Princeton celebration is class act, too


The business of learning intruded on the post-game celebration for a few of Princeton's freshly minted NCAA lacrosse champions.

Midway through the team barbecue after the Tigers upset Syracuse, 10-9, in the final, Scott Reinhardt and several of his teammates had to rush back to Princeton for 7 p.m. exams. Others, including all-time Princeton goals leader Justin Tortolani, woke up yesterday to the sobering realization that they had exams, too.

* PHILLY BETTER: Syracuse coach Roy Simmons tried to arouse his team before its quarterfinal game against Yale with the epitaph of actor-comedian W.C. Fields. Simmons wrote it on the clubhouse chalkboard: "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."

Simmons reasoned that the players would rather be in Philly and take on Johns Hopkins in the Final Four than remain in Syracuse if they lost to Yale.

A cartoonist, Joe Glisson, heard about Simmons' psychological ploy and took it a step further. In a cartoon that first appeared in the Syracuse New Times, a weekly newspaper, Glisson portrays Fields with a Syracuse bully chasing a small Hopkins player. Fields cites his epitaph, and adds, " . . . but then, I don't have to play against Syracuse."

* OLD AND NEW: Simmons said there was a reason he brought a senior (John Winship) and a freshman (Ric Beardsley) to the news conference after the loss to Princeton.

"John represents what we've accomplished in the past," Simmons said. "Ric is our new beginning."

* TOURNEY LEFTOVERS: The tournament -- which for the first time included the Division III championship game sandwiched between the Division I semis and final -- attracted 35,914 for the three days. The record is 44,442 for two days at Maryland in 1989.

Navy coach Bryan Matthews' wife, Sue, sang the national anthem before Monday's final at Franklin Field. A professional jazz singer, she came out with her first album, "Love Dances," in February.

* FAIRFIELD BOUND: Tom McClelland, a former Loyola goalie and an assistant for two years at Maryland, was hired by Fairfield (Conn.) University as coach. Fairfield is elevating lacrosse from a club to a varsity sport.

* ANOTHER TITLE GAME: NCAA Division II, which includes 21 teams that play lacrosse, will have a championship game next year for the first time in more than a decade. C.W. Post and Adelphi are probably the strongest schools in the division.

UMBC won the last Division II title in 1980, then moved up to Division I the following year.

* SAME GAME, NEW NAME: What began as the Lacrosse International in 1983 and became the Hall of Fame Classic in 1987 is now The New England's Lacrosse Classic, as a result of the sponsorship of The New England's, an insurance and investment company.

The June 3-6 event at Johns Hopkins will feature youth, high school, college and club games, as well as an exhibition by the Australian women's national team.

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