Tierney Gets 200th Win at Princeton as Tigers Top Butler

Princeton, N.J. -- Bill Tierney's first win as Princeton head coach came against Bucknell in 1988. Mark Kovler was almost two years old at the time.

Nearly two decades later, Tierney is still winning games with the Tigers. Ninth-ranked Princeton, backed by Kovler's three goals, defeated Butler 9-4 Friday night, giving Tierney his 200th win as head coach of the Tigers. Tierney also won 34 games as head coach at Rochester Institute of Technology before coming to Princeton.

Six of Tierney's 200 wins at Princeton have come in NCAA championship games. Tierney's first Princeton win was also by a 9-4 score; his Princeton record is now 200 wins and 70 losses.

Princeton goalie Alex Hewit made 15 more saves while allowing only the four goals and now has made 48 saves in his last three games. Hewit, a sophomore, has a .682 save percentage and 5.69 goals-against average for the season.

"I'd be lying if I said milestones like this don't matter," said Tierney. "At the same time, we needed a win, and I was more worried about getting one win in this game than getting to 200 wins."

The Princeton win came in the second game of a Class of 1952 Stadium doubleheader that opened with Bellarmine's 9-4 win over 16th-ranked Binghamton. The lacrosse weekend continues Sunday, when Butler plays Bellarmine at 11 a.m. followed by Princeton and Binghamton.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak and improved the Tigers to 3-2. Butler fell to 1-6.

Kovler, one of four Princeton freshman starters and one of seven Princeton freshmen to play in the first quarter, scored three times, giving him a team-best seven for the year.

After Tiger defenseman Dan Cocoziello scored his first career goal to make it 1-0, Butler scored a pair of goals 11 seconds apart to take a 2-1 lead early in the second. The Bulldogs would not score again for nearly 30 minutes, by which time Princeton had built a 6-2 halftime lead and extended it by another goal to 7-2.

Kovler was the only Princeton player with more than one goal, though Mac Bryson and Scott Sowanick both had a goal and two assists and Peter Trombino added a goal and assist.

Princeton's Ryan Schoenig shuttled between face-off, shortstick defensive midfield and close defense with a longstick.

Four different Butler players scored one goal each. Ryan Kaiser made 14 saves for Butler.
Score by Period       1  2  3  4  Tot
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Butler Bulldogs..... 0 2 0 2 - 4
Princeton University 1 5 1 2 - 9

Attendance: 816

Butler Bulldogs SCORING:
GOALS: WADE, Adam 1; McLOUGHLIN, Dan 1; SMITH, Cliff 1;
MORGAN, Will 1.
ASSISTS: McLOUGHLIN, Dan 1; NAVARRO, Carlos 1; WADE, Adam 1.

Princeton University SCORING:
GOALS: Kovler, Mark 3; Sowanick, Scott 1; Bryson; Mac 1;
Trombino, Peter 1; Davis, Tommy 1; Cocoziello, Dan 1;
Cowin, Trip 1.
ASSISTS: Bryson, Mac 2; Sowanick, Scott 2; Hayes, Whitney 1;
Trombino, Peter 1.

Shots by period 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Butler Bulldogs..... 7 10 8 9 - 34
Princeton University 6 13 13 4 - 36

Ground balls by prd 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Butler Bulldogs..... 4 4 5 6 - 19
Princeton University 5 7 6 5 - 23

Face-offs by prd 1 2 3 4 Total
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Butler Bulldogs..... 2-2 3-8 0-1 3-5 - 8-16
Princeton University 0-2 5-8 1-1 2-5 - 8-16

Clears by period 1 2 3 4 Total
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Butler Bulldogs..... 2-2 5-5 4-4 0-1 - 11-12
Princeton University 4-4 4-4 3-3 2-2 - 13-13

Extra-man opps 1 2 3 4 Total
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Butler Bulldogs..... 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-3 - 0-4
Princeton University 0-0 1-2 0-2 0-4 - 1-8

Saves by period 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Butler Bulldogs..... 3 5 4 2 - 14
Princeton University 2 3 4 6 - 15

PENALTIES - BUTLER 11/10:00; PRIN 5/4:00.

2006-03-25



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