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TAKING THEIR SHOT: Princeton University mens hockey forward Mark Magnowski fires a shot during Princetons playoff run. Last Saturday, Magnowski and his teammates on fourth-seeded Princeton outshot top-seeded North Dakota 39-18 in the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional but came up short in falling 5-1 to the Fighting Sioux.
Guy Gadowsky acknowledges that his Princeton University mens hockey team was a bit overwhelmed at first by the atmosphere at the ECAC Hockey championships two weekends ago at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.
In the first half of the game Friday night, everybody was awed by the surroundings and it affected our play, said Princeton head coach Gadowsky. We were tight and a bit tentative.
The Tigers ultimately overcame those jitters, beating Colgate 3-0 in that semifinal game Friday night and then topping Harvard 4-1 a night later in the ECACH title game.
Lizzy Drumm reached a comfort level with her teammates on the Princeton University womens lacrosse team long before she made her debut on the field this spring.
The gifted freshman attacker was impressed by the way the Princeton veterans rolled out the welcome mat for her last fall.
In recent years, the Princeton High boys lacrosse team has featured high-powered offensive stars like Bennett Murphy and Tyler Moni.
But PHS head coach Peter Stanton points to a talented and battle-tested group of defensemen as a key to Princetons success the last two seasons.
With four-year starting defenders Casey Rahn and Jesse Mostoller together with three-year starter Chad Pinto having departed due to graduation, rebuilding the defense is a top priority for PHS this spring.
Featuring a murderers row lineup that resembled a high school version of the 1927 Yankees, the Hun School baseball team pounded its foes into submission last spring.
In going 20-4 and winning both the state Prep A and Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) titles, the Raiders set program single-season records for wins, runs, homers, and hits.
On paper, it would appear that the Princeton Day School girls lacrosse team is looking at a rebuilding season this spring.
Last year, the Panthers went 17-2 and reached the state Prep A and Mercer County Tournament championship games, fueled by such senior stars Keely Langdon, Maria Cannavo, and the Crouse twins, Allie and Nina.
While acknowledging that the graduation of those seniors is leaving a void, PDS head coach Jill Thomas is confident that the program will still be a championship contender.