In what would be a thrilling afternoon, the men’s lacrosse team fell just short as Cornell edged out the Princeton squad 18-17, despite a strong Princeton push late in the game. The Orange and Black will close the season tied with Brown for No. 2 in the Ivy League. The Tigers are scheduled to face Brown in the Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament this Friday, May 5.
The Princeton squad started the first quarter trading shot for shot as the game remained tied at 5-5. It was not until the third quarter that Big Red managed to build a definitive 15-9 lead. However, showing their resilience, the Princeton team managed to get crucial stops and get back in the game. The Tigers would tie the game at 16 apiece and then 17 apiece before Cornell’s Jack McCulloch scored his sixth goal of the day with over two minutes left. However, this would prove to be the winning goal as the Tigers failed to find the back of the net again.
The offense was led by freshman attack Michael Sowers, who recorded four goals and three assists. The performance put his season total at 77 points, just one point behind the all-time single season record.
The veterans of the team also put their stamp on the game. Senior co-captain Gavin McBride led all scorers with five goals, becoming the 12th player in Princeton history to reach 100 career goals. In the midfield, senior Zach Currier managed to force three turnovers and 12 ground balls while also adding a goal and two assists to the Princeton effort.
The Tigers, who were already locked into a playoff position heading into the game, will end the season with an overall record of 9-5 and a 4-2 Ivy League record. The loss denied the Tigers an opportunity to share the Ivy League title with Yale, as the Bulldogs also lost their last game of the season to Harvard. The Tigers will now face the Bears in the postseason.
When the two teams met earlier in the season, the Tigers dominated, beating their Ivy rivals 21-11. However, since then Brown has been on a recent winning streak, triumphing in their last four games and winning five of their last six matches since their defeat to the Tigers.
Regardless, the Princeton squad will need to bring their best game as they approach the postseason. The Tigers will face Brown in New Haven on Friday, May 5.