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Previewing Princeton’s 2019 men’s college lacrosse schedule

The Tigers hope to carry the nation’s longest winning streak deep into 2019.

Patrick Tewey

The Princeton Tigers are the first team in our 2019 schedule preview series and the first team from the Ivy League. The Tigers went 8-5 last season and 3-3 in the Ivy League, including winners of their final five games.

Here’s their entire 2019 schedule:

Princeton’s 2019 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
2/16 Princeton Monmouth 9-8 W/2OT
2/23 Virginia Princeton 18-15 L
3/2 Johns Hopkins Princeton 16-9 L
3/5 Princeton Navy First meeting since 2004 NCAA semifinals
3/9 Princeton Rutgers 15-14 W/OT
3/16 Princeton Penn Ivy League 14-7 L
3/23 Yale Princeton Ivy League 16-8 L
3/26 Denver Princeton First ever meeting; Bill Tierney's first game at Princeton since leaving
3/30 Brown Princeton Ivy League 14-13 L
4/6 Princeton Stony Brook 16-8 W
4/9 Siena Princeton 17-11 W
4/13 Princeton Dartmouth Ivy League 24-13 W
4/20 Harvard Princeton Ivy League 15-10 W
4/27 Princeton Cornell Ivy League 14-8 W

Who’s In?

  • Navy Midshipmen (3/5)
  • Denver Pioneers (3/26)

Who’s Out?

  • NJIT Highlanders (15-8 W)

Average Winning Percentage From 2018 Teams

  • Overall: .550
  • Nonconference: .571
  • Ivy League: .522

Circle These Dates

  • 2/23 (vs. Virginia): Last year’s matchup in Charlottesville had a ton of scoring from both teams early on. The Cavaliers and Tigers each scored six goals in the first quarter and four in the second, totaling 20 goals for one half. Michael Sowers recorded five points, four of them as assists, and also got help from Phillip Robertson and Chris Brown.
  • 3/5 (at Navy): Both teams are meeting for the first time since the 2004 NCAA Tournament, when the Midshipmen edged the Tigers in the semifinals. Both teams have something to prove in 2019 and each would like to take the next step in hopes of returning as a potential national power. This should also be one of the better midweek matchups of the year.
  • 3/9 (at Rutgers): Princeton’s five-goal run to come back and upset the Scarlet Knights may have ended up deciding Rutgers’ fate for making or missing the NCAA Tournament. Sowers had nine points in this game, but the Tigers gave up six-points to Jules Heningburg and Kieran Mullins. Despite Heningburg graduating, the Scarlet Knights could still welcome back Adam Charalambides to the fold after missing two seasons with injuries.
  • 3/26 (vs. Denver): It’ll be the first game for Bill Tierney at Princeton since he last coached the Tigers in 2009. It took 10 years in the making, but both schools are very excited to be celebrating Tierney’s tenure as Tigers head coach and the six national championships he brought to Princeton. This could also be a sneaky game for the Tigers to earn an upset win.
  • 3/30 (vs. Brown): Shortly after the Denver game is an Ivy League matchup against the Bears, who got in as the third seed in the Ivy League Tournament last season while Princeton watched at home. In last year’s meeting, the Tigers allowed seven goals in the second quarter to Brown and two more goals in the final 1:10 of the game to fall by a single tally. A win here certainly helps their chances of reaching the conference tournament.
  • 4/27 (at Cornell): For the past two years, the team favored to win has lost this rivalry matchup. It also pits two of the best junior attackmen in Sowers and Jeff Teat. It was also the first time we saw Teat get face-guarded, with Tigers defenseman George Baughan having an unbelievable season finale. A win in this game could also potentially mean getting into the Ivy League Tournament.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.