Froccaro's 10 Goals Are Not Quite Enough As Princeton Falls At Yale 16-15
Jake Froccaro had two answers when asked if he knew how many goals he had just scored against Yale.
"A lot," Princeton's sophomore midfielder said.
Then he smiled a disappointed smile and added "but not enough."
Froccaro had an amazing day, tying a 63-year-old school record by scoring 10 goals. Yes, that's TEN goals.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, Mark Glicini scored with 38 seconds remaining to give Yale a wild 16-15 win over Princeton in front of 1,650 at Reese Stadium Saturday afternoon. Kip Orban's man-up shot with five seconds left was saved by Yale's Eric Natale, who hurled it the length of the field as time expired
Princeton and Yale are now both 1-1 in the Ivy League, with the Tigers 4-3 overall and Yale 4-2. Chris Bates has been Princeton's head coach for five years, and all five regular season games against Yale have been decided by one goal.
PLAYER OF THE GAME - Jake Froccaro scored 10 goals, including five straight for Princeton at one point. On a day when no other Princeton player had more than one, Froccaro beat his previous career high of three - which he had done four times - by more than three times over.
MORE FROCCARO - Jake Froccaro tied William Griffith's school record of 10 goals in a game with six at halftime and then four more in the second half. Griffith originally set the record in 1951 against Rutgers. Since the formation of the Ivy League, Froccaro became the fourth player to reach double figures in a game, and the first since Oliver Marti of Brown had 11 against New Hampshire in 1993 (the other two are, ironically enough, Jon Reese, for whom Yale's field is named, and current Harvard AD Bob Scalise). Froccaro is also the first to reach double figures in an Ivy League game. Froccaro's 10 goals completed a week that saw him have 13 goals and three assists after his six-point game against Villanova Tuesday after having five goals and two assists for the first five games of the season.
BACK AND FORTH - The game featured three lead changes and six ties, including one at 15-15 when Ryan Ambler scored from Tom Schreiber with 1:52 to go. Yale then won the face-off and, with a timer-on situation, saw Glicini score with 38 seconds left. Froccaro won the next face-off and got slashed, giving Princeton the ball down one with 21 seconds to go and a man up. Orban got a good look with time running down, but Natale made the save.
FAST START - Yale led 4-0 before Princeton had its first possession of the game. The Bulldogs scored four times in the first 4:38 of the game before Princeton ever touched the ball.
SERIES NOTE - The game was the second highest scoring of the 98 meetings between the teams, trailing only the 32 goals in a 20-12 Princeton win in 1982. Princeton leads the series 72-24-2.
FACE-OFFS - Dylan Levings came in having won 51% of his face-offs, but nobody was fooled into thinking that he wouldn't be a factor. Princeton, without its injured face-off man Justin Murphy, saw Levings win 25 of 35, as the Tigers tried four different players against the Yale senior; who is now 79 for 123 against Princeton in his career. Levings had career highs in face-off wins in a game and ground balls, with 14.
STREAKS - Tom Schreiber had a goal and three assists, giving him at least three points in 23 straight games and one point in 39 straight games, the longest current streak by a Division I midfielder. Kip Orban now has at least one goal in 20 straight games, the longest by a midfielder in Division I, and he and Mike MacDonald have at least one point in 22 straight games.
REYNOLDS - Will Reynolds had a goal on a fast-break to cut Yale's lead to 15-14 with 4:42 to go. It was the first of his career and first by a Princeton longstick this year and first by a Princeton longstick since Rob Castelo's goal against Brown in the 2012 Ivy semifinal.