Friday, May 1, 2009

Shot at share of title for men's lacrosse

On Saturday at 1 p.m. at Class of 1952 Stadium, the men's lacrosse team hosts Brown. The winner of the matchup will be crowned co-Ivy League champion with Cornell.

Last season, the Tigers and Bears also fought it out for a share of the Ancient Eight title with the Big Red. Brown won that game by a narrow 6-5 margin in Providence, R.I., sending Princeton home empty-handed. This season, the Tigers will certainly be looking for revenge against the Bears.

Focus will be on the goaltenders for both teams, and the battle should be interesting. Freshman goalie Tyler Fiorito is having an excellent season for the Tigers, and he is going to need to play solidly between the posts to halt a potent Brown attack. The Bears' offense is spearheaded by attack Andrew Feinberg, who has 54 total points on the season. Brown boasts a capable goaltender of its own in defending Ivy League Player of the Year Jordan Burke.

The Tigers will look to their big offensive stars to put the ball on net and generate scoring opportunities in the game. The seniors, especially, are hoping to close the regular season out with a bang. Three Princeton seniors have more than 30 points on the season: attack Tommy Davis and midfielders Mark Kovler and Rich Sgalardi.

Princeton will most likely earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after the season is over. A revenge win against the Bears would give the Tigers great momentum heading into the tourney.