PRINCETON, N.J. - Spencer Wright and Josh Coffman each registered three goals and an assist to spark No. 2 Syracuse to an 11-8 win over No. 6 Princeton yesterday in a matchup of teams that have combined to win 12 of the past 14 NCAA championships.
With the Tigers leading 8-7 early in the fourth quarter, Brian Solliday and Jarrett Park scored 11 seconds apart to give the Orangeman (5-1) the lead for good. Wright and Sean Lindsay added goals in the final six minutes to seal the win.
"It was a great lacrosse game," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "They made the plays when they had to."
The Tigers (1-3) dominated the game's first 18 minutes, using two goals from Matt Trevenen and one each from B.J. Prager and Damien Davis to take a 4-0 lead.
The Orangemen rebounded as Coffman scored twice and Wright and Mike Smith scored in the second quarter to tie the score at halftime.
Julian Gould stopped 14 shots for the Tigers, and counterpart Jay Pfeifer made nine saves for Syracuse.
Yesterday's crowd of 5,476 was the largest to see a game at Princeton's Class of 1952 Stadium, eclipsing the 4,743 who saw the Tigers play Syracuse in 2000.
Syracuse 0 4 2 5 - 11
Princeton 3 1 3 1 - 8
Goals: S-Wright 3, Coffman 3, Smith, Powell, Solliday, Lindsay, Park; P-Trevenen 3, Prager 2, Daly, Davis, White. Assists: S-Wright, Coffman, Powell, Solliday, Lindsay; P-Trevenen, Boyle, Daly, Hartofolis. Saves: S-Pfeifer 9; Gould 14.