Princeton Suspends Fiorito for Conduct Violation
from staff reports
Princeton goalie Tyler Fiorito did not play Tuesday due to a team code of conduct violation, snapping a 42-game starting streak. Fiorito will return to the Tigers' lineup Friday against Johns Hopkins.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- All-American goalkeeper Tyler Fiorito was suspended for Princeton's 13-7 men's lacrosse victory over Manhattan on Tuesday after an undisclosed code of conduct violation. Freshman goalie Eric Sanschagrin started in Fiorito's place and made 11 saves in his collegiate debut for the No. 12-ranked Tigers.
Fiorito, a senior, had started every game of his career. His suspension snapped a 42-game streak. Before Sanschagrin, the last goalie to start a game for Princeton other than Fiorito was Alex Hewit in 2008. Fiorito will be back in the cage Friday for a 5 p.m. showdown with No. 2-ranked Johns Hopkins.
"I made a mistake, and I let myself down and my teammates down," Fiorito said. "I've learned from it, and it won't happen again. I'm looking forward to getting back out there for the Hopkins game."
"I was pretty nervous," Sanschagrin said. "The seniors on defense really helped out. Tyler Fiorito was a calming voice. I was nervous at times. They really got me through it. It was fun to play and get the opportunity to get some time. "
With Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala and his staff in attendance at Class of 1952 Stadium, Princeton did not miss a beat. The Tigers led 10-2 after three quarters and emptied their bench in the fourth quarter. Sophomore All-American midfielder Tom Schreiber led Princeton (2-0) with four goals and an assist, giving him seven goals and five assists in two games. Tucker Shanley had two goals for Princeton, and seven other players scored once each.
Matt Thistle paced Manhattan with two goals and four assists in the loss.
Princeton outshot Manhattan 44-28, including 38-16 through three quarters. Princeton won 15 of 23 faceoffs, with a 10-for-16 day from Peter Smyth.
The Tigers' next five games will be against nationally ranked teams. After Johns Hopkins, Princeton will play March 10 at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic against No. 4 North Carolina and March 13 against No. 9 Villanova, not to mention the Ivy League opener against No. 18 Penn followed by a game at No. 17 Yale.
An unexpected benefit will be a backup goalie with real game experience.
"It was nice to make some saves," Sanschagrin said. "I'm most proud of how I cleared the ball and didn't make mistakes in the clear. Tyler can have Hopkins. He's had tremendous success against them in his career, and hopefully it continues on Friday."