Friday, March 6, 2009

Live From Baltimore, It's Friday Night

Final 6-5
UMBC made it interesting.

7:49 in fourth
UMBC got one back, so it's 6-3 Tigers. UMBC possession is a huge one, as another goal will make it interesting.

12:20 left in fourth
Still 6-2 Tigers. Princeton with 14 shots in the third quarter after 12 shots in the first half.

End 3
Princeton 6, UMBC 2
Tigers scored the only five goals of the third quarter. Fiorito with nine saves. Barnes 11 for 11 on face-offs.

8:30 left in third
Princeton 5, UMBC 2
The Tigers came out in the third like they did in the first against Hopkins a week ago. McBride started it, and Rich Sgalardi, Jack McBride and Kovler have all followed. Paul Barnes is 10 for 10 on face-offs; remember, TigerBlog said that UMBC has struggled on face-offs this season.

Early third
Princeton 2, UMBC 2. Chris McBride.

Halftime in men's lax
UMBC 2, Princeton 1
A pair of extra-man goals for UMBC have put Princeton down at the half. Without Fiorito, it could have been way worse. Fiorito has made six saves, several of them of the spectacular kind.
Kovler's goal for Princeton is the only score for the Tigers. Princeton did not score for the fina 22:29 of the first half. The Tigers scored 14 goals in each of the first two games.

Final score in men's bball - 58-44 Columbia.

Princeton women win 68-63.

Cornell up 22 on Penn in second half. Ivy title to Big Red.

8 in second quarter in lax ... still 1-0
1 min left in basketball ... Columb

ia up 10.
Going to radio shortly.

12 min in half in lax
Still 1-0. Both goalies playing well. Fiorito has been spectacular.

End first in lacrosse
1-0 Tigers.
Just seven shots for Princeton, who has averaged twice that many per quarter in its first games.
Basketball game is 46-36 Columbia at the under four timeout of the second half. Cornell is on the verge of the Ivy basketball title.

6 min left in bball
Columbia led is double figures at 44-33.
Still 1-0 in lacrosse, as Tyler Fiorito has made three amazing saves.

7:30 to go in second half in bball
Columbia up 41-33.
Still 1-0 in men's lacrosse.
Cornell is pulling away from Penn in basketball.

midway through first quarter in lacrosse
1-0 Princeton.
Mark Kovler scores the goal for the Tigers. Hard shot from up top.

10 min left in second in bball
Princeton back within four.
Men's lacrosse is scoreless after six minutes. Media timeout. Tyler Fiorito made one strong save and was helped by a pipe on another shot.

12 min timeout
Columbia 34-25.
No score in lacrosse.

15 min in second
Columbia run is nine. Lions, 29-24.
Ready for face-off.
Denver has beaten Penn. Brown has beaten Quinnipiac. Those are lacrosse scores.

Early second
Columbia scores a quick five to start the second half to retake the lead.
Princeton is wearing orange in lacrosse; UMBC is in white.
UMBC is ranked sixth in the coaches' poll and eighth in the media poll, though the Retrievers lost earlier this week to Hopkins. Princeton is ranked fifth in both.
UMBC has played in the last three NCAA tournaments. A year ago, the Retrievers ralled from an 11-2 deficit to win the America East title game 14-13 over Albany.

More while waiting on second half
Dartmouth and Harvard women both winning big. The Big Green leads the Crimson by a game; they finish the season with a head-to-head matchup Tuesday.
On the men's side, Yale is up 14 over Dartmouth at the half. Cornell is up five over Penn at the half. If Cornell wins, Yale is eliminated, leaving only Princeton and Cornell.

Still waiting on second half
Women's basketball at half: Columbia 33, Princeton 25.
PA announcements for men's lacrosse just beginning. Face-off is 8:06.

Updated half
Princeton 24, Columbia 20
Princeton beat Columbia by 28 the first time around; this one will be tougher.
Penn still with a slim lead over Cornell late in the first.
More lacrosse info: this is UMBC's third game in six days. The Retrievers, who opened the season with wins over Delaware and Rutgers, beat Colgate here last weekend and then saw their 15-game home winning streak end against Johns Hopkins Tuesday night. UMBC is 20-2 in its last 22 games here; both losses have been to the Hop.

Updated 2 min in first
Princeton up four. Eight for Davis; five for Dan Mavraides.
Men's lacrosse about a half-hour away from face-off. Speaking of face-offs, Princeton's Paul Barnes has won better than 50% of his draws and scored twice against Johns Hopkins. For UMBC, face-offs have been a problem.

Updated 4 min left in first
TigerBlog has maintained all season that eight wins in the Ivy League would represent great progress. Still, if you want to dream big, it's Princeton up five on Columbia and Penn up four on Cornell.
Back here in Baltimore, UMBC Stadium has field turf and stands on just one side of the field. On the far side is a new locker complex for all of UMBC's outdoor teams. Temperatures have to be near 60 still.

Updated 8 min left in first of basketball
Princeton 17, Columbia 15
Tigers take first lead. Douglas Davis with five points to lead balanced group.
UMBC's leading scorer is Peet Poillon, which is actually spelled correctly there. He is an Ohio State graduate who had an extra year of eligibility. There are not many teams that have their leading scorer be a midfielder; UMBC's top three scorers are middies.

Updated 12 min left in first of basketball
Columbia 10, Princeton 9
Meanwhile, here in Baltimore, Princeton will be starting its same lineup as its first two games. This includes leading scorer Jack McBride, who spent three days throwing up and who has not practiced this week.
As for UMBC, it is a very high scoring team, one led by a group of small but sharp-shooting middies. The Retrievers also have one of the nation's top goalies in senior Jeremy Blevins.

TigerBlog welcomes you to UMBC Stadium. The men's lacrosse game against UMBC is about an hour away, while men's basketball is about to tip off in New York against Columbia.

WPRB FM 103.3 (and will have the men's basketball game until its conclusion (or until it's very, very obvious what that conclusion will be) and then switch immediately to the lacrosse game.

In the meantime, TigerBlog will keep you updated on both, plus the women's basketball game on Carril Court. TB will take you at least until it's time to do radio for men's lacrosse. After that, we'll try to do the double duty, with no guarantees.

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