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Men’s lacrosse: Princeton topples host Villanova, 14-8, behind Froccaro, Schreiber

Tuesday, 13th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/13/12
From Press Release

Jeff Froccaro and Tom Schreiber took one more look in the rearview mirror, realized that there was nothing they could do about the past – and then floored it.

Three days after both were held goal-less in a loss of excruciating frustration, it was hard to tell who was the more explosive of the two Tuesday night at Villanova Stadium.

Froccaro and Schreiber had five goals each – a career-high for both – to lead Princeton to a 14-8 win over No. 10 Villanova in front of 1,466 on a night that felt more like June than March.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Tigers and changed the team’s psyche heading into Saturday’s Ivy League opener against Penn at Class of 1952 Stadium, a game that will also feature the official Sherrerd Field dedication. Villanova, who beat Penn Saturday, fell to 4-2.

Princeton was playing for the first time since its 9-8 loss to North Carolina Saturday in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, a game that saw Princeton outshot the Tar Heels 43-22 and still not win.

If all of the Princeton players were frustrated on the way back from Baltimore, no three were more so than Froccaro, Schreiber and goalie Tyler Fiorito.

Against UNC, Fiorito made just two saves. Against, North Carolina, he put up 11, seven of which came before intermission. In the second half? He mostly got to watch the Froccaro-Schreiber show.

Froccaro and Schreiber were a combined 0 for 14 (each was 0 for 7) against UNC.

Against Villanova, the two were 10 for 18.

Both put up highlight-reel goal after highlight-reel goal, especially during the Tigers’ six-goal third quarter, five of which came from the two.

Villanova led 2-0, and it took Princeton 12:06 to score, the first coming from Alex Capretta, who had his fourth in two games. Schreiber’s first – a rocket that he let go in traffic – tied it with 1:38 left in the quarter, but the Wildcats took the lead 3-2 with a goal that just beat the buzzer.

Princeton, though, took the lead for the first time at 4-3 after back-to-back Froccaro goals and would never trail again. After turning 43 shots into eight goals against UNC, Princeton needed only 35 shots to reach 14.

Tucker Shanley had two goals and an assist, while freshman Kip Orban had a goal and assist. Froccaro had two assists for a career-best seven points, and Schreiber had one assist as well.

Villanova senior Michael Vigilante guided the Wildcats with a career-high three goals and led the team in scoring for the first time this season.

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