Princeton, NJ – The Princeton Tigers blew open what was a tight game at the half (6-4) to run away from Ivy League foe, the Penn Quakers. Freshman attackman Jack McBride set a Princeton freshman scoring record with six goals in the game. More impressive was that they came all in the first 40 minutes of the game and on just six shots. Senior goalie Alex Hewitt was solid in net with 14 saves for the Tigers. 2006 and 2007 2nd-team All-American Princeton defenseman Dan Cocoziello held Penn's 2007 Honorable Mention All-American Craig Andrzejewski scoreless for the first time in 25 games.
The Princeton Tigers responded from a seven-goal loss at Syracuse over the weekend by controlling a young Penn Quakers team. Penn got the scoring started first with a righty rip by junior Garvey Heiderman with time and room about four minutes into the game. Heiderman blew the shot past Hewitt high, one of the few Penn shots to do that on the night. The rest of the first quarter soon turned into the McBride show. Chris McBride knotted the game at one with 8:41 left in the quarter. His cousin Jack then took over scoring the next three goals of the quarter to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead into the second quarter.
Penn cut into the lead quickly on an Al Kohart shot on another feed from freshman Corey Winkoff. It was Winkoff’s second assist of the night and his Ivy League leading 18th assist. McBride stretched the Princeton lead again before Mark Kovler put Princeton up 6-2 on a man-up goal. Penn fought back and picked up some momentum on the heels of two quick goals heading into the half down 6-4.
The momentum for Penn wouldn’t last as Princeton’s offense found a rhythm in the third quarter. Two more Jack McBride goals, a Peter Striebel man-up goal and solos by Scott MacKenzie and Tommy Davis removed all doubt as to the outcome. Princeton headed into the final period with a commanding 11-4 lead. Any late attempts at a comeback were turned away by Hewitt with six saves in the final period and Cocoziello neutralizing Penn’s best offensive weapon, Andrzejewski.
The last time that Andrzejewski was held scoreless was, fittingly, two years ago at the Class of 1952 Stadium when he was shut out by Cocoziello the first time. With Hewitt’s fourth win over Penn, he became just the second Princeton goalie ever to beat a team four times. With the win, Princeton’s dominance over Penn reached 19 straight games dating back to the 1990 season.
Despite the nine goal loss, Penn won in a few statistical areas that usually indicate success. They had six more groundballs than the Tigers, as well as outshooting them 37-to-29. while winning over 50% facing off (12-for-22). The differences laid in Hewitt and Cocoziello. Taking Andrzejewski out forced Penn’s other players to step up and lead the offense. When they did manage to generate shots Hewitt was there to stop them, while a few poorly placed ones going straight into his stick. On the other side of the field, Penn sophomore goalie Chris Casey only managed three saves.
Princeton senior attackman and “in-home” Alex Haynie almost had the unfortunate pleasure of being ejected as he had four penalties (five is good for an ejection – http://www.ncaa.org/library/rules/2008/2008_m_lacrosse_rules.pdf). Of course, he didn’t necessarily commit any of them with all four occurring in the third quarter. First, Princeton was penalized twice for too many players, which Haynie served a minute total for. Then later Princeton head coach Bill Tierney was penalized twice for run-ins with the refs. One came at the same time that the game’s MVP Jack McBride received a slashing call giving Penn a 2-man-up opportunity. Fortunately for the Tigers, Penn went 0-for-5 on extra-man opportunities on the night.
Penn return home to Franklin Field as the 7-2 Brown Bears ride into town with the momentum of a six game win streak after a 1-2 start. Whereas on the other side of the spectrum, Princeton hits the road to head north and play the 4-5 Harvard Crimson who are reeling with four straight losses after starting out 4-1.
|Jack Mcbride||(6, 0)|
|Tommy Davis||(1, 3)|
|Pete Striebel||(1, 1)|
|Charlie Kolkin||(0, 1)|
|Rob Engelke||(0, 1)|
|Zach Goldberg||(1, 0)|
|Rich Sgalardi||(1, 0)|
|Ryan Morrell||(1, 0)|
|Chris Mcbride||(1, 0)|
|Mark Kovler||(1, 0)|
|Scott Mackenzie||(1, 0)|
|Alex Hewit||14 (0.737)|