Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/21/17
The list of players whose fingerprints were most on the Princeton men’s lacrosse team’s impressive 10-6 win over Marist Tuesday night on Sherrerd Field included all the usual suspects. Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin). Zach Currier. Tyler Blaisdell. Gavin McBride (Haverford School). Chase Williams. J.T. Caputo.
Wait. What? Who were the last two?
Sowers continued the big start to his career with a pair of goals and three assists. Blaisdell made 13 saves to continue a trend of outstanding weekday performances. Gavin McBride had his seventh straight game with at least three goals. Zach Currier was, well, Zach Currier, which meant a ridiculous line of three goals, one assist, 11 ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Yeah. Those are the names you expect to hear when Princeton plays. Williams and Caputo?
With Princeton very shorthanded at the shortstick defensive midfielder position, it was Caputo and Williams who played the entire way at that critical position, helping Princeton hold Marist to six goals for the night and a scoreless drought of more than 28 minutes from the late first quarter into the third as Princeton erased a 3-1 deficit and took total control. Williams and Caputo each caused two turnovers, and Williams added four ground balls, with two for Caputo.
How unlikely were they to be two of the dominant players in the second game of the year against a team that was nipping at the Top 20? Caputo is a junior who played in eight games his first two years combined. Williams is a freshman who was a member of Princeton’s Ivy League-champion football team in the fall and who walked onto the lacrosse team after that season, never dreaming he’d be thrown into the fire so quickly.
Princeton is now 2-0 on the young season, while Marist dropped to 2-1. Princeton hosts Hofstra Saturday at 1.
* Gavin McBride’s (also Mesa Fresh) three goals marked the seventh straight game in which he has had at least that many. He is now one game off the school record for consecutive games with at least three goals, set in 1996 by Chris Massey. McBride also increased his streak of consecutive games with at least one point to 30 straight.
* Michael Sowers (also Mesa Fresh, Duke’s LC) had a seven-point game against NJIT in his debut and came back with another impressive performance, with two goals and three assists to give him 12 points (4 goals, eight assists) through two games. For a point of comparison, only three Princeton players last year – for the entire season – had more than eight assists. Sowers scored his first goal with 55 seconds left in the first quarter to start a 6-0 Tiger run, a run that would feature another goal and two assists from the freshman.
* As for Zach Currier, he has a team-best seven goals through two games, not to mention a team-best 17 ground balls, a number more than twice that of any of his teammates. Currier had Princeton’s first goal of the night, one of the goals during the 6-0 run and then the goal that answered Marist after the Red Foxes scored to make it 7-4. The game would never be closer than four again after that.
* Tyler Blaisdell made 13 saves, 11 of which came in the first half. Through two games this year, Blaisdell has a 5.33 goals-against average and a save percentage just below .700. He also has, in his last three games not played on Saturday, a .661 save percentage and 5.67 goals-against.
* Currier, McBride and Sowers combined for eight of Princeton’s goals. The other two came from Riley Thompson and Dawson McKenzie, teammates of Currier’s from Culver Military Academy.
*Marist D-middie Jimmy Murphy (Hatboro-Horsham, Duke’s LC, Twist) ad a groundball and a caused turnover to go with strong defense.