In a thrilling matchup between the Princeton Tigers and the Columbia Lions, the Tigers came out in front this morning after coming back from a nine-point deficit in the second half to get the victory 24-20 in Ivy League action Saturday.
While it was not an elegant game by any means on either side of the ball, it was Princeton’s game to win. Anyone watching the game could easily tell, especially in the second half of the game, the Tigers wanted it more. Ultimately, that is what it came down to, who was willing to fight the hardest when it mattered the most.
The frustration on the Princeton sideline was very apparent after kicker Will Hicks missed his first two conversion attempts. However, he was able to convert on the next two, which ultimately, were the most important.
Princeton coach, Richard Lopacki was very impressed with the grit and determination his team showed in today’s comeback. When asked what he believed his team did best, he responded that he was impressed with his team’s set piece throughout the game.
And then there was the comeback.
“Coming back from a deficit like that really shows the character and leadership on this team,” said Lopacki.
Princeton has won their last two games against a solid Penn team, as well as their win today against Columbia, finishing their record at 2-4, while Columbia falls to 1-5 (Cornell already has the Ivy League South sewn up with a 5-0 record, ahead of Penn at 3-2).
Lopacki said he hopes Princeton can carry this momentum into next season.