Princeton Topples #2 Virginia, 16-12

Upset Week in Mens Division I games with Penn State, Maryland, Duke and Virginia all toppled.
The Princeton Tigers (3-0) went into the home of the Defending Champion, Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) and employed their fast paced offense to end the Cavaliers 10 game winning streak.
As usual, Michael Sowers was the main cog and started things off when he set up Chris Brown (4g,1a) 4:06 into the game and Princeton was heating up.
The squads exchanged goals that was started with Ian Laviano sending a pretty pass to Michael Kraus (2g,2a). With the goal, Kraus has now registered a point in every one of the 52 games he has played, and we were tied at 1.
The Tigers answered a minute thirty later with Phillip Robertson (4g) notched an unassisted tally that was answered a minute later by a Laviano (3g,1a) tally.
Princeton doubled down with Connor McCarthy (2g) and Sowers connecting with Robertson to make it a 4-2 Tigers edge.
Dox Aitken (2g) and Peter Garnoanswered to close the first with a 4-4 score.
Princeton came out fast in the second and Chris Brown at 11:17 followed exactly a minute later by Sowers (4g,4a) gave the visitors a brief two goal lead.
Laviano, Matt Moore (2g,2a) and Peter Lasalla (1g) put Virginia in front,7-6.
At that point, the whole make up of the game changed as Princeton would nab the next two goals (Sowers and Brown) that would be a precursor of a 6-1 run.
The Half ended with Virginia trailing by one at 8-7.
Sowers made it three in a row before Kraus stopped the run.
Robertson, Brown and McCarthy made it six goals out of seven for the Tigers and a 12-8 lead.
Virginia didn’t win the Championship for nothing and showed their pride when Payton Cormier (1g,1a) and Dox Aitken scored twenty eight seconds apart to get the crowd into it.
With just six ticks left on the clock, Sowers put a dagger in the mini rally to close the third with Princeton up by three, 13-10.
Undaunted, the Cavs kept working and Kraus set up Matt Moore with a pretty man up pass followed by Laviano with an even strength tally that made it a one goal game with just under nine minutes to go.
That would be as close as Virginia would get as Princeton reeled off a final flurry with Robertson and a pair from Alex Slusher to cap the upset. This game was played really fast. That is the way the game is meant to be played. I love how quickly Princeton moves and plays their transition offense and how quickly they got the ball up off the ground. We certainly have to learn from what happened today and learn from our opponent. The pace I think caught us off guard a little bit and I give credit to their players and the Princeton coaching staff. I think we’re just starting to realize Princeton isn’t just a one-man team. Michael Sowers is an incredible player, the leader in the Tewaaraton [Trophy] hunt right now, but the people around him are going hard to the goal. They are playing aggressive defense, making plays and picking up key ground balls. That’s a heck of an opponent we just faced today.”– Lars Tiffany Virginia Head Coach Dis and Dat: In light of the upsets, Princeton is now ranked #5 in a NCAA polls.
How hot is Michael Sowers? He now has 7 goals and 15 assists… in his LAST 2 GAMES!
Virginia netminder, Alex Rode made 14 saves and garnered 5 loose balls.

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.