March 12, 2003

Tigers Still Prowl Top of the Ivy Class (M. Lax Ivy Preview)

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The 2002 men’s lacrosse season proved one thing: Never underestimate the potential shock value of inter-Ivy matchups. Case in point: Yale’s 15-13 upset over Princeton in 2002. Or another example: Brown’s overtime upset at Cornell. Last season was another banner year for one of the top lacrosse leagues in Division I, and there is every reason to believe that 2003 will be no different. Nineteen Ivy Leaguers were named preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, more than all but one conference.

How will the Ancient Eight standings look this year? The Sun makes its picks.


2002: 10-5, 5-1 Ivy

Princeton’s 37-game Ivy winning streak came to an end last season with the loss to Yale, but that didn’t slow the Tigers in their path to success. After falling to Syracuse 13-12 in the NCAA championship game, Princeton returns 23 upperclassmen, including 2002 Ivy Player of the Year junior Ryan Boyle. Boyle is one of the top attacks in the nation and was a member of the U.S. National Team that won the World Championships in Perth, Australia last summer. Senior defenseman Damien Davis joins Boyle on the preseason All-America first team.

Preseason All-Americans: 7


2002: 11-4, 4-2

Preseason All-Americans: 4


2002: 9-4, 4-2

The Elis will be a serious challenger for the top spots in the Ivy standings this year after being the team to end the Princeton run last year. Top scoring threats Mike Scaglione, Ned Britt, and Scott Kenworthy will anchor solid attack and midfield corps and will be backed by one of the stingiest defenses in the league. Junior Todd Montgomery leads a strong defense that limited opponents to 8.21 goals per game last season. However, Yale will be forced to overcome the departure of head coach Michael Waldvogel, who was fired in January.

Preseason All-Americans: 2


2002: 7-7, 4-2

Brown, the only team to beat Cornell at home last season, returns leading scorer Jon Thompson to lead a solid attack. Thompson, a preseason All-America honorable mention, scored 40 points last season to lead the team, and Brian Miller scored 24, including 17 goals. These two should make up for the absence of Chas Gessner. But the Bears’ strength is its goalie. Honorable mention All-American Mike Levin was one of the toughest in the nation last year, compiling a 9.38 GAA to go along with a .602 save percentage. Lavin is backed up by the capable pair of Alex Schultes and Nicholas Gentilesco.

Preseason All-Americans: 2


2002: 9-4, 3-3

A new coach and 16 new players will bring a bit of a different feel to Philly in 2003, but don’t expect the Quakers to digress from last season’s result, which was Penn’s first winning record in 13 years. Penn’s strength will be its midfield, led by 2002 All-Ivy selection Alex Kopicki. Kopicki tallied a team-leading 20 total points and picked up 18 groundballs. In addition, the Quakers had the sixth-ranked defense in the nation last year, yielding only eight goals per game. Penn’s man-down unit was ranked second nationally, with 84.1 percent efficiency. A problem spot for the Quakers will be the attack, which suffered greatly from graduation. Freshman Chase McGowan will serve as the biggest offensive threat.

Preseason All-Americans: 1


2002: 8-7, 1-5

The Crimson started slow but finished strong in 2002, winning its final four games to finish just above the .500 mark. Goalie Jake McKenna is one of the stingiest goalies in the nation, compiling an 8.62 GAA and .621 save percentage last year. For his efforts, McKenna was named a third-team preseason All-American earlier this year. Leading scorers Matt Primm (19 goals, 22 assists) and Mike McBride (18, 9) also return for the Crimson, whose 2003 schedule includes road games against nationally-ranked Cornell, Duke, Notre Dame and Princeton.

Preseason All-Americans: 2


2002: 6-7, 0-6

Dartmouth had a very strong lacrosse team in 2002, as long as the Green wasn’t playing another Ivy League team. With a 6-1 non-conference record (the loss came against Duke), Dartmouth proved its potential despite the lack of results. However, the Green will need tremendous improvement in order to move up the Ivy standings. Midfielder Ben Grinnell is the Green’s top returning scorer. On the attack, Dartmouth should receive immediate contributions from freshman Jamie Coffin, a player who was heavily recruited by Cornell. Honorable mention All-American Pat Keeler anchors the defense in front of sophomore goalie Andrew Goldstein.

Preseason All-Americans: 1

Archived article by Owen Bochner