Princeton recovers from a half time deficit of to come back and beat Cornell 34-23 in Ithaca, NY.
Princeton started well and quickly scored two tries that were both converted. Cornell came right back when, 20 minutes into the match, a Princeton backrow player was given a yellow card for obstruction. Cornell marched the ball down field from the ensuing penalty and scored a converted try. The Big Red continued to press their numerical advantage and were soon awarded another penalty, which they kicked to bring the score to 10-14. Cornell clearly had momentum and scored their third try out wide before the break. Princeton’s left wing was injured in his attempt to prevent the try and had to be replaced.
Princeton made a few tactical adjustments during halftime and found more continuity when the game resumed. The team retained its rhythm and scored a number of well-worked tries. The game ended in a 34-23 win for Princeton, scoring 6 tries overall and making two conversions. Scorers included a mix of backs and forwards: Mohamed Shalan, Kwame Amaning, Greg McCord, Jack Jankowski and two by Nezzim Mmmegwa. Kwame Amaning kicked both our successful conversions.
Princeton’s 1st XV Man of the Match was freshman William Yoon, selected for his all- round play.
Princeton also won the B-side match 32-29, played with 10-a-side due to the limited number of available Princeton players. It was a hard contest and, at halftime, the Tigers were down 4 tries to 2. Princeton started the second half well and didn’t look back, scoring several times including a spectacular final try at the end to snatch the win.
Princeton B’s played with good pace and ambition on attack and strong commitment in defense, frequently committing multiple defenders to stop the hard-charging Cornell forwards.
Princeton’s B-side Man of the Match award was shared by two freshmen, Owen Tedford and Greg McCord.
Cornell hosted the Princeton team to a cookout following the match. Great thanks to all the Cornell parents, players and coaches for the warm post-match camaraderie.
We wish Cornell all the best for the remainder of the season.
Princeton has one game left in the 2016 fall season when we will take on Brown at home Saturday, November 19. Brown is proving to be a powerhouse this season; they have only lost one match and recorded some huge wins against other Ivy opponents. Our A-side match kicks off at 11 AM with the B-side match to follow.