Princeton vs. Dartmouth
April 28, 2007
The Game Story:
They gathered on the Class of 1952 Stadium turf, members of Princeton's 1992 and 1997 NCAA championship teams. There were All-Americas, Final Four MVPs and winners of any other individual honor available in college lacrosse.

Peter Trombino can make claims that none of them could.

Trombino scored three goals and added two assists to lead Princeton to a 13-6 win over Dartmouth in front of 2,412 at the Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Tigers to 9-3 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League heading into next Saturday's regular-season finale at home against Brown.

Despite the win, Princeton was eliminated from the Ivy League race when Cornell defeated Brown 11-8 to win the outright title. Dartmouth fell to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the Ivy League and ended a tough eight-day stretch that also saw the Big Green fall 10-9 at Virginia last Saturday and 15-14 at Albany Tuesday, both on late game goals.

Princeton's 1992 and 1997 NCAA championship teams were honored at halftime on their 15th and 10th anniversaries.

"It was a good win over a team that probably should have beaten Virginia and Albany on the road," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "We're very pleased that we were able to win this one."

Trombino's big day left him with two milestones, one that no player in school history ever had before and one no player to play at Princeton for Tierney ever had. His first assist of the day was the 50th of his career, making him the fourth player along with Wick Sollers 77, David Tickner 77 and Gerald Ronan 83 to have at least 90 goals and at least 50 assists in a Princeton career.

His final assist was his 10th of the season, making him the first player in school history to have four seasons of at least 20 goals and at least 10 assists. Trombino ended the day with 93 career goals, one away from tying for 11th place in school history, and 145 career points, two away from 12th.

"Those things are great," Trombino said. "And I think about them. But what's really important is winning. We needed to win this game. They are a very good team. They're very athletic. It wasn't easy."

Princeton never trailed and had the lead for the final 55:52 after Mark Kovler scored the first goal of the day. It was 3-0 Tigers before Ari Sussman scored with 45 seconds left in the first quarter for Dartmouth, and it was a 6-2 game at intermission. The Tigers broke it open by scoring the first three of the third quarter.

Scott Sowanick scored two goals and had two assists, while Tommy Davis and Alex Haynie also scored twice for the Tigers, while Sussman and Nick Bonnacci scored twice for the Big Green.

Princeton played without All-America defenseman Zachary Jungers, who missed the game after missing almost all of last week's 10-6 loss at Cornell with a knee injury. Charlie Kolkin, regularly the longstick midfielder, moved to close defense in Jungers' place and held Brian Koch without a goal, while John Bennett was joined at longstick midfield by Tommy Firth and Peter Trentman.

"I thought our defense was very good," Tierney said. "Kolkin, [Chris] Peyser and Danny [Cocoziello] did a great job on their attack. They scored some goals, but they're going to do that. That's a very good attack unit."

Shortstick defensive midfielders Derek Sudan and Brendan Reilly each scored goals for the Tigers. It was the first of Reilly's career.

Princeton outshot Dartmoutth 47-23. Big Green freshman goalie Michael Novosel made 17 saves.

Princeton now leads the all-time series 48-7.