Princeton Hammers Albany 18-11

Princeton Hammers Albany 18-11

Princeton Hammers Albany 18-11

Princeton Hammers Albany 18-11

Even 52 weeks later, that day in Albany still stung. Jack McBride called it a disgrace, while Mark Kovler called it the beginning of the end of Princeton's 2008 men's lacrosse season.

It's safe to say the score has been settled. Nine times over, for that matter.

Princeton, held to two goals against Albany a year ago, scored nine times that many in the rematch, running past the Great Danes 18-11 in front of 718 at Class of 1952 Stadium. The win improved Princeton to 5-1 on the season, while Albany fell to 4-2. Princeton now has three wins over teams ranked in the Top 20.

McBride tied his career high with six goals, while Kovler tied his career high with four more. Chris McBride had a career-high four as well.

"That game last year was a disgrace," said McBride. "Our effort was a disgrace. They came out and just took it to us in every way. We wanted to definitely make up for that."

The 2008 game was played in wind chills near zero in Albany, and Princeton's offense was even colder. The Tigers managed just a pair of Kovler goals, the second one coming in the final eight seconds, as Albany romped 10-2.

The 2009 game was played on a day that started with heavy, wet snow. By gametime, the sun had attempted to come out, temperatures improved and the snow melted. It left the track fast - very, very fast.

The game turned into an offensive explosion that saw the teams combine for 29 goals and 95 shots.

Princeton needed fewer than six minutes to better the two goals it scored a year ago, and it needed only the first half to reach its scoring average of last year, nine goals. Princeton attempted 10 shots in the first three quarters of last year's game; by the end of the third quarter of this one, Princeton had fired up 45 shots. Princeton would finish with 54 shots, marking the fourth time in six games Princeton has launched at least 50. The Tigers averaged 32 a year ago.

"I looked up at the end of the first quarter, and it was 6-4," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "I said 'that's the way I like final scores.' But hey, it was the kind of lacrosse game people say they want to see."

The Tigers led 6-4 after one and 9-5 at halftime. Albany scored the first goal of the second half, but it would be 14-7 at the end of three.

The win came six days after Princeton suffered its first loss of the season, a 9-7 setback at Hofstra in which Princeton's offense was stagnant.

"Did we make a statement," Kovler said, repeating the question he'd been asked. "Well, if we did, we also made a statement last week with that game. It was awful last week. We didn't have classes this week with spring break, so we were focused pretty well on lacrosse. We had a pretty good week of practice. It felt good to play like this after last week and after last year."

Both McBride's also had an assist, while Tommy Davis had four of them. Rich Sgalardi and Josh Lesko also had two goals apiece for Princeton.

Brian Caufield and Joe Resetarits had two each for the Great Danes.

Tyler Fiorito made 13 saves while allowing 10 goals for Princeton.

The Tigers are at Rutgers Tuesday night in the 87th meeting for the Meistrell Cup.

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