Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/17/15
From press Release
Mike MacDonald needed three goals to reach two major milestones and a whole lot more to get his team a win on a cold, windy Tuesday night.
MacDonald tied his career high with seven goals, including four during the crucial point of the game, as Princeton came from four goals back to beat Rutgers 12-11 at Highpoint Solutions Stadium Tuesday night.
Princeton – the No. 1 team in the Philylacrosse.com College Rankings – trailed 8-4 in the second quarter and then 9-7 in the fourth before MacDonald scored four of his seven goals in a 5-0 run that saw Princeton take a lead it would not relinquish. The game wasn’t decided until freshman goalie Tyler Blaisdell – in the first major playing time of his career – made a huge save on RU’s Jeff George with 30 seconds left.
Princeton, ranked 13th by the media and 10th by the coaches, improved to 5-1 on the season, while RU dropped to 3-6. Princeton, 1-0 in the Ivy League after its 17-11 win over Penn Saturday, returns home after a month away to take on ninth-ranked Yale Saturday at 3.
MacDonald’s third goal of the game gave him 100 for his career, making him the 10th player in program history to reach the 100 mark. He also joined Tom Schreiber, Wick Sollers and Dave Tickner as the only players in Princeton history with at least 100 career goals and at least 50 career assists.
Ryan Ambler (Abington) tied his career high with five assists, of which three came on the decisive fourth-quarter run. Adam Hardej scored the other goal during that stretch.
A WHOLE BUNCH OF NOTES –
* MacDonald’s other seven-goal game came in the 2013 Ivy League tournament semifinal against Cornell
* MacDonald now has 20 goals in six games after having 19 goals all of last year, when he was slowed by two hip injuries that required off-season surgery. He also has 15 assists, leaving him nine away from last year’s total of 24.
* MacDonald has 10 goals and six assists in the last two games after getting shut out against Maryland two games ago, ending his 31-game streak with at least one point.
* Kip Orban had two goals, giving him 97 career points. He needs three points to become the 29th player in program history to reach 100.
* Princeton met Rutgers for the 93rd time and now leads the series 61-29 with three ties. Princeton has won 27 of the last 28 meetings. The only team Princeton has played more is Yale, whom the Tigers host Saturday in the 99th meeting between the schools.
* By winning the game, Princeton retains the Meistrell Cup, which the Tigers brought from Princeton. The trophy is named for Harland Meistrell, who restarted lacrosse at Rutgers in 1920 and at Princeton in 1921 after both schools discontinued their programs in the 19th century. The teams have met every year since 1921 except for 1944 and 1945.
* Ambler’s five assists tied his career high, set last year against Hofstra.
* Hardej had two goals after having two in the first five games.
* Zach Currier had two caused turnovers and a team-best seven ground balls.
* Riley Thompson had the first goal of his career, which came in the second quarter and tied the score at 3-3.