Shannon
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PRINCETON, N.J. -- No. 17 Princeton kicked off the 2011 season with a win against 13th-ranked Santa Clara on Friday night 9-6 in front of a national television audience on ESPNU. The Tigers never trailed in the win and were paced by freshman Kayj Shannon's two goals.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the third minute of the game on a goal from junior Tommy Donahue, the Tigers' leading scorer a season ago. Santa Clara would knot the score a minute later but senior Chris Cottrell's man-up goal at 2:37 of the first quarter gave the Tigers a lead it would not relinquish.

Both teams struggled to find the back of the net early as just four of the game's 14 goals came in the first half. Freshman Matt Weber scored from the set midway through the second half and the Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the half.

Junior Tim Wenzlau scored a man-up goal in the first minute of the second half to give Princeton a three-goal lead. Santa Clara countered with a pair of goals though to bring the margin back to a single goal two minutes later. Princeton answered with two goals of its own to regain the three-goal margin. Freshman Drew Hoffenberg scored on a 5-meter shot and junior Billy Tifft netted a man-up goal and the scored was 6-3.

Santa Clara would scored the next two goals to get back within one as a goal with 15 seconds left in the third and one early in the fourth made the score 6-5. Princeton would finally separate from the Broncos over the next few minutes as Shannon netted back-to-back goals in the third and fifth minutes to open the score to 5-3. The first was a man-up goal and the second was scored out of the set. Santa Clara would add the final goal with 23 seconds remaining.

Sophomore goalie Tyler Amina made seven saves for Princeton to lead the Tigers to the win. Donahue would add three assists, three steals and two field blocks while rookie Sam Butler had four steals in the defensive end of the pool.

Princeton is now 1-0 on the season and returns to action on Saturday with games against Fordham and Harvard.