July 4, 2001
champs again! Men's lacrosse wins its sixth title in 10 years
PAW athlete of the year Julie Shaner '01 is twice as nice
Matt Golden's From
the Cheap Seats column
Men's lacrosse wins its sixth title in 10 years
Tigers surround the national championship trophy after a 10-9 overtime
win against Syracuse at Rutgers Stadium on Memorial Day. (photographs
I think we have to make
some changes to beat Syracuse," goalie Trevor Tierney '01 said
after the Princeton men's lacrosse team suffered a 14-8 drubbing
at Syracuse on March 24, giving the Orangemen a fourth straight
win over the Tigers. The day after the loss to Syracuse, Trevor's
father, coach Bill Tierney, began making the changes that resulted
in a 10-9 overtime win against Syracuse in the NCAA Division I championship
game at Rutgers on Memorial Day. The win gave Princeton its sixth
national championship since 1992.
Tierney's first change
affected Matt Striebel '01, who for two years ran Princeton's offense
from behind the goal, earning honorable mention All-America honors
in 2000. At practice on March 25, Tierney moved Striebel to midfield
and handed the team's offensive reins to attackman Ryan Boyle '04,
who started the season's first four games at attack along with Striebel
and B. J. Prager '02.
Boyle flourished, tallying
16 goals and 37 assists en route to winning Ivy League Rookie of
the Year and third-team All-America honors. Princeton gained from
being able to put two feeders on the field at once, which baffled
opposing defenses almost as much as it did the coaches who voted
Striebel a first-team All-Ivy midfielder and an honorable mention
The benefits of the move
were on full display during the title game. Striebel scored two
of Princeton's first six goals and assisted on two others, then
helped get Boyle involved in the offense during the third quarter
by scooping up a loose ball and passing it to the freshman on the
opposite side of the field. Boyle moved the ball to Prager, who
scored to put Princeton up 7-4. The goal was the 18th on which Boyle
had assisted Prager this season.
J. Prager '02, left, and Trevor Tierney '01, right, were both All-Tournament
selections. (photographs by Beverly Schaefer)
The 19th and 20th soon
followed. After Syracuse reeled off four straight goals to force
an 8-all tie, Prager scored on another Boyle assist to put Princeton
ahead midway through the fourth quarter. Syracuse tied it with 16
seconds left to force overtime and stir memories of Princeton's
first national title game, a 10-9 win over Syracuse in 1992.
That year, Andrew Moe
'92 scored nine seconds into the second overtime after picking up
a loose ball on a face-off. This year, in the final minute of the
first overtime, Boyle got the ball behind the goal and hit Prager
with a pass as he cut past his defenseman. Prager then netted his
fourth goal of the day, giving Princeton the win.
Prager might not have
had the chance for such heroics had it not been for another beneficiary
of Striebel's move to midfield. Though Boyle assumed Striebel's
role in the offense, Sean Hartofilis '03 took over his starting
spot on attack. Princeton's offense is often accused of being mind-numbingly
methodical, a stereotype that does not fit Hartofilis, who took
118 shots in Princeton's 15 games this season, 20 percent of the
Tigers' total. Hartofilis's itchy trigger finger regularly brought
Tierney to sideline histrionics.
But the shooter also
scored 33 goals. Three of those helped rally Princeton from a 4-1
deficit to a 7-4 win at Cornell that secured Princeton's seventh
straight Ivy League title. "Their goalie was very hot,"
Hartofilis told the Daily Princetonian after the win in Ithaca.
"Our shots weren't falling, and he was making a lot of saves.
I thought I was getting good looks, so I kept shooting. We figured
sooner or later they'd have to start to fall."
Four more fell for Hartofilis
in the NCAA semifinal against Towson University, including the game
winner in a wild 12-11 win that made Tierney sound almost accepting
of such shot-happy ways. "Sean is not shy," the coach
said. "He's a guy who can get shots off. Sometimes he drives
me crazy, and a lot of times I drive him crazy, but you've got to
have guys with the gumption to take shots at the end of the game."
adjustments were less radical than the overhaul of the team's attack,
but just as critical. Syracuse had figured Princeton's defense out,
scoring 16, 13, and 14 goals in the teams' last three meetings.
Princeton usually tries to aggressively slide and double-team the
man with the ball, a philosophy that helped the Tigers hold opponents
to an average of 5.8 goals per game this year, the lowest in the
But in the title game,
"We changed the way we play lacrosse," said defenseman
Ryan Mollett '01. "We weren't going to slide; we were going
to play one-on-one as much as possible. We slid a lot up at the
Carrier Dome, and all we did was create offense for Syracuse."
In that March loss, Syracuse's starting attack combined for six
goals and four assists; on Memorial Day, Princeton held the unit
to two goals and three assists, its lowest output of the season.
Princeton's style may
have changed for the Syracuse game, but the outcome was a familiar
one - an 11th straight win in tournament games decided by one goal
since 1992, including five overtime wins and all three of this season's
Trevor Tierney said that
such potentially nerve-racking situations are nothing compared to
the relentless demands of his father's perfectionism: "Every
time the offense throws the ball out of bounds in practice, he's
screaming. Every time the defense throws the ball out of bounds,
he's screaming. We're in pressure situations every day from February
on. If you want to deal with a guy who's going to be in your face
all the time, you come to Princeton and take home a couple of rings."
This fall, Trevor Tierney will take his two national championship
rings to Colorado, where he will be an assistant lacrosse coach
at the University of Denver.
By David Marcus
David Marcus '92 is a
frequent contributor to PAW.
PAW athlete of the year
Julie Shaner '01 is twice as nice
Shaner, a lacrosse and soccer standout, wins PAW's athlete of the
year award. (photograph
There were Olympians,
All-Americas, and national champions from whom to choose, but Julie
Shaner lapped the field as PAW's choice for Princeton's athlete
of the year.
Shaner did it all - individual
accomplishments, team championships, and an impressive list of accolades
- and she did it twice. As a member of both the women's soccer and
lacrosse teams, Shaner left an indelible signature on two of Princeton's
most successful women's athletic programs.
A five-time first-team
All-Ivy selection (three times in lacrosse, twice in soccer), Shaner
was named a first-team All-America in lacrosse for the second time
as a senior after leading the Tigers to an Ivy League championship
and a return to the NCAA Final Four. The senior captain tallied
20 goals and 21 assists from her midfield position this season and
provided the Tigers with a unique blend of speed and athleticism.
She is a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is awarded annually
to the nation's top women's lacrosse player. Coach Chris Sailor
said of her star, "Shaner is clearly one of the top players
in the collegiate game and one of the very best to ever play for
Shaner's impact has been
even greater on the soccer field. While Princeton women's lacrosse
has been a perennial power, the women's soccer program improved
dramatically during Shaner's tenure. According to head coach Julie
Shackford, "The team's success over the past two years (including
two trips to the NCAA tournament and an Ivy title) is in no small
part due to her. She is a fierce competitor." The Tigers posted
a 7-8-1 mark the season before Shaner arrived. Since her freshman
year, the team has a 44-24-2 record that was capped by a 13-5 Ivy
championship season last fall, after which the midfielder and team
captain was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic All-America team.
Though Shaner graduated
last month, she will continue to help the women's soccer program.
Shaner returns to campus in the fall as a volunteer assistant coach
while fulfilling her student-teaching requirement at Princeton's
Riverside Elementary School before earning a teaching certificate
She has taken more than
a few opponents to school already. By M.G.
The Otto Von Kienbusch
Award, which honors the top senior female athlete, was shared by
Julia Beaver (squash), Erin Lutz (swimming and diving), Hilary Matson
(field hockey), and Julie Shaner (soccer and lacrosse). Dennis Norman
(football and track and field), Matt Striebel (soccer and lacrosse),
and Scott Denbo (track and field) shared the William Roper Trophy
for the outstanding senior male athlete. The Class of 1916 Cup,
the university's top athletic/academic award, went to Oliver Stroeh
The men's golf team won
its second consecutive Ivy title, and the women's squad also won
the league championship. Other Ivy titles went to baseball, men's
and women's lacrosse, and women's water polo. The heavyweight crew
defeated M.I.T. and Harvard to win the Compton Cup.
Four women's lacrosse
players received All-America honors. Julie Shaner '01 and Rachel
Becker '03 were first-team selections, while Lauren Simone '02 was
a second-team pick, and Kim Smith '02 was named to the third team.
Several Tigers claimed
Ivy Player of the Year honors. Ryan Mollett '01 was named men's
lacrosse's top performer. Teammate Ryan Boyle '04 won the league's
Rookie of the Year award. Baseball's Ryan Quillian '03 was the Ivy
League's Pitcher of the Year. Brie Galicinao '02 was the first Tiger
ever to win both the Ivy League's Pitcher and Player of the Year
awards for the same season. She was joined on the All-Ivy first
team by catcher Devon Keefe '01.
Danielle Stramandi '02
placed fourth at the National Indoor Diving Championships and secured
a spot on the U.S. diving team.
In track and field, Susan
Coltman '04 won the heptathlon at the IC4A/ ECAC Outdoor Championships,
where Ryan Smith '03 placed first in the 800 meters.
The National Hockey League's
Washington Capitals signed Chris Corrinet '01 to a two-year contract
and assigned the right-winger to the Portland Pirates of the American