March 5, 2009

Courtesy of Princeton

Princeton plays its second-straight game against a Top 10 team in Baltimore. After defeating Johns Hopkins last week in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, Princeton will be traveling to take on UMBC Friday night (8, ESPNU, WPRB FM 103.3 joined after men's basketball).

Princeton and UMBC meet for the first time since the opening round of the 2006 NCAA tournament, which Princeton won 11-8 at Class of 1952 Stadium. UMBC leads the all-time series 6-4, with the first nine meetings having come annually from 1982-90.

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Princeton has seven players remaining who played against UMBC in the 2006 NCAA tournament. Mark Kovler started at midfield as a freshman in that game (and had a goal and assist) and is the only Princeton player who will also start this year’s game. Princeton also had Tommy Davis (three goals off the bench), Trip Cowin, Josh Lesko (one goal,two assists), Chris Peyser, Charlie Kokin and Greg Seaman play in the NCAA game.


UMBC has four players remaining from the 2006 game: Jeremy Blevins (who made 12 saves while allowing 11 goals), Mike Burch, Steve Settembrino and Alex Hopman.

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Princeton is ranked fifth in this week’s USILA coaches’ poll and Inside Lacrosse media poll, up from ninth (coaches) and 11th (media) a week ago. UMBC is ranked sixth in the coaches’ poll and eighth in the media poll.


Princeton has four remaining games against teams currently in the Top 10 (the same 10 teams appear in both polls, though not in the same order): UMBC (six by the coaches/ eight by the media); Syracuse (2/2), Cornell (4/4) and Hofstra (10/9). Princeton also plays Harvard (12/11) and Brown (15/18).


Princeton has one win already over a Top 10 team, last week’s 14-8 win over Johns Hopkins (9/10). A win over UMBC would make Princeton the first team in Division I with two wins against Top 10 teams, something UVa could match Sunday against Cornell.

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Princeton has scored 14 goals in each of its first two games (14-6 over Canisius; 14-8 over Johns Hopkins). The last time Princeton scored at least 14 goals in consecutive games was in 2001, when the Tigers scored 15 against Penn, Brown and Harvard.


Jack McBride has scored four goals in each of Princeton’s first two games. The last Prniceton player to score four goals in back-to-back games was Jason Doneger against Harvard and Butler in 2005; the last to do it three straight games was Jesse Hubbard against Rutgers, Dartmouth and Penn in 1997.


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Princeton is ranked eighth in Division I in scoring offense (14.0 per game, obviously). Princeton’s final rank in scoring offense over the last four full seasons has been 29, 20, 27, and 35.

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Princeton took 51 shots against Johns Hopkins after taking 60 shots against Canisius a week earlier. Princeton averaged 32.07 shots per game a year ago, meaning the Tigers have taken more shots in two games (111) this season than they averaged for three games (96.2) a year ago.


The highest number of shots per game that Princeton has attempted in one of Bill Tierney’s first 21 full seasons at Princeton has been 46.3 in 1993. The average number of shots per game for Princeton since the start of the 2000 season is 35.7; the average number of shots per game for the last five seasons has been 33.7.
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Princeton has a team .252 shooting percentage and is averaging 14.0 goals per game. Princeton had a team .281 shooting percentage a year ago and averaged 9.0 goals per game.


Through two games, Princeton is outshooting its opponents by an average of 55.5-25.0 shots per game.

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Chad Wiedmaier was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after holding Hopkins’ All-America attackman Steve Boyle to one goa, which came after Princeton had built an eight-goal lead; Boyle had scored five goals in two prevoius games against Princeton at the Face-Off Classic.


Wiedmaier also matched Boyle’s point total with an assist of his own for his first collegiate point.


Wiedmaier’s performance earned his Co-Defenseman of the Week honors (along with teammate Chris Peyser) from Christian Swezey of Inside Lacrosse and also a spot on the Inside Lacrosse Tea of the Week.

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John Cunningham’s goal against Johns Hopkins was assisted by Chad Wiedmaier; it marked the first time since Bill Tierney has been head coach that Princeton has had a goal by a longstick assisted by another longstick.

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Princeton’s Bill Tierney has won six NCAA championships; UMBC’s Don Zimmerman has won three NCAA championships, all at Johns Hopkins. Tierney was an assistant at Hopkins under Zimmerman on JHU’s NCAA title teams of 1985 and 1987.


The Princeton-UMBC matchup features coaches who have combined for nine NCAA championships. The only current Division I matchup where the coaches would have combined for more is Princeton-Syracuse (six for Tierney, four for John Desko); a Princeton-Virginia would equal Princeton-UMBC with nine, though the Tigers do not play the Cavaliers this season.

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Princeton has played Virginia in its game following Johns Hopkins every year since 1993. Princeton played Bucknell and Stony Brook between Hopkins and UVa in 1992 and did not play Virginia annually prior to that.

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Paul Barnes went 10 for 20 in face-offs against Johns Hopkins and scored two goals.In doing so, he became the first Princeton face-off man to score a goal in a game (let alone two goals) since Drew Casino in 2004.
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Princeton is 32 for 34 on clearing attempts through two games (.941). Princeton cleared at a .842 success rate a year ago.
Princeton was 18 for 19 on clears against Hopkins; the only failed clear led directly to JHU’s first goal.

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Tyler Fiorito played his first complete game in Princeton’s win over Hopkins, making 11 saves while allowing eight goals. Fiorito made seven of his saves in the first 25 minutes as Princeton built a 9-1 lead.


Fiorito and Nikhil Ashra split the first game against Canisius, with each goalies’ playing 30 minutes.

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Princeton has scored 14 goals in each of its first games. The last time Princeton scored in double figures in each of its first two games was the 1994 season.

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Princeton freshman Mike Chanenchuk will miss the entire 2009 season with a back injury. Chanenchuk will return to the team next year with four years of eligibility remaining.

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Longstick midfielder Jonathan Meyers faced off twice against Hopkins and won both. Meyers turned down football scholarships at places such as Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma to play football and lacrosse at Princeton.


He missed almost the entire football season after breaking his foot in the first game.

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Princeton has outscored its first two opponents 18-3 in the first and third quarters and been outscored 11-10 in the second and fourth quarters.

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Tommy Davis has 95 career points, leaving him five away from becoming the 21st 100-point scorer in school history.

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Mark Kovler has at least one goal in 16 straight games. He also has 60 career goals, the most by any Princeton midfielder this decade.