Tigers Take It To the Quake

Tigers Take It To the Quake

Tigers Take It To the Quake

Tigers Take It To the Quake

When Princeton walked out onto the field for the second half leading by only 3 goals with a score of 5-2, they prepared to flex their muscles a little bit and show the Quakers where its at. Princeton was unable to connect on a man-up situation early in the third quarter but seconds later defenseman #25-Damien Davis streaked down the far sideline straight towards the goal and hit a wide open #2-Brendan Tierney on the crease who finished off the endline-to-endline play to put the Tigers up by 4 at 6-2. Penn would be able to answer this one back with their first goal of the second half at the 11:03 mark as #31-Billy Reidy finishes off a feed from #12-Scott Solow to put the score at 6-3, but that would be pretty much the last real punch they would throw this afternoon.

This was about the time that Princeton was starting to really control Penn. The Tigers would start to really possess the ball, taking full advantage of every chance on offense. The Tigers would move the ball around the outside or throughout a set offensive sequence until they got the matchup or right opportunity to attack. #12-BJ Prager scores one of his four goals on the day on an unassisted goal which was followed shortly after by a goal by #36-Josh White who beat his man cleanly on a clearout off of the left wing and stuck the ball high as Penn failed to slide. Prager then scored his fourth and final goal off a quick crease feed by #30-Matt Striebel(0g-1a) who fed the ball from behind. These three goals bumped Princeton up 9-3, but Penn was able to put one in with 9 seconds left in the 3rd off of a 2 man-up situation to end the quarter 9-4. The final goal of the game was scored when after two settled down offensive sets by Penn were ended as Tierney made one of his 12 saves on the day and then almost instantaneously outletted to a Princeton midfielder breaking out. The outlet pass was quickly pushed down the field to #28-Chris Berrier(0g-1a) who then banged the ball to a streaking #22-Brad Dumont(1g-0a) who proceeded to unleash a lefty gun from up top that directly found the upper right corner, 10-4 Princeton.

While last year's Ivy league matchup resulted in a down-to-the-wire 9-8 Princeton victory over the Quakers, this year's 2000 version was a lot less intense. Although the turf may have slowed the game down a bit, Princeton dominance on both ends of the field was extremely impressive. The Tigers only put up 10 goals on the scoreboard, but could have really forced the issue in the second half if they had wanted to. Instead of concentrating on the scoreboard the Tigers ran through their set offenses for long stretches of time each possession, making multiple passes and only going to the hoop when the perfect matchup or situation occcurred. Controlling a lacrosse game when a team's offense has the ball can be fairly difficult for most teams and their offenses, it is even more difficult to control a lacrosse game's tempo when a team is on defense. Princeton was able to do this with their defense today against Penn. Princeton's defense is so well coached and in control of themselves that it makes it possible for them to be able to dominate and throw off other team's offenses. The Tiger defense forced the Quakers to work the ball very far around the outside and posed little to no real threat when in settled down 6 on 6 situations. Being able to control both ends of the field so powerfully gave Princeton their 27 straight Ivy League contest and puts them 5-1 in 2000 going into this Saturday's game at Brown, as Penn falls to 4-5 on the season with a another Ivy league matchup this weekend against Dartmouth.

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