March 6, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD – Scott MacKenzie scored his only goal of the game 59 seconds into overtime to lift seventh-ranked Princeton to an 11-10 victory over fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins in the second game of the 2010 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. The win, Princeton’s second straight against the Blue Jays, lifts the Tigers to 2-0 on the season, while Johns Hopkins slips to 3-1 and had its nine-game regular-season winning streak snapped.
Princeton appeared to have the game in hand with possession late in the fourth quarter behind the Blue Jay goal on a restart, but Blue Jay goalie Michael Gvozden forced a turnover and JHU quickly worked the ball up field to senior midfielder Michael Kimmel, who carried into the Princeton zone with a full head of steam and blew a shot past Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito to tie the game at 10-10 with 14 seconds remaining. As it would turn out, the Blue Jays never had possession again.
Princeton won the faceoff after Kimmel’s goal, but couldn’t score in the final seconds, but the Tigers won the only faceoff in overtime and worked the ball to junior Jack McBride at the top of the box to Gvozden’s right. He skipped a pass through traffic to MacKenzie, who was parked just above the goal line to Gvozden’s left. With time and room, he stepped into a shot and slipped it just inside the near post for the game-winner.
Princeton led 7-4 at the half as McBride scored all three of his goals before halftime and the Tigers held the Blue Jays scoreless for the final 18:50 before the break. After Hopkins took a 4-3 lead on a Nate Matthews goal with 3:50 remaining in the first quarter, Jack McBride and Chris McBride scored back-to-back goals to give Princeton a 5-4 lead early in the second quarter. A Tyler Moni goal 31 seconds after Jack McBride’s tally made it 6-4 and Jack McBride accounted for the 7-4 halftime score.
It took more than five minutes for the Blue Jays to gain an offensive possession in the third quarter, but they then needed less than two minutes after that to pull within one as attackmen Kyle Wharton and Tom Duerr struck for back-to-back goals midway through the period to draw the Blue Jays to within 7-6.
An opportunisitic Jeff Froccaro goal for Princeton – he swept in a loose ball in front of the goal after a nifty Gvozden save - gave the Tigers a two-goal lead back, but JHU answered seven seconds later on Steven Boyle’s 14th goal of the season and senior midfielder Max Chautin used a nice hesitation dodge from the side to get inside his defender and handcuffed Fiorito from seven yards out to draw the Blue Jays even at 8-8.
Frocarro, who scored three goals last week, added his third and fourth goals of the game to give the Tigers a 10-8 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but JHU freshman Zach Palmer tallied a highlight-reel backhanded goal with 4:44 remaining and Kimmel fired home the game-tying goal just over four minutes later. That set the stage for MacKenzie’s game-winner, which gave Princeton its first back-to-back wins against Johns Hopkins since 2000 and 2001.
Froccaro led Princeton with four goals and grabbed eight of the Tigers’ 24 ground balls while winning 10-of-17 faceoffs. Jack McBride added three goals and one assist and Rob Engelke chipped in with three assists for the Tigers, who also got eight saves from Fiorito and held advantages in shots (37-27), ground balls (24-23) and faceoffs (13-12).
Boland and Duerr led the Blue Jays with two goals apiece, while Kimmel (1g, 2a) and Boyle (1g, 1a) were also multi-point scorers for the Blue Jays. Gvozden posted10 saves for the Blue Jays, who out-scored Princeton 6-3 in the second half, but never led again after Matthews’ goal late in the first quarter was answered by Jack McBride’s goal with one second remaining in the period.
#7 Princeton (2-0) 4-3-2-1-1/11
#5 Johns Hopkins (3-1) 4-0-4-2-0/10
Goals: P: Froccaro-4, J. McBride-3, Moni-2, C. McBride-1, MacKenzie-1. J: Boland-2, Duerr-2, Boyle, Wharton, Matthews. Kimmel, Palmer, Chautin. Assists: P: Engelke-3, Chanenchuk-2, C. McBride-2, J. McBride-1. J: Kimmel-2, Boyle-1, Donovan-1, Greeley-1. Saves: P: Fiorito-8. J: Gvozden-10. Shots: P-37. J-27. EMO: P: 0-for-0. J: 1-for-1. Attendance: 19,742.
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