Princeton vs. Hofstra
March 20, 2004
The Game Story:
Jason Doneger scored three goals and Princeton's freshmen added four goals and three assists to lead sixth-ranked Princeton to a 10-5 win over No. 14 Hofstra in front of 2,106 at the Class of 1952 Stadium.

The game was preceded by a moment of silence in memory of the recent deaths of Cornell defenseman George Boiardi and Michael Breschi, the son of Ohio State head coach Jim Breschi.

Princeton, who improved to 3-1 on the season, will host Syracuse next weekend (3 p.m., CSTV). Hofstra is now 2-3.

The win was Princeton's seventh straight over Hofstra and fifth straight since the teams began playing annually in 2000. The final score matched the 10-5 win Princeton had over Hofstra in 2001, the year the Tigers won their sixth NCAA championship.

"We're starting to play well together," said Princeton freshman Peter Trombino, who had a goal and two assists. "We're all figuring out our roles. There were a lot of new guys when the season started, and I think we're getting better."

Princeton scored three times in the first 5:30 and never trailed against the Pride. Doneger started the scoring three minutes into the game, and Trombino and fellow freshman Whitney Hayes followed to build the 3-0 lead. Doneger has now scored at least one goal in 18 straight games; Trobino's goal gave him at least one in each of the first four games, the longest such streak by a Princeton freshman since Lorne Smith had one in each of his first 10 games in 1996.

The score was 3-1 Princeton after intermission and 5-1 on Doneger's second goal, which came on a feed from Ryan Boyle with 4:09 remaining in the second quarter.

Hofstra would answer on Tim Treubig's goal with 2:31 left in the half, and the Pride had several chances to get closer by intermission from there. Dave Law would make three point-blank saves in the final 20 seconds of the half, and it was 5-2 Tigers at the break. Princeton scored three of four in the third quarter to make it 8-4.

Law, the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week last week after a 15-save performance in an 8-7 win over Virginia, finished with 11 saves and four goals-against in 56 minutes. After starting the season with a save percentage of .450 and goals-against of 11.00 in the first two games, Law now has a save percentage the last two weeks of .703 and a goals-against the last two weeks of 5.69.

Ryan Boyle had a goal and two assists for Princeton to move into sole possession of sixth place all-time at Princeton in points scored with 177, five away from David Heubeck for fifth. Boyle also has 126 career assists, seven away from Jon Hess for second at Princeton.

Hayes had two goals and an assist for Princeton, while Michael Biles, another freshman, had a goal. Zachary Jungers, a freshman defenseman, led Princeton with five ground balls, and a total of nine freshmen played for Princeton in the game.

"The young guys aren't a problem," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "They're a joy to work with. Every week for them is something new. It's great to be around."

Hofstra outshot Princeton 30-29 after the Tigers had a 27-19 edge after three quarters. John Keysor had two goals and an assist to lead the Pride.