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No. 13 Princeton Travels To Dartmouth

Alistair Berven and the Tigers are at Dartmouth Saturday at noon.

Scully Fahey Field • Hanover, N.H. • Saturday, April 15, 2017

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No matter what happens in the Princeton men’s lacrosse team’s game at Dartmouth this weekend, the Tigers cannot mathematically clinch a spot in the Ivy League tournament. On the other hand, a win would get Princeton to three league wins, which in the seven-year history of the Ivy tournament has been something of a magic number.

Only once in those seven years has a team won three league games and not reached the Ivy tournament, and that was Penn in 2015. Going back in the 25 years prior to the start of the Ivy tournament in 2010, there were only three times that a team with three league wins would not have made the four-team tournament had there been one.

As for the league championship and a shot at hosting that league tournament? If you’re a Princeton fan – or a fan of any Ivy team other than the one in New Haven – then root for Brown to beat Yale this weekend. Should Yale win that game, then the Bulldogs would clinch no worse than a share of the league title – and would definitely clinch the host role for the league tournament, even with two weeks left in the regular season to play after that.

Princeton has a quick turnaround after its loss to Lehigh Tuesday night and no time to dwell on it. After Dartmouth is a home game against Harvard and a trip to Cornell to end the regular season, with the Ivy tournament the following week and then the NCAA tournament the week after that.

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Yale enters the weekend unbeaten at 4-0 in the Ivy League. Princeton and Brown are both 2-1, followed by Cornell at 2-2, Harvard and Penn at 1-2 and Dartmouth at 0-3.

This week’s games have Princeton at Dartmouth, Brown at Yale and Penn at Harvard, as well as Lehigh at Cornell.

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Princeton defeated Dartmouth 7-3 last year in Princeton in a game that could be described as somewhat unique. Dartmouth outscored Princeton 3-0 in the first half, and Princeton then shut out Dartmouth in the second half, outscoring the Big Green 7-0 to win.

Princeton leads the all-time series 55-9. Of those nine wins for Dartmouth, eight have come in Hanover, most recently in 2013.

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Princeton has played nine games against teams that it played a year ago as well. The team that lost the 2016 game has won the 2017 game in six of those nine games. After beginning the season by matching the win over NJIT and loss to Hofstra, Princeton has seen the 2016 result reversed six of the last seven times, including each of the last three.

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Princeton leads the Ivy League and is third in Division I in scoring offense with 14.55 goals per game. Princeton is averaging 17.0 goals per game in its three Ivy League games.

Both teams have been in double figures in six of Princeton’s last seven games, including each of the last four.

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Michael Sowers has 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points. He is already Princeton’s all-time leader for points in a season by a freshman, and in fact he is second behind only Rob Pannell of Cornell (67 points in 2009) for the Ivy League record.

Sowers’ 28 goals are tied with Mike Chanenchuk for the Princeton freshman record. Sowers also needs two goals to join Dave Tickner (in 1976) and Mike MacDonald (in 2015) as the only Princeton players ever with at least 30 goals and 30 assists in the same season.

With two more goals, he’d become the fifth freshman in Ivy League history to reach 30.

Beyond that, his 59 points are currently tied for 13th on the school single-season scoring list. With one point, he would move into a four-way tie for 10th.

Sowers leads the Ivy League in points per game and assists per game and is fourth in Division I in both.

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Gavin McBride had a school-record streak of four straight games with five goals ended against Lehigh, when he had three. In Matt Madalon‘s 16 games as Princeton head coach, McBride has had at least three goals 13 times.

McBride now has 37 goals for the season. Should he get three more, he would become the 10th Princeton player to reach 40 for a season.

McBride has 121 career points, one away from tying Jeff Froccaro for 25th all-time at Princeton. His 87 goals are 19th all-time at Princeton.

McBride leads the Ivy League in goals scored, and he is third in Division I in goals per game.

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Princeton’s three starting defensemen – Arman Medghalchi, Daniel Winschuh and Bear Goldstein – combined for five caused turnovers and nine ground balls in the game against Lehigh.

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Princeton leads Division I in team shooting percentage, at .373.

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