Princeton vs. Yale
March 30, 2002
The Game Story:
PRINCETON, N.J. - Yale's Eric Wenzel made 14 saves to lead the Bulldogs to a 15-13 win over Princeton in front of 2,245 at the Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The loss ended Princeton's 37-game Ivy League winning streak, a run dating to the last game of the 1995 season. Princeton's streak ended two games short of the Ivy record of 39, set by Cornell from 1972-79.

"You have to give Yale credit," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney, who is 61-3 in his last 64 Ivy games. "They played a great game. If teams come out afraid, they're not going to win. They were never afraid."

Yale never trailed in the game and led by as many as six on two occasions before Princeton made a furious run, cutting it to one at 12-11 and 13-12. The Tigers, though, would never get possession down a goal.

"Eric was terrific," said Princeton's B.J. Prager. "I played with him in high school [Garden City, N.Y.], and I'm happy for him. Now we have to get some help."

Despite the loss, Princeton (2-4, 0-1) would still be assured of no worse than a share of the league championship if it won its remaining five league games. Yale (4-1, 1-1) opened its league season with a loss to Cornell and now plays Brown in midweek this week.

Yale led 3-2 on Marko Lujic's goal with two seconds remaining in the first quarter, and the lead grew to 7-3 at intermission. The Bulldogs then scored the first two goals of the second half to open the lead to six. Princeton cut it to 11-7 at the end of the third quarter, setting up a wild fourth quarter that saw the teams combine to score 10 goals.

Princeton lost both face-offs after cutting it to one, and Yale added an insurance goal on both occasions. The lead grew to 15-12 with three minutes to go before Prager's third goal cut it to the final margin. Ed Britt led Yale with two goals and four assists, while Lujic had three goals and four other Bulldogs had two each. Ryan Boyle had two goals and four assists for Princeton, while Prager and Sean Hartofilis had three each.

Princeton's streak began in 1995 after a loss to Cornell. During the streak, Princeton won 20 games by at least 10 goals and outscored its opponents 538-206 for an average of 14.5-5.6.

Of the 37 games, only seven were decided by three or fewer goals and only two by two or fewer. Princeton defeated Penn 9-87 in 1999 and Brown 9-7 in 1998 in the closest games.

Yale's 15 goals were the most Princeton has allowed to any opponent besides Syracuse since Johns Hopkins scored 15 in the first game of the 1995 season. Princeton had not allowed any Ivy team more than 10 goals in a game since Yale scored 18 in the 1990 NCAA tournament.