Princeton vs. Yale
March 29, 2008
The Game Story:
The 90th meeting between Princeton and Yale will take place next spring in New Haven. Alex Hewit won't be the starting goalie for Princeton in that one, and that'll be just fine with the Bulldogs. They saw enough of Hewit in the 87th, 88th and now 89th meetings.

Hewit looked every bit of the All-America goalie he is, making 17 saves, at least five from right on the doorstep, while leading the Tigers to an 11-8 win over Yale in front of 1,189 at the Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday afternoon. The win, in Princeton's first Ivy game of the season, improved Princeton to 67-20-2 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Princeton is now 4-3 on the season, 1-0 in the Ivy League. Yale slipped to 2-5, 0-3 in the league, with its three league losses by a total of six goals against Penn, Cornell and now Princeton.

"We can kid ourselves and say we played well," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "Or we can just say that Alex was the difference."

Hewit was sharp against Rutgers Tuesday night as well, preserving the 7-6 Tiger win in that game with a point-blank save on Justin Pennington with six seconds left. With that win, Hewit turned his attention to Yale, the only team Princeton has played more than Rutgers.

Hewit finishes his career against Yale having won all three of his starts. His career save percentage against the Bulldogs is now .705, including .738 his final two years.

Yale actually outshot Princeton 33-31 in this year's game and dominated possession, winning 16 of 22 face-offs to run its four-year face-off numbers against Princeton to 58 for 76. Despite this, Hewit was on fire in the second and third quarters, making 13 saves while allowing just a single goal as the Tigers took control of the game.

Princeton would lead 8-3 entering the fourth quarter before Yale made it interesting, scoring three times in two minutes to pull within two before Alex Haynie, Rich Sgalardi and Jack McBride scored three straight for the TIgers to end it.

Princeton led 3-0 before Yale was able to get on the board, 4-2 at the end of the first quarter and 6-3 at intermission.

McBride was one of four Princeton players with two goals in the game, along with Bob Schneider, Tommy Davis and Mark Kovler. Kyle Washabaugh led Yale with four.

George Carafides, who played every minute of the last four Princeton-Yale games in goal for the Bulldogs, made 10 saves.

Princeton plays its final non-league game next Saturday in the Carrier Dome against Syracuse, whom Princeton defeated 12-8 at Princeton Stadium a year ago. The Tigers and Orange have combined to win 14 of the last 20 NCAA championships. Face-off for Princeton-Syracuse has been moved to 3:30.