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Mike MacDonald was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. The Tigers are at Villanova Tuesday night.
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MacDonald Named Ivy Player Of The Week; Tigers Head To Villanova Tuesday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/17/2014
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Princeton vs. Villanova • Villanova Stadium • Villanova, Pa.
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  Series Info Princeton leads 5-1
  Last Meeting Princeton defeated Villanova 14-11 • Mar. 5, 2013
  Records Princeton 3-2 (1-0 Ivy League); Villanova 1-4 (0-0 Big East)
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Back when he was the Princeton men’s basketball coach in the late 1990s, Bill Carmody was asked about his team’s tough early-season schedule and the impact it had on its record. Your team, someone said to him, has to be the best 2-4 team in the country, to which he responded, in typical fashion, “I’d rather be the worst 4-2 team in the country.”
Mike Corrado can relate. His Villanova Wildcats have to be the best 1-4 team in the country right now. Of course, Villanova can hope what happened next for Princeton that year in basketball repeats itself for the Wildcats in lacrosse, as the Tigers won their next five.
For Villanova to do that, it would have to start with Princeton, whom the Cats face for the fourth straight year and the seventh time ever when the Tigers come to Villanova Stadium Tuesday.
Villanova comes in at 1-4, with its most recent game a 12-10 loss to No. 1 Maryland
Princeton is 3-2 after bouncing back from losses to Johns Hopkins and North Carolina with a 15-12 win over Penn Saturday.

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Mike MacDonald was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after his two-goal, five-assist performance against Penn.
MacDonald had assists on the two biggest goals of the game, when he fed Kip Orban and Ryan Ambler for goals in the final 52 seconds of the third quarter, after Penn had scored two straight to make it 11-10. Princeton then led 13-10 at the end of the quarter, built it to five in the fourth as MacDonald scored his second goal and ever had the Quakers get closer than three.

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Villanova has played five games, which have been decided by a total of seven games. The Wildcats have played three one-goal games - two of which went to overtime, including one that went to three overtimes - and two two-goal games.
Princeton has also played five games and has not yet had a one-goal game, though there have been two two-goal games.
Since Chris Bates became head coach prior to the 2010 season, Princeton has played 64 games, of which 22 - more than one-third -  have been decided by one goal. The longest streak of games without having at least one one-goal game has been six, which Princeton has done twice, including currently, with the five games this year and the last game of last year.

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Princeton and Villanova meet for the fourth straight year. Before the current run of the series, Princeton and Villanova also played in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
Princeton leads 5-1, including a 14-11 win last March on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium in a game that Villanova led 10-7 late in the third quarter before Princeton took over.  
Ryan Ambler led Princeton with three goals and two assists.

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Tom Schreiber has at least one point in 48 of 49 career games. The only time in his career that he did not score in a game was his freshman year against Villanova, when the Wildcats defeated Princeton 11-10 for their only win in the series.
Schreiber has six goals and two assists in the last two games against Villanova, including a five-goal effort at Villanova Stadium two years ago.

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Princeton and Villanova have one common opponent to date - Penn, whom Villanova played March 8 and whom Princeton played this past Saturday
. Both teams allowed 12 goals against the Quakers, as Princeton won 15-12 and Villanova lost 12-11.
Villanova had a 44-34 edge in shots and a 35-25 edge in ground balls against Penn. The Wildcats also won 18 of 27 face-offs.
Villanova built an 11-7 fourth quarter lead before Penn scored the final five goals.
Princeton was outshot by Penn 45-41, and face-offs were fairly even, as Princeton won 16 of 31.
Villanova won 17 of 29 face-offs against Princeton a year ago in Princeton’s 14-11 win.

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There had been an average of 69.3 shots per game in Princeton’s first four games. There were 86 shots taken in Princeton’s fifth game, last Saturday against Penn - 45 by the Quakers and 41 by the Tigers.
Villanova’s five games have had an average of 80 shots.
There were 85 shots in the Princeton-Villanova game a year ago.

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Princeton averages 35.8 shots per game and turns them into 12.2 goals per game, for a team shooting percentage of .341.
A year ago, Princeton averaged five more shots per game to score basically the same number of goals per game (12.1).
Princeton’s top four goal scorers - Tom Schreiber, Kip Orban, Ryan Ambler, Mike MacDonald - have combined for 41 goals and 103 shots, or a shooting percentage of .398.
Princeton’s highest single-season shooting percentage since Chris Bates became head coach is .304, achieved in 2012. That is also the only time since 2004 - when the Tigers had a team percentage of .348 (and reached the Final Four) - that Princeton has been above .300 for a season.

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Mike MacDonald is on a feeding frenzy of sorts.
The junior attackman has 37 career assists, of which nine have come in the last two games. That would be 24.3% of his career assists.
MacDonald averaged 2.08 goals per assist for his first two years and three games; he has three goals and nine assists in the last two games.

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Tom Schreiber is one of 11 players in Ivy League history - and the only one from Princeton - with at least 90 career goals and 80 career assists.
Schreiber is also the only midfielder among the 11.
The complete list:
From Cornell - Rob Pannell (150/204), Mike French (191/105), Eamon McEneaney (92/164).From Brown - David Evans (145/87), Darren Lowe (205/111), Tom Gagnon (109/99). From Harvard - Mike Eckert (91/152), Grady Watts (96/145). From Yale - Mike Devlin (94/89). From Penn - Andy Crofton (109/86).

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Princeton has four players who have started every game of their careers: sophomores Jake Froccaro and Mark Strabo and freshmen Bear Goldstein and Will Reynolds.
Princeton starts Strabo - who started all 15 games last year - and the two freshmen on defense. In the last 15 years, the only other defensemen to start Game 1 as a freshman were Damien Davis, Dan Cocoziello and Chad Wiedmaier, all of whom were first-team All-Americas as seniors.

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What Can You Say About ...

Ryan Ambler #14
    •    starter on attack
    •    second on the team in assists and third in points
    •    has tied his career high of five points three times in five games (Penn, Hopkins, Hofstra)
    •    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
    •    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 out with an 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
    •    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 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 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
    •    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 111 career points (74G, 37A), which is 24th-best all-time at Princeton
    •    needs four points to tie Jack McBride for 23rd and 11 to tie Jeff Froccaro for 22nd  
    •    also ranks 24th all-time at Princeton with 74 career goals; would move to 21st with four more goals
    •    leads team in assists and is second in points
    •    has nearly 25% of his career assists (nine of 37) in the last two games
    •    averaged more than two goals per assist for the first 34 games of his career; now has three goals and nine assists in last two games
    •    averaged 0.8 assists in his first 34 career games; has nine in the last two (4.5)
    •    had two goals and career-high five assists against Penn
    •    named Ivy League Player of the Week after seven-point game against Penn
    •    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 goal in 15 straight games and at least one point in 20 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 58 of 105 face-offs this season
    •    has taken 105 of team’s 139 face-offs
    •    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
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
    •    has made 25 saves in the last two games, of which 16 have come in the second half
    •    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
    •    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 18 straight games (longest current streak on the team) and at least one point in 20 straight games
    •    second on the team in goals with 10
    •    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 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
    •    second on the team with 26 ground balls; has 99 ground balls since the start of last season
    •    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
    •    was ranked as the No. 7 incoming freshman by Inside Lacrosse
Will Rotatori #27
    •    starter on attack
    •    had a goal against North Carolina
    •    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
    •     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
    •    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 goals and points
    •    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
    •    currently eighth all-time at Princeton with 173 career points; needs one to tie Wick Sollers for seventh and nine to tie David Heubeck for sixth
    •    is eighth all-time at Princeton with 83 career assists
    •    has 90 career goals and 83 career assists
    •    only Princeton player ever with at least 90 goals and 80 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 21 straight games
    •    has at least three points in 42 of 49 career games
    •    has at least one point in 37 straight games, the fifth longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
    •    has at least one point in every game of his career except one - the 2011 game against Villanova
    •    has six goals and two assists against Villanova the last two years
    •    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
    •    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 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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