No. 13 Princeton Uses Perfect 3rd to Pull Away at Brown

Providence, RI 13th ranked Princeton utilized a 7-0 third quarter outburst to break open a close game at halftime and cruise to a 13-2 Ivy League win over Brown at chilly Stevenson Field Saturday afternoon. The win lifts the Tigers to 3-0 in the Ivy League, 6-2 overall, while Brown falls to 0-2 in the league, 3-5 overall.

The Tigers held a 1-0 lead after one quarter and extended their lead to 2-0 on an Alex Capretta goal with 11:09 left in the second quarter.

Bears' senior captain Rob Schlesinger cut into the Tigers lead when he found the back of the net to pull the Bears to within 2-1 of the Tigers. Goals by Capretta and Forest Sonnenfeldt gave Princeton a 4-1 advantage with 3:17 left in the half.

Brown pulled to within 4-2 at the half with a little razzle-dazzle, successfully pulling off the hidden ball trick. Schlesinger and junior George Sherman faked the exchange with Sherman coming away with the ball. As the Princeton defense first followed Schlesinger, Sherman moved to his right unchallenged and found Schlesinger, who scored his second goal of the game with 48 seconds left in the quarter.

Unfortunately for Brown, halftime diffused any momentum the Bears had gained.

Princeton ran off seven unanswered goals in the third quarter and added two unchallenged goals in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Tigers goalie Tyler Fiorito may have been the difference in the game, making six first quarter saves and 16 saves overall. Mike McDonald, Capretta and Hunter DeButts scored two goals each for the Tigers.

Brown's defense forced 22 Princeton turnovers, led by junior Clay DelPrince, who forced five turnovers. Sophomore Will Round made four saves in goal for the Bears.

Coach Lars Tiffany's team hosts intrastate rival Bryant on Tuesday, April 3rd at Stevenson Field, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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Brown's Rob Schlesinger used the hidden ball trick to score with 48 seconds to go in the second quarter and Will Pound stuffed Alex Capretta as the half ended, and suddenly Brown went into intermission with all of the momentum.

Not that it carried over into the second half.

Princeton played a third quarter that could only be described as "perfect," and the result was a fourth quarter that lacked any kind of suspense.

Princeton used that perfect third quarter to sprint away from Brown and take a 13-2 win in front of 594 chilled fans on a raw afternoon in Rhode Island.

The win, Princeton's fourth straight, left the Tigers at 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the Ivy League. The Tigers and Cornell are both 3-0 in the league, while Harvard is also unbeaten in the Ivy at 2-0.

Brown fell to 3-5, 0-2 in the league.

Princeton and Brown were one year removed from a four-overtime game at Class of 1952 Stadium, won by the Tigers on Tucker Shanley's goal.

When Shanley scored the final goal of the 2012 Princeton-Brown game, it lacked any of the drama as the one a year earlier. And yet it could have been different.

Of the previous six Princeton-Brown games, four had been decided by one goal. When Schlesinger and Pound made their plays in the final seconds of the first half, it seemed like this one would be another one.

So what happened?

Up 4-2 at the half after falling for the hidden ball trick, Princeton outscored Brown 7-0 in the third, scoring those seven goals on just nine shots. Of the seven goals, five were assisted, and it was really hard to say which was the nicest.

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