Princeton vs. Bellarmine
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
When your starting goalie has as many assists as saves, you either won big or lost big. In Princeton's case Saturday afternoon, it was the former.

After spending the week listening to head coach Bill Tierney preach a message of not trying too hard, the Princeton men's lacrosse team responded by scoring the first 10 goals of the game en route to a 17-3 win over Bellarmine in front of 1,147 fans at the Class of 1952 Stadium. Princeton plays its Ivy opener next Saturday at Yale.

The win improved the Tigers to 4-2 and came after Princeton had played three one-goal games decided in the final half-minute of regulation or overtime. Road-weary Bellarmine, playing its seventh game in seven different states, fell to 1-6.

Every healthy player for the Tigers played in the game.

"I told them they had to relax," said Tierney. "You can drive yourself nuts pressing too hard. They just had to go out and play."

Princeton had lost back-to-back 7-6 games to Johns Hopkins (in double overtime) and Virginia (goal with 25.4 seconds left in regulation) before beating Hofstra 5-4 last Sunday on Tommy Davis' goal with eight seconds to play.

"You can spend your whole time thinking that maybe you should have gotten one of the ones against Hopkins or Virginia," Tierney said. "You never stop and think that maybe you shouldn't have gotten the one against Hofstra. You can't worry about all of that stuff. You just have to go out and play and not worry about anything."

The day started when Hewit, the first-team All-America goalie, scooped up a ground ball in front of the crease and raced end-to-end before feeding Peter Trombino for the first goal of the game less than four minutes in. Hewit would play the first half and need to make only one save while allowing one goal as the Tigers went up 12-1 at intermission.

Trombino would score four goals for the Tigers, all in the first half. The Tigers outshot the Knights 30-8 in the first half and 52-28 for the game.

"We have a very good group of players on defense," said sophomore Chris Peyser, who forced five Bellarmine turnovers.

Hewit would be replaced for the third quarter by freshman Nikhil Ashra, who would make seven saves while allowing two goals. Junior Evan Magruder made his first appearance in goal for Princeton and made one save while allowing no goals in the final 4:10.

Mark Kovler had three goals and an assist, while Tommy Davis had a goal and three assists. Scott Sowanick and Alex Haynie had a pair of goals, whie Ryan Morrell and Jim Weiss had their first career goals for Princeton.

All-America defenseman Zachary Jungers had his first career point with an assist on Trombino's final goal, while Josh Lesko extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one point to 11.

"It was a good game for us," Tierney said. "Now we go into the league. It's always tough in the Ivy League, and we lost last time we went up to Yale."

Princeton has won 13 Ivy titles in Tierney's first 19 seasons.