Schreiber, Wiedmaier, Fiorito Lead #14 Princeton by Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Harvard fell behind No. 14 Princeton early and could not muster a comeback, as the Tigers held on for a 12-5 win over the Crimson at Harvard Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Kevin Vaughan and Daniel Eipp each scored a goal and added an assist, while Keegan Michel won 12 of 16 faceoff attempts and paced the Crimson with four ground balls. With the loss, the Crimson slips to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in the Ivy League, while Princeton improves to 9-3 and 5-0 overall.

Prior to the contest, Harvard's 11 seniors were honored during a pre-game ceremony on Senior Day.

The Crimson, which is still in the mix for the Ivy League tournament, will close out the regular season at Yale Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. A Harvard win would make the Crimson the No. 3 seed in the tournament, while Harvard could also make the field as the No. 4 seed even with a loss at Yale if Brown loses later today at Cornell or to Dartmouth next week.

The Tigers got off to a strong start early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first 10 minutes. With 4:04 left in the first stanza, Eipp, who was behind the Princeton net, sent a quick pass in front to Will Walker, who finished for Harvard's first goal. Princeon tacked on two more scores later in the frame to pull ahead, 5-1.

In the second, Eipp tallied an unassisted goal for the Crimson, cutting the deficit to 5-2, but the Tigers netted the final two scores of the half and led, 7-2, after the first 30 minutes. Harvard won 9 of 11 faceoffs in the first half, but the Tigers owned an advantage in shots, 23-17.

Princeton opened the third quarter with a goal at 13:52, but the Crimson responded with a tally by Vaughan off a pass from Terry White at 11:07. With 2:56 remaining in the period, Ryan Stevens found Jeff Cohen for a goal, as the Crimson got within four, 8-4.

The Tigers tacked on two more goals early in the fourth frame to make it a 10-4 contest, but Jack Walker scored for Harvard at the 7:02 mark, cutting the deficit to five. Princeton, though, scored again at 5:13 and then at 5:01 to put the game out of reach.

Harvard held the final count in shots, 40-35, ground balls, 22-18, and faceoffs, 16-5, but the Tigers went 21 of 22 on clear attempts.

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Considering the past, there was no way Princeton would be looking beyond Harvard, no matter what the future held.

Tom Schreiber had four goals and one assist, Chad Wiedmaier played with a ferocity that rubbed off on every other defensive player and Tyler Fiorito made 15 saves as Princeton led wire-to-wire, beating Harvard 12-5 in front of 1,809 at Harvard Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The win moved Princeton to 9-3 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League, while Harvard fell to 6-7, 2-3.

With Brown's win over Cornell later Saturday in Ithaca, Princeton clinched at least a share of its 26th Ivy League championship. The Tigers host Cornell this coming Saturday, and the winner will host the Ivy League tournament, with a Princeton win assuring an outright championship and a Cornell win meaning co-champions.

Princeton now beaten Harvard 20 times in the last 22 meetings - except the two losses in that time were in the previous two meetings. With that as an incentive, Princeton played one of its best games of the season.

Princeton has now won three straight, by a combined 48-15. Princeton held Harvard, who came in averaging 11 goals per game, to fewer than half of that.

While Schreiber was leading the offense - beginning when he scored the first two goals of the game in the first nine minutes to give the Tigers a lead that they would never relinquish - Wiedmaier played an amazing defensive game. In all, Wiedmaier finished with three caused turnovers, seven groundballs and even one assist, which came after a longstick-to-longstick fastbreak that ended with Derick Raabe's first career goal.

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2012-04-21



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