Princeton vs. Brown
May 5, 2007
The Game Story:
The 2007 edition of the Princeton-Brown men's lacrosse rivalry was not too much diffferent than the most of the 13 that preceded it: The teams played a very close game, and Princeton won.

Peter Trombino scored three goals and had an assist and Alex Hewit made 11 saves as Princeton held off the Bears 8-7 Saturday afternoon in front of 2,572 fans at the Class of 1952 Stadium. The win was the 14th straight for Princeton over Brown and the ninth of those 14 to be decided by three goals or less. It was also the second straight year that Princeton won the game by one goal after a 6-5 win in Providence a year ago.

The win saw Princeton end its regular season at 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League, second behind top-ranked Cornell, as it awaits Sunday night's NCAA tournament selections. Brown finished the season 7-7 overall, 1-5 in the league.

"They played us very well," said Princeton head coach Bill Tierney. "If it wasn't for Alex, I think we would have lost by five goals. I thought both goalies were great. I thought we had a great week leading up to the game, and I thought we were playing for our playoff lives. It was a tough one. Now we have to see who we're playing and get ready."

It also marked the 16th time in Tierney's 20 years as head coach that Princeton has reached double figures in wins, something that the program had never done prior to his arrival. Princeton also finished first or second in the league for the 17th straight year, with 13 firsts and four seconds during that run.

Princeton played without injured starters Zachary Jungers, who missed his third straight game with a knee injury, and Josh Lesko.

"It was a tough game," Trombino said. "They played us very tight. We're glad to get out of here with a win."

Trombino scored with 7:42 remaining in the third quarter to make it 8-6, but the Tigers would not score in the final 22:42 after that. Brown's Kyle Hollingsworth scored the only goal of the fourth quarter with 13:43 to play, but neither team would score again.

Princeton killed off the final 5:45 of the game without giving the ball back to the Bears. Greg Seaman had the ball in his stick for 1:15 of the final 1:45 as the Tiger ran out the clock without shooting.

Brown scored on its first possession of the day on Alex Buckley's goal 45 seconds into the game. Princeton then took a 3-1 lead on two Trombino goals sandwiched around a goal by Tommy Davis, but any chance that this would be an easy day disappeared when Hollingsworth and Mike Cummins scored goals 15 seconds apart to tie it at 3-3 after one.

Brown then took the lead again when Jack Walsh scored 4:25 into the second quarter before Princeton scored the next four goals of the game, first building a 6-4 halftime lead and then stretching it to 7-4 in the third. Trip Cowin scored his first of the season to start the run, and Mike Gaudio scored one, but not two as it momentarily appeared, as the Tigers took the lead. Gaudio did put the ball past Brown goalie Jordan Burke a second time, but it came a split-second after Tierney was granted a timeout.

Mark Kovler then scored two straight for Princeton, giving him 21 on the year and making him the third Tiger middie this decade to have more than 20 for a season, along with Drew Casino (24 in 2004) and Brad Dumont (22 in 2002).

Brown wouldn't go away, as Thomas Muldoon scored two goals 1:14 apart, including one on a hidden-ball trick.

Trombino's three goals gave him 96 for his career, one away from omving into a three-way tie for ninth all-time at Princeton. He needs four goals to become the second player in school history with at least 100 career goals and at least 50 career assists, along with Wick Sollers 77.

Alex Berg won 11 of 15 face-offs for Princeton, who outshot Brown 42-25.