Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/8/17
From Press Release
Austin Sims scored six goals and had an assist. Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin) quarterbacked an offense that at times was unstoppable. Zach Currier racked up ground balls and face-off wins. Princeton had a seven-goal second quarter on its way to nearly 20 goals.
If any of this sounds familiar, all of the above has now happened for two straight games for the Princeton men’s lacrosse team.
Princeton needed all of that to hold off a tough and spirited Quinnipiac team 17-13 Tuesday night on Sherrerd Field. The win improved the 19th-ranked Tigers to 4-1 on the season as they now have a week off – and a rare March Saturday without a game – until a showdown next Tuesday at Rutgers.
Many of Princeton’s numbers were eerily similar to Princeton’s last game, an 18-7 win over Johns Hopkins this past Friday. Sims hit his directly, with his second-straight six-goal, seven-point game. Sowers had two goals – same as Hopkins – though he had four assists against Quinnipiac after having two against Hopkins.
Princeton scored exactly seven second-quarter goals, just like it did against Hopkins. Currier had three assists against Quinnipiac, same as against Hopkins, to go along with 10 for 16 face-offs and nine ground balls, similar, though not exactly the same.
It wasn’t all identical to the Hopkins game. Charlie Durbin, who had two goals against Johns Hopkins, had a career-best four against Quinnipiac. Riley Thompson had a career-high four assists, after a one-goal, two-assist game last Friday.
Princeton trailed by one three times, all in the first quarter, but the 7-1 second quarter put the Tigers on top for good. It was 10-5 Princeton at the break, and then, after the Bobcats cut it to two at 10-8, Princeton built it back to 17-10.
* Princeton is 4-0 when Austin Sims plays, as Sims missed the Tigers’ lone loss, to Hofstra. Sims, the reigning US Lacrosse Division I Player of the Week, scored his six goals against Quinnipiac on eight shots. He now leads the team with 14 goals, on just 27 shots.
* As for Michael Sowers, he has now had at least four points in every game this year. Through five games, he is already tied for fifth among Princeton freshmen in assists with 15 and tied for 10th all-time among freshmen in points with 26. Again, that would be in five games. His highlight play of the night was a feed for a layup to Gavin McBride (Haverford School) on the back side in the second quarter. McBride finished with two goals, giving him at least one goal in 14 straight games and one point in 34 straight.
* No Princeton player other than Zach Currier has reached double figures in ground balls yet. Currier has 40.
* Mike Morean had no goals for his career prior to the Johns Hopkins game. The shortstick defensive middie then had two against the Blue Jays and one against Quinnipiac.
* Charlie Durbin had three goals for his career prior to the Hopkins game. He has had six since, two against the Blue Jays and four against the Bobcats.
* Princeton did not take a shot in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter. The Tigers scored their seven second-half goals on 12 shots.