The streak has ended. #1 Tufts came into Hartford and proved why they are the best team in the nation. The up and coming Trinity squad was outmatched and outclassed by a team that is used to winning. Any time Trinity rallied to make it close, Tufts answered in a big way. None bigger than in the fourth quarter when Tufts turned a 12-10 shoot-out into a 18-10 rout. Trinity’s head coach who came over from Tufts, tried to use Tufts’ own medicine against them as he encouraged Trinity to keep up with the explosive pace of Tufts’ transition game. Should Trinity have slowed the paced down more? Probably. Should they have played Tufts on their grass field instead of their turf one? Definitely. However, at the end of the day, this game should be a valuable learning experience for Trinity and one they will need to use when they host perennial power Middlebury next Saturday. A perfect season for Trinity was never realistic but after each victory it seemed ever more plausible. Now that they have tasted defeat for the first time, they will need to respond like the police to a white girl’s 911 call and bury the granola-loving Midd Kids.
In the world of D-1 lax, Princeton played one of their most complete games of the season but despite their valiant effort to come through on 756sports’ Upset Pick of the Week, they fell to #1 Syracuse 7-5. The Princeton Tigers who have been plagued by a plethora of season-ending injuries this year, used strong goaltending from Aj Fiorito and a ball possession style of offense to bring the game to a 5-5 tie into the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, Princeton went 0-5 on the EMO, leading to their ultimate 7-5 downfall.
Syracuse has a quick turnaround against in-state rival Cornell tomorrow night in the Carrier Dome. Cornell who snuck by Harvard 13-12 last week rides a five-game winning streak of their own heading into the contest. However, Syracuse is a step above the Ivy League competition that Cornell has been beating up on lately and must play a more complete game to knock off the nation’s top team. This rivalry always has a fierce warlike environment and expect nothing different tomorrow night. Cornell wants to show the nation that they can hang with the best in the country, while Syracuse hopes to continue their dominance. The key match-up of the night will be between Tewaaraton candidates. Cornell Attackman Rob Pannell and ‘Cuse Goalie John Galloway, as the winner of the game will also gain a significant lead towards gaining the most prestigious individual trophy in all of lacrosse.