Vol. LXIV, No. 18
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
(Photo by Stephen Goldsmith)
CLOSE RANGE: Princeton University mens lacrosse player Scott MacKenzie heads to goal last Saturday in Princetons 10-9 loss to Cornell. MacKenzie scored two fourth quarter goals as the Tigers produced a 6-1 spurt to battle back from a 9-3 deficit. The Tigers will play at Cornell this weekend in the inaugural Ivy League tournament. Second-seeded Princeton will face No. 3 Yale in one semifinal on Friday with top-seeded Cornell and No. 4 Brown squaring off in the other semi matchup. Fridays winners will play on Sunday with the leagues automatic bid to the NCAA tournament at stake.
With the Princeton University mens lacrosse team trailing Cornell 9-3 heading into the fourth quarter last Saturday, Tiger senior midfielder Scott MacKenzie wasnt about to go out with a whimper.
Needing a win at a sweltering Class of 1952 Stadium to stay home for the inaugural Ivy League tournament, MacKenzie and the Tigers turned up the heat on the Big Red with a flurry of goals.
When Noel Gonzales-Luna joined the Princeton University baseball program as a freshman in 2006, there was no guarantee that the infielder would see much playing time over the next four years.
I was a walk-on but I always felt this was the level I could play at, said Gonzales-Luna. Even at the beginning when I was at the bottom of the depth chart, I felt like I belonged with these guys.
Princeton head coach Scott Bradley, though, didnt offer Gonzales-Luna much encouragement. When Noel got here, I told him youll never play an important game for us, recalled Bradley.
Neil Karandikar didnt allow himself to celebrate much after he won the boys first singles title last Friday in the Mercer County Tournament.
The wiry Princeton Day School senior made a quick fist pump and his face broke into a smile for an instant after the last point in his 6-4, 6-4 win over Chris Seitz of Hun.
Despite Karandikars placid exterior, he was feeling some deep emotions after taking his second straight MCT first singles crown and fourth title overall at the event, having won the second singles titles as a freshman and sophomore.
This past fall, things went perfectly for Max Reid as he played along the back line for the Princeton High boys soccer team.
The speedy, athletic Reid emerged as a star sweeper for a PHS squad that went undefeated on the way to the Group III state title.
This spring, Reid has hit some bumps in the road in his senior season for the Little Tiger boys track team.
Kara Weeks was bitterly disappointed last spring when an ankle injury sidelined her for the last few weeks of the season.
That was really tough, watching my team play in Prep B and not winning, recalled Weeks.
Back at full speed this spring, senior attacker Weeks has been making things tough on Stuarts foes.
Helping Stuart rebound from a 0-2 start, Weeks has been a key offensive weapon as the Tartans have reeled off 10 straight wins, including victories over such formidable opponents as Hopewell Valley, Lawrenceville, and WW/P-N.
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