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Vol. LXIII, No. 11
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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RETURN TRIP: Princeton University men’s hockey senior forward Brett Wilson fires the puck in a game earlier this season. Last Sunday, Wilson chipped in a goal and an assist as the Tigers beat Union 3-1 in the decisive third game of the ECACH quarterfinal series between the teams. Princeton will look to win its second straight ECACH title as it heads up to Albany, N.Y. this weekend for the league’s Final Four. Third-seeded Princeton, now 22-10 overall, will face second-seeded Cornell (20-8-4) Friday one semifinal with the winner advancing to the title game Saturday against either Yale or St. Lawrence.

With Wilson Jump-Starting PU Men’s Hockey, Tigers Book Return Trip to ECACH Final Four

Bill Alden

It would have been understandable if Brett Wilson and his fellow seniors on the Princeton University men’s hockey team didn’t sleep too well last Saturday night.

Earlier in the evening, Princeton had squandered an opportunity to close out visiting Union in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series, committing some sloppy errors on the way to a 5-2 loss.

But while Wilson, together with classmates Lee Jubinville and Brandan Kushniruk, faced the possibility of ending their stellar careers Sunday, they weren’t fazed by the situation.

With Senior Steele Shining on Attack, Tiger Women’s Lax Edges Penn State

Bill Alden

Over her first three seasons on the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team, Sarah Steele was a member of the supporting cast.

The 5’6 attacker from Longmeadow, Mass. scored a grand total of nine goals and had no starts in her career coming into this spring.

But with graduation opening some spots up front for Princeton, Steele was primed to assume a leading role in her final college campaign.

While Tiger Men’s Hoops Fell Short of Title, Season-Ending Win at Penn Reflects Progress

Bill Alden

The Ivy League championship wasn’t up for grabs when the Princeton University men’s basketball team travelled to Penn last week for the season finale but there was still a lot of pride on the line.

Coming off a tough weekend which saw it lose to Columbia and Cornell in getting eliminated from Ivy title contention, Princeton was determined to end things on a high note in the clash with its archrival.

PHS Boys’ Hoops Falls in Sectional Final but Dunlap Proud of Team’s Special Run

Bill Alden

After it was over, Brian Dunlap was the last player on the Princeton High boy’s basketball team to leave the gym.

As the players filed to their dressing room at Franklin High after falling 72-44 to Neptune High in the Group III Central Jersey sectional final, senior guard Dunlap lagged behind, walking with his head down and alone with his thoughts.

Trudging slowly past the bleachers and into the hallway, Dunlap’s disappointment over the result was outweighed by his pride in PHS’s thrilling run to the sectional title game, which saw the fifth-seeded Little Tigers pull upsets at No. 4 Point Pleasant and top-seeded Monmouth Regional before succumbing to No. 3 Neptune.

Stuart Hoops Ended on a High Note but Should’ve Had More Highlights

Bill Alden

After getting knocked out of the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) and the state Prep B tourney in the space of three days, the Stuart County Day basketball team could’ve gone through the motions as it ended the season by hosting Princeton High.

Instead, the Tartans came ready to play in the MCT consolation contest against PHS, displaying exquisite offensive balance in cruising to a 59-42 win over the Little Tigers.

Stuart got 14 points apiece from Diamond Lewis, Amber Bowman, and Jasmine Smarr in the win, with Sarah Schulte chipping in 11 as the Tartans ended the season with a 14-10 record.

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