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May 13, 2012

Yale, Princeton Fall in NCAA Men's Lacrosse First Round Games

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Yale and Princeton fell in NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship first-round games on Sunday afternoon. The Ivy Tournament Champion Bulldogs lost at No. 4 Notre Dame, 13-7, while the Ivy League Champion Tigers were edged at No. 5 Virginia, 6-5.

Yale, returning to the NCAA Championship field for the first time since 1992 and the fourth time overall (1988 & 1990), concluded the season with an 11-5 mark after the Irish snapped their nine-game winning streak. Princeton, which returned to the NCAA Championship field after playing in each NCAA Tournament from 1990-2010, also ended the season at 11-5.

Yale fell behind early, 4-0, but battled back as Deron Dempster scored four goals and Matt Gibson had a goal and four assists but it was not enough to overcome on of the nation's best defensive units, anchored by goalie John Kemp. In the end, the Bulldogs forced Kemp to make 12 saves.

Princeton also fell behind, 5-2 at the half, but stout defense combined with two third-quarter tallies from Jeff Froccaro saw the Tigers trail 5-4 after three quarters of play. Chris Bocklett then scored for the Cavs, but Tom Schreiber scored his second of the game with 1:19 left to cut the lead to one. In the end, the Tigers could come up with the tying goal after winning the ensuing faceoff. Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito finished with 12 saves.

The Ivy League has had at least two teams in each of the last four NCAA Championship fields and in six of the past seven. Notre Dame and Virginia will now play each other at noon on Sunday, May 20 at PPL park in Philadelphia for a place in the national semifinals.