(Photo by Bill Allen/NJ SportAction)
SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT: Princeton University
senior soccer stars Esmeralda Negron, left, and Brea Griffiths
exult after teammate Maura Gallagher scored an overtime goal in
the Tigers' 1-0 win over Villanova in the second round of the
NCAA Tournament. Princeton advanced all the way to the NCAA Final
Four, becoming the first Ivy League women's team to do so. Negron,
for her part, ended her glittering career as the programıs all-time
leader in points (112) and goals (47). She was the Ivy League
Player of the Year and earned first-team All-American recognition
along with freshman teammate Diana Matheson.end
While 2004 turned into a year of near-misses on
the national scene for Princeton University athletics, the triumphs
earned along the way made for some indelible memories. In addition,
Princeton athletes made a splash on the world stage as several
Tigers excelled at the Athens Summer Olympics. On the local high
school scene, several programs made dramatic turnarounds that
proved how sweetly unpredictable sports can be from year-to-year.
At first glance, one could miss Princeton High
goaltender Shane Leuck when surveying the ice.
The bounces haven't exactly gone in favor of
the Princeton High girls' basketball team in recent years.