Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/28/15
From Press Release
On a normal day, maybe one team would have won the face-off for the overtime, called timeout and scored. Simple.
On this day? Uh, there was no chance that this would end simply.
Long after Princeton gave back what appeared to be an insurmountable lead, long after Johns Hopkins scored five extra-man goals in five minutes, shortly after Hopkins had a two-goal lead and not that long after Ryan Ambler (Abington) tied it with seven seconds left, Gavin McBride (Haverford School) cashed in the game-winner with 1:07 left in overtime, off a cross-crease feed from Riley Thompson, to give Princeton a pulsating 16-15 win over in front of 1,217 fans at a very chilly Homewood Field.
“This was quite a lacrosse game,” said Princeton coach Chris Bates.
Quite a game? It was quite an overtime, let alone the rest of the game.
First Princeton won the face-off when Drew Kennedy (Malvern Prep, won 7 of 17 face-offs) jumped, and then the Tigers drew a flag for delay of game. Then, Ambler appeared to win the game, only to have his goal disallowed for stepping in the crease, though another flag was thrown as well, this one for a two-minute non-releaseable illegal body check against Hopkins.
Suddenly two-men up, Princeton then took a shot that was saved and almost cleared, before Tiger freshman Aran Roberts caused a turnover at the other end. Then Princeton had to clear again, and all of that led to this: Thompson gently fed it across the crease to McBride, whose game-winner was his third goal of the day.
And that was just in basically three minutes of overtime.
The rest of the game was nuts.
Princeton (3-0) led 7-0 after 10 minutes and looked like it was going to run Hopkins (2-3) off the field. The seven goals on that run came on just eight shots, while Princeton won every face-off.
So what happened next? Hopkins put All-America longstick midfielder at the face-off X, and the Blue Jays then began to dominate possession. And Princeton started to commit penalties. And Hopkins started to close the gap.
The Johns Hopkins run got to six straight, making it 7-6 Tigers, and five of those six goals were extra-man, one with 27 seconds left in the first quarter and four more in the first 4:45 of the second quarter.
Fast-forwarding a bit, Hopkins came all the way back and went up 14-12 with 7:53 to go. Patrick Fraser, a freshman, had four goals, all extra-man, as Hopkins finished 7 for 10 while man up.
Princeton didn’t go away, though. Zack Currier, the best player on the field, made it 15-14 with 6:48 left, and McBride tied it at 14-14 with 5:09 left.
Joel Tinney put Hopkins up again, 15-14, with 2:13 to go, but that was just setting up the ultimate drama.
Princeton had the ball and called timeout with 32.5 seconds left. Princeton got off two shots and looked like it might run out of time, before Mike MacDonald fed Ambler perfectly on the crease and Ambler, in all kinds of traffic, tied it with just seven seconds left.
Then it was on to the overtime, which on this day was not going to be simple.
In the end, Princeton settled for a different adjective. Joyous.
ALL KINDS OF NOTES –
* McBride had three goals. After not scoring at all last year as a freshman, he now has seven goals in three games, with two each in the first two. He also had two assists in this one for his first five-point game.
* McBride last scored an overtime goal as a high school junior against Episcopal Academy.
* Kip Orban had a career-high four goals and added two assists for a career-high six points. Orban has the longest steak in Division I of consecutive games with at least one goal, a streak now at 29 straight, the fourth best in school history.
* Mike MacDonald had three goals and two assists and now has 19 points in three games (10G, 9A).
* Ambler also had a five-point day, with three goals and two assists.
* Thompson, playing extra man, had two assists, both to McBride
* What did Currier do? He had two goals, three assists, won 6 of 8 face-offs and had eight ground balls.
* Austin deButts, a shortstick defensive middie, played a great all-around game, with two ground ball and two caused turnovers.
* Joey Carlini (Malvern Prep) had two groundballs and a caused turnover for Hopkins.
* The home team still has not won a game in this series since 2004.
* This was the third straight year that Princeton has played a 16-15 game, after losing to North Carolina two years ago and Yale last year.
* Fraser has seven goals on the season. All seven are extra man.
* Bates is now 4-2 against Johns Hopkins. Princeton still trails the all-time series 56-29.