Princeton Cautiously Optimistic for 2011 Season

Offensive Midfield

Starters returning - Jeff Froccaro (15-7-22)

Starters lost - Mike Chanenchuk (28-8-36), Scott MacKenzie (10-11-21)

Other letterwinners returning - Matt Doherty (0-0-0), Mark Feild (0-0-0), Mike Grossman (4-3-7), Tyler Moni (8-1-7), Tim Palmer (0-0-0), Rob Owen (0-0-0), Tucker Shanley (2-0-2), Chris White (2-0-2)

Other letterwinners lost - Paul Barnes (4-0-4), Sam Hayes (0-0-0), David Marshall (0-0-0), Ryan Morrell (0-0-0)

Newcomers - Freddy Addy, Hunter DeButts, Tom Schreiber, Jack Strabo

Senior captain Tyler Moni was off to a big offensive start a year ago before moving to defensive midfield for the final two-thirds of the season. This year, Moni, who was on the second offensive midfield unit as a sophomore before playing offense and defense last year, figures to finally be a full-time first-line midfielder.

The lone returning starter is sophomore Jeff Froccaro, who had a big freshman year, one that included an overtime goal against Penn and the game-winning goal against Yale. He figured to be one of two returning sophomores in the midfield, but instead he finds himself as the highest scoring returning offensive middie.

Princeton graduated Scott MacKenzie, a steady veteran presence who was in the first midfield for three years, and Mike Chanenchuk, the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year after a 28-goal freshman season, withdrew from school for the spring of 2011.

Still, Princeton has all kinds of options in the midfield, not to mention some interchangeable parts that could be moved from attack. Junior Mike Grossman started much of the year at midfield, and sophomores Tucker Shanley and Chris White played more and more as last year went on. Junior Mark Feild was just starting to get his chance when he broke his jaw last year, and he is back healthy this time. The freshman class is deep at this position, with a group of six that includes one of the top newcomers in Division I lacrosse, Tom Schreiber.

Defensive Midfield

Starters returning - Peter Smyth (2-4-6)

Starters lost - Tyler Moni (moved back to offense)

Other letterwinners returning - Bobby Lucas (0-0-0), Connor Reilly (0-0-0)

Other letterwinners lost - Chris Chandler, (0-0-0), Jimmy Davis (0-2-2), Oscar Loynaz (junior who is out for the season due to shoulder injury)

Newcomer - Nick Fernandez

Princeton used four shortsticks primarily last year, of whom three are back, though only two may play defense. With senior captain Tyler Moni back on offense, the two returnees are juniors Peter Smyth and Connor Reilly; Smyth and Moni were the top pair for the second half of last year, while Reilly saw considerable time as well. With a season-ending injury to junior Oscar Loynaz, Princeton will also rely on sophomore Bobby Lucas (who also faces off) and freshman Nick Fernandez.

Longstick Midfield

Starter returning - John Cunningham (5-0-5, 54 GBs, 13 caused turnovers)

Other letterwinners returning - Rob Castelo (0-0-0), Tom Gibbons (0-0-0), Derek Styer (1-0-1, 4 GBs, 2 caused turnovers)

Other letterwinners lost - none

Newcomers - Brandon Bonvino

Princeton has had some great longstick midfielders through the years, but current pole John Cunningham is as good as any of them, especially in transition and as a goal-scorer. Cunningham last year scored five goals, the most by a Princeton longstick in at least the last 30 years and maybe ever. Cunningham, a team captain though only a junior, was off to a strong start his freshman year when a broken jaw cost him half his season, but he came back last year as a sophomore to make a national name for himself.

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2011-02-04



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