Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/31/18
From Press Release
Is it easier to lead the country in assists when Phillip Robertson (Duke’s LC) is getting open on the crease or easier to lead the country in shooting percentage when Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin) is the one doing the feeding?
Either way, Princeton sophomores Robertson and Sowers were both NCAA statistical champions in the final Division I rankings that were announced Wednesday, and nobody else was all that close to either one of them. Sowers, in fact, led the country in two statistical categories, both by huge margins.
Robertson scored 33 goals on 52 shots, giving him a .635 shooting percentage that led the country (to be eligible, a player needed to have attempted at least three shots per game and played in 75 percent of his team’s games). The runner-up was Pascal Coombs of Mercer, who had a .564 percentage.
Sowers (also Mesa Lacrosse, Duke’s LC) led Division I in both points per game (6.38) and assists per game (4.31) during his record-setting sophomore year, which followed on the heels of his record-setting freshman year. Sowers set the Princeton record for points in a season with 83, one better than his record from his freshman year. He also set the Princeton record for assists in a season with 56.
Will Sands of Bucknell was the runner-up in assists per game; he would have needed 10 more assists to have matched Sowers. Ben Reeves of Yale was the runner-up in points per game; he would have needed 13 more to catch Sowers.
Princeton also had two other players finish in the top seven nationally in a statistical category. Senior goalie Tyler Blaisdell was fifth in saves per game (12.23), and senior middie Austin Sims was seventh in man-up goals (eight).
Sowers and Robertson obviously also led the Ivy League in their categories. Princeton freshman George Baughan also led the league in a statistical category with 1.60 caused turnovers per game.
As a team, Princeton was third in scoring offense (13.62 goals per game), assists per game (9.23) and points per game (22.85), fourth in shooting percentage (.358) and fifth in saves per game (13.15).