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Vol. LXIII, No. 15
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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SHOOTING GALLERY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse senior star Kristin Schwab heads to goal in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Schwab scored a career-high five goals as No. 4 Princeton drubbed Harvard 17-5. Schwab has scored 23 goals this spring on just 44 shots. Princeton, now 10-1 overall and 4-0 in Ivy League action, plays at No. 3 Penn (11-0 overall, 5-0 Ivy) on April 15, and at 15th-ranked Dartmouth (6-4 overall, 3-1 Ivy) on April 18.

With Schwab Providing Dead-Eye Shooting, No. 4 PU Women’s Lax Aiming for Big Week

Bill Alden

It was a classic trap game as the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team hosted Harvard last Saturday in a downpour.

The once-beaten and fourth-ranked Tigers had reason to look past downtrodden Harvard, which brought a 4-7 record into the contest.

Not only did Harvard not inspire much fear based on the record, Princeton was heading into the pivotal week of its Ivy League campaign, playing at unbeaten and No. 3 Penn on April 15 and at longtime nemesis and 15th-ranked Dartmouth on April 18.

But Tiger senior star Kristin Schwab and her teammates weren’t about to get caught in any trap sprung by the Crimson.

Buoyed by Renewed Sense of Commitment, PU Women’s Open Crew Showing Promise

Bill Alden

Lori Dauphiny wasn’t sure what to expect last Saturday as her Princeton University women’s open crew battled for the Class of 1975 Cup.

“It was hard to know anything about Harvard-Radcliffe; they had a race with Brown a week ago that was changed to a head race due to conditions,” said Dauphiny, whose boat also competed against Bucknell and Cornell in Saturday’s regatta.

“Unfortunately we have had a number of injuries this year. The most notable are to senior Michelle King and sophomore Lauren Wilkinson. Hopefully they will come back; they have been working hard with the trainer.”

Featuring Solid Pitching Triumvirate, PHS Baseball Breaks Into Win Column

Bill Alden

Dave Roberts did a lot of nervous pacing around the bench as his Princeton High baseball team battled Nottingham last Wednesday.

It was the third straight nailbiter for PHS who opened the spring by losing 2-1 to Lawrence High and 4-3 to Montgomery High, squandering late leads in the process.

With Little Tiger junior Danny Powell pitching superbly, PHS and Nottingham were locked in a scoreless tie through two innings.

After giving up a lone run in the third, Powell settled down and yielded just one run over the next three innings.

Senior Star Gallagher Finds a Good Groove as Hun Boys’ Lax Produces Sizzling Start

Bill Alden

Brendan Gallagher took on a lot of responsibility last spring for the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team.

Trying to be a one-man show in the midfield left Gallagher uptight at times as Hun produced an up-and-down 11-9 season.

This spring, Gallagher is taking a more relaxed approach. “I think sometimes I get in the habit of trying to take it on myself, it’s not just me but a lot of guys,” said Gallagher.

Auerbach Following in Family Business, Starring as Pitching Ace for PDS Softball

Bill Alden

Jen Auerbach brings a special motivation every time she toes the rubber for the Princeton Day School softball team.

The junior pitcher is looking to maintain a family tradition of excellence, following in the footsteps of older sister, Nicole, who pitched PDS to the state Prep B title in 2006.

“It is hard to fill her shoes,” said Auerbach, reflecting on the influence of her older sister, who is now at the University of Michigan.

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