PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Harland (Tots) Meistrell Cup, awarded to the winner of the annual Rutgers-Princeton men's lacrosse game, will stay with the No. 9/10 Tigers as they defeated the Scarlet Knights, 15-8, on Tuesday night at Yurcak Field. Rutgers received two goals from rookie Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) as well as two assists from both Chris Doctor (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and Chris White (Rockville Centre, N.Y), but it was not enough to overcome Princeton's high-powered offense.
Princeton got off to a quick start, scoring three unanswered goals in the first quarter of play to put the Tigers up by three after the first period of play. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, the Scarlet Knight offense erupted for three goals in the second period of play but still found themselves trailing 7-3 at the half.
The defenses for both teams played a solid third quarter, each allowing just one goal. RU goalie Pete Pantages (Roseland, N.J.) made several standout saves, as did his Princeton counterpart, Alex Hewit, and Rutgers trailed 8-4 heading into the final quarter of play.
Rutgers seemed to gain back some of the momentum at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Taylor Bottar (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored a goal at the 11:50 mark as the Scarlet Knights found themselves trailing by just two scores, 8-6. Princeton immediately responded, however, with a goal by Mike DeSantis at the 11:36 mark, and the momentum shifted back to the Tigers. Princeton would go on to score seven fourth-quarter goals, sealing the victory over the Scarlet Knights.
The Scarlet Knight offense was able to score eight goals against a Princeton defense that entered the game allowing just 6.81 goals per game. Doctor finished the game with a team-high three points, as he added a goal in the fourth quarter to go along with his two assists. Pantages finished the game with 16 saves.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Mark Kovler's three goals. Scott Sowanick had three assists in the game, and Hewit finished with 10 saves for Princeton.
The Scarlet Knights will close-out their brief, two-game homestand when they host Army on Friday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m., at Yurcak Field.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
2007 Rutgers Men's Lacrosse
Rutgers vs. Princeton (March 13 at Piscataway, N.J.)
Rutgers (1-3, 0-1) vs. Princeton (2-2)
Date: March 13, 2007 Attendance: 1418
Goals by Period: 1 2 3 4 Tot
Princeton 3 4 1 7 15
Rutgers 0 3 1 4 8
Goals: Kovler, Mark 3; Trombino, Peter 2; Schneider, Bob 2; Sowanick, Scott 1; Shriner, Tripp 1; DeSantis, Mike 1; Goldberg, Zach 1; Lesko, Josh 1; Seaman, Greg 1; Kolkin, Charlie 1; Sgalardi, Rich 1.