Tigers Drop Rutgers, 10-8

Tigers Drop Rutgers, 10-8

Tigers Drop Rutgers, 10-8

Tigers Drop Rutgers, 10-8

PRINCETON, N.J. - Sean Hartofilis scored a career-high six goals, including a pair of goals 12 seconds apart to erase a fourth-quarter Rutgers lead, as Princeton rallied to defeat the Scarlet Knights 10-8 in front of 2,479 at Yurcak Field Tuesday night.

The victory gave Princeton the Meistrell Cup for the 14th consecutive season. Princeton, ranked third in this week's USILA poll, improved to 3-2 with its third straight road win, while ninth-ranked Rutgers fell for the first time in eight games.

"That was the best Rutgers team we've ever played," Hartofilis said. "This is not the same old Rutgers."

The Scarlet Knights were 2-12 a year ago, including a 16-6 loss to Princeton in which the Tigers scored twice in the first 19 seconds. This time, Rutgers served notice quickly that this would be a much different game, storming out to a 3-0 first quarter lead in the first eight minutes.

"That was a very good lacrosse team we just played," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "I told them that this wasn't the same team they'd seen before. They played hard and came after us. We had to play well to win."

Hartofilis got Princeton on the board with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter, and he scored two more times in the second quarter as Princeton erased the early deficit to lead 6-4 at intermission after Jason Doneger's goal off a great feed from Ryan Boyle with four seconds remaining.

The lead grew to three at 7-4 when Hartofilis scored a minute into the third quarter, but Rutgers would not go away. Instead, the patient Scarlet Knights would score four straight goals spanning the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth, taking the 8-7 lead on Delby Powless' goal with 10:40 to play.

The score stayed that way for little more than a minute, when Hartofilis scored from Boyle on a man-advantage to even it at 8-8. Princeton won the ensuing face-off into the stick of Brad Dumont, who split two RU defenders and set up Hartofilis on the doorstep. Hartofilis cashed it in 12 seconds after tying it, giving him a career-best six goals, eclipsing his previous best set twice before, first in the 2000 NCAA semifinal against Virginia.

Doneger followed Davis' goal with his third 39 seconds later, giving Princeton a two-goal cushion. The Tigers controlled the ball most of the remainder of the game, and Rutgers' only shot in the final eight minutes came with just three seconds to go.

Hartofilis' six goals gave him 15 on the season and 99 in his career. He moved from 12th place to seventh place all-time at Princeton in goals scored in the game.

Doneger's three equaled Hartofilis' team-best total of 15, while Boyle added a goal and four assists to give him five goals and 13 assists and a team-best 18 points.

Rutgers had Nick Schmidt score two goals and no other player score more than one. Matt Apel and Tim White had a goal and two assists each.

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Two great teams
    by (#15285) on 3/26/03 @5:00AM
They just keep getting better and better. Even though they lost Rutgers proved their legitimacy. I can't wait to see what happens as the season progresses. Although I love the Syracuse-Princeton matchup, I wouldn't mind a little bit of championship game variety. I would love to see a more non-traditional team in the final-four matchup. Towson and Notre Dame both did it in the past years. I would love to see a team like Rutgers, Umass, Georgetown, or Maryland mix it up a bit.
 
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      Nice by 3/26/03 @7:43AM
      Acid Trip by 3/26/03 @8:03AM
            History Lesson by 3/27/03 @8:05AM
            Have to disagree with you. by 3/27/03 @8:17AM
               Voice of Reason by 3/27/03 @11:41AM
               i agree too by 4/02/03 @4:58PM
                  Speaking of.... by 4/04/03 @8:47AM
                     good points by 4/07/03 @4:30PM
                        Pathetic by 4/09/03 @12:39PM
                           some kind of detective by 4/09/03 @4:02PM
legitimacy
    by (#1017) on 3/26/03 @8:51AM
here comes some of that jerzee pride ya'll love to hate...
Rutgers is 7-1, their only loss (being this one) by 2 goals to the #3. IMHO they are a legitimate contender. I am a realist tho, and know the odds are against them, but I agree with Dynomite's "I wouldn't mind a little bit of championship game variety. I would love to see a more non-traditional team in the final-four matchup."

Why is Dynomite a "f*cking id10t" trip? Because he's not hopping on the 'Cuse cock like the rest of the world. I want a final 4 with UMass, Notre Dame, Rutgers & UNC. Why, b/c it's not the same old monotonous crap. Variety is the spice of life my dim-witted phriend.

Anyway, nice try Rut. Take out some aggressions against UMBC & come back hard.
 
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   Rutgers vs. UMBC by 3/26/03 @11:49AM
      Nope... by 3/27/03 @11:26AM
         UMBC by 3/27/03 @10:27PM
            Edmonston Ave by 3/28/03 @9:42PM
               UMBC by 3/31/03 @12:07PM
It's all over.
    by (#31907) on 3/26/03 @9:07AM
Sorry. It's over. This was the one chance to catch the Tigers sleeping. (Tuesday night game....traditionally bad team that is starting to put it together......2 days after a big win in the dome.) But as usual, Princeton put it together when it mattered, and now they are going to run the table. Tierney will rip them to shreds today in practice for taking Rutgers lightly and no being focused, and that will be all the motivation they need to start smashing everybody on the schedule the rest of the way. You all want to see some new faces in the Final 4......but it isn't going to happen. Princeton - Hop in the final. Petro vs. Tierney. It doesn't get any better than that.
 
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   Rutgers to me by 3/26/03 @9:50AM
      Re: Rutgers to me by 3/27/03 @3:32PM
         I said it was just me by 3/27/03 @10:14PM
            Oh yea and by 3/27/03 @10:23PM
      Goomba's by 3/27/03 @10:19PM
   seeez ya by 3/26/03 @10:47AM
   Calm before the storm by 3/26/03 @12:59PM
WHATS NEW TIERNEY
    by (#38595) on 3/26/03 @10:50AM
3 penalties or so that wouldn't be called in a rec league game. same story as before. tierney bitching at the refs and controlling the game through the zebras. heaven forbid he not get a call. what a whiner.

the refs are bad enough as it is. we don't need tyrrants like tierney riding them all game long just so he can squeak out a win. let the players decide the game COACH T.
 
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   Tierney = THE MAN by 3/26/03 @11:30AM
      awww shit ya by 3/26/03 @1:12PM
      Tierney by 3/26/03 @5:03PM
      YOU DON'T KNOW! by 3/27/03 @8:25AM
         Here's what I know.......... by 3/27/03 @9:08AM
            like i said by 4/01/03 @8:12AM
   Championship Ref's by 3/27/03 @11:12AM
   rouge leader=cock smoker (nt) by 3/29/03 @5:27PM
It was silent on the Princeton side...
    by (#44844) on 3/26/03 @1:16PM
with the 3 goal start Rutgers had. Tierney was apoplectic with the poor calls the Tigers got stuck with. The ties in the 4th quarter kept everyone in their seat till there was only 20 seconds left in the game. One of the most exciting games at Yurcak Field I've ever seen.
 
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It was silent on the Princeton side...
    by (#44844) on 3/26/03 @1:17PM
with the 3 goal start Rutgers had. Tierney was apoplectic with the poor calls the Tigers got stuck with. The ties in the 4th quarter kept everyone in their seat till there was only 20 seconds left in the game. One of the most exciting games at Yurcak Field I've ever seen.
 
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A Rutgers victory
    by (#43415) on 3/26/03 @5:01PM
Syacuse better be worried because Rutgers will win
 
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   Syracuse's Hobart worries by 3/27/03 @10:56AM
Overrated
    by (#47244) on 3/26/03 @5:29PM
Princeton will be lucky to make the semi's this year. Not that good.
 
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   really? by 3/26/03 @10:27PM
      Static by 3/27/03 @8:08AM
   Last Year by 3/28/03 @7:18PM
Rutgers 2003 is the 2001 Towson
    by (#41662) on 3/28/03 @7:17PM
We'll see of course how the schedule plays out, but these guys eeringly remind me of the 2001 Tigers. Upset a semi major team(Towson for Rutgers, Loyola for 2001 Towson), play close to Top 5 teams(See Princeton for RU; UMD, JHU and UVa for Towson) and run the table in your conference(remains to be seen) Could be a Scarlet Knight Final Four trip, just in time for the weekend to no longer be on campus.
 
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