Schreiber's Milestone Night Leads Princeton Past Rutgers 15-11
The ball was tossed to the side. The crowd - and his teammates - applauded. The face-off was delayed.
And why not? Tom Schreiber had joined historic company in the history of Ivy League lacrosse.
Not that he cared. He was much more concerned with the present.
Schreiber tied his career high with seven points on four goals and three assists to lead Princeton to a much-needed 15-11 win over Rutgers in front of 1,726 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday night. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Tigers, who have another non-league game Tuesday night at home against Lehigh before three straight Saturdays of huge Ivy League games.
PLAYER OF THE GAME - Tom Schreiber had four goals and three assists to tie his career high of seven points, though that was hardly the story on this night. No, with his big performance against the Scarlet Knights, Schreiber had reached two huge milestones. First, his four goals gave him 101 for his career, making him the ninth Princeton player and second midfielder to reach 100. With 101, he is two behind Josh Sims' record for a Princeton midfielder. The 100th goal also came after two of his assists, and it made him just the fifth player in Ivy League history - and first midfielder - to have at least 100 career goals and 90 career assists. The other four were all attackmen: Cornell's Rob Pannell and Mike French and Brown's Darren Lowe and Tom Gagnon.
OTHER PLAYERS OF THE GAME - Schreiber was everywhere on the field, and he got stronger and stronger as the game went on. He was not the only Princeton player to have a big night. Ryan Ambler had five goals for a career high, and Eric Sanschagrin had a career-high 14 saves.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME - Rutgers led 6-3 on Steve DiGiovanni's goal with 8:52 left in the first half. By intermission it was 8-6 Tigers. Ambler scored three of his five goals during that run, and Schreiber had all three of his assists, including one to Mike MacDonald with seven seconds left in the second quarter.
WHAT THE BOX SCORE DOESN'T TELL YOU - The winner of the Princeton-Rutgers game gets the Tots Meistrell Cup, named for Harland (Tots) Meistrell, who restarted lacrosse at both schools in the early 1920s after it had been dropped in the 1880s at both. Princeton has now won the Cup 26 times in the last 27 years.
MORE SCHREIBER - Tom Schreiber now has 101 career goals and 92 career assists for 193 career points. He moved past Chris Massey into fifth place all-time at Princeton, trailing only Kevin Lowe (247), Ryan Boyle (232), Jon Hess (215) and Jesse Hubbard (211). Schreiber now has at least three points in 25 straight games and at least one point in 41 straight games.
UP NEXT - Princeton hosts Lehigh Tuesday night at 7:30. The game can be seen on ESPNU and WatchESPN.