nick Fernandez #24
    •    had an assist (first of his career) and three caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins
    •    had a caused turnover and two ground balls against Penn
    •    started every game on defense in 2013
    •     moved back to shortstick defensive midfield for 2014
    •    selected by the Denver Outlaws in the sixth round (46th pick overall) in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft
Jake Froccaro #10
    •    2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
    •    2013 honorable mention All-Ivy League
    •    had 10 goals in the loss to Yale
    •    accomplished all of the following with his 10-goal game against Yale: first player in Division I to reach double figures since Jordan McBride of Stony Brook in 2008; tied the 63-year-old Princeton school record for goals in a game (set by William Griffith in 1951 against Rutgers), became the fourth player since the formation of the Ivy League in 1957 to score at least 10 goals in a game; became the first player ever to score 10 goals in an Ivy league game; bettered his previous career high of three in each half, with six in the first half and four in the second
    •    had a then career-high six points against Villanova (three goals, three assists)
    •    had six points against Villanova after having seven for the first five games
    •    had a goal and assist against Carolina and Penn
    •    had a goal against Johns Hopkins
    •    had two goals  against Manhattan
    •    had 24 goals and 10 assists as a freshman
    •    tied for third all-time - and first among midfielders - in goals by a Princeton freshman
    •    he and Peter Trombino are the only Princeton freshmen ever to have at least 20 goals and 10 assists
Bear Goldstein #34
    •    starter on defense
    •    had two caused turnovers against North Carolina
    •    only current Princeton player who has started every game of his career
    •    along with fellow freshman Will Reynolds marked the first time since Kurt Lunkenheimer and John Harrington in 1996 that Princeton started two freshman on defense in the first game of a season
    •    ranked as the No. 97 incoming recruit by Inside Lacrosse
    •    two-time high school All-America
Sam Gravitte #17
    •    No. 2 longstick midfielder
    •    won 3 of 8 face-offs against Hofstra
    •    all-state lacrosse and football player
    •    both parents are actors; mother won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in “Jerome Robbins Broadway”
    •    has played Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables”
Adam Hardej #16
    •    has played offensive midfield and shortstick defensive midfield
    •    had one caused turnover against Hofstra
    •    led his league in assists last year with 52
Brian Kavanagh #44
    •    started and played first half of first three games
    •    made first career start against Hofstra, with 10 saves and six goals-against
    •    made seven saves in second quarter, when Hofstra outshot Princeton 18-3
    •    made six saves while allowing three goals against Manhattan
    •    played 29:40 for his first three years combined
    •    played 14:07 in two games in 2013, with a .500 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against
Mike MacDonald #8
    •    has 116 career points (78G, 38A), 23rd-best all-time at Princeton
    •    needs six to tie Jeff Froccaro for 22nd  
    •    ranks 21st all-time at Princeton with 78 career goals; would move up four more spots with eight goals
    •    second on the team in assists and points      
    •    had nearly 25% of his career assists (nine of 37) in the games against North Carolina and Penn
    •    had two goals and career-high five assists against Penn
    •    named Ivy League Player of the Week after seven-point game against Penn
    •    had four goals - all in the first half - against Villanova
    •    had a career-high four assists against Carolina
    •    had four goals and one assist against Hofstra
    •    had a goal and two assists against Manhattan    
    •    had a goal and assist against Johns Hopkins
    •    has at least one point in 22 straight games
    •     2014 Tewaaraton Trophy watchlist
    •    2013 first-team All-Ivy League
    •    2013 honorable mention All-America
    •    had 43 goals in 2013, the sixth-best single-season total in school history and the most by a Princeton player since Chris Massey had 45 in 1997
    •    had 65 career goals through two years, leaving him third  at Princeton in goals after sophomore year, along with Jesse Hubbard and Chris Massey, who rank 1-2 all-time at Princeton in goals
Gavin McBride #37
    •    freshman who started on attack against Johns Hopkins and has played on the second midfield and man-up units
    •    had 46 goals and 21 assists as a senior at Haverford
Justin Murphy #32
    •    has won 68 of 122 face-offs this season
    •    had taken 122 of team’s 162 face-offs before missing Yale game due to injury
    •    won 10 of 17 face-offs and had seven ground balls against Villanova
    •    was 16 for 31 face-offs with eight ground balls against Penn
    •    won 13 of 23 face-offs with eight ground balls, as well as first career goal, against Johns Hopkins
    • won 11 of 22 face-offs against North Carolina, including 11 of his final 18
    •    won 8 of 12 face-offs against Manhattan
    •    won 10 of 17 face-offs against Hofstra
    •    won 111 of 218 face-offs (.509) a year ago
    •    took 218 of the team’s 380 face-offs a year ago
Jack O’Brien #29
    •    won 6 of 11 face-offs against Manhattan
    •    won 3 of 6 against Villanova
Matt O’Connor #11
    •    had a career-high 13 saves against Penn, including nine in the second half
    •    made first start of the season, played the entire game and made 12 saves against North Carolina
    •    made 10 saves while allowing five goals against Villanova
    •    played the second half against Hofstra and Johns Hopkins and most of the second half against Manhattan
    •    made save in the final minute against Hofstra to keep it a two-goal game in 12-10 win
    •    is also second on the team in caused turnovers with six
    •    started the first 11 games in goal last year
    •    had a .517 save percentage
    •    became the third Princeton goalie in the last 25 years to start Game 1 of his freshman year (Scott Bacigalupo in 1991, Tyler Fiorito in 2009)
Kip Orban #13
    •     has at least one goal in 20 straight games (longest current streak on the team) and at least one point in 22 straight games
    •    goal-scoring streak of 20 straight games is longest current streak in Division I by a midfielder
    •    had two goals against Penn, both of which came during 4-0 run after Penn had made it a one-goal game late in the third quarter
    •    had three goals against North Carolina
    •    had a goal and two assists against Yale
    •    had two goals and one assist against Hofstra
    •    had two goals against Manhattan
    •    had a goal against Johns Hopkins
    •    2013 second-team All-Ivy League selection
    •    Ivy League all-tournament team selection
    •    had 27 goals and eight assists in 2013
    •    is one of three Princeton midfielders in the last 25 years to reach at least 27 goals as a sophomore (Tom Schreiber, Josh Sims)
    •    had at least one point in every game
    •    had the game-winning goal in the Ivy League semifinal against Cornell in overtime
Derick Raabe #5
    •    leads team with 10 caused turnovers
    •    second on the team with 28 ground balls    
    •    had seven ground balls and two caused turnovers against Penn
    •    had six ground balls and two caused turnovers against North Carolina
    •    had four caused turnovers and five ground balls against Johns Hopkins
    •    had team-best five ground balls against Hofstra
    •    had three ground balls and one caused turnover against Manhattan
    •    team tri-captain
    •    started all 15 games on defense in 2013
    •    2013 second-team All-Ivy League selection
    •    moved back from defense to longstick midfield, where he primarily played his first two years
    •    led team with 73 ground balls and 10 CT in 2013
    •    had the most ground balls in a season by a Princeton player since Matt Bailer had 95 in 1997
Will Reynolds #4
    •    starter on close defense
    •    had his first career goal in the game against Yale
    •    goal against Yale was the first by a Princeton longstick since Rob Castelo’s goal against Brown in the 2012 Ivy semifinals
    •    was ranked as the No. 7 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse
Will Rotatori #27
    •    starter on attack
    •    had a goal against North Carolina and Villanova
    •    had two goals against Hofstra in first career start
    •    both goals against Hofstra came during 8-1 run as Princeton erased four-goal deficit
    •    had a goal against Manhattan
    •    had two goals and three assists a year ago
Eric Sanschagrin #31
    •    started the last four games of the 2013 season
    •    played 14:39 of the fourth quarter against Yale, making four saves while allowing four goals
    •    made 12 saves in both games against Cornell
    • of his 12 saves in the Ivy semifinal win over Cornell, 10 came in the second half
Tom Schreiber #22
    •    team tri-captain
    •    No. 1 selection in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft, by the Ohio Machine
    •    2012, 2013 first-team All-America
    •    2013 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist
    •     2014 Tewaaraton Trophy watchlist
    •    three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection; only three players (Cornell’s Rob Pannell and Max Siebald and Princeton’s Chad Wiedmaier) have ever been four-time first-team All-Ivy League selections
    •    currently tied with Dave Heubeck for sixth all-time at Princeton in points with 182; needs 10 to tie Chris Massey for fifth
    •    is seventh all-time at Princeton with 88 career assists; needs one to tie Charles Stillwell for sixth
    •    has 94 career goals and 88 career assists
    •    one of 11 players in Ivy League history - and the only midfielder - with at least 90 career goals and 80 career assists
    •    has at least three points in every game to date this season, every game last season and in the final game of the 2012 season, a streak of 23 straight games
    •    has at least three points in 43 of 49 career games
    •    has at least one point in 39 straight games, the fifth-longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
    •    2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
    •    has led team in points and assists all three seasons
    •    led team in goals and assists as a freshman and sophomore; is the only Princeton player ever to do so
    •    leads team in points and assists and is tied for the team lead in goals  
    •    had a goal and three assists at Yale
    •    had three goals and two assists against Villanova
    •    had four goals and an assist against Penn
    •    had three goals against Johns Hopkins
    •    had three goals and two assists in win over Hofstra to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors
    •    had a goal and four assists against Manhattan
    •    one of 20 candidates for the Senior Class Award
    •    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
    •    returned to the midfield after missing all but two minutes of the 2013 season due to injuries
    •    had a goal against North Carolina and Villanova
    •    had a goal and assist against Hofstra
    •    had two goals against Manhattan
    •    had 20 goals and eight assists in 2012
    •    started nine games in 2012
Forest Sonnenfeldt #2
    •    missed all of 2013 with injuries
    •    had a goal against Penn
    •    had three goals against Manhattan, including two extra-man
    •    scored 19 goals and had six assists in 2012
    •    has started on attack and played midfield and has been an important presence on the extra-an unit
Jack Strabo #35
    •    team tri-captain    
    •    first-line shortstick defensive middie for the fourth straight year
    •    had a goal against Penn
    •    had four ground balls against Hofstra
    •    had an assist against Manhattan
    •    Academic All-Ivy League selection
Mark Strabo #3
    •    has started every game of his career
    •    had two caused turnovers against Yale
    •    had a caused turnover against Hofstra and Manhattan
    •    started all 15 games a year ago on defense
    •    one of six freshmen in the last 15 years to start every game on defense as a freshman; the three who graduated (Chad Wiedmaier, Dan Cocoziello, Damien Davis) were all first-team All-Americas as seniors, while the other two (Bear Goldstein, Will Reynolds) are current freshmen

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