Princeton vs. Canisius
February 25, 2006
The Game Story:
Princeton, N.J. -- The Princeton men's lacrosse team didn't get its
first win of the 2005 season until April. This year, win No. 1 came on a
sunny day in February, one week before March comes in like a lion for
the Tigers.

Princeton scored its first goal 33 seconds into the game and never
trailed in a convincing 16-6 win over Canisius in front of 1,207 at the
Class of 1952 Stadium. The Tigers' freshman class, ranked No. 1
nationally by Inside Lacrosse, combined for six of the goals, three of
which came from Tommy Davis, who became the first Princeton player to
score three goals in the first game of his freshman year since Jesse
Hubbard in 1995.

The opener against Canisius is now followed by consecutive games against
teams from the 2005 NCAA Final Four, beginning next Saturday (March 4)
at defending champion Johns Hopkins and continuing eight days later at
home against Virginia.

"Last year was last year," said Princeton junior Scott Sowanick, who led
Princeton with four points on two goals and two assists. "Coach [Bill]
Tierney came in before the game and just said that we weren't 5-7
anymore."

Tierney's reference was to Princeton's 5-7 record a year ago, when
Princeton did not win the Ivy League for the first time in 10 years and
did not go to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years.

The 2006 team played six of its freshmen in the first quarter alone.
Those freshmen teamed with a group of veterans that still has 14 players
who played in the 2004 NCAA semifinals against Navy.

"It was a good start for us," said Tierney. "It was February 25th, and
it was sunny and almost 50 degrees. And we're not 0-1."

The scoring started as Whitney Hayes fed Scott Sowanick just 33 seconds
into the first quarter. Princeton added goals from Jim O'Brien and Alex
Haynie to make it 3-0 before Dan McAuliffe scored late in the first for
the Golden Griffins, picked fifth in the MAAC in the preseason.

Princeton broke the game open by scoring the only four goals of the
second quarter, including the first of two by freshman Mark Kovler, to
make it 7-1 at the half.

After Canisius made it 8-3 in the third, Princeton scored five straight
goals in a nine-minute run. During that stretch, the freshmen scored
four of the goals, including two by Davis and the first by Josh Lesko.

"It's been great for us," said Davis, from Levittown, N.Y. "The older
guys have made it easy. They show us where to go, what to do. It was a
good first game. Now we have to go from here."

Peter Trombino had a goal and assist for Princeton to continue his
streak of having at least one point in every game of his career. Alex
Haynie had a goal and an assist, while Mike Gaudio extended his streak
of consecutive games with at least one goal to 12. In all 12 players had
at least one goal for Princeton, including Mac Bryson, who scored for
Princeton in his first game back after taking last year off from school.

Michael Blocho had three goals for Canisius, while Kevin Ross added a
goal and four assists.

Princeton outshot Canisius 49-22.