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No. 9 Princeton Hosts No. 5 Johns Hopkins In The 84th Meeting In The Series

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/27/2014
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Ryan Ambler and the Tigers host Johns Hopkins Saturday (noon).
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Princeton vs. Johns Hopkins • Sherrerd Field • Princeton, N.J.
  Gametime Saturday, March 1, at noon
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  Series Info Johns Hopkins leads 55-28
  Last meeting • Princeton defeated Hopkins 11-8 • Mar. 1, 2013
  Records Princeton 2-0; Johns Hopkins 3-0
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After a 2-0 start to the young season in its February games, the Princeton men’s lacrosse team will see March come in like a lion - and this has nothing to do with the weather.
Princeton’s next three games are against Johns Hopkins, North Carolina and Penn, who would be No. 5, No. 2 and No. 20 in this week’s coaches’ Top 20. Not that the month goes out like a lamb either, with the next three after that against Villanova (receiving votes), Yale (No. 12) and Brown (receiving votes).
That gauntlet begins along with the new month as Princeton hosts Johns Hopkins on Sherrerd Field.
This will be the 84th meeting in the series. Hopkins leads 55-28.

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Princeton is 3-1 against Johns Hopkins since Chris Bates became head coach - 3-0 in Baltimore and 0-1 in Princeton.
Princeton defeated Johns Hopkins 11-8 last year at Homewood Field as Jeff Froccaro and Tom Schreiber had three goals each and Jake Froccaro and Mike MacDonald had two each.
Wells Stanwick had one goal and one assist for the Blue Jays in the game. This year, through three games, Stanwick has 13 assists, or 4.3 per game.
Stanwick’s game-by-game numbers so far: 1-5-6 against Ohio State, 1-5-6 against Towson, 1-3-4 against Michigan.
Stanwick’s 13 assists are second in Division I, behind Justin Ward of Loyola, who has 14.

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Tom Schreiber has four goals and six assists in the first two games, leaving him with 80 career goals and 79 career assists.
The only two Princeton players who have ever had at least 80 goals and 80 assists in their careers were Jon Hess (82G, 133A) and Dave Heubeck (83G, 99A), leaving Schreiber one assist away from becoming the third.
No Princeton player has ever had at least 90 of each.
Schreiber, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft, has at least three points in 18 straight games and in 39 of 46 career games.

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Princeton and Johns Hopkins first met on May 17, 1890, in a 3-2 Tiger win. Princeton lost to Lehigh one week later and then suspended the sport due to “concerns of losing to schools that could not field proper football teams.”
Princeton played one game in 1891 and one in game in 1893 and then did not play again until 1921.
Princeton has played Hopkins at least once every year since 1937, except for the World War II-shortened season of 1944.
Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series against Princeton 55-28, though Princeton is 3-0 against Hopkins in the NCAA tournament. Between 1957 and the end of the 1990 regular season, Princeton was 1-33 against the Blue Jays, with the only win in that stretch a 7-1 win in 1966.
Princeton lost to Johns Hopkins 20-8 in the 1990 season-opener, but the series started to go in a different direction when the teams met again that year, in Princeton’s first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Tigers won that game 9-8 on Mark Ames’ goal with 1:44 to go, after Justin Tortolani (now a pediatric surgeon affiliated with Johns Hopkins) scored five goals.
Beginning with that game, Princeton is 16-10 in its last 26 games against the Blue Jays.

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The last time Princeton defeated Johns Hopkins at Class of 1952 Stadium was in 2001 as Trevor Tierney made 19 saves in an 8-4 win.
Hopkins has won three straight at Class of 1952. In fact, the visiting team is 10-2 in the last 12 games of the series played at either Homewood Field or at Class of 1952 Stadium.
This does not include the four years that Princeton and Hopkins played at M&T Bank Stadium (2007-10).

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Princeton and Hopkins are a combined 5-0 on the season. They have been in double figures in goals in all five of those wins and have reached 14 or more goals in three of them.

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Kip Orban has at least one goal in 14 straight games and two goals in each of the first two games this season. He also has at least one point in 17 straight games.
Like Orban, Mike MacDonald has at least one point in 17 straight games. He has at least one goal in 12 straight games.

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Johns Hopkins is averaging 44.3 shots per game through three games. Princeton is averaging 35.5 shots per game through two games.
Looking a little closer, though, Princeton has taken 71 shots in two games, of which eight came in the first half of Game 1 against Hofstra and 63 have come in the three halves since. Taking away the first half against Hofsra, Princeton be would averaging 42 shots per game.
Princeton’s opponents have taken 34 shots per game; Hopkins’ opponents have taken 35.7 per game.

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Tom Schreiber ranks 10th at Princeton in points with 159. With five more points he would move past David Tickner (163) into a tie with Justin Tortolani (164) for eighth. After that would be Wick Sollers with 174.
Schreiber is already Princeton’s career leader in points by a midfielder.
Schreiber is eighth in assists at Princeton with 79, leaving him five away from tying Bo Willis for seventh.
With his goal against Manhattan Tuesday night, Schreiber became the 20th player in program history to reach 80 career goals. He needs six goals to tie former teammate Jeff Froccaro for 16th place.

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Senior Brian Kavanagh has started and played the first half of Princeton’s first two games, with a save percentage of .640.
Kavanagh became the fourth Princeton goalie in the last 25 years to start a game as a senior after not starting any games for his career prior to that, joining Matthew Larkin (2005), Neal DiBello (1998) and Pancho Gustein (1996).
Hopkins goalie Eric Schneider has a 6.56 goals-against average and .667 save percentage. Like Kavanagh, Schneider is a senior in his first year as a starter after backing up All-America Pierce Bassett.

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Forest Sonnenfeldt and Tucker Shanley are seniors - tall seniors, standing 6-6 and 6-4 - who missed all of last year with injuries but are now on the second midfield unit. Through two games this year, each has three goals, for a total of six between them.
Princeton got three goals for the entire season from its second midfield in 2013.


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What Can You Say About ...

Ryan Ambler #14
    •    had career-high five assists in the win over Hofstra
    •    five points against Hofstra tied his career high
    •    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
    •    two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week
    •    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 slowed by injury
    •    was second on the team in caused turnovers in 2013 with nine
Zach Currier #25
    •    scored first career goal in the win over Manhattan
Hunter DeButts #47
    •    has moved from attack to the offensive midfield to defensive midfield in his career
    •    had 12 ground balls and six caused turnovers in 2013
    •    also had three goals and two assists
Nick Fernandez #24
    •    started every game on defense in 2013
    •     moves 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 first two goals of 2014 in the win over 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
    •    along with fellow freshman Will Reynold 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
    •    shortstick defensive midfielder
    •    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 two 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 30:00 against both Hofstra and Manhattan after playing 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
    •    had four goals and one assist against Hofstra
    •    had a goal and two assists against Manhattan
    •    ranks 29th all-time at Princeton with 70 career goals; would move from 29th to 21st with nine more goals
    •    has at least one goal in 12 straight games and at least one point in 17 straight games
    •    has started every game of his career
    •    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 is on the second midfield and man-up unit
    •    had 46 goals and 21 assists as a senior at Haverford
Justin Murphy #32
    •    has won 18 of 29 face-offs this season
    •    has taken 277 career face-offs, but only one has come against Johns Hopkins
    •    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
Matt O’Connor #11
    •    played the second half against Hofstra 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
    •    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
    •    had two goals and one assist against Hofstra
    •    had two goals against Manhattan
    •     has at least one goal in 15 straight games (longest current streak on the team) and at least one point in 17 straight games
    •    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
    •    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 caused turnovers in 2013
    •    had the most ground balls in a season by a Princeton player since Matt Bailer had 95 in 1997
Will Rotatori #27
    •    starter on attack
    •    has three goals in two games this year after having two for his career prior to this season
    •    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
    •    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
    •    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
    •    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
    •    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
    •    currently 10th all-time at Princeton with 159 career points; needs four to get to ninth and five to get to eighth
    •    is eighth all-time at Princeton with 79 career assists
    •    has 80 career goals and 79 career assists
    •    needs one assist to join Jon Hess and Dave Huebeck had at least 80 of both; no Princeton player has ever had at least 90 of both
    •    has at least three points in every game last year and has at least three points in 19 straight games dating to 2012
    •    has at least three points in 39 of 46 career games
    •    has at least one point in 34 straight games, the fifth longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
    •    had 120 points in the last two seasons, split evenly with 60 goals and 60 assists
    •    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 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 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 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 a caused turnover against Hofstra
    •    started all 15 games a year ago on defense
    •    was fourth freshman in the last 15 years to start every game on defense as a freshman; the other three (Chad Wiedmaier, Dan Cocoziello, Damien Davis) were all first-team All-Americas as seniors




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