April 23, 2003: Sports
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By David Marcus 92
Mens lacrosse coach Bill Tierney thinks of his schedule as tripartite. First come March games against traditional powers Johns Hopkins, the University of Virginia, and Syracuse; then the Ivy League schedule and a few nonleague games; and finally the playoffs in May.
The Tigers capped their early season March 22 with an 1110 win at Syracuse, avoiding last years 13 start and proving that Princeton can play with the Orangemen, who had won six of the last seven meetings between the two squads. I was ready with the postgame speech if we lost, said Tierney. With the win, the game became more important. Weve proven we can get it done.
As has become its wont, Princeton started slowly before coming back from an 84 third-quarter deficit against the Orangemen. The Tigers also played a sluggish first half in their March 1 season opener in which Hopkins jumped to an 83 halftime lead and won 108. A week later, Princeton was held scoreless for the first 20 minutes of a 107 Virginia win. And March 25, Princeton fell behind 30 to Rutgers and trailed 87 in the fourth quarter before scoring three goals in 51 seconds for a 108 win.
The Tigers also won their first two Ivy games, beating Yale 155 March 29 and Penn 126 April 1. On a sour note, All-American Ryan Boyle 04 hurt his hamstring versus Penn and may be out indefinitely.
The victory over Syracuse highlighted the play of goalie Julian Gould 03 and attackman Jason Doneger 05. Gould was shaky at times last year, but hes stopped 59 percent of the shots hes faced thus far. Julians had an All-American season, Tierney said.
While Gould preserved the win by saving a last-second shot, Doneger kept the Tigers in the game early. He scored all three of the teams first-half goals and finished with five for the day. Doneger added three more against Rutgers and has 17 goals for the season. I dont think weve seen the best of Jason Doneger yet. Against Syracuse, he had to carry the team on his back for a while, and he did, Tierney said.
Princetons win over Syracuse demonstrated the parity at the top of mens college lacrosse. So far, each of last years best four teams Princeton, Syracuse, Hopkins and Virginia have played the other, with four of the six games being decided by a goal. The same quartet may well be in the Final Four.
David Marcus 92 is a frequent PAW contributor.
In a rematch of last years N.C.A.A. championship, womens lacrosse (43) defeated Georgetown 1311 in an overtime thriller at home March 28. Whitney Miller 03 and Theresa Sherry 04 each scored in overtime to give the Tigers the win. Princeton thrashed Columbia, 152, in its Ivy season opener March 26.
Four-time defending national champion womens lightweight crew beat Harvard in its season-opening race at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic in California March 29. The Tigers also outpaced CaliforniaDavis and Stanford that weekend to open the year 30.
Wrestlings Greg Parker 03 ended his Princeton career with All-America honors for the second straight year after placing eighth in the 184-pound weight class at the N.C.A.A. championships March 22 in Kansas City.
The defending Ivy League softball (79) champions started their season with a 37 spring break road trip through Tennessee and Georgia. After losing two games to Rutgers upon their return, the Tigers rallied to beat Monmouth twice at home, and George Mason and Norfolk State in Virginia.
Baseball (614) returned from its spring break trip through Virginia and North Carolina with a 412 record. The Tigers rebounded with home wins over Monmouth and Vermont in late March as they primed to defend their Ivy League Gehrig Division title.
Womens water polo (134) downed Bucknell 112 March 30. The Tigers were ranked 13th nationally heading into the game and were the only East Coast team in the top 15.
Mens golf topped a 20-team field that included Yale and Rutgers to win the rain-shortened 2003 George Washington Invitational in Maryland March 31. Nat Hoopes 03 and Cassidy Traub 03 tied for third overall to carry the team to its three-stroke victory. By A.D.