Princeton Pounds Hobart

Princeton Pounds Hobart

Princeton Pounds Hobart

Princeton Pounds Hobart

The first half was a clinic. Looking for disciplined offense with great rotation against the grain, patient dodging and passing? Princeton had it. Looking for pinpoint shooting? Princeton had it. Ditto for ground balls, opportunistic turnovers, swarming, double-teaming-in-waves defense, and just plain luck. Even though their uniforms are carbon copies of one another, somehow Princeton's looked better today.

Dewall popped in the first of the day for Hobart, and it would their only goal of the half. The Tigers employed their usual patient, to the point of irritation (mine), offense, and while Hobart's defense was aggresive, talented, and smart, the chips didn't seem to be falling their way. If a ball was loose on the sidelines, Princeton would routinely come away from the scrum with possession, a couple of Hobart defensemen out of position, and someone wide open ten yards off the crease. While they managed to run up the halftime score to 9-1, it was only Sims who stood out on an individual level. He breezed by defenders with an almost casual effort, and even when he bulled in off the right wing for a score, he made it look like he weighed 300 pounds. Most of the Tiger's offense, aside from Sims, was the by-product of over-aggressive Hobart D or the lightning fast transition generated br Davis, Mollet, and Tierney. That transition was definitely helped by Hobart's penchant for rushed, zero-angle shots -- I counted at least 4 shots for Jared Bebee that I wasn't even sure were from in front of the goal. Meanwhile, Princeton was sliding from everywhere on D, and Hobart was often a half-second behind on dishing it or pulling it out. The result? Not a lot of time with the ball in the first half. The half even ended with a nice Damien Davis pick on Breslin driving goal line extended, which he whipped 50 yards down to Tierney, who whipped across to Sims, who finished with style on a helpless Murtha.

Hobart came out on fire in the second -- Bebee started it off with a 7 yard rip to the upper right off of a failed Tiger clear. Then Oullett took the face, rushed down the middle, faked across, and put it off-stick hip. Murtha, who was average in the first half, started coming up big with a handful of acrobatic saves -- a couple times I could swear he pulled his groin. Bebee made it 9-4 when he stuck a high bouncer to the upper left from exactly he same spot as before (7 yards off the left post). The fans got rowdy, Princeton took a timeout, and this was looking like a game. Hobart was also becoming much more patient on offense, moving the ball around and pulling it out if nothing materialized (the pulled a lot of kamikazies in the first half). But Princeton regrouped and started blanketing Hobart's shooters -- Breslin was completely taken out of the picture all day by Davis, who plays incredible position D, and the Tigers were all over the ground balls. Hobart did have some studs on D that could throw the pickaxes, most notably Chris Rogers, but Princeton plays like a team in every sense of the word -- nobody tries to do more than they're capable of.

Sims cut short Hobart's uprising by sticking two unassisted goals, just a minute or so apart, to push the lead back up to 11-4 at the start of the fourth quarter, and that's when Hobart started feeling the clock ticking. Apparently, they drop a lot of passes when the clock is ticking. Princeton played heir version of keep-away with just 11:00 minutes left in the fouth, and aside from meaningless goals by Niebuhr and Cain at the 10:46 and 0:21 marks, the game was over after the third.

Post A Comment To This Story >

Princeton-Hobart
    by (#2675) on 5/06/00 @6:00PM
This game clearly did not show who was the better team. Hobart was playing in sweltering heat all day long and word has it that they pretty much took their best players out for long rests in order to have them ready next week in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Princeton is a decent team but nowhere near the measure of a Hobart. I think we will all find that out come the final four in College Park
 
Reply to this

   What? by 5/06/00 @7:53PM
      Not so sure about that. by 5/06/00 @9:16PM
         Agree with ketch by 5/07/00 @2:58AM
      Hobart can surprise by 5/07/00 @4:17PM
   princeton-hobart by 5/06/00 @10:24PM
   What?? by 5/07/00 @11:21AM
Where oh where
    by (#2709) on 5/06/00 @8:51PM
Was that stellar goal play from Hobart? Another vote for the Batch!
 
Reply to this

what happened
    by (#2813) on 5/06/00 @10:31PM
what happened to owen daly , he was supposed to be this huge impact player and the best guy teirney gotten in a while. He came from mcdongh bunch and was going to be a big star soon and i have heard nothing about him since, were have you gone owen daly.
 
Reply to this

   daly by 5/07/00 @11:02AM
   He's so money he doesn't know it by 5/08/00 @10:18AM
      overrated by 5/08/00 @4:51PM
         WHAT? by 5/09/00 @6:45AM
            Dag24 by 5/09/00 @5:34PM
               (no subject) by 5/10/00 @3:37PM
                  Think a little by 5/12/00 @1:04PM
                        Mad? by 5/13/00 @11:49AM
         Oh sure by 5/09/00 @12:41PM
            GoalTime by 5/10/00 @11:28AM
               Keep moving by 5/10/00 @12:09PM
                  moving on by 5/10/00 @2:09PM
                     Finally, the voice of sanity by 5/10/00 @3:46PM
                     Peacekeeper? by 5/10/00 @4:13PM
                        For the record by 5/10/00 @5:42PM
                           loser by 5/10/00 @9:17PM
                              Screwball for president by 5/11/00 @2:41PM
                        screwball by 5/14/00 @10:48AM
               I ask again, do you play? by 5/12/00 @1:09PM
                  More for you. by 5/12/00 @1:22PM
                     Even more by 5/12/00 @1:24PM
                        On Point by 5/12/00 @3:00PM
                           Dag24 by 5/13/00 @11:53AM
                              Screwball Indeed! by 5/13/00 @12:46PM
                                 Screwball by 5/13/00 @12:59PM