No. 2 Johns Hopkins Tops No. 11 Princeton 10-8

No. 2 Johns Hopkins Tops No. 11 Princeton 10-8

No. 2 Johns Hopkins Tops No. 11 Princeton 10-8

No. 2 Johns Hopkins Tops No. 11 Princeton 10-8

Pierce Bassett had a dull second quarter and a dazzling start to the fourth quarter, and those two facts made all the difference between No. 2 Johns Hopkins and No. 11 Princeton Friday night.

Bassett, who didn't have to make a save during Princeton's shotless second quarter, made the biggest play of the night when he stopped Jeff Froccaro in the first minute of the fourth quarter, a save that led to a huge momentum swing and ultimately a 10-8 win for the Blue Jays in front of 2,407 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.

The loss dropped Princeton to 2-1 on the season, which the Tigers began with three games in six days. Princeton is now off for eight days, until facing No. 4 North Carolina at M&T Bank Stadium next Saturday in Baltimore at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.

Johns Hopkins, which improved to 4-0, snapped a three-game losing streak to Princeton. The loss was Princeton coach Chris Bates' first against the Blue Jays.

Hopkins leads the all-time series 55-27, and the teams have now played every year since 1937 except for the World War II year of 1944.

The 82nd meeting in the series was a game all about possession, especially in the first half. Johns Hopkins took huge chunks off the clock while dominating the ball - drawing five stalling warnings - and then turned that into a three-goal halftime advantage.

When Froccaro scored with 15 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 3-2 Hopkins, it appeared that Princeton might have some momentum.

Instead, Hopkins scored the only two goals of the second quarter, during which time Princeton was outshot 9-0. By halftime, shots were 19-7 Hopkins.

Hopkins would go up 6-2, but Forest Sonnenfeldt got one back and then Mike McDonald scored with just seven seconds left in the third to make it 6-4.

The key stretch of the game came when Hopkins drew a penalty on the face-off, giving the Jays possession to start the fourth. A turnover, though, gave it right back to Princeton, and Froccaro made a beautiful dodge to get free in front of Bassett, who came up huge to keep it a two-goal game.

Hopkins then cleared it, and that possession ended when John Kaestner scored to make it 7-4. The lead grew to 10-5 before Froccao, Mike Grossman and Tom Schreiber scored to make it a two-goal game with 1:03 to go.

Prineton then unleashed six shots after winning the face-off, but none of them would go in.

Froccaro was the only Tiger with two goals. Schreiber had two assists to go with his goal, and Grossman had a goal and two assists as well.

Zach Palmer, who had been held without a point against Princeton last year in an 8-3 Tiger win, had one goal and three assists.

Amazingly, Princeton would outshoot Hopkins 36-29. Bassett and Princeton's Tyler Fiorito, arguably the two best goalies in college lacrosse, had nine saves apiece.

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