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.@TigerLacrosse falls in finale, but Sowers (@UDcardslax), McBride (@Fords_Lacrosse) lead team to playoffs

Sunday, 30th April 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/30/17
From Press Release

Freshman Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin) and senior Gavin McBride (Haverford School) each closed the regular season for Princeton in style Saturday in the Tigers’ 18-17 Ivy League loss to Cornell.

Haverford School grad Gavin McBride reached 50 goals for Princeton (Photo by Robert Goldstein)

The game wasn’t decided until Austin Sims – who had a four-goal, five-point day – launched the last shot of the day, just before time expired, after a restart with 2.3 seconds left as the Tigers went man up.

Princeton ends the regular season at 9-5 overall and 4-2 in the Ivy League. The Tigers were locked into the No. 2 seed for the coming Ivy League tournament and a date with Brown at Yale (Friday, 3:30, ESPNU) before the Cornell game started, while the Big Red knew that this was the final game for 2017, regardless. The loss did keep Princeton from sharing the Ivy League title with Yale, who had lost earlier in the day to Harvard.

Cornell’s Jeff Teat finishes his freshman season with 72 points, which broke the Cornell freshman record of 67, previously held by Rob Pannell. That had been the Ivy record too, but Princeton’s Sowers had broken that last week. Sowers had a four-goal, three-assist day of his own, running the record to 77 points, which also happens to be one off the Princeton single-season record.

Sowers now has 37 goals and 40 assists. He is two goals away from tying the Ivy League record for goals by a freshman (39, by Cornell’s Sean Greenhalgh in 2002) and three assists away from tying the Ivy freshman record for assists (43 by Kevin Lowe of Princeton in 1991). Sowers also passed Jesse Hubbard (72) and Jon Hess (74) to move into second place at Princeton, one point back of Mike MacDonald for the single-season record.

McBride had five goals for Princeton. He became the 12th player in Princeton history to reach 100 career goals, and he became the second Princeton player ever to reach 50 for a season. He now has 51 for the year, trailing only Jesse Hubbard, who holds the school record with 53.

* Zach Currier had a goal, two assists, three caused turnovers and 12 ground balls while winning 13 of 25 face-offs. Currier now has 22 goals, 34 assists and 114 ground balls.

* The Ivy League tournament will be Princeton vs. Brown and Yale vs. Penn Friday, followed by the championship game Sunday at noon.

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