Princeton downs Va. in overtime, 14-13 Eichelberger, No. 1 Tigers post 3rd win in row in OT

March 09, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Todd Eichelberger scored at 1: 32 of overtime to lead top-ranked Princeton to a 14-13 victory over No. 3 Virginia in front of 3,535 at the Class of 1952 Stadium in Princeton, N.J.

The Tigers' last three games have gone into overtime, with Princeton winning all three -- including last year's NCAA championship game over the Cavaliers.

Princeton (2-0) has now won 15 straight games, breaking the 46-year-old school record. The Tigers also triumphed in their seventh straight overtime game.

Princeton led 7-4 at halftime and 13-9 when Chris Massey scored his third goal with 6: 19 to play. Virginia (1-2) stormed back to tie the game at 13 as freshman Drew McKnight scored twice in a 4-0 run.

Cavaliers midfielder Drew Melchionni sent the game into overtime by scoring off an assist by David Curry with 1: 43 left in regulation.

The Tigers, who had the last shot in regulation, came away with the ball after a scramble on the overtime faceoff. Princeton then called timeout and had three shots before Eichelberger scored on a run from behind the goal.

"That wasn't a set play," Princeton coach Bill Tierney said. "That was as Todd Eichelberger is likely to do just when you're ready to kill him."

Jon Hess led Princeton with two goals and five assists. Massey's three goals extended his streak of games with at least three points to 10.

Michael Watson led Virginia with three goals, and Tucker Radebaugh added a goal and four assists.

Jesse Hubbard, Princeton's leading scorer last year, played in the final minute of regulation for his first action of the season. Hubbard, a first-team All-American, missed last week's win over Johns Hopkins with a sprained shoulder.

No. 13 Brown 9, No. 6 Duke 8, OT: Jed Dewick scored with 20 seconds remaining and then scored again two minutes into overtime to lead Brown (1-1) over Duke (2-1) in Durham, N.C.

The Bears held a 6-4 advantage over the Blue Devils at the half, but Duke was able to tie the game at 7 by outscoring Brown 3-1 in the third quarter.

The teams held each other scoreless for most of the fourth quarter before freshman Nick Hartofilis put Duke ahead with 3: 32 remaining in regulation. Dewick scored his first goal of the game three minutes later to send the game into overtime.

After two failed scoring attempts by Duke in overtime, Dewick scored the game-winner.

The Blue Devils outshot the Bears, 36-23, and had a 38-33 ground-ball advantage. John Fay and Jim Gonnella led Duke with two goals apiece.

No. 2 Syracuse 18, Yale 8: Casey Powell posted four goals and five assists as Syracuse (2-1) downed Yale (0-1) in front of 4,149 at the Carrier Dome.

The Bulldogs went ahead 2-1 with 5: 15 left in the first quarter when Brad Graw converted an extra-man opportunity.

The Orangemen then scored 10 of the next 11 goals, including five times in a 2 1/2 -minute span. During this run, Powell had three goals and two assists and Rob Kavovit added three goals and an assist.

The Bulldogs only score four times in the second half with two coming on extra-man situations.

Syracuse outshot Yale 51-32 and leads the series 15-4.

No. 10 Hofstra 12, Delaware 7: Tony Alexander scored four goals to lift Hofstra (2-0, 2-0) over Delaware (1-1, 1-1) in an America East Conference game before 1,023 at Hempstead, N.Y.

The Flying Dutchmen extended their conference winning streak to 12 straight games.

Hofstra scored the first three goals of the game and staked itself to a 9-3 lead midway through the third quarter. The Blue Hens didn't score for the first 18 1/2 minutes of the game.

Massachusetts 22, Fairfield 3: John O'Connor scored four goals and Brendan Glass had three goals and an assist as Massachusetts (1-0) routed Fairfield (0-1) in Bridgeport, Conn.

Tom Saunders scored with 6: 28 left in the first quarter to help the Stags get within 3-2. The Minutemen then went on an 18-0 run to pull away.

Massachusetts outshot Fairfield 66-13, and won 19 of 27 faceoffs.

Stony Brook 15, Colgate 4: Courtney Wilson totaled six goals and an assist to help Stony Brook (1-0) over visiting Colgate (0-2). The Seawolves scored on three of six man-up opportunities.

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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