Men's Lacrosse Defeats Harvard, Clinches Share of Ivy Title
Considering the past, there was no way the Princeton men's lacrosse team would be looking beyond Harvard, no matter what the future held.
Tom Schreiber had four goals and one assist, Chad Wiedmaier played with a ferocity that rubbed off on every other defensive player and Tyler Fiorito made 15 saves as Princeton led wire-to-wire, beating Harvard 12-5 in front of 1,809 at Harvard Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The win moved Princeton to 9-3 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League, while Harvard fell to 6-7, 2-3.
With Brown's 10-9 win over Cornell later Saturday in Ithaca, Princeton clinched at least a share of its 26th Ivy League championship. The Tigers host Cornell this coming Saturday, and the winner will host the Ivy League tournament, with a Princeton win assuring an outright championship and a Cornell win meaning co-champions.
Princeton now beaten Harvard 20 times in the last 22 meetings - except the two losses in that time were in the previous two meetings. With that as an incentive, Princeton played one of its best games of the season.
Princeton has now won three straight, by a combined 48-15. Princeton held Harvard, who came in averaging 11 goals per game, to fewer than half of that.
While Schreiber was leading the offense - beginning when he scored the first two goals of the game in the first nine minutes to give the Tigers a lead that they would never relinquish - Wiedmaier played an amazing defensive game. In all, Wiedmaier finished with three caused turnovers, seven groundballs and even one assist, which came after a longstick-to-longstick fastbreak that ended with Derick Raabe's first career goal.
Princeton's entire defense was tremendous, including Jonathan Meyers, who held Harvard's Jeff Cohen - who came in second in Division I with 44 goals - to just one. And when the defense did allow someone to come free, Fiorito was there, as his 15 saves and five goals-against improved his numbers in five Ivy games to the startling totals of 4.83 goals-against and a save percentage of .711.
Freshman Kip Orban had two goals, and Jeff Froccaro was the only other Tiger with multiple points with a goal and two assists. Princeton had eight different players score goals and 11 players with at least one point.
Despite the loss, the news wasn't all bad for Harvard, who got help when Dartmouth defeated Penn 7-6, eliminating the Quakers from the Ivy tournament chase. Harvard would get into the tournament with either a win over Yale or a Brown loss to Dartmouth next weekend, and a win over Yale would make the Crimson the third seed and Yale (who has already clinched a spot in the field) the fourth seed.
Princeton went 4-8 a year ago. The win against Harvard was the fifth this year against a team that beat the Tigers in 2011.