PRINCETON, N.J. - Tuesday night's men's lacrosse game between Penn and Princeton figured to be a tight matchup, but unfortunately for the Quakers an all-too-familiar scenario played out on the Class of 1952 turf.
On paper, the 15th-ranked Tigers (5-4, 2-0 Ivy) may not be the explosive national powerthey have been the last two decades. However, on this night they were efficient on offense and overpowering on defense, and the combination was too much for the Quakers to overcome. In the end, the final score was 14-5, Princeton.
The win was Princeton's 19th in a row over Penn, and although the final scoresheet showed the Quakers outshooting the Tigers 37-29 do not be fooled -- nothing came easy.
Penn (5-4, 3-2 Ivy) scored the game's first goal when Garvey Heiderman finished a feed from Corey Winkoff, but then the Quakers watched Princeton go on a four-goal run before the period was out. In the second, the Tigers expanded the advantage to 6-2 -- Al Kohart finished a Winkoff pass early in the second briefly breaking Princeton's run--before Casey O'Rourke and Alex Weber scored before the half to make it a 6-4 game as the teams went to the break.
The second half was all Princeton.
The Tigers outscored the Quakers 8-1 in the final 30 minutes, scoring the only five goals of the third period and responding to O'Rourke's second goal of the night early in the fourth with three more.
Penn's offense took plenty of shots, but many of them were low-angle or long-distance efforts. Facing an All-America goalie in Princeton's Alex Hewit, that formula was destined for doom, and sure enough Hewit came up with 14 saves in the game.
Winkoff finished the game with three assists, giving him 20 for the season. However, Penn was unable to take advantage of several man-up situations -- the Quakers were 0-of-5 in such efforts, including a few 6-on-4 sets -- andits leading scorer,junior Craig Andrzejewski, never got untracked. In fact, he finishedwithout a point for the first time since April 11, 2006 (coincidentally, the last time the Quakers played here at Princeton). That was a stretch of 25 straight games.
For Princeton, freshman Jake McBride epitomized the Tigers' night -- he took six shots, and scored on all of them. After that, Princeton showed a balanced attack aseight other players scored once.
With only four games left in the regular season, Penn will close outthe Ivy League portion ofits campaign Saturday afternoon, hosting No. 16 Brown. Faceoff at Franklin Field is scheduled for noon.