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Vol. LXII, No. 34
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SHOOTING BARRAGE: Peter Trombino races up the field in 2007 action during his last campaign with the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team. This summer, Trombino has emerged as a scoring threat for the Philadelphia Barrage of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Trombino, who has 15 goals this season after scoring none in 2007, will be in action this weekend when the Barrage compete in the MLL playoffs.

PU Alum Trombino Seizing Opportunity, Emerging as Weapon for MLL’s Barrage

Bill Alden

Peter Trombino played a major role in helping the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team make the NCAA Final Four during his freshman season in 2004.

In the NCAA quarterfinal that spring, Trombino scored one of the clutch goals in program history, burying a feed from Ryan Boyle in overtime to give the Tigers a 9-8 win over Maryland.

The Huntington Station, N.Y. native, who scored 35 points on 24 goals and 11 assists in 2004, produced a superb career for Princeton, notching a total of 152 points, 11th best in program history.

This summer, it has seemed like old times for Trombino as he has helped the Philadelphia Barrage advance to the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) semifinals.

Playing with Boyle and former PU standout and assistant coach Matt Striebel, Trombino has emerged as a secret weapon for the Barrage, scoring 15 goals this season after having none in his MLL debut season in 2007.

The fourth-seeded Barrage will play top-seeded Rochester in the semis in Boston this Saturday with the winner to play the victor of the Denver-Los Angeles semifinal in the title game on Sunday.

The 5’11, 190-pound Trombino acknowledges that it took a while for him to adjust to the pro game.

“It is a different game; everything is a little more open,” said Trombino, the only PU men’s player to have at least 20 goals and 10 assists in all four seasons of his career.

“College is much more structured. It was hard breaking in halfway through the season. The team was awesome; I knew there weren’t many spots for offensive players.”

Coming into 2008, Trombino was confident that he could become a factor for the Barrage, the league’s defending champions and the winners of three MLL crowns in the last four seasons.

“I knew there was a chance I could get more action,” said Trombino. “I made it through the training camp and I really got acclimated to the team.”

Playing with Boyle and Striebel has also aided Trombino’s progress. “It is fun playing with Ryan, we played together well at Princeton and we are friends,” said Trombino.

“It is also good to play with Striebel; he is a great midfielder and he coached me one year at Princeton. There is a comfort level having guys like that as teammates.”

Moving to the midfield from attack has helped Trombino become more comfortable on the field at the pro level.

“I fell into a role into midfield where I pretty much play offense,” said Trombino.

“For all of college, I played attack; I did play midfield in high school. Playing against more short poles is fun, there is a little less banging than going against the long poles.”

Trombino showed his offensive prowess when he scored a career-high five goals in a 16-11 win over New Jersey on July 10 and then followed that up with four scores against Los Angeles in a game that saw former Princeton star Jesse Hubbard set a MLL mark for career goals as the Barrage fell 13-9.

“Some guys were out and I got opportunities to play,” said Trombino reflecting on the games with N.J. and L.A.

“Things were just clicking in the New jersey game. It was fun to be in L.A., I had never been out there before. It was great to be part of Hubbard’s record-breaking game.”

This weekend, Trombino will be looking to play a big part in the Barrage’s latest playoff run.

“I think people will be looking at Ryan and Matt,” said Trombino, referring to league all-stars Boyle and Striebel.

“It’s good to have the attention off of you. Hopefully I can get a couple of goals. When you get open you have to make the most of your opportunities and be consistent,” said Trombino, who works full-time as an investment banker for Bank of America.

And in his second pro campaign, Trombino has shown a knack for seizing opportunity.

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