No. 5 Princeton Storms Back in Q4 to Rally Past Villanova

What the Box Score Does Tell You
Down 2-1 in the first quarter, Villanova scored four goals in a 1:39 span. During its fourth quarter run, Princeton scored five goals in a 3:32 span.

The Other Froccaro
Jake Froccaro, a freshman, had his second straight two goal game. After not having a point in the opener against Hofstra, Jake Froccaro has seven points in the last two games (2G, 2A vs. Hopkins, 2G, 1A vs. Villanova).

Milestone Watch
Chris Bates now has 99 career wins as a head coach (70 at Drexel, 29 at Princeton). Tom Schreiber, who had a goal and two assists against Villanova, now has 98 career points.

Up Next
Prineton travels to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels Saturday at noon. Princeton is 0-3 against UNC in Chris Bates' time as head coach.

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Princeton, N.J. Despite dominating the face-off battle for three quarters, the Villanova Wildcats (1-3) couldn't pull out the victory as they fell to No. 5 Princeton (3-) 14-11 on Tuesday evening at the Class of 1952 Stadium. Princeton dominated the second half and outscored the Wildcats by an 8-3 margin in the final 30 minutes and tallied six straight goals to bridge the third and fourth quarters for the win.

Junior Thomas Croonquist (North Caldwell, N.J.) provided another impressive performance for the evening winning 17 of 29 attempts at midfield (.586) and tallied a career-high 10 ground balls. However, Will Casertano (Millbrook, N.Y.) earned the distinction of joining Villanova's 100 point club after tallying his 100th and 101st points on a goal and an assist in the first and third quarters, respectively. The senior midfielder became just the 20th player in Villanova history to eclipse the 100 point mark.

Princeton struggled from midfield for much of the night but managed to win 6 of 8 faceoff's in the fourth quarter which provided valuable possessions when they needed it most. Jeff Froccaro was the answer after the Tigers early struggles as the Princeton senior notched 5 of 7 attempts all in the final 15 minutes of play.

Villanova twice led the game by a three goal margin at 5-2 at the end of the first quarter and 9-6 with 13:34 remaining in the third stanza. The Wildcats also held a two-goal cushion for much of the contest before Princeton went on a six-goal run with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter to the 10:05 mark in the fourth. During that run, the Tigers notched six straight within a matter of 7:57 which proved to be insurmountable for the young Wildcats.

Remington Pope's (Boston, Mass.) goal with 4:17 left in the contest gave the Wildcats hope and closed the gap at 13-11, but Villanova couldn't find the equalizers to force extra time. Jeff Froccaro's score with 1:42 on the clock solidified the win for Princeton, who improved to 3-0 on the season.

Villanova's Nick Doherty (Bernardsville, N.J.), Kevin O'Neil (Cockeysville, Md.), Eric Gartner (Malvern, Pa.), Paul Mita (Berwyn, Pa.) and Casertano all posted two points on the evening for the Wildcats as 10 players contributed points on the night in a balanced scoring effort.

Juniors John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.), Jimmy Wyatt (Whitehouse Station, N.J.)and Doherty all grabbed four ground balls to supplement Croonquist's game-high. Freshman goalkeeper Greg Stamatov (Foxboro, Mass.) matched a career-high by making 10 saves while Princeton's Matt O'Connor collected 12 stops for the victory.

Villanova will continue on with their difficult schedule when they take on No. 18 Penn on Saturday afternoon at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. as part of the Whitman's Sampler Independence Classic triple-header, presented by Inside Lacrosse. Game time is slated for 2:30 p.m.

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2013-03-05



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