Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/21/15
Another game, another 10 points from Kip Orban and Mike MacDonald.
Another year, another one-goal Princeton-Yale game.
Orban scored four goals, MacDonald had two goals and four assists and Princeton held off Yale 11-10 in front of 1,686 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The win improved Princeton, ranked 13th by the media and 10th by the coaches as well as No. 1 in Philly, to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League. Yale, ninth in both polls, is now 5-2, 0-2. History is on Yale’s side, though, as the last two times the Bulldogs lost their first two Ivy games, they came back to win their next four and then the league tournament.
Even more history suggested that this game would be close, even when Princeton built a 9-4 lead on Will Rotatori’s goal three minutes into the second half.
By the time it ended, goalie Eric Sanschagrin had to make a tough save on a low shot by Sean Shakespeare with 1:33 to go and Austin deButts had to cause the last of his three turnovers and run out the final 10 seonds to protect what became, what else?, a one-goal win.
And so now it is six straight regular-season games between the two teams – all six since Chris Bates became Tiger head coach – that have been decided by one goal.
* Princeton lost 16-15 to Yale last year in New Haven and was 2-7 in one-goal games the last two years, including 0-3 in the league last year. Princeton is now 3-0 this year in one-goal games and also has a two-goal game.
* Princeton is now 2-0 in the Ivy League along with Cornell, a 10-9 winner over Penn in three OTs. Dartmouth defeated Harvard 12-11 in two OTs in its first league game, dropping Harvard to 0-2 along with Penn. All three Ivy games played Saturday were one-goal games. Brown, who defeated Manhattan 22-9, is 1-0 in the league and is at Princeton next Sunday at 11 a.m. in a game to be televised by ESPNU.
* Mike MacDonald has 23 points in his last three games since being shut out by Maryland after his six-point performance against Yale. MacDonald has 106 career goals, tied with Tom Schreiber for seventh at Princeton, and 171 career points, three away from Wick Sollers for eighth.
* Gavin McBride (Haverford School) had one goal, making him the only player on the team with at least one point in each game this season. Sean Connors had a goal and assist for his first career multi-point game. Adam Hardej had the first goal of the game, giving hiim three in the last two games after having two in the first five.
* Ryan Ambler (Abington) had a goal, giving him 96 career points.
Cornell 10, Penn 9, 3 OT
Dan Lintner played the hero 1:40 into the third overtime to knock off the Quakers 10-9.
Joe McCallion (Haverford School) had four goals and an assist, Reilly Hupfeldt (Haverford School) had a goal and two assists and Kevin McGeary (Malvern Prep) had a goal and an assist.
Second-half goalie John Lopes (Conestoga) was brilliant with just the OT tally allowed and nine saves in 39 minutes of action.
Fairfield 11, Villanova 4
Fueled by 16 saves from goalkeeper Tyler Behring, the Stags earned a win over No. 20 Villanova on Dedication Day at Rafferty Stadium. TJ Neubauer led the Stags’ offense with four goals in the victory, which was broadcast live to a nationwide audience on ESPN3 and SNY. Will Fox (St. Augustine Prep) won 5 of 11 face-offs for Fairfield.
Eric Gartner (Great Valley) had one of the four Nova goals.
Loyola 19, Lafayette 10
Nikko Pontrello (St. Augustine Prep) had five goals to lead the Greyhounds.
Kevin Lewis had three goals and an assist and Morgan Westby (Episcopal Academy) scored three for the Leopards.
Army 7, Lehigh 5
Lehigh (2-7, 1-3 PL) was led by Kurtis Kaunas (Parkland) with two goals, while Dan Taylor, who leads the league in points per game was held to one goal by the Army defense. Adam Sawicki got the start in net and made eight saves with four coming in each half. Ian Strain (Episcopal Academy) had seven groundballs.
Denver 10, Penn State 8
Leading Penn State were Dan Craig, who scored a goal and added two assists; and Mike Sutton (St. Augustine Prep), posting two goals and an assist.