Although just two games graced the calendar today, it was an exciting Tuesday night of college lacrosse. The biggest one was obviously Princeton taking down Denver as Bill Tierney returned to Princeton since leaving for Denver, but we also saw a very good one between Yale and Air Force up in New Haven.
Princeton 14, Denver 13
In what was supposed to be Bill Tierney’s joyful homecoming and 400th career win quickly turned the other way. It was a back-and-forth game the whole way and Princeton would use a great offensive run in the end to take the lead and secure the upset win, subduing a Denver comeback in the last minute.
Princeton’s offense got started right out of the gate, taking a 2-0 lead less than a minute into the game. Denver would answer with a 4-goal run that saw four different scorers, taking a 4-2 lead midway through the first. The Tigers were able to find the back of the net near the end of the first to cut the Denver lead to 4-3 heading into the second quarter of play.
In the second quarter is where we saw the game really start becoming a back-and-forth type of contest. Denver started the scoring in the second and Princeton followed. Each side was trading goals and the only run’s we saw were two two-goal runs from Princeton. An Emmet Cordrey goal would tie things up at 7 for Princeton heading into the half.
The third quarter saw much of the same as the second with both teams literally trading goals for the entire quarter. During the third is where we saw Princeton start to come alive on both sides of the ball with Michael Sowers getting it done on the offensive end, while the Tigers defense as a whole stepped up, especially George Baughan.
After going back-and-forth in the third, Princeton held an 11-10 lead heading into the fourth. Phillip Robertson would score a huge goal early in the fourth to put Princeton up 12-10 before Denver would answer and make it a one-goal game once again. A two goal run that included an incredible dish from Michael Sowers to Emmett Cordrey would put the Tigers up 14-11 with 3:15 left in the fourth. The Pioneers answered with a two goal run by way of Ethan Walker and Ellis Geis to cut the Princeton lead to 14-13 with :15 on the clock. The Princeton defense stood tall and disrupted a last chance Denver play with :3 on the clock to secure the upset win, their biggest of the season.
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Austin Frech led Denver with 3 goals, while Ellis Geis had 3 points (2G,1A) as well. On defense Matt Neufeldt led the way for the Pioneers. The Maryland grad transfer had 2 points (1G,1A) while causing 1 turnover and scooping up 7 ground balls. In goal, Alex Ready made 11 saves for the Pioneers.
For Princeton Michael Sowers led the way with 6 points (3G,3A) for the Tigers. Chris Brown and Emmett Cordrey also had 4 points (3G,1A) each. George Baughan was the clear leader on defense, causing 5 turnovers on the day. In goal for the Tigers Erik Peters made 14 saves in the win.
Yale 13, Air Force 6
This one was a tale of two half’s for the most part. After a first half scare the Yale Bulldogs were able to breakaway in the fourth quarter and seal the deal, sending Air Force home with a loss.
While Matt Gaudet and Ted Forst were able to put Yale up 2-0 early on in the game Air Force wasn’t going to go away that easy. The Falcons got on the board just a few minutes later with a Trey Lervick goal, cutting the Yale lead to 2-1. The Bulldogs quickly answered to go back up by two. Each team was able to score once more in the quarter, giving Yale a 4-2 advantage heading into the second.
After a lot of back-and-forth play the Falcons finally scored the first goal of the second midway through. Yale would find the back of the net late in the quarter to retake a two-goal lead. While Air Force was able to score a late man-up goal to end the second, Yale still held a 5-4 lead heading into the half.
Air Force was able to hang right there with Yale in the first half, but the Bulldogs turned it up a notch in the second half and were able to finally subdue the Falcons efforts. Matt Gaudet scored the first two goals of the third for Yale, including a man-up goal, to put the Bulldogs up 7-4. Air Force was able to get one goal in the third by way of Christian Kuhn before Yale really took over for good.
On a two-goal run and holding a 9-5 lead heading into the fourth, Yale added onto their lead and extended their run. A six-goal run from late in the third through the midway point in the third would seal the deal. Air Force would get the last goal of the game but things were pretty much already decided by then. Yale was able to walk away with the win after escaping the Falcons first half efforts.
The Falcons offense was led by Trey Lervick who tallied 4 points (3G,1A) while Christian Kuhn also had 3 goals as well. Quentin Carlile was a leader on defense, scooping up 2 ground balls and causing 3 turnovers. In cage, Braden Host made 19 saves for the Falcons.
Yale was led on offense by Matt Gauet who had 3 goals for a hat trick on the day. Jackson Morrill also had 5 points (2G,3A) as well. Chris Fake was a force on defense as always, scooping up just 3 ground balls in the win. Jack Starr made 7 saves while Hoyt Crance also saw time in cage as well.