Princeton Roars Behind Sowers, 20-11

In a game that was a tale to two halves, the Colgate Raiders (0-3) went into Princeton to challenge the Tigers (2-0) on a February Tuesday evening.

A ten goal run blew a one-goal game wide open but, the story was Senior, Michael Sowers.

A Philadelphia area native, Sowers set the Ivy League for assists in a game (11) and points in a game (14).

The first matchup between the squads since 1929 was a tight battle for thirty minutes.

Ryan Decker (1g,1a) put Colgate in front at the 12:45 mark.

The Sowers show kicked off when he assisted on a Chris Brown (3g) net bender.

On the advantage, Sowers sent a pretty pass to Will Kuznierek (1 g) to push it to a 2-1 Tigers lead.

It took all of :15 for Sowers to change hats and become a goal scorer off a Jake Stevens helped at the 7:28 mark.

Sowers added his second just thirty-five seconds later to push the score to 4-1.

Colgate ended the surge with tallies from James Caddigan (3a) and Griffin Brown (1g,1a) before Alexander Vardaro (2g,1a) closed the quarter with Princeton holding on to a 5-3 lead.

Brian Minicus (1g,5a) started on a career day and followed by a game-tying goal from Nicky Petkevich (1g).

Phillip Robertson (3g) put Princeton back to a one-goal lead at 6-5 but Minicus set up Caddigan on the advantage to counter.

Sowers put his cape back on and fed Vardaro and Phillip Robertson to close the half with the Tigers growling, 8-6.

Sowers was sitting on six points with two goals and assists to four separate players.

Parker Baddley (1g, 1a) scored a highlight long pole goal to close the gap to one goal, 8-7.

And then, the bottom dropped out for Colgate. The remainder of the third saw Princeton tear-off eight goals furnished by Sowers setting up Connor McCarthy (1g), Brown, and Jamie Atkinson on the advantage for his seventh helper to seven different teammates.

Stevens, Sowers, another from Atkinson and one additional from Stevens with just 00:07 left to close the half with a 17-7 score.
Brown kicked off the fourth followed by a Robertson marker to bring the Tiger revolt to 10 goals at 17:00.
Colgate did not roll over and went on a four-goal run with goals from Mike Hawkins (1g), Cooper Belanger (2g), Caddigan and Belanger.

Princeton fired back with goals from Sam English (1g) and Tommy Barndts (1g) that closed the book.
Dis and Dat: Minicus set a career-high in assists (5) and points (6).
Princeton’s George Baughn, recovering from an injury, forced three turnovers.
Princeton had the edge in shots, 54-47 while Colgate took the face-off battle, 19-14.
Loose balls were even at 40-40.

Sowers opens the season with a breathtaking, 7 goals and 18 assists in just two games.
Concerning his performance, the humble Sowers had this to say… (courtesy of Princeton Lacrosse)
I’m very excited to be 2-0,” he said. “It was my night tonight but it was just part of our system. Our systems put us in the right spots to make plays, and I was lucky to take advantage of it

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.