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Capretta's Five Goals Earns Him Final Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week Award

(l-r): Cornell's Matt Donovan and Princeton's Alex Capretta
(l-r): Cornell's Matt Donovan and Princeton's Alex Capretta

Complete Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release (PDF)

, N.J. -- On the final day of the season, Princeton downed Cornell, 14-9, to win the outright Ivy League title and clinch the top seed in the 2012 Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament field. As the No. 1 seed, the Tigers will play host to the third annual event. The winner of the tournament will receive the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

With the win, Princeton snapped Cornell’s run of winning at least a share of nine consecutive League titles. The Tigers also match the Big Red with 26 Ivy League titles dating back to 1956.

Brown also punched its ticket to the 2012 tournament on the final day of play when it downed Dartmouth, 10-8, and Yale beat Harvard, also by the score of 10-8. The Bulldogs, keyed by Dylan Levings’ 17-for-22 performance at the faceoff ‘X’, are one of the hottest teams in the country as they have now won seven games in a row. Brown’s win was also spurred on by an impressive faceoff showing, as Tommy Capone won 15 of the 21 draws he took.

In nonconference play, Dartmouth downed Vermont 10-5 led by Kip Dooley’s five-point showing. Elsewhere, Penn closed its season with a narrow loss to sixth-ranked Virginia, 10-8. Quaker senior Dan Savage notched his fourth hat trick of the season in the loss.

Cornell and Yale will each be making third consecutive appearances in the tournament. The Big Red, who hosted the event in 2010 and 2011, captured the 2011 title. Princeton won the inaugural tournament in 2010, when Brown made its only other appearance in the event.

2012 Ivy League Tournament -- Class of 1952 Stadium -- Princeton, N.J.
Semifinal One: #2 Cornell vs. #3 Yale at 5:00 p.m. [ESPN3]
Semifinal Two: #1 Princeton vs. #4 Brown at 8:00 p.m. [ESPN3]
Championship: Noon [ESPNU]

Princeton senior Alex Capretta (Mill Valley, Calif.) scored a career-high five goals to lead the Tigers to their first outright Ivy League Championship since 2002. Capretta scored his first goal 3:10 into the game, giving the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish. He then added another in the second, two more in the third and then another in the fourth. He joins Tom Schreiber (Feb. 27) and Jeff Froccaro (March 19) as Princeton players who earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors in 2012.

Capretta’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 5G, 5 Pts., 8 Shots, .625 shooting%

Playing against one of the hottest goalies in the nation in Princeton's Tyler Fiorito, Cornell freshman Matt Donovan (Morristown, N.J.) put six shots on goal and tied a career-high with four goals against the Tigers on Saturday evening. His first two goals helped the Big Red cut into an early Princeton lead, bringing Cornell back to within one (4-3) at the 13:20 mark of the second quarter.

Donovan has now earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors five times this season (Mar 5, March 26, April 2, April 9). Dating back to 1987 when the award made its debut, Donovan is the first player to earn five such honors. Players with four awards in that time span include Brown's Nick Piroli (2012), Princeton's Peter Trombino (2004), Ryan Boyle (2001) and BJ Prager (1999), as well as Cornell's Sean Greenlaugh (2002) and Harvard's Matt Primm (2000).

Donovan’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 4G, 4 Pts., 3 GB, 6 Shots, .667 shooting%

Tommy Capone
, Brown (Sr., FO - Watertown, N.Y.)
1GP, 8 GB, 15-for-21 on faceoffs (.714)

Jeff Cohen
, Harvard (Sr., A - Syosset, N.Y.)
1GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 1 GB, 8 Shots, .375 shooting%

Kip Dooley, Dartmouth (Sr., M - Minneapolis, Minn.)
2GP, 3G, 6A, 9 Pts., 8 GB, 14 Shots, .214 shooting%   

Dylan Levings, Yale (So., M/FO - Massapequa, N.Y.)
1GP, 9 GB, 17-for-2 on faceoffs (.772)

Dan Savage, Penn (Sr., N/A - Garden City, N.Y.)
1GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 2 GB, 1 CT, 8 Shots, .375 shooting%

Tuesday, May 1         
Holy Cross at Dartmouth, 3 p.m.                  

Friday, May 4
1- #3 Yale vs. #2 Cornell, 5 p.m. [ESPN3]
1 - #4 Brown at #1 Princeton, 8 p.m. [ESPN3]

Sunday, May 6
1 - Championship, Noon [ESPNU]

* - Ivy League contest.

(X/Y) - X refers to national ranking in the Inside Lacrosse Poll and Y refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll.

1 - Ivy League Tournament at Class of 1952 Stadium in Princeton, N.J.