Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/14/16
From Press Release
After 34 goals against and 62 shots thrown his way, Tyler Blaisdell had enough.
From the first shot he saw against Rutgers Monday night through the final one of the game, Blaisdell was the sharpest he’s been in his two years as the Princeton men’s lacrosse goalie. In fact, he was about as sharp as any Princeton goalie has been in awhile.
Blaisdell made 14 saves, most of them of the game-changing variety, to lead Princeton to a 10-7 win over No. 18 Rutgers Monday night on Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
The win snapped a three-game Princeton losing streak and completely changed the mood of the Tigers, who defeated the Scarlet Knights for the 28th time in 29 tries. The victory keeps the Meistrell Cup, given to the winner of this annual matchup, in Princeton.
The reason was Blaisdell.
On a night when Ryan Ambler (Abington, Duke’s LC) scored three times, Zach Currier did Zach Currier things and freshman Mike Morean also did some Zach Currier things, it was Blaisdell who was the difference-maker.
It started on the first shot he saw, and he kept it going through the first half. He finished the first quarter with five saves without allowing a goal, and he had eight at the half, when the game was tied at 2-2. Kris Alleyne, his RU counterpart, was almost as sharp in the first half, with seven of his own.
The Tigers took the lead for good with four goals in the first four minutes of the third quarter. Rutgers got it within two once, at 6-4 at the end of the third, but Currier won the fourth-quarter face-off and found Ambler, who ripped his third to build it back to three nine seconds in. Rutgers would get no closer.
* Princeton lost its previous two games to Big Ten teams Johns Hopkins and Maryland by a combined 34-12. Rutgers was its third straight nationall ranked Big Ten opponent.
* Currier finished with two goals, one assist, eight ground balls and two caused turnovers while taking all 21 face-offs for Princeton. Morean, a freshman shortstick defensive middie, had five ground balls and looked very much like another version of Currier.
* Of Blaisdell’s 14 saves, three came against freshman Adam Charalambides, who came into the game with 19 goals in six games and at least two in each game. Charalambides was held to a single assist.
* Ambler’s three goals gave him 66 for his career and left him four away from becoming the seventh player in Princeton history to have at least 70 career goals and 70 career assists. With four points he also moved past Rob Polumbo and Josh Sims into 16th place all time at Princeton wtih 142 points.
* Bobby Weaver had two goals for Tigers. Riley Thompson, Gavin McBride (Haverford School) and Sean Connors had one each. McBride has at least one point in every game the last two years (20 total), while Thompson is the only Tiger with at least one goal in each game this year.
* After three Big Ten opponents, Princeton is home Saturday at 1 against Penn in its Ivy League opener.