Monday Notes/Highlights: Tavish Rice Named Rookie of the Week; Rhattigan leads Ivy Rushers

  • September 22, 2016



September 19, 2016
POSTGAME INTERVIEWS: Bob Surace l John Lovett
RECAP: Rhattigan, Lovett Rush Princeton To Season-Opening Win Over Lafayette
Freshman Tavish Rice did everything that was asked of him in his first collegiate game, and he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after helping Princeton to a 35-31 win over Lafayette Monday night on Powers Field.The kicker, who replaces first-team All-Ivy standout Nolan Bieck this season, was a perfect 5 for 5 on extra point attemps. Princeton scored touchdowns every time it crossed the Lafayette 25, so Rice wasn’t called on for a field goal attempt, but his leg strength was evident on kickoffs as well. His deep kicks helped Princeton rank second in the Ivy League in kickoff coverage (48.2-yard net average).Rice is Princeton’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Week 4 of last season, when Charlie Volker earned the honor after a victory over eventual Patriot League champion Colgate.
• Senior Joe Rhattigan, who posted career highs in both rushing yards (136) and rushing touchdowns (three) against Lafayette, leads the Ivy League in rushing after one week. The only other Ivy League rushers to go over 100 yards for the weekend were Cornell’s Chris Walker (133) and Harvard’s Semar Smith (107).
• Senior Isaiah Barnes was one of four players in the Ivy League with more than 100 receiving yards over the weekend. He ranked fourth with 104 yards, but his average of 20.4 yards per catch is the most of any player with at least 50 receiving yards over the weekend.
• Princeton was 4 for 4 on offensive red zone opportunities, with all four touchdowns being scored on the ground. Only two of the eight Ivy teams (Princeton, Penn) scored touchdowns on every offensive red zone appearance, though Penn had only two red zone trips against Lehigh.
• Speaking of the Mountain Hawks, Lehigh gained 548 yards of total offense in its win over Penn last weekend, and it scored touchdowns on four of its first five drives. Nick Shafnisky was 28 of 41 for 317 yards and three touchdowns in the victory for Lehigh; Shafnisky was 26 for 39 for 348 yards and a touchdown in Princeton’s 52-26 win over Lehigh last weekend.

Tavish Rice was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after the football team defeated Lafayette 35-31.