Vol. LXI, No. 16
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
(Photo by Bill Allen/NJ SportAction)
FULL STOP: Princeton University men's lacrosse junior goalie Alex Hewit controls the crease area in recent action. Last Saturday, Hewit recorded 13 saves as Princeton stifled Harvard 9-3. Hewit, a first-team All-American in 2006, saw his goals against average drop to a miniscule 5.60 as a result of his effort against the Crimson.
Alex Hewit is so smooth in goal for the Princeton University men's lacrosse team, one could get the impression that it is easy to stop shots traveling in the neighborhood of 100 m.p.h.
The 5'10, 200-pound junior not only saves most shots, he deftly gathers in the ball and coolly clears the ball to trigger the Princeton offense.
Last Saturday, Hewit, a returning first-team All-American, put on another clinic, recording 13 saves as Princeton stifled Harvard 9-5 before a crowd of 2,517 at Class of 1952 Stadium.
There is no question that major college sports has become big business, bringing with it a slew of issues as the pursuit of profit conflicts with ideals of athletic competition.
But legendary Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford will tell you that college sports spawned problems at the outset.
"College athletics started in the Ivy League and there were problems almost from the start," said Deford, referring to the Princeton-Rutgers football game in 1869.
Coming into last Saturday's game against Harvard, freshman Kristin Morrison had been making steady progress for the Princeton University women's lacrosse team.
The Manhasset, N.Y. native scored two goals in Princeton's 18-7 mid-week win over Temple last Wednesday, giving her five on the season.
It was a situation which may have seen past Princeton High baseball teams unravel.
PHS took a 5-1 run lead over visiting Nottingham into the seventh inning last week but then the Northstars loaded the bases on two walks and an error.
Just as it looked like the game might be getting away from the Little Tigers, senior pitching ace Colin Sarafin found a second wind to strike out the next two batters and secure the win and a complete-game mound effort.
Bridget Stinson was a member of the supporting cast last spring for the Hun School girls' lacrosse team.
With her older sister, Mary, emerging as a top gun as a senior, the younger Stinson deferred to Hun's veterans as the squad went 12-5 and advanced to the state Prep A semifinals.
Now that her older sister has graduated and headed to Boston College, the younger Stinson is primed to play a leading role for the Raiders this spring.
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