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Princeton Heads To The Carrier Dome To Renew Rivalry With Syracuse

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/05/2012
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John Cunningham and the Tigers travel to Syracuse Saturday (4).
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Trivia time: Which two teams have played each other the most in the Division I men's lacrosse championship game?
Hint - It's not Princeton-Syracuse.
Nope. The Tigers and Orange have only met four times on Memorial Day, which makes it the second-most played NCAA final. For the record, the teams have split their four NCAA final matchups, with both of Princeton's wins in overtime and one of Syracuse's by one goal.
The first NCAA championship game meeting between the two was in 1992, won by Princeton on Andy Moe's goal off the face-off for the second overtime.
Before that meeting, Princeton and Syracuse had met just four times, twice in the 1920s, once just before World War II and then one more time in the 1970s.
The 1992 NCAA final started a run of 23 meetings in 20 years, leading up to the 2012 meeting, the 28th overall between the schools.
In the 12 seasons from 1992 to 2003, Princeton either won the NCAA championship (six times) or lost to Syracuse in the NCAA tournament (six times). There was no other outcome to a Princeton season.
Oh, the answer to the trivia question is Syracuse-Hopkins, who have played five times in the NCAA final.

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Princeton has not played in the Carrier Dome since before any current player was a member of the team.
The Tigers and Orange played on Powers Field at Princeton Stadium a year ago, and the two meetings prior to that were at the Meadowlands (at the old Giants Stadium and then at MetLife Stadium) as part of the 2009 and 2010 Konica Minolta Big City Classics, which the teams split.
Princeton is 2-5 all-time in the Carrier Dome, with one goal wins in 1999 (four overtimes, on a goal by Josh Sims) and in 2003 (when Damien Davis held Mikey Powell without a point).

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Syracuse was ranked No. 1 in the country when it came to Princeton a year ago. The Orange led 5-2 at the half before Princeton scored three third-quarter goals to tie it, only to have Syracuse answer with two in the fourth to win 7-5.
Comparing Princeton's stats of the 2011 game against SU with averages for the Tigers from this year:
2011/ SU 2012
Goals 5/11.1
Assists 3/7.9
Shots 30/38.5
Ground balls 26/30.1
Face-off % .385/.528

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Princeton is 6-0 this year when reaching double figures in goals and 0-2 when it doesn't. Princeton is 15-1 when reaching double figures and 6-14 when not reaching double figures since Chris Bates became head coach.
While it may seem like common sense that scoring more = better chance to win, Princeton's offense has largely been the single best indicator of how the team is doing. Princeton's defense a year ago was actually better (7.67 goals-against per game) than it was in 2010 (8.69 goals-against per game), but Princeton was 4-8 last year as opposed to 11-5 the year before, largely because the injury-devasted offense reached double figures only once in 2011.
This year, Princeton's defense is even better, allowing 6.88 goals per game, fifth-best in Division I.
Last year, Princeton's highest goal total was 11 against Rutgers. This year, Princeton is averaging more than 11 goals per game (11.1).

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John Cunningham had a goal and two assists against Brown. Before that, the last time a Princeton longstick had more than one point in a game was in 1998, when John Harrington had two points against Harvard.

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Prior to Princeton's five overtime win over Yale two weeks ago, the longest game in school history had been Princeton's four-OT win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in 1994. The 1994 Princeton-Syracuase game went 75:25; the Princeton-Yale game went 78:21.

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Tom Schreiber leads Princeton in goals and assists, with 17 of each. At his current average of 2.125 of each per game, Schreiber would need 15 games to reach 30 goals and 30 assists.
Only one player in school history - David Tickner, who had 34 goals and 32 assists in 1976 - has ever had a 30/30 season for Princeton lacrosse.
There have been 33 20/20 seasons, most recently by Ryan Boyle in 2004.
Schreiber has 63 points in his first 19 career games; Boyle, who ranks second all-time at Princeton with 233 points, also had exactly 63 points after 19 games.
By comparison, Kevin Lowe, whose 247 points are the most ever at Princeton, had 75 points after 19 games.
Jon Hess and Jesse Hubbard both had 43 points after 19 games; they rank 3-4 all-time at Princeton in scoring with 215 and 211 career points.

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Princeton's 13-2 win over Brown last weekend improved the Tigers to 3-0 in the Ivy League.
Princeton went 2-4 in the league a year ago and missed the Ivy League tournament, one year after winning a share of the league title and then the first league tournament.
No team has failed to make the first two Ivy tournaments with at least three league wins. Going back the 25 years prior to the start of the Ivy tournament, only four times would a team have had three wins and not made a league tournament, had there been one.
Princeton will be one of two undefeated league teams by the end of the day Saturday, as Cornell (3-0) in the league hosts Harvard (2-0) in a matchup of the other two Ivy unbeatens.
Yale (1-2) is at Dartmouth (0-2), and Brown (0-2) is at Penn (0-3).

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Tucker Shanley is the only Princeton player to have at least one goal in every game this season.
Tom Schreiber has at least three points in every game this season. Schreiber, Shanley and Will Himler are the only 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 three games
• 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 17 points this year; had 10 points his first three years combined
• tied career highs with three goals and four points against Yale
• 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 a career-high four points against UNC while tying his career high with three goals
• 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 seven caused turnovers
• 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
• 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 first extended playing time of his career last year in the game against Syracuse
• had first career point with an assist against the Orange
Mark Feild #25
• plays on the man-up unit
• had a goal against Manhattan
• 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 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
• began the week fourth in Division I in goals-against (6.65) and ninth in save percentage (.579)
• leads the Ivy League in both categories
• has a .725 save percentage the last two weeks
• made 16 saves while allowing two goals against Brown
• made 13 saves against Yale, including five in the five overtimes
• entered week seventh in Division I in goals-against (7.30)
• 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 14 goals and 20 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 two goals against Hopkins; also won 5 of 6 face-offs
• 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
• leads all active Princeton players with 42 career goals and is second for career lead with 58 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
• one of three players on the team with at least one point in every game
• 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
• three of his seven assists have been to Tom Schreiber
• had first career point with an assist against Hofstra on a goal by Tom Schreiber that snapped a three-goal Hofstra run and made it 7-5
• had second career point with assist against Manhattan, also on a Schreiber goal
• last game of high school career at Chaminade was an overtime loss to Schreiber's team (St. Anthony's)
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 56 of 99 face-offs (56.6%); won 46.2% of face-offs last year and 52.1% as a freshman
• 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 (.550, 11 for 20)
• would rank fourth in Division I in shooting percentage but is four shots shy of the required 3.0 shots per game to be considered
• 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 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 nine caused turnovers
• had three caused turnovers and three ground balls against Penn
• had six grounds ball 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 (17) and assists (17)
• entered the week ninth in Division I in points per game and seventh in assists per game
• is second in the Ivy League in points per game and first in assists per game
• has at least three points in every game
• leads active players in career points (63) and assists (30)
• averaging 3.35 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 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 12 goals this year in seven games after having seven all last year; also has four assists
• is the only Princeton player with at least one goal in every game this year
• had two goals and an assist against Villanova
• had two goals against Penn
• had two goals against Manhattan
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had one goal against Hopkins
• 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 26 of 56 face-offs
• 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
• 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
• 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 10 ground balls and two caused turnovers
• had a goal against North Carolina
• 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 an assist against Villanova
• had a caused turnover against Manhattan
Chad Wiedmaier #9
• leads team with 18 caused turnovers
• has eight caused turnovers in his last two games, with four each against 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
• 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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