Princeton vs. Albany
May 10, 2003
The Game Story:
Will MacColl had career-highs with four goals and five points and Jason Doneger added five goals, four in the decisive third quarter, to lead fourth-seeded Princeton to a 16-10 win over unseeded Albany in the opening round of the 2003 NCAA men's lacrosse tournament at the Class of 1952 Stadium.

The victory advances Princeton to the quarterfinals next Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, where the Tigers will face the winner of Sunday's Dartmouth-Syracuse game. Princeton has won six NCAA championships in the last 11 years and has played Syracuse in each of the last three championship games.

Princeton improved to 11-3 on the season, while Albany, the America East champ, ends its season at 10-6. Princeton's Ryan Boyle reinjured his hamstring and had to leave the game in the fourth quarter.

"You have to win or you don't get to play again," said MacColl, who scored four goals in the game after five the entire regular season. "For the seniors, this is your last chance. We wanted to make sure we advanced."

Albany, 10-0 when leading at the half this season, had the lead for much of the first half and led 5-4 before Josh White scored with four seconds remaining in the second quarter to even it at intermission. The Tigers then outscored Albany 7-1 in the third quarter to break the game open.

"I don't know how big that goal was," said White, who had two assists earlier in the first half. "What was important was that we didn't panic or anything. I never lose confidence in this team. The only time this year I didn't think we were going to win was in the last two minutes against Dartmouth when we were down seven."

MacColl, a senior who had never scored more than two goals in a game, put Princeton on top 6-5 4:26 into the third quarter. White then scored a minute later on a perfect feed from Boyle on an extra-man opportunity, and Doneger scored twice more in the next 45 seconds as the Tigers began to pull away.

Chris Martocchia, who had three goals and two assists for the Great Danes, cut the lead to 10-6 with a goal with 3:41 to go in the quarter, but Doneger added two more later in the quarter to make it 12-6 into the fourth.

"Their goalie [Kevin Rae] came out very hot," said Doneger. "I thought if we kept shooting, we'd get some goals past him. We kept the pressure up, and they started to fall."

Albany would get no closer than five in the fourth quarter.

"We were 5-5 at halftime," said Martocchia. "It was basically 0-0 starting the second half. That's all we could ask for. We were ready to play. We felt good about what we accomplished in the first half. They're a great team. They showed that in the second half."

Princeton, who outshot Albany 54-26,also got two goals each from Brad Dumont and Sean Hartofilis. Boyle had two assists before his injury, and Mac Bryson also had a pair of assists.

Luke Daquino had two goals and three assists for Albany.

"I think if we ever put it all together, we're going to be a very dangerous team," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "I don't know if we will, but I'd like to think we can. We have 13 seniors, 11 of whom have played a lot of lacrosse and done a lot of great things. Nobody got on anybody at halftime. We just pointed out what needed to be done."

Doneger's five goals give him 40 on the season, eighth best in a season at Princeton. Boyle's two assists give him 46 on the year, two off tying Jon Hess' school single-season record from 1997.

Hartofilis' two goals give him 24 in 10 career NCAA tournament games.

Princeton lost to Dartmouth 13-6 and defeated Syracuse 11-10 at the Dome earlier this season. The Tigers and Syracuse have played in the NCAA tournament in every year since 1998.