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Vol. LXII, No. 17
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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RED LETTER DAY: Princeton University men’s lacrosse junior star Tommy Davis rushes up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Davis scored three goals and chipped in an assist as Princeton topped visiting Cornell in a key Ivy Leaguer showdown. The win over the fourth-ranked Big Red improved Princeton to 7-4 overall and 4-0 in Ivy League play, leaving it in a first-place tie with Brown (10-2 overall, 4-0 Ivy). The Tigers play at Dartmouth on April 26.

With Striebel Emerging as Midfield Threat, PU Men’s Lax Tops Cornell in Ivy Showdown

Bill Alden

Pete Striebel had some pretty big shoes to fill when he joined the Princeton University men’s lacrosse program in 2004.

Striebel’s older brother, Matt, was a legendary player for the Tigers, ending up eighth in program history with 74 assists on his way to All-American honors and helping Princeton to national titles in 1998 and 2001.

The younger Striebel, though, was a benchwarmer in his first three seasons at Princeton. He struggled to get playing time, scoring a total of three goals and three assists in those three years, a good week for his older brother.

Sophomore Star Murphy Keeps Producing but Princeton Baseball Facing Uphill Battle

Bill Alden

Jack Murphy found himself running out of gas at times last spring in his freshman season on the Princeton University baseball team.

“Last year I was catching all of the games on the weekend,” said Murphy, who batted .277 in his freshman campaign.

“I might hit well in the first two games of the weekend and then become spent. The Ivy League is tough, you play two games a day on Saturday and Sunday. If you don’t come out to play every single day, it is really going to hurt you.”

Former Hun Lax Star Kirnan Helps Penn; Makes Last Trip to Princeton Unforgettable

Bill Alden

During her days as a star for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team, Tarah Kirnan enjoyed the program’s annual clash with Princeton Day School at Princeton University’s Class of 1952 Stadium.

After her stellar career at Hun, Kirnan moved on to the University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team in 2004 where she has emerged as a key defensive midfielder for the Quakers.

Price Is Right for PHS Girls’ Lacrosse, Versatile Junior Providing Major Spark

Bill Alden

Liz Price was all over the field for the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team last week against visiting WW/P-N.

The PHS junior midfielder took the draws, caused turnovers on defense, and bulled her way to five goals.

While Price’s efforts weren’t enough to bring PHS a victory as it lost 14-8 to the Northern Knights, Price was proud of how the team performed in a losing cause.

With Giannacio Back in the Swing, Hun Baseball Looking Solid Again

Bill Alden

After taking a sabbatical from baseball last season, Hun School senior second baseman Steve Giannacio was a bit out of synch upon his return to the diamond this spring.

“In the beginning in spring training, I was a little rusty but that really helped me get back to full strength,” said Giannacio, a soccer star who focused on that sport last spring.

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