The second game of the day at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic also required overtime. the Princeton Tigers outlasted the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 11-10.
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Scott MacKenzie couldn't make a shot in the first 60 minutes and didn't miss when it mattered most, in the 61st minute.
MacKenzie's goal 59 seconds into overtime gave Princeton an 11-10 win over Johns Hopkins in the middle game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The win improved Princeton to 2-0 on the young season and gave the Tigers a split of their four Face-Off Classic games against the Blue Jays.
Johns Hopkins is 3-1.
Hopkins All-America midfielder Michael Kimmel's only goal of the game came with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 10-10. Princeton's Jeff Froccaro, who had four goals and now has seven in his first two college games, won the overtime face-off as Tyler Moni picked up the ground ball, and MacKenzie finished it less than a minute in after Jack McBride found him wide open on a cross-crease feed.
"I didn' shoot well all game," said MacKenzie, who ripped a low shot past JHU goalie Michael Gvozden. "I had the same shot in the second quarter and just missed it. This time, I told myself to put it on goal no mater what."
Hopkins won the first two Face-Off Classic games against Princeton, winning in 2007 on Paul Rabil's goal in the second overtime and then blowing out Princeton in 2008. Princeton then returned the favor, blowing out Hopkins in 2009 and then winning the 2010 game in overtime.
The second game mirrored the opener at the event, at which Duke scored a goal with 13 seconds left to force overtime, only to lose to Maryland.
"I thought we grew up a bit today," said Princeton coach Chris Bates. "To win here, in this environment, against that opponent, is not easy to do."
Princeton won its opener 17-14 over Hofstra, and it looked like this game would be similar, as the teams played a wild first quarter that ended with McBride's goal with one second remaining to make it 4-4 after 15 minutes. From there, though, both defenses settled down considerably.
Princeton scored the only three goals of the second quarter to lead 7-4 at the half, and that quarter would be the first of the season for the Tigers in which one team did not score at least once. The Blue Jays would not go quietly, though, as they rallied to tie at 8-8 on Max Chautin's goal with 3:46 left in the third.
Froccaro scored two straight after that to make it 10-8 Tigers, the second with 5:40 to play in the game. Froccaro, who earned Ivy Rookie of the Week honors last week with three goals on three shots, scored his four goals on six shots and won 10 of 17 face-offs.
"Everybody comes in and wants to play," he said. "I've been fitting in well. I'm lucky to play with the athletes I'm playing with in an offense that suits me well. They make it easy for me. I'm pretty happy so far."
Zach Palmer, a freshman middie for Hopkins, cut it to 10-9 with a no-look, backhanded rocket past Tyler Fiorito with 4:44 left, but it looked like Princeton would hang on when Hopkins couldn't take advantage of two possessions after that. The Blue Jays would tie it when Dave Spaulding forced a turnover and had the loose ball roll to Kimmel, who raced down the right side across midfield and ultimately tied it.
Still, the Tigers were able to pull out the win in the overtime. As for MacKenzie, he was 0 for 6 on shots during regulation before scoring the winner on the same exact play as one in the second quarter. On that one, McBride found him in the same spot only to have the senior middie bounce a shot over the goal.
MacKenzie responded by looking at the sky after the miss. After the game-winner, he thrust his arms to the sky instead.
"The whole team was right on top of me after that," he said. "Honestly, I didn't play a very good game. I have to play better than that."
His next chance comes up Tuesday, when Princeton plays at Manhattan. The Tigers' stretch of four games in 11 days then continues with a home game next Saturday against UMBC and then a trip to North Carolina the following Tuesday.
Princeton outshot Hopkins 37-27.
McBride had three goals to go with his assist, while Mon ihad his second straight two-goal game. Chris McBride had a goal and two assists, while Rob Engelke had three assists to give him seven in two games. Mike Chanenchuk had two assists as well.
Tom Duerr and Chris Boland - playing his first game after being suspended for the first three for a violation of team rules - had two each for Hopkins.
|Michael Kimmel||(1, 2)|
|Chris Boland||(2, 0)|
|Steven Boyle||(1, 1)|
|Tom Duerr||(2, 0)|
|Max Chautin||(1, 0)|
|Nate Matthews||(1, 0)|
|Zach Palmer||(1, 0)|
|Kyle Wharton||(1, 0)|
|Tim Donovan||(0, 1)|
|John Greeley||(0, 1)|
|Michael Gvozden||10 (0.476)|