O'Connor Leads Princeton Past Cornell In Season Finale
When Princeton and Cornell took to Sherrerd Field Saturday afternoon, they brought with them a combined 56 Ivy League and nine NCAA championships.
For 2016, at least, those numbers wouldn't be increased, and that made the season-finale for both the equivalent of their championship game for this year.
And the MVP of that championship game was Matt O'Connor.
Playing the second half on senior day, O'Connor put up an amazing 30 minutes in his final appearance as a Tiger, making 11 saves and allowing but two goals as Princeton defeated Cornell 7-6.
Ryan Ambler, another senior, scored the game-winner for Princeton with exactly four minutes to play. O'Connor made it stand up the rest of the way, finishing off a performance that saw him make five third-quarter saves and six fourth-quarter saves.
Princeton finishes its season at 5-8, 2-4 in the Ivy League. Cornell finishes 6-7, 1-5.
* Gavin McBride scored Princeton's first three goals, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least three goals to five. It is the longest streak by a Princeton player since Sean Hartofilis did it six straight times in 2001. McBride, who has at least one point in 28 straight games, led Princeton in goals for the season with 26.
* Ambler finished his Princeton career with a two-point day, with an assist on one of Riley Thompson's two goals and then the game-winner, which was similar to so many others Ambler scored in his career, as he swept left and buried one high. Ambler finished his career with 76 goals and 92 assists for 168 points, leaving him 10th all-time in points and seventh all-time in assists at Princeton. He is also one of only four players to have at least 75 career goals and 90 career assists.
* Zach Currier had a goal and assist and three more ground balls, giving him 14 goals, 17 assists and 75 ground balls for the season.
* Princeton trailed 2-0 and then went on a 6-1 run to take a 6-3 lead in the second and 6-4 lead at intermission. Ambler's goal snapped a 30:07 scoreless streak.
* Matt Madalon improved to 3-2 as Princeton's interim head coach.
* Princeton's six seniors were honored before the game: Ambler, O'Connor, fellow captin Austin deButts, Bobby Weaver, Luke Brugger and Dylan White.