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For everything that went wrong for the Princeton men’s lacrosse team in 2011, there was one day - the first Saturday of March - when the Tigers showed what might have been.
Going back 52 weeks, Princeton traveled to Homewood Field and defeated Johns Hopkins 8-3. It was without question the high point of 2011 for the Tigers.
Before an excruciating run of injuries and tight losses wiped out the team’s chances, Princeton looked like a strong contender in the Ivy League and for the NCAA tournament with its performance against the Blue Jays.
Princeton outshot Hopkins 32-25, had a 38-21 edge in ground balls, won nearly 50% of the face-offs and held the Jays off the board for the first 18:12 of the game. 
And then?
Hopkins went 13-3 in 2011 and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. Princeton’s year wasn’t quite as good.
Fast forward to today, and Hopkins is 3-0 and ranked second in both national polls.
The Tigers? They are 2-0 on the young season, with a pair of convincing wins in the month of February.
Beyond that, Princeton has a vibe of confidence, with early signs pointing to a big bounce-back year. Oh, and a schedule that now features five straight ranked opponents, including three straight against teams currently ranked in the top nine.
The first of those games is against the Blue Jays, in the first meeting between the schools on Princeton’s campus since 2005, when 6,325 - the largest crowd in Class of 1952 Stadium history - jammed the facility.

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Princeton in 12 games of 2011 vs. two games of 2012:
    2011    2012
Goals per game    7.08    12.5
Assists per game    3.3    9.0
Face-off percentage    40.7%    62.2%   
EMO percentage    23.9%    28.6%
% of assisted goals    47%    72%
team shooting %    22.2%    30.1%
shots per game    31.9    41.5
goals allowed    7.67    6.50

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Princeton hosts No. 2 Johns Hopkins Friday in the first of five straight games against teams ranked in this week's polls.
That stretch also includes three straight games against teams ranked in the top nine this week. After the Hopkins game, Princeton will play No. 4 North Carolina in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic in Baltimore March 10 and then at No. 9 Villanova March 13.
The Ivy season starts March 17 against No. 18 Penn and then at No. 17 Yale.
Princeton will also play Top 10 teams Cornell and Syracuse and Top 20 team Harvard later in the year.

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Princeton and Johns Hopkins first met on May 17, 1890, in a 3-2 Tiger win. Princeton lost to Lehigh one week later and then suspended the sport due to “concerns of losing to schools that could not field proper football teams.”
Princeton played one game in 1891 and one in game in 1893 and then did not play again until 1921.
Princeton has played Johns Hopkins at least once every year since 1937, except for the World War II-shortened season of 1944.
Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series against Princeton 54-27, though Princeton is 3-0 against Hopkins in the NCAA tournament.Between 1957 and the end of the 1990 regular season, Princeton was 1-33 against the Blue Jays, with the only win in that stretch a 7-1 win in 1966.Princeton lost to Johns Hopkins 20-8 in the 1990 season-opener, but the series started to go in a different direction when the teams met again that year, in Princeton’s first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Tigers won that game 9-8 on Mark Ames’ goal with 1:44 to go, after Justin Tortolani (now a pediatric surgeon affiliated with Johns Hopkins) scored five goals. Among the notables for Hopkins that day: current Hofstra coach Seth Tierney had two assists, and ESPN’s Quint Kessenich made 15 saves.
Beginning with that game, Princeton is 15-9 in its last 24 games against the Blue Jays.

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The last six games in the Princeton-Hopkins series have been played in Baltimore, with games at Homewood Field in 2006 and 2011 bookmarking the games the teams played at M&T Bank Stadium as part of the first four Konica Minolta Face-Off Classics.
Princeton has won the last three against Hopkins, making this the fourth time that the Tigers have defeated the Blue Jays three straight times (1937-39, 1954-56 and 1996-98 are the other three). Princeton has never beaten Johns Hopkins four straight times.
Hopkins’ longest winning streak against Princeton is 24 straight, from 1967-1990.

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Princeton has had a freshman score four goals against Hopkins each of the last two years: Jeff Froccaro in 2010 and Tom Schreiber a year ago.
Two Princeton freshmen have scored through two games. Mike MacDonald (four goals) and Kip Orban (one goal, one assist).


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Tom Schreiber leads Princeton in goals (seven) and assists (five) and is tied for the team lead in ground balls with John Cunningham with seven each.
Schreiber is the first Princeton player since Ryan Boyle in 2004 (against Syracuse and Yale) to have 12 points in a two-game span.

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Princeton has scored 12 goals and 13 goals in its first two games. The last time Princeton had at least 12 goals in two consecutive games was in 2009 (18 vs. Albany, 13 vs. Rutgers).

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All-America goalie Tyler Fiorito started every game of his career until the Tigers’ game against Manhattan. Fiorito committed a violation of the team’s code of conduct and as such was suspended for the next game.
Freshman Eric Sanschagrin started the game, becoming the first goalie other than Fiorito to start a game for Princeton since Alex Hewit in 2008. Sanschagrin made 11 saves while allowing five goals in 53:27 against Manhattan.
In three games against Johns Hopkins in his career, Fiorito has a .580 save percentage and a 6.96 goals-against average.

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Princeton jumped seven spots in the USILA coaches’ poll, going from 19th to 12th this week. The Tigers went from 15th to 11th in the Nike Inside Lacrosse media poll.

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Princeton has won 62.2% of its face-offs through two games. Johns Hopkins has won 59.6% of its face-offs through three games.

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Princeton has four preseason All-Americas.
Tom Schreiber and defenseman Chad Wiedmaier were first-team selections, while goalie Tyler Fiorito was a second-team pick.
Longstick midfielder John Cunningham was a third-team All-America.
Wiedmaier is also one of 20 candidates 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
    •    missed the Hofstra game with an injury
    •    returned to have 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
    •    had three assists against Hofstra after having two for his first three years combined
    •    can play attack or midfield and figures to start at midfield this year
    •    played in 10 games last year
    •    had career-high three goals against Harvard
Rob Castelo #4
    •    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
    •    tied for team lead with seven ground balls
    •    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 six career goals and eight career points
    •    tied for second on the team in caused turnovers a year ago
Hunter DeButts #47
    •    missed first two games due to injury
    •    could play attack or midfield
    •    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 and assist against Manhattan
    •    was injured most of his first two seasons
Nick Fernandez #24
    •    had four ground balls and a caused turnover against Manhattan
    •    had a ground ball and caused turnover against Hofstra
    •    starter at shortstick defensive midfield
    •    had three injuries in 2011 - ankle sprain, concussion, broken arm
Tyler Fiorito #6
    •    had eight saves while allowing six goals against Hofstra (.571 save percentage)
    •    did not play against Manhattan after committing a violation of team code of conduct and being suspended for the next game
    •    had started every game of his career prior to that
    •    preseason second-team All-America for the second straight year
    •    unanimous first-team All-Ivy League and third-team All-America last year
    •    second in Division I in save percentage and eight 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
    •    started on attack against Hofstra after playing as a midfielder first two years
    •    had two goals against Hofstra
    •    had a goal and assist against Manhattan
    •    leads all active Princeton players with 31 career goals and 42 career points
    •    23 of his 31career goals have come in the second half or overtime, including both against Hofstra
Mike Grossman #8
    •    had a goal and assist against Hofstra and Manhattan
    •    started first two games on attack
    •    has started on attack and midfield in his career
Will Himler #18
    •    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 missed the first two games with an injury
Bobby Lucas #17
    •    has won 15 of 23 face-offs through two games (.652); 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 5 of 7 face-offs against Manhattan
    •    playing shortstick defensive midfield
Mike McDonald #26
    •    named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week after Week 1 win over Hofstra
    •    tied for second on the team with four goals
    •    leads team in shooting percentage (.667) with four goals on six shots
    •    had a goal against Manhattan
    •    had three goals on four shots against Hofstra in first collegiate game
Brendan McGrath #26
    •    freshman who figures to play in the second midfield
Jonathan Meyers #28
    •    starter on defense
    •    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 points with a goal and assist against Manhattan
Derick Raabe #5
    •    started two games at close defense last year
    •    has primarily played longstick midfield
    •    is the No. 2 LSM behind John Cunningham
Eric Sanschagrin #31
    •    made 11 saves while allowing five goals in first collegiate start, against Manhattan
Tom Schreiber #22
    •     preseason first-team All-America
    •    2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
    •    first-team All-Ivy League selection
    •    Ivy League Player of the Week after win over Hofstra
    •    leads team in goals and assists and is tied for team lead in ground balls
    •    had a career-high seven points against the Pride (3G, 4A)
    •    had four goals and an assist against Manhattan   
    •    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
    •    had two goals against Manhattan
    •    had two goals against Hofstra
    •    had six goals a year ago
    •    had two goals, including the game-winner in the fourth overtime, against Brown last year
Peter Smyth #14
    •    has won 13 of 22 face-offs (59.1%)
    •    won 10 of 16 against Manhattan
    •    won 36.7% a year ago
Forest Sonnenfeldt #2
    •    had an extra man goal against Hofstra and Manhattan
    •    had 10 goals a year ago
    •    could play attack or midfield
Jack Strabo #35
    •    first-line shortstick defensive middie
    •    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 caused turnover against Manhattan
Chad Wiedmaier #9
    •    leads team with three caused turnovers
    •    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
    •    oe of 20 candidates for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award
    •    second on the team in caused turnovers a year ago


Career Scoring

Player    G-A-Pts
10 Jeff Froccaro    31-11-42
22 Tom Schreiber     23-18-41
2 Forest Sonnenfeldt    16-1-17
47 Luke Armour    10-7-17
8 Mike Grossman     10-6-16
33 Alex Capretta     8-5-15
19 Cliff Larkin    4-7-11
7 Tucker Shanley    10-0-10
3 John Cunningham    6-2-8
14 Peter Smyth    2-4-6
25 Mark Feild    3-2-5
26 Mike MacDonald    4-0-4
29 Chris White    2-0-2
9 Chad Wiedmaier    1-1-2
18 Will Himler    0-2-2
35 Jack Strabo     1-1-2
13 Kip Orban    1-1-2
28 Jonathan Meyers    0-1-1
6 Tyler Fiorito    0-1-1
47 Hunter DeButts    0-1-1




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