Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/7/15
From Press Release
in the first half, Maryland stopped Princeton’s offense by stopping Princeton’s offense. In the decisive third quarter, Maryland stopped Princeton’s offense by never letting Princeton touch the ball.
They were both frustrating.
A matchup of one of the top offenses in Division I against the stingiest defense in Division I went to the defense, as ninth-ranked Maryland defeated No. 10 Princeton 11-4. In doing so, the Terps held the Tigers more than 10 goals below their season average of 14.7 per game.
Matt Rambo (La Salle) scored three goals and Casey Ikeda (Conestoga) led the defense with a groundball and a caused turnover.
Princeton lost for the first time in 2015, falling to 3-1. Maryland is now 4-1 on the year.
Maryland lived up to its billing as the top defensive team in the country, actually improving on its 5.25 goals-against per game allowed. And goalie Kyle Bernlohr, who leads the nation in goals-against and save percentage, was also as good as advertised.
The game was a tight struggle in the first half, which ended at 3-2 in favor of Maryland. The teams then traded goals to start the third quarter – before Maryland exploded to break it open.
From the time Bear Altemus scored for the Tigers to make it 4-3 Terps with 9:17 left in the third until Colin Heacock scored for Maryland less than six minutes later, Maryland went on a 5-0 run and Princeton did not touch the ball once.
By the time Princeton got another possession, it was 9-3 Maryland.
LOTS OF NOTES
* Princeton came into the game first in Division I in assists per game with more than 10. The Tigers did not have an assist in the game.
* Princeton did not get a point from its attack.
* Sam Gravitte scored the final goal for Princeton, for the first of his career and the first by a Princeton longstick this season. He also had two caused turnovers and three ground balls.
* Kip Orban was held without a goal for the first time in 30 games. His 29-game goal-scoring streak had been the longest in Division I and is the fourth-longest in school history, as well as the longest ever by a Princeton midfielder.
* Kip Orban and Mike MacDonald were both held without a point, ending their 31-game scoring streaks.
* Gavin McBride (Haverford School) had one of the Princeton goals. He is the only player to have at least one goal in each of the four games.
* Jake Froccaro returned after missing two games due to injury and had Princeton’s first goal. Bear Altemus also scored for Princeton, giving him three on the year.
* Princeton played at Byrd Stadium for the first time since defeating Maryland 19-7 in the 1997 NCAA final to finish a perfect 15-0 season. Princeton also won the 1994 NCAA final at Byrd Stadium, defeating Virginia 13-12 in overtime.