Princeton holds tough against Yale, wins by one in top-15 matchup


Another game, another 10 points from Kip Orban and Mike MacDonald.

Another year, another one-goal Princeton-Yale game.

Orban scored four goals, MacDonald had two goals and four assists and Princeton held off Yale 11-10 in front of 1,686 at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The win improved No. 13 Princeton to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League.

No. T9 Yale is now 5-2, 0-2. History is on Yale’s side, though, as the last two times the Bulldogs lost their first two Ivy games, they came back to win their next four and then the league tournament.

Even more history suggested that this game would be close, even when Princeton built a 9-4 lead on Will Rotatori’s goal three minutes into the second half.

By the time it ended, goalie Eric Sanschagrin had to make a tough save on a low shot by Sean Shakespeare with 1:33 to go and Austin deButts had to cause the last of his three turnovers and run out the final 10 seonds to protect what became a one-goal win.

And so now it is six consecutive regular-season games between the two teams — all six since Chris Bates became Tiger head coach — that have been decided by one goal.

MLAX – And it’s final. Princeton 11, Yale 10. Last six regular season games between Princeton and Yale are one-goal games.

— Princeton Tigers (@PUTIGERS) March 21, 2015