No. 8 Princeton Hosts No. 19 Brown On Sherrerd Field
The week-long spring break odyssey takes the Bears to Princeton, where they will play their third game in six days against a Princeton team that will have not played in eight days.
Princeton is ranked eighth by the media and 10th by the coaches. Brown is ranked 20th by the media and 19th by the coaches.
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Only twice in the last 30 meetings between Princeton and Brown (in 2002 and 1991) have both teams reached double figures. If both teams hit their season averages, then they would both get there with goals to spare.
Princeton ranks 11th in Division I in scoring offense with 12.1 goals per game.
Brown ranks sixth in Division I in scoring offense with 13.0 goals per game.
Princeton has already played two teams in the top 10 in scoring offense, holding Johns Hopkins more than five goals below its average and allowing North Carolina nearly four goals more than its average.
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Princeton and Brown played twice a year ago, and Princeton won both games.
The regular-season matchup was in Providence, where the Tigers shut out Brown in the second half en route to a 13-2 victory. Princeton also won the rematch, by a 9-6 score in the Ivy League tournament semifinals.
Mike MacDonald had two goals in each game and for the two games combined had four goals on just five shots.
Princeton leads the all-time series with Brown 30-21.
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 leads the all-time series with Brown 28-21 and has won the last three.
The biggest year in the Princeton-Brown rivalry was 1994, when the Bears won 7-6 in the regular season to win the Ivy title and Princeton won 10-7 in the NCAA semifinals en route to the second of its six NCAA championships.
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Princeton is 1-1 in the Ivy League, with two one-goal games (loss to Penn, win over Yale).
In fact, of Princeton’s first seven games, three have been decided by one goal (the two Ivy games and a 16-15 loss to North Carolina), three have been decided by three goals (wins over Hofstra, Johns Hopkins and Villanova) and one has been decided by more than three goals (13 actually, in a 15-2 win over Manhattan). All three of Princeton’s three-goal games were one-goal games at some point in the fourth quarter.
Brown has played a one-goal game, two two-goal games and then four others decided by at least six goals.
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Princeton won 43 of 103 face-offs in its first four games, for a percentage of .417.
Princeton has won 41 of 65 in its last three games, for a percentage of .631.
Add them together, and Princeton is 84 for 168 for the year, exactly .500.
The emergence of Justin Murphy has been one of the keys to the face-off turnaround. Murphy has won 40 of his 60 face-offs (.667) the last two games after winning 8 of his first 23 (.348) for the year. His numbers now add up to 48 for 83, with a .578 percentage that is now 14th in Division I.
Murphy took all but one face-off against Yale, winning 13 of 22 against Dylan Levings, who ranked fourth in Division I prior to the game and who had dominated Princeton in the past. Murphy’s performance has allowed Princeton to not have to use starters Jeff Froccaro and Jake Froccaro as face-off men and has allowed Bobby Lucas to move to the second offensive midfield.
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Princeton has been in double figures in each of its first seven games, the second-longest streak of double figure scoring games to start a season in program history. The only time that Princeton was in double figures in more games to start a season was in 1951, when the USILA-champion Tigers were in double figures in every game.
Princeton has only reached double figures against Brown twice in the last eight meetings. During that time, Princeton has averaged 8.5 goals per game and has scored six or fewer three times.
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Princeton and Brown have one common opponent to date, North Carolina, with both games played on Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.
Princeton lost to the Tar Heels 16-15; Brown lost 18-12.
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Princeton has gotten 79 of its 85 goals, 43 of its 50 assists and 249 of its 300 shots from its starting attack (Ryan Ambler, Jeff Froccaro, Mike MacDonald) and first midfield (Tom Schreiber, Jake Froccaro, Kip Orban).
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Tom Schreiber has at least one goal and at least three points in every game this year. In fact, Schreiber has at least three points in eight straight games, dating back to his two-goal, two-assist performance against UVa in the NCAA tournament last year.
Schreiber has at least one point in 24 straight games, the longest current streak by a Division I midfielder.
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Jeff Froccaro has 97 career points, leading him three away from becoming the 27th player in program history to reach 100 points.
Froccaro has at least one goal in 19 straight games, which is the seventh-longest active streak in Division I.
Froccaro would need to get a fifth and sixth year of eligibility to catch the all-time Princeton record of one goal in 46 straight games, held by Chris Massey.
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Mike MacDonald had 22 goals in 16 games as a freshman. He has 19 goals in seven games as a sophomore.
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Brown leads the Ivy League with a team .310 shooting percentage.
Princeton and Brown turn the ball over fewer than any other teams in the league.
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Ryan Ambler has 17 points (9G, 8A) in Princeton’s five wins, with at least one point in every game.
Ambler, the freshman, has no points in either of Princeton’s two losses - and has taken just three shots in the two games combined.
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What Can You Say About ...
Ryan Ambler #14
• has nine goals and eight assists in Princeton’s five wins and no goals and no assists in Princeton’s two losses
• has taken 21 shots, 18 in the five wins and three in the two losses
• had two goals against Yale
• scored Princeton’s eighth goal with four seconds left in the third and then ninth goal 1:04 into the fourth in 10-9 win
• had three goals and two assists in the win over Villanova for first career five-point game
• also had three goals and two assists in win over Manhattan
• began career with a four-point game against Hofstra (1G, 3A) to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week award
• had a goal and two assists to snap a 3-3 tie as Princeton built a 6-3 lead in the second quarter; Hofstra would never pull even again
• was the fourth Princeton player with four points in opening game of his freshman year (Ryan Boyle in 2001, Jesse Hubbard in 1995, Jason Buttles in 1993)
• had one assist against Johns Hopkins
• was the second Princeton freshman in two years to start the first game of his freshman year on attack after Mike MacDonald did last year; prior to MacDonald, the last time a Princeton freshman started Game 1 of his freshman year on attack was 2004, when Peter Trombino did so
• high school All-America from Abington High, outside of Philadelphia, where he had 186 career goals and 210 career assists
• younger brother of former Princeton assistant coach Colin Ambler, who also played for Princeton head coach Chris Bates at Drexel
• father Bob is the all-time leading scorer at Drexel
Luke Armour #16
• senior who can play attack or midfield
• was slowed by injury for most of 2012
• had three goals and an assist against Dartmouth
• three goals and four points were career highs
• had two assists against Manhattan
• played in every game, starting seven, in 2011
• was fourth on the team with 14 points (9G, 5A) in 2011
Alex Beatty #36
• team’s No. 1 longstick midfielder
• tied for team lead with five caused turnovers
• caused three turnovers against Johns Hopkins
• played in two games last year, when he was slowed by injuries
Brandon Bonvino #21
• is the No. 2 longstick midfielder
• had caused turnovers against Penn, North Carolina and Manhattan
• missed the Villanova game due to injury
• played in three games last year
Hunter DeButts #47
• has moved from attack to the offensive midfield to defensive midfield
• had a goal and two assits against Manhattan for his first career three-goal game
• had his first goal of the season in the win over Villanova
• had two goals on two shots (including the first goal of the game) against Brown after missing the first seven games due to injury a year ago
• had an assist against Cornell, Rutgers, Dartmouth and Yale in the Ivy final
Nick Fernandez #24
• moved to being a starter on close defense after having been a shortstick defensive midfielder his first two years; Ryan Schoenig (in 2006) did the same for Princeton
• had his first career goal in the game against Syracuse last year
• also had a goal in the next game against Rutgers
• had four ground balls and a caused turnover vs. Manhattan
• missed games with ankle sprain, concussion, broken arm in 2011
Jake Froccaro #9
• starter at midfield
• had two goals and an assist in the win over Villanova
• had one goal and two assists against North Carolina
• named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week after the Villanova and Carolina games
• had two goals and two assists against Johns Hopkins
• first career assist was to his brother Jeff
• had two goals against Manhattan and one against Yale
• won 1 of 2 face-offs against Hofstra
• had 65 goals and 20 assists as a high school senior at Port Washington
• younger brother of senior attackman Jeff Froccaro, a first-team All-Ivy League selection last year
Jeff Froccaro #10
• 2013 preseason honorable mention All-America
• 2012 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• second among active players with 97 career points; needs three to become 27th player in school history to reach 100
• leads active players with 70 career goals
• has at least one goal in 19 straight games; streak is the seventh-longest active streak in Division I
• second on the team this season with 16 goals; third on the team with 21 points
• one of two players (Tom Schreiber) with at least one goal in every game this year
• had four goals against North Carolina
• had three goals against Villanova
• won 5 of 7 face-offs in the fourth quarter against Villanova; prior to fourth quarter, Villanova had won 15 of 21 face-offs.
• had three goals and one assist in win over Hopkins to earn Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors
• had two goals and two assists against Hofstra
• had two goals against Manhattan
• had a goal and assist against Yale
• was second on team with 27 goals and 39 points last season
• had career-highs with five goals and seven points while tying career high with two assists against Villanova
Will Himler #18
• had first point of the season with a goal against Manhattan
• had an assist against Yale
• was second on the team with 13 assists a year ago
• slowed by injury in the preseason but returned to play against North Carolina
Brian Kavanagh #44
• No. 2 goalie
• has played 14:07 in two games, with a .500 save percentage and 8.50 goals-against
Bobby Lucas #17
• has moved to second midfield unit after playing defensive midfield and facing off his entire career
• had first career point with an assist against Manhattan
• won 6 of 8 face-offs against Hofstra, all in the second half
• was 4 for 4 in the fourth quarter
• twice won face-offs after Hofstra goals that led to Princeton goals on that possession
• won 91 of 152 face-offs (55.6%) a year ago
• won 46.2% of face-offs in 2011 and 52.1% as a freshman
• also plays shortstick defensive midfield
Mike McDonald #8
• leads team in goals (19) and is second in points (27)
• also tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (5)
• has at least one point in every game
• had career highs with five goals and seven points at North Carolina
• had four goals and two assists against Penn
• had three goals and an assist against Yale
• had two goals and two assists against Villanova
• had three goals on five shots against Hofstra
• had two goals against Johns Hopkins
• has started every game of his career
• ranked fifth all-time among Princeton freshman with 22 goals
• had 22 goals on 39 shots (56.4%) in 2012
• had the highest shooting percentage (56.4%) of any Princeton player ever with at least 20 goals in a season
• shot 12 for 16 in six Ivy games
• had four goals in the Ivy tournament (two in each game)
• two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week
Justin Murphy #32
• has won 40 of 60 face-offs (66.7%) the last two games after winning 8 of his first 23 (34.8%)
• has moved from below 40% to 14th in Division I at 57.8%
• won 13 of 22 face-offs against Yale
• won 15 of 22 face-offs against Penn, with four ground balls
• won 12 of 16 face-offs and had seven ground balls against Manhattan
• won 3 of 6 face-offs against North Carolina
• won 15 of 30 face-offs as a freshman
• missed the first nine games freshman year after breaking his leg in the fall
Matt O’Connor #11
• freshman goalie from Lawrenceville Prep
• 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)
• made 12 saves while allowing 11 goals in win over Villanova
• made five saves while allowing eight goals in the first half against Villanova; made seven saves while allowing three goals in the second half
• made 12 saves against North Carolina and Penn
• made 10 saves while allowing seven goals in win over Johns Hopkins
• allowed one goal while making eight saves against Manhattan
• made six saves and allowed seven goals against Hofstra
Kip Orban #13
• starter at midfield
• has 12 goals and four assists in seven games this year
• has at least one point in every game this year
• had three goals against Manhattan
• had two goals against Yale
• had two goals and one assist against Villanova
• had a goal and assist against North Carolina
• had two goals against Hofstra
• had an assist against Hopkins
• had eight goals and three assists as a freshman
Derick Raabe #5
• starter on close defense
• leads team with 30 ground balls
• had 15 ground balls in the first five game and now has 15 in the last two
• had seven ground balls against Penn and eight against Yale
• has nine ground balls on face-off wins in the last two games (four vs. Penn, five vs. Yale)
• was the only current Princeton player who had ever started a game on defense (vs. Penn and Harvard in 2011) prior to this season
• had first career goal in the game against Harvard last year
• has played mostly longstick midfield in his career
Will Rotatori #27
• playing in the second midfield
• had first career goal in win over Manhattan
• had first career point with an assist against Villanova
• had an assist against North Carolina
Eric Sanschagrin #31
• made two saves and did not allow a goal against Manhattan
• made 11 saves while allowing five goals in first collegiate start, against Manhattan, a year ago
• played final 5:05 against Brown in regular season without allowing goal
Tom Schreiber #22
• 2013 preseason first-team All-America
• 2012 first-team All-America
• led team in goals and assists as a freshman and sophomore; is the only Princeton player ever to do so
• 2012 unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection
• 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
• 2011 first-team All-Ivy League selection
• ranks 21st all-time at Princeton with 117 career points; next up would are Charles Stillwell and Bill Chaires with 127 and Tommy Davis with 128
• leads team in points with 28 and assists (13) and is third in goals (15)
• has at least one goal in every game this year; has at least three points in every game this year
• has at least three points in 29 of 36 career games
• has at least one point in 24 straight games, the 10th longest current streak in Division I and the longest current streak by any Division I midfielder
• had three goals and two assists against Penn
• had a goal and three assists against Yale
• had four goals and two assists against North Carolina, including goals that tied the score and put Princeton up 15-14 late in the fourth
• had three goals against Johns Hopkins
• had two goals and an assist against Hofstra
• had a goal and two assists against Villanova
• had a goal and three assists against Manhattan
• had 32 goals and 28 assists last year, falling two assists short of having the second 30/30 season in school history (Dave Tickner 1977)
• became the fourth player in school history with at least 30 goals and 25 assists in the same season and first since Jon Hess in 1996 (Tickner did it twice and Wick Sollers)
• became the first Princeton player since Ryan Boyle in 2004 to reach 60 points in a season
• was tied for ninth in points in a single season at Princeton
• team co-captain
• 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
Jack Strabo #35
• first-line shortstick defensive middie
• had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against Hofstra
• has four goals, one assist, 19 ground balls and five caused turnovers a year ago
• younger brother Mark starts on defense as a freshman
Mark Strabo #3
• freshman starting on defense
• had two caused turnovers against Yale, including one on Conrad Oberbeck, Yale’s leading scorer, on Yale’s final possession of one-goal win
• has four caused turnovers and 14 ground balls
• played at Landon
• younger brother of junior SSDM Jack Strabo
Chris White #29
• team co-captain along with Tom Schreiber
• moved from defensive middie back to offensive middie
• had a goal against Johns Hopkins
• had two ground balls and a caused turnover against Hofstra
• moved from offense to defensive middie as a sophomore