As the weather heats up in the northeast, spring brings not only sunshine, but intense college lacrosse action. The Ivy League, which seems to be one of the toughest conferences in the country, has four legitimate contenders all looking to make a run at the NCAA Tournament.
With a big day of games on deck for Saturday, a lot will be discovered about the landscape of this tight league.
With Cornell undefeated in league play, Yale, Penn, and Princeton are all trying to keep pace this weekend. Cornell faces an inferior Dartmouth team today, a game they should easily win.
Penn and Yale face each other in Philadelphia, while Princeton hosts Brown in New Jersey. With Penn or Yale guaranteed a loss today, Princeton can buy itself some breathing room with a win today.
Princeton is led on offense by midfielder Tom Schreiber and sophomore attacker Mike MacDonald. Schreiber's ability to shoot and pass on the run makes him a threat every time he touches the ball, while MacDonald has one of the highest shooting percentages in the country.
Along with Jake and Jeff Froccaro, this offense is tough to pinpoint, and therefore, very tough to stop. Ryan Ambler and Kip Orban have been key as well, providing scoring depth at both the midfield and attack positions.
Brown is coming off of a midweek loss at the hands of North Carolina. They scored 12 goals in the game, headlined by five scoring tallies from freshman attacker Henry Blynn, who will look to continue his hot streak as he faces a young Princeton defense and freshman goalie.
Blynn will most likely be covered by Nick Fernandez of Princeton, a converted short stick who is extremely tough and athletic.
Brown will need top-notch defense to beat Princeton today. Princeton shoots early and often, although notorious for getting out to slow starts. If Brown goalkeeper Jack Kelly can hold off an early Princeton run, this could stay close for a full 60 minutes.
Look for sophomore midfielder Justin Murphy to continue his stellar face-off play for the Tigers. He has been steadily improving and winning key face-offs, many of which led to the narrow victory against Yale a week ago.
Keep it tuned to Bleacher Report for final scores and updates!
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