March 28, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Entering Saturday's game with Yale, fifth-ranked Princeton had outscored its opponents 31-7 in the third quarter. So when the Bulldogs allowed only two third-quarter goals and trailed just 7-6, it appeared an upset might be brewing at Reese Stadium. Instead, Princeton flexed its muscle in the final period, outscoring Yale 4-1 en route to an 11-7 victory before an Alumni Day crowd of 1,116.
"We hung tough and went toe-to-toe with them. Unfortunately, the last round is what made the difference," said Yale head coach Andy Shay. "I'm proud of the way we played. We are getting better."
Yale (4-4, 1-2 Ivy) got goals from seven different players - Matt Gibson, Matt Fuchs, Brendan Gibson, Gregory Mahony, Brian Douglass, Colin Still and Michael Pratt. Michael Karwoski added two assists.
Princeton (7-1, 1-0 Ivy) was led by Rich Sgalardi, who had two goals and three assists. Scott Mackenzie, Jack McBride, Tommy Davis and Mark Kovler each scored twice.
The Tigers, who have won three straight, outshot Yale 42-29 and had a 31-28 edge in ground balls.
Princeton led 3-1 midway through the first quarter, but the Bulldogs answered with three straight goals. Fuchs' tally with 50 seconds left in the period capped the run and gave Yale its only lead of the game.
The score was tied at 6-6 late in the third quarter, but Sgalardi's second goal gave the Tigers the lead for good with just 27 seconds left. Princeton scored twice in a 35-second span early in the fourth quarter to seize control.
Brendan Gibson's goal with 8:24 left pulled the Bulldogs within 9-7, but the Tigers got the final two goals of the game.
"It was a game of runs, and they had a few more than we did," Shay said.
Johnathan Falcone made 14 saves in goal for Yale, while Tyler Fiorito stopped 10 shots for the Tigers.
The Bulldogs are back in action next Saturday when they play at Brown at 3 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity
Video by David Dikranian