Princeton vs. Pennsylvania
April 13, 2004
The Game Story:
With his team trailing on a tough day to play, Princeton lacrosse coach Bill Tierney turned to his biggest star. And his biggest surprise.

Senior All-America Ryan Boyle had a goal and two assists and freshman Whitney Hayes had a goal and assist during a four-goal Princeton fourth-quarter run that erased a Penn lead and gave the sixth-ranked Tigers a 9-6 win over Penn in front of 618 on a rainy afternoon at the Class of 1952 Stadium. Hayes finished with a goal and three assists for the game and now has seven goals and eight assists on the season.

The win, the 15th straight for the Tigers over the Quakers, improved Princeton to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League. Penn fell to 5-5, 2-3 in the league.

"Ryan Boyle is a great player, and he showed that in the fourth quarter," Tierney said. "And Whitney Hayes is the biggest surprise I've had in 17 years of coaching here."

Princeton and Penn were even at 5-5 entering the fourth quarter, and the Quakers took a 6-5 lead when longstick Joseph Shanagan scored on an end-to-end rush two minutes into the fourth. From there, Boyle and Hayes took over.

Hayes, who grew up in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School, set up the equalizer with 10 minutes remaining when he made a move behind the net and then fed Peter Trombino, who scored two goals and added an assist. Hayes then put Princeton on top for good when he scored off a Boyle feed 1:43 later, and Boyle then made it a two-goal cushion when he went low-to-high past Penn's Ryan Kelly with 6:37 to go.

"I grew up coming to games here," said Hayes. "I had no illusions of how much I'd play when practice started. I just wanted to try to fit in."

Princeton then won the face-off and maintained possession the rest of the way. Boyle drew two penalties against Penn during that stretch to help Princeton take time off the clock, and he set up Drew Casino (two goals) on the doorstep with 23 seconds left to seal it.

Boyle had been held pointless for the first 44:24 of the game, but the senior, who has at least one point in all 50 games of his career, had a goal with 36 seconds left in the third quarter and then his three-point fourth quarter to give him 198 career points and move him within 13 of Jesse Hubbard for third all-time at Princeton.

Penn scored twice in the first 1:25 of the game to take a quick 2-0 lead, but the Quakers would not score for the next 34:34. Princeton would get goals from Jason Doneger (24th straight with at least one), Scott Sowanick, Trombino and Casino to make it 4-2 early in the third.

Trombino, Doneger and Casino have each scored at least one goal in every game this season. Trombino moved within two games of tying Lorne Smith's record of 10 straight games with at least one goal to start a freshman season, set in 1996.

Penn ended its long drought with two goals in 47 seconds to equal it at 4-4 late in the third. Boyle's goal was answered by Luke Dixson's goal, and it was 5-5 heading to the fourth.

"We needed a strong fourth quarter," said Tierney. "We hadn't played great fourth quarters lately. I thought our seniors did a great job of getting everyone to understand what it was like to be in a game like this. It's tough to play in the rain on a Tuesday afternoon. It was a good win for us."

Princeton outshot Penn 33-23, including 12-3 in the fourth quarter. Princeton also had a 26-21 edge in ground balls, 11-3 in the fourth.

James Riordan had two goals for Penn. Will Phillips had an assist to extend his streak of consecutive games with at least one point to 28.

Princeton is at Harvard Saturday.