Yale vs. Princeton
March 31, 2007
The Game Story:
One week after the loneliest game of his career, Princeton men's lacrosse junior Alex Hewit found himself with all the action he could handle Saturday afternoon. Fortunately for the Tigers, their All-America goalie likes to be kept busy.

As a result, Princeton found itself with a win in a game in which it did not score in the final 26:36 and in which no offensive player scored for Princeton in the final 37:39.

Hewit made 14 saves, eight in the second half, to lead Princeton to a 5-3 win over Yale in the Ivy League opener for the Tigers.

The win came in the 88th meeting between the two schools in a series that dates to 1882. The Tigers, who have played Yale more than any other opponent, lead the series 66-20-2. Princeton hosts Syracuse next Saturday.

Hewit's 14 saves came one week after he made only one save in a 17-3 win over Bellarmine that saw him play 30 minutes, allow one goal and have an assist of his own.

"Last week I didn't see anything," he says. "This week, they came out and played very well on offense. I like seeing a lot of shots. It helps me get in rhythym."

Hewit was sharp from start to finish and perhaps saved his best for last, as he made back-to-back point-blank saves on Yale's Michael Karwoski and Matt Fuchs in the final two minutes. He then drew a penalty against Yale when he was pushed from behind on the clear, which enabled Princeton to maintain possession from that point.

"Our defense was great," Hewit said. "They did a great job all day. Yale had a lot of threats, but we didn't give them a lot of great shots. Our defense did its job."

The three goals meant that Princeton has now allowed 39 goals in seven games, an average of 5.57 per game.

On the other end, Yale also had a strong defensive game, and the result was a tight match where the Tigers were never able to shake the Bulldogs.

Princeton led 1-0 after the first quarter on Peter Trombino's goal and 2-0 when Mike Gaudio scored his first since tearing his ACL against Johns Hopkins in March 2006. Yale answered on a Chris Kempner goal less than a minute later, but Tommy Davis and Derek Sudan would score for the Tigers before intermission to make it 4-1. For Sudan, a shortstick defensive midfielder, it was his first career goal.

"My entire family is from Connecticut," Sudan said. "To get my first goal with all them there was special for me. But it's not about who scores. It's a total team effort. I was glad our defense played so well. I think we set the tone for the game."

Yale's Kyle Washabaugh scored the first goal of the second half, but Zack Goldberg, another shortstick defensive midfielder, made it 5-2 Princeton with his goal 6:07 into the quarter. From there, Princeton would not score again, but Yale would only be able to manage Brendan Gibson's goal with 5:09 left in the third.

Hewit and the Tiger defense shut the Bulldogs out from there, though Yale dominated possession time in the second half.

"You have to give Yale credit," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "They're defense was great. I thought our defense played very well also. It was a tough game, and I'm glad we came out with a win."

Yale outshot Princeton 30-29. The Bulldogs also won 8 of 12 face-offs, giving Yale a 42-14 edge in draws against the Tigers the last three years.