(Foxborough, MA) No. 5 Princeton staved off the efforts of No. 16 Brown in front of 6,403 fans at the New England Lacrosse Classic held at Gillette Stadium. The Tigers and Bears were tied at six goals a-piece in the fourth quarter. Chris McBride broke the tie with an unassisted goal. Princeton keeper Tyler Fiorito came up with a career-high 17 saves.
Brown took 20 shots in the fourth quarter; eight of Princeton Tyler Fiorito’s saves came in the final period. Both teams had plenty of looks on cage, with Brown out shooting Princeton 48-43. Neither team was able to score in the second period. Many of the shots were at the keepers and off cage. The teams were well matched on possession at the face-off X and on grounders. Each team played for possession, working the ball for the best looks. The McBrides led the offense for the Tigers combining for four goals, while David Hawley and Andrew Feinberg each notched a pair of goals for Brown.
Princeton’s Chris McBride was the first to score for both teams. McBride set off the attack with a lefty overhand goal taking Fiorito off-stick high (1-0) at 13:59. Brown’s David Hawley responded two minutes later with an ISO dodge and shot off hip pipe (1-1). Tigers’ long pole John Cunningham found the back of the net a minute later off of transition on the clear giving Princeton the 2-1 lead. It wouldn’t be until 4:36 that either team would score. Princeton’s Rob Engelke drew the slide and dished off to Chris White who finished with righty overhand shot (3-1). With 15 seconds remaining the in the period, Fiorito managed a big save on the crease only for the rebound to end up in Feinberg’s stick. Feinberg scored off the sidearm low shot (2-3).
The second period was a zero sum game; neither team was able to put up any numbers. Princeton took 13 shots to Brown’s four. Many of the shots were either at the keeper or off cage. Both goalies managed three saves each in the second quarter. Brown’s Andrew Feinberg broke the scoring drought 30 seconds into the third period (3-3). Feinberg’s defender over played the ball, and Feinberg swept to goal, shooting lefty off stick high. Jack McBridge put the Tigers ahead with a goal at 6:31 (4-3). Sophomore teammate Alex Capretta scored from X. Capretta waited for his defender to pull towards the hole and then shot opposite high (3-5). Brown’s Rob Schlesinger scored the last goal of the period lefty, Canadian style off the inside turn going off stick low (4-5) at 1:07.
Brown converted on only two of their five extra man opportunities, and Princeton was 1-3. Princeton’s Peter Smyth was called for the illegal body check (13:50). Brown’s Reade Seligmann connected with David Hawley. Hawley came up with the equalizer, scoring side arm stick side high (5-5). Jack McBride returned the favor with a sidearm of his own (6-5). Less than five seconds later, Brown’s Thomas Muldoon scored man down off an assist from Willie Fix (6-6). Both teams traded possession over the next five minutes. Princeton came alive with three consecutive goals. Chris McBride gave the Tigers the advantage with the lefty-overhand shot (7-6) at 5:17. One minute later teammate Phil Barnes received the ball from Scott MacKenzie. MacKenzie shot a laser side arm (8-6). MacKenzie was able to find another Tiger on the loose. Tyler Moni received the ball from MacKenzie at 2:00 and shot on an open cage (9-6). Seligmann scored for Brown just under a minute with a lefty rip off an assist from Parker Brown (7-9). Brown was unable to close the gap, and Princeton went on to win 9-7.
Brown will host Bryant on April 6th at 19:00. Princeton will host Syracuse on April 10th at the Meadowlands.
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