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Vol. LXIV, No. 19
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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BOUNCING BACK: Princeton University men’s lacrosse attacker Jack McBride heads to goal in recent action. Last Sunday, McBride bounced in a goal with one second left in overtime to give Princeton a 10-9 win over Cornell in the Ivy League tournament title game as the Tigers rallied from a 7-3 deficit. The win avenged a 10-9 loss to Cornell in the regular season finale on May 1.

PU Men’s Lax Rallies to Edge Cornell in Ivy Tourney; No. 6 Tigers to Host Notre Dame in NCAA Opener

Bill Alden

Coming into the first-ever Ivy League men’s lacrosse tournament last weekend at Cornell, Princeton was determined to overcome its recent penchant for getting off to slow starts.

Princeton achieved that goal with aplomb in its semifinal matchup against Yale on Friday evening, jumping out to a 7-2 lead through three quarters.

But reversing form and faltering down the stretch, the Tigers gave up four straight goals and had to hold on for dear life in prevailing 7-6.

Young Coach Bradley Enjoys Smashing Debut, Guiding PU Women’s Tennis to Ivy Crown, NCAAs

Bill Alden

It looked like Megan Bradley could be in over her head when she was named head coach of the Princeton University women’s tennis team last summer.

Just 26 years old when she was hired, Bradley, a former tennis great at the University of Miami, had a coaching resume that consisted of a few months as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater.

Bradley felt the heat in taking over the Princeton program after Kathy Sell stepped down.

With Sandford Emerging as Secret Weapon, PHS Boys’ Lax Primed for State Tournament

Bill Alden

Joe Sandford gets overshadowed at times in his role as senior attacker for the high-powered Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team.

Flashy attackers Mike Olentine and Doug Bryant have put up big numbers over the last two years and justifiably draw plenty of attention from PHS’s foes.

Athletic midfielder Allen Bryant turns heads with his domination in the face-off circle and his mad dashes to goal.

Extra Work on Golf Game Pays Off as PHS’s Graham Places 1st at MCT

Bill Alden

Having finished second in last year’s Mercer County Tournament, Princeton High junior golf star Fraser Graham was confident as he teed off last Wednesday at this year’s county competition at Mountain View.

“I played pretty well last year; I had a good day putting,” said Graham. “I definitely felt I was a contender; I am more ready to play this year.”

Graham’s confidence was boosted by his win earlier this spring in the Garden State Cup at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Cologne. “That was the first time I had won something like that,” said Graham, who shot 3-over 75 win that competition. “I have been working hard on my game; it was good to see it pay off.”

Sparked by Ford’s Overpowering Mound Effort, Hun Baseball Cruises to MAPL Championship

Bill Alden

As Hun School senior pitcher Mike Ford warmed up last Saturday before taking the mound against visiting Mercersburg Academy in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) championship game, he got the sense that things were going to go well.

“Even in my bullpen today, I knew I was feeling it,” recalled Ford. “You get that extra adrenaline and that does help it out. I could just tell that I was going to be on today.”

Ford was on Saturday, mowing down the first 12 hitters that he faced, striking out eight of them. In the top of the fifth inning, Ford surrendered an infield hit on a close call at first base and walked the next batter and that was it as no other Mercersburg player reached base the rest of the day.


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