April 17, 2010

Princeton Rolls Past Dartmouth into Ivy Tourney

from Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. - Fergus Campbell, Ari Sussman and the rest of the Dartmouth men's lacrosse team certainly got Princeton's attention as the Tigers stood in the tunnel two weeks ago at Gillette Stadium to see the Big Green knock off Cornell.

"We watched a bunch of film," Princeton defenseman Chad Wiedmaier said. "Their goalie [Ferguson] had an incredible game, twenty-something saves [23]. The offense knew what it had to do against him."

Then he turned and looked at the Class of 1952 Stadium scoreboard.

"Sixteen," Wiedmaier said. "Pretty awesome."

Princeton, wary of allowing Dartmouth and Campbell a repeat performance, instead dominated in all phases of the game en route to a 16-2 win over the Big Green in front of 1,308. Princeton is now 50-8 all-time against Dartmouth, including 29-1 in Princeton.

The win improved Princeton to 9-2 overall, 4-0 in the Ivy League. It also clinched a berth for the Tigers in the first Ivy League lacrosse tournament and left Princeton in position to win at least a share of the Ivy championship with a win in either of its remaining regular season games, next Saturday at Harvard or May 1 at home against Cornell. The regular-season champion will host the league tournament, and either Princeton or Cornell would be the host school by winning its final two league games.

The reason Princeton finds itself as the lone unbeaten in the league is because of Campbell's 23-save performance in the 8-6 win over Cornell in the New England Lacrosse Classic, a game that was followed by Princeton's 9-7 win over Brown.

This time, Campbell didn't make it out of the second quarter, as Princeton scored four times in the final two minutes of the first quarter, nine times before Campbell came out after 27 minutes and ultimatley 11 in the first half, which ended 11-0 Princeton.

Jack McBride tied his career high in points with seven after a five-goal, two-assist day, and Mike Chanenchuk added three goals and two assists. Chanenchuk now has 22 goals for his freshman year, fourth-best all-time at Princeton and three shy of B.J. Prager's school record. McBride now 99 career points, leaving him one shy of becoming the 24th player in school history to reach 100.

Of course, it's possible that neither was the most impressive Tiger, as Wiedmaier hounded Sussman, Dartmouth's leading scorer and the offensive star against Cornell with four goals, all day, holding Sussman to just one man-up goal while causing five turnovers.

The game marked the second straight for Dartmouth this year and the second straight trip to Class of 1952 Stadium in which it was shut out, after trailing Yale 4-0 at the break last year and Princeton 10-0 at the break a year ago.

"We haven't had a game where we brought the defense, the offense, everything together," said Peter Smyth, who won 6 of 8 face-offs and had a goal and assist. "It was good to have a game like that today. Once we got possessions with the face-offs and the offense was scoring goals, we were able to control the game."

Princeton outshot Dartmouth 42-21, had a 41-20 edge in ground balls and won 16 of 22 face-offs. Tyler Fiorito made seven saves while allowing two goals in his three quarters in net.

Even after Dartmouth scored the first two goals of the second half, Princeton ran off the final five of the day. Forest Sonnenfeldt had his first career multi-goal game, and Jeff Froccaro had a goal, an assist and eight face-off wins in 12 attempts.

Dartmouth dominated possession time for the first seven minutes of the first quarter and took the first four shots of the day. McBride started Princeton off with a goal on the Tigers' first settled possession, and it became 5-0 at the quarter after four goals came in a 1:50 span.

It was new territory for the Tigers, whose previous three Ivy wins were by a combined four goals and whose win over Rutgers Tuesday night was by two goals. Against Dartmouth Princeton led 13-2 at the end of the third, and every healthy Princeton player played.

Princeton coach Chris Bates, an All-Ivy attackman at Dartmouth before graduating in 1990, is now 1-0 against his alma mater with the Tigers.

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