No. 10 Princeton fends off upset-minded Rutgers to earn 13-8 victory
Luke Armour scored three goals in the first 18 minutes and Tom Schreiber scored three goals and added an assist to lead No. 10 Princeton to a 13-8 win against Rutgers on Tuesday at Yurcak Field.
With the win, Princeton improved to 7-3 on the year. The Tigers also won the Meistrell Cup, given to the winner of the Princeton-Rutgers game, for the 24th time in 25 years. Princeton leads the all-time series 59-29-3.
Slowed by injuries, Armour had not stepped on the field in any of Princeton's first nine games this season, however just three minutes into the second quarter Armour had already scored three times.
The Tigers were without both Jack Strabo and Chris White, which forced some reshuffling of the shortstick defensive midfield line. Bobby Lucas, who had been playing offensive midfield, returned to defense, teaming with Hunter deButts and freshman Austin deButts, who had the most extensive playing time of his first season and responded with a very strong outing.
The Scarlet Knights came into the game having been outscored by only two goals for the season. In their first nine losses, four were by one goal, including two in overtime and three others by two.
Rutgers came back from being down 5-2 to tie it at five and six, but Princeton scored three goals in the final 2:23 of the first half to take control and lead 9-6 at intermission.
Princeton was up 8-6 and in possession when head coach Chris Bates called timeout with 14 seconds left in the first half. On the restart, the ball went up top to Schreiber, who ripped his third goal of the night to make it 9-6 with three seconds left. Rutgers got no closer in the second half.
Mike MacDonald and Jeff Froccaro both had four-point nights with two goals and two assists for the Tigers. Brendan McGrath had an assist for his first point of the year. Princeton goalkeeper Matt O'Connor made 12 saves.
Face-offs were even at 12-for-24 for both teams. Princeton went 3-for-4 in extra man situations.