Friday, April 17, 2009

Clash of Lacrosse Titans

On Saturday, the men's lacrosse team, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, will clash No. 5 Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., in a contest that will determine who is boss in the Ivy League.

The key for Princeton in this matchup will be to reclaim some of its swagger that it displayed in earlier impressive victories this season, like its 12-8 win over then-ranked No. 2 Syracuse on April 7. In their last two games, the Tigers narrowly defeated Ivy rivals Penn and Harvard, both by 10-9 margins.

Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Fiorito, who has been playing solidly thus far this season, will have his hands full against the Big Red. Cornell boasts the best offense in Division I lacrosse this year.

But Princeton should be confident in its own goal-scoring abilities heading into the key matchup, as it has seen production from a variety of players all season long. Six different Tigers have scored 10-plus goals on the year. The offense is led by sophomore attack Jack McBride, who has a team-leading 27 goals on the season.

The clash of lacrosse giants in Ithaca, N.Y., on Saturday afternoon will be an exciting matchup between two high-caliber squads. The game could go down as one for the ages.