Impressive goalie play kept this game a tightly contested battle, but Princeton doing a better job cashing in on broken plays and moving the ball resulted in a Tiger victory. What should have been a battle between Princetonís formidable young longpoles and UMBCís savvy senior attack actually became more of a duel at midfield.
Both teams dodged hard and tried inversion, but UMBC was only able to put together strong sets in spurts. Hewitt, as always, was big when he had to be, but his presence was mirrored at the other by the Retrieverís rookie keeper Jeremy Blevins. Though they were out shot, the Princeton offense picked their spots a little better and took the win. The Tigers move on to Towson next weekend to face the winner of the Maryland/Denver game.
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Davis' Return Leads Princeton Past UMBC In NCAA Opener
Princeton, N.J. -- Tommy Davis' return to the Princeton men's lacrosse lineup helped ensure Princeton's return to the NCAA tournament would last at least one week longer.
Davis, who missed a little over a month after a shoulder injury against Syracuse, scored three goals to lead seventh-seeded Princeton to an 11-8 win over UMBC in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in front of 2,107 at the Class of 1952 Stadium.
Princeton, who missed the tournament a year ago after appearing in 15 straight prior to that, will now face the winner of the Denver-Maryland game in the quarterfinals next Sunday at Towson. Princeton will be playing in the quarterfinals for the 14th time in the last 17 years.
Princeton is now 29-9 all-time in NCAA tournament games for a .763 winning percentage, the best in Division I tournament history.
"A year ago at this time, I was the NCAA rep at the UMass-Syracuse game," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney, who won his 29th NCAA tournament game to move within two of former Syracuse coach Roy Simmons Jr. for the most all-time. "I was miserable then. This is much better."
Davis, a freshman, dislocated his shoulder it the final 30 seconds of the game against Syracuse on April 8 and missed the last six games of the regular season. His three goals against UMBC leaves him with 13 in nine games.
"It was torture sitting out all that time," Davis said. "It was great to finally get back on the field."
Princeton jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the Retrievers as Whitney Hayes, Scott Sowanick, Mark Kovler and Davis scored for the Tigers. The Retrievers, who did not score on their first 17 shots as Tiger goalie Alex Hewit made several one-on-one stops, finally broke through with 2:27 to go in the first half and then scored on back-to-back shots to make it 4-2 with 1:13 to go.
Davis then scored what was probably the biggest goal of the game when he took a feed from Josh Lesko for a goal with 11 seconds left in the half that made it 5-2 at the break.
"We played maybe our best lacrosse of the year for most of the first half, and then all of the sudden it was 4-2," Tierney said. "That goal at the end of the half gave us a big lift."
Alex Hopmann scored the first of his three second-half goals to make it 5-3 midway through the third quarter, but Princeton answered on goals by Peter Trombino and Bob Schneider to make it a four-goal game again.
Brendan Mundorf made it 7-4 at the end of the third quarter, but the Tigers broke it open with goals from Hayes and Lesko to start the fourth. UMBC scored two goals in the final 1:39 to make the final 11-8.
Hewit would make 11 saves for Princeton in his first NCAA game, while UMBC freshman Jeremy Blevins would make 12. UMBC outshot Princeton 37-32.
Trombino finished with two goals and two assists and now has 21 goals and 18 assists for the year. He is the only player in Princeton lacrosse history with at least 20 goals and at least 10 assists as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
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Menís Lacrosse Falls in NCAA Tournament, 11-8, at Princeton
Princeton, N.J.-The UMBC men's lacrosse season came to an end as the seventh-seeded Princeton Tigers (11-4) defeated the Retrievers, 11-8, in the first round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament held at the Class of 1952 Stadium. ?
?UMBC's six-game winning streak came to an end, while Princeton will advance to the quarter-finals to take on the winner of Maryland-Denver. ?
The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 first quarter lead and UMBC had to play catch-up for the rest of the game. It seemed as though the Retrievers struck first, but an apparent goal by senior attackman Brendan Mundorf was disallowed as he was determined to have been in the crease. Mundorf drew a foul on the play, but UMBC was unsuccessful on the extra-man. ?
Princeton's Whitney Hayes put the Tigers on the board first at the 4:42 mark and the hosts would score three goals in a span of 1:50 late in the first quarter. PU netminder Alex Hewit was brilliant early, repelling three one-on-one chances by UMBC early in the second quarter. Finally, junior attackman Drew Westervelt got UMBC on the board with 2:27 to play in the first half, and linemate Andy Gallagher scored 74 seconds later to cut he deficit to 4-2. However, Princeton got a key goal to end the half as Tommy Davis scored with nine seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead at the break.
UMBC freshman middie Alex Hopmann opened the third quarter with an unassisted tally to shave the deficit to 5-3. But the Tigers would go on a scoring run of 4-1 and led, 9-4 at the 3:51 mark of the final stanza. Hopmann scored back-to-back goals to give UMBC life at 9-6 with 4:53 remaining, but Princeton won the crucial next face-off and Davis made a gambling Retriever defense pay with the tenth Tiger goal with 3:49 to play.
Hopmann produced his first career three-goal game for UMBC, while Davis led Princeton with three goals. Andy Gallagher was the only other Retriever with multiple points as he posted a goal and an assist.
Princeton won the critical face-off battle, 14-9, including taking 10 of 14 in the first three quarters. UMBC outshot Princeton, 37-32, as Hewitt made 11 saves for the hosts, while UMBC freshman netminder Jeremy Blevins stopped 12 PU efforts.
?It was UMBC's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1999. ?
|Peter Trombino||(2, 2)|
|Tommy Davis||(3, 0)|
|Josh Lesko||(1, 2)|
|Whitney Hayes||(2, 1)|
|Mark Kovler||(1, 1)|
|Michael Wenzel||(0, 1)|
|Trip Cowin||(0, 1)|
|Scott Sowanick||(1, 0)|
|Bob Schneider||(1, 0)|
|Alex Hewit||11 (0.579)|