Davis Leads #8 Princeton Past #11 UMBC in NCAAs

Princeton, N.J. -- Tommy Davis' return to the Princeton men's lacrosse lineup helped ensure Princeton's return to the NCAA tournament would last at least one week longer.

Davis, who missed a little over a month after a shoulder injury against Syracuse, scored three goals to lead seventh-seeded Princeton to an 11-8 win over UMBC in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in front of 2,107 at the Class of 1952 Stadium.

Princeton, who missed the tournament a year ago after appearing in 15 straight prior to that, will now face the winner of the Denver-Maryland game in the quarterfinals next Sunday at Towson. Princeton will be playing in the quarterfinals for the 14th time in the last 17 years.

Princeton is now 29-9 all-time in NCAA tournament games for a .763 winning percentage, the best in Division I tournament history.

"A year ago at this time, I was the NCAA rep at the UMass-Syracuse game," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney, who won his 29th NCAA tournament game to move within two of former Syracuse coach Roy Simmons Jr. for the most all-time. "I was miserable then. This is much better."

Davis, a freshman, dislocated his shoulder it the final 30 seconds of the game against Syracuse on April 8 and missed the last six games of the regular season. His three goals against UMBC leaves him with 13 in nine games.

"It was torture sitting out all that time," Davis said. "It was great to finally get back on the field."

Princeton jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the Retrievers as Whitney Hayes, Scott Sowanick, Mark Kovler and Davis scored for the Tigers. The Retrievers, who did not score on their first 17 shots as Tiger goalie Alex Hewit made several one-on-one stops, finally broke through with 2:27 to go in the first half and then scored on back-to-back shots to make it 4-2 with 1:13 to go.

Davis then scored what was probably the biggest goal of the game when he took a feed from Josh Lesko for a goal with 11 seconds left in the half that made it 5-2 at the break.

"We played maybe our best lacrosse of the year for most of the first half, and then all of the sudden it was 4-2," Tierney said. "That goal at the end of the half gave us a big lift."

Alex Hopmann scored the first of his three second-half goals to make it 5-3 midway through the third quarter, but Princeton answered on goals by Peter Trombino and Bob Schneider to make it a four-goal game again.

Brendan Mundorf made it 7-4 at the end of the third quarter, but the Tigers broke it open with goals from Hayes and Lesko to start the fourth. UMBC scored two goals in the final 1:39 to make the final 11-8.

Hewit would make 11 saves for Princeton in his first NCAA game, while UMBC freshman Jeremy Blevins would make 12. UMBC outshot Princeton 37-32.

Trombino finished with two goals and two assists and now has 21 goals and 18 assists for the year. He is the only player in Princeton lacrosse history with at least 20 goals and at least 10 assists as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
Score by Period       1  2  3  4  Tot
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UMBC................ 0 2 2 4 - 8
Princeton........... 4 1 2 4 - 11

Attendance: 2,107

UMBC SCORING:
GOALS: Hopmann, Alex 3; Gallagher, Andy 1; Mundorf, Brendan 1;
Westervelt, Drew 1; Kimener, Terry 1; Hyland, James 1.
ASSISTS: Gallagher, Andy 1; Kay, Evan 1.

Princeton SCORING:
GOALS: Davis, Tommy 3; Trombino, Peter 2; Hayes, Whitney 2;
Lesko, Josh 1; Kovler, Mark 1; Sowanick, Scott 1;
Schneider, Bob 1.
ASSISTS: Lesko, Josh 2; Trombino, Peter 2; Cowin, Trip 1;
Hayes, Whitney 1; Kovler, Mark 1; Wenzel, Michael 1.

SHOTS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
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UMBC................ 6 13 7 11 - 37
Princeton........... 11 6 8 7 - 32

GROUND BALLS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 Tot
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UMBC................ 6 3 5 12 - 26
Princeton........... 6 3 8 8 - 25

FACE-OFFS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 Total
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UMBC................ 2-5 0-4 2-5 5-9 - 9-23
Princeton........... 3-5 4-4 3-5 4-9 - 14-23

CLEARS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Total
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UMBC................ 3-3 5-5 4-4 4-5 - 16-17
Princeton........... 4-6 1-3 3-3 1-1 - 9-13

EXTRA-MAN OPPS 1 2 3 4 Total
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UMBC................ 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 - 1-2
Princeton........... 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 - 0-3

SAVES BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
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UMBC................ 4 4 3 1 - 12
Princeton........... 3 4 1 3 - 11

PENALTIES - UMBC 3/2:30; Princeton 2/1:00.

2006-05-13



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