Cairns helps 5th-ranked Princeton hold off No. 10 Brown, 8-6


Sophomore goalkeeper Patrick Cairns made 11 saves and held Brown scoreless for the final 8:07 as No. 5 Princeton edged the No. 10 Bears, 8-6, yesterday before 2,517 at Palmer Stadium in Princeton, N.J. Five of the past seven meetings between Princeton and Brown have been decided by two goals or fewer.

"Patrick was the answer today," said coach Bill Tierney, whose Tigers have won six straight. "Patrick, and a lot of heart by the rest of our guys."

Trailing 6-5 midway through the fourth quarter, the Tigers (6-2, 3-0 in the Ivy League) scored the final three goals for the win. Chris Massey scored three goals to lead Princeton, which didn't score until 14 seconds into the second period.

Brown (3-4), which had leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in the first half, was led by David Evans' goal and two assists.

* Syracuse 24, Cornell 13: Roy Colsey and Casey Powell each contributed three goals and three assists as No. 4 Syracuse (5-2) routed visiting Cornell in front of 4,814 at the Carrier Dome. The Orangemen outshot the Big Red 53-39, including 28-11 in the first half.

Syracuse also scored on 11 of 16 shots in the third quarter to push the lead to 18-8. John Sullivan had four goals for Cornell.

* Penn State 20, Stony Brook 4: Mike Busza notched three goals and four assists as No. 11 Penn State (8-1) routed visiting Stony Brook (5-3).

The Nittany Lions, who scored 10 of the first 11 goals, have won six in a row. Penn State outshot the Seawolves 55-34.

* Georgetown 12, Villanova 9: Junior midfielder Ryan Donavan scored three goals and senior attack Chris Remington added two goals and three assists to lead No. 14 Georgetown (7-2) over host Villanova (4-6).

Owen Cosgrove put the Wildcats within 7-5 one minute into the fourth quarter. The Hoyas then scored three consecutive goals to clinch the victory.

* Notre Dame 15, Harvard 10: Senior attackman Randy Colley tied the Notre Dame single-game scoring mark with five goals and four assists as No. 17 and host Notre Dame (5-3) topped No. 15 Harvard (4-2). The Fighting Irish have won nine straight at home.

The Crimson got within 12-10 with 12:07 left in the game, but the Fighting Irish scored the last three goals. In the fourth quarter, Notre Dame outshot Harvard 11-8 and had a 17-10 ground-ball advantage.

* Rutgers 6, Yale 5: Scott Sullivan scored with 1:49 remaining to lift host Rutgers (4-4) to an upset victory over No. 16 Yale (4-4). The Scarlet Knights have won three straight.

Sullivan had two goals to lead Rutgers, who never trailed but failed to hold a 5-2 second-half lead.

* Dartmouth 17, Penn 16: Freshman John Whelen scored with 1:06 left in overtime as No. 19 Dartmouth (5-0) edged host Penn (4-6). Brian Merritt led the Big Green with four goals.

* Ohio Wesleyan 17, Denison 7: Darren McGurn had six goals and one assist to help No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan (8-1) past No. 7 and visiting Denison (6-3) in a Division III game.

* Franklin & Marshall 10, Washington College 8: Goalkeeper Andrew Whitley made 16 of his 20 saves in the second half as No. 10 Franklin & Marshall (9-1) defeated No. 17 and visiting Washington College (3-6). Mike Wilson led the Shoremen with three goals and one assist.

* Mary Washington 19, Goucher 10: Junior attackman Bryan Eckle had four goals and four assists to pace visiting Mary Washington (5-5) over Goucher (4-6).

* SUNY-Farmingdale 13, Anne Arundel CC 7: Joe Brock scored five goals and added three assists to lead host SUNY-Farmingdale (3-2) over Anne Arundel Community College (5-2). Maury LaPointe and Craig McKenzie led Anne Arundel with two goals each.

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