March 13, 1999
PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton lost a game and an All-America Saturday afternoon in falling to nemesis Virginia6-4 at the Class of 1952 Stadium. Princeton, the three-time defendingnational champion, saw senior All-America defenseman Kurt Lunkenheimer godown in the final minute with what was believed to be a torn anteriorcruciate ligament. Lunkenheimer has started every game of his career.”They’ll do an MRI tonight, but it looks bad,” said Princeton coach BillTierney. “He’s probably done for the year. He’s been our leader back therefor four years. He’s a rock. I feel terrible for him.”
As for the game,Virginia improved to 4-2 against Princeton since the start of the 1995season. During that same time, Princeton is 53-4 against the rest of thelacrosse world. Princeton also fell to 0-2 for the first time since 1995,the last time the Tigers did not win the national title, and lost for thesecond straight week at Class of 1952 Stadium after having been a perfect17-0 at the facility all-time prior to that.
Virginia scored twice in thefirst 3:23 of what would become a defensive battle for ball control andpossession time. It was 3-2 Virginia after the first quarter, 4-2 athalftime and 6-2 after three quarters.
“I was petrified of going 0-2,”said Virginia coach Dom Starsia. “I thought we did a good job ofcontrolling the ball, and I’m glad to get out of here with a win over atough team.”
Virginia’s Michael Leahy was the only player in the game withmore than one goal, as Drew McKnight, Hanley Holcomb, Conor Gill and TuckerRadebaugh scored once each for the Cavs. Princeton picked up goals fromJohn Harrington, Matt Striebel, Chris Berrier and Josh Sims. Harrington’sgoal extended his career Princeton record for goals by a longstick toseven.
Princeton’s Trevor Tierney had a big day in goal, making acareer-high 17 saves. Tierney replaced Corey Popham, last year’s MVP of theFinal Four, in the starting lineup. Derek Kenny made seven saves for UVa,including three after Princeton had cut it to 6-4 on Sims’ goal with 3:58remaining.
Princeton University Men’s Lacrosse Game Report Form
Saturday, March 13, 1999
Class of 1952 Stadium
1 2 3 4 Final Virginia (1-1) 3 12 0 6 Princeton (0-2) 2 0 0 2
4 Princeton Scoring Goals – John Harrington 1, Matt Striebel 1,Chris Berrier 1, Josh Sims 1Assists – noneVirginia Scoring Goals-Michael Leahy 2, Drew McKnight 1, Hanley Holcomb 1, Conor Gill 1, TuckerRadebaugh 1Assists – Hanley Holcomb 1, Tucker Radebaugh 1
GoaliesPrinceton – Trevor Tierney 60 minutes, six goals-against, 17 savesVirginia – Derek Kenney 60 minutes, four goals-against, seven savesShots Princeton – 33 Virginia – 40Ground Balls Princeton – 38 Virginia – 33 Extra Man Princeton – 0 for 4 Virginia – 3 for 4Penalties Princeton -4/3:00 Virginia – 4/3:30Clears Princeton – 18×25 Virginia – 18x21Face-0ffs – Princeton – 10×14 Virginia – 4×14
Virginia 6, Princeton 4
Team Quarter Time Goal Assist Score V First 2:08 Drew McKnight V, 1-0 V First 3:23 Hanley Holcomb V, 2-0 P First 10:41 John Harrington V, 2-1 V First 10:59 Conor Gill V, 3-1 P First 12:52 Matt Striebel V, 3-2 V Second 2:11 Michael Leahy* Hanley Holcomb V, 4-2 V Third 8:17 Tucker Radebaugh* V, 5-2 V Third 9:18 Michael Leahy* Tucker Radebaugh V, 6-2 P Fourth 4:56 Chris Berrier V, 6-3 P Fourth 11:02 Josh Sims V, 6-4 * extra man goal