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Photo caption: Luke Crimmins battles off Stony Brook players on Saturday Photo credit: Patrick Tewey / GoPrincetonTigers

Men’s lacrosse (4–6, 0–3 Ivy) defeated the Stony Brook Seawolves in Stony Brook, NY (6–5, 2–1 AEC) 14–4 on Saturday afternoon. In a break from Ivy League play, the team got a morale boost after going 1–4 in their past five games.

Princeton’s senior attacker Emmet Cordrey had the first shot of the game at 13:11 after Stony Brook went a man down for a loose ball violation. A minute later, Stony Brook found the back of the Tigers’ net and brought the score to 1–0, the only time the team would lead for the entire game.

At 10:23 sophomore middie Luke Crimmins, assisted by junior attacker Michael Sowers, tied the game for the Tigers with a goal. Princeton shut out Stony Brook for the remainder of the first quarter and brought their lead to four goals. Sophomore attacker Chris Brown had two goals and an assist, and Cordrey and senior middie Mike Morean each had one goal. The quarter finished 5–1.

11 seconds into the second quarter, sophomore long-stick middie (LSM) Andrew Song, after winning a ground ball out of the face off, scored his first goal of the season and brought the score to 6–1 in Princeton’s favor. Cordrey scored again with six minutes remaining in the quarter, assisted by Brown. Stony Brook was able to sneak one past Princeton’s goalie sophomore Erik Peters in the 10th minute, but additional goals from Morean at 2:17 and Cordrey at 0:05 kept the Tigers well positioned going into the half at 9–2.

The third quarter was more evenly split than earlier in the game as both teams scored twice. SBU’s Connor Grippe scored a minute into the quarter. Four minutes later, at 9:51, Princeton’s junior attacker Phillip Robertson scored his 12th goal of the season. Two minutes later, Cordrey scored again, his fourth so far in the game. SBU responded with a goal with five minutes left and the quarter finished 11–4.

Princeton dominated the fourth quarter, shutting out Stony Brook and scoring three goals themselves. Robertson had his second goal of the game at 12:34, assisted by Cordrey, and Brown scored again at 2:34, assisted by first-year middie Alexander Vardaro. SBU’s Chris Pickel was handed a cross-check penalty with a minute remaining in the game and Robertson capitalized on the man-up offense, scoring at 0:44, assisted by Sowers. The game finished 14–4.

Even though Stony Brook outshot Princeton by almost double, 45 to 29, the Tigers had better accuracy. They had 24 shots on goal compared to SBU’s 18. The Orange and Black had 14 saves to Stony Brook’s 10. And, despite the score difference, Stony Brook won more face offs (14 to 8) and ground balls (32 to 23) than Princeton.

The Tigers will take on Sienna (5–4, 3–2 MAAC) at home on Tuesday before heading to Dartmouth next weekend to resume Ivy League play.

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