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Vol. LXII, No. 20
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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PAIN KILLER: Princeton University women’s lacrosse star Holly McGarvie looks for an opening in a game earlier this season. Last Sunday, junior midfielder McGarvie shrugged off leg injuries to score two goals and add an assist as Princeton topped Vanderbilt 14-10 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The triumph gives Princeton a date next Saturday at top-seeded and three-time defending champion Northwestern in the NCAA quarters.

Sparked by McGarvie’s Inspirational Effort, PU Women’s Lacrosse Wins NCAA Opener

Bill Alden

Holly McGarvie and the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team limped into their NCAA tournament opening round contest last Sunday against visiting Vanderbilt.

Junior star McGarvie went down with a leg injury a week earlier in Princeton’s 9-8 regular season loss to Georgetown and her right leg was heavily taped as she hit the field at the Class of 1952 Stadium for the clash with the Commodores.

The Tigers, meanwhile, had dropped their final two regular season games and four of their last six after a sparkling 10-0 start that had seen them rise to the No. 2 ranking in the national polls.

PU Softball Headed North for NCAAs, Aims to Maintain Winning Approach

Bill Alden

As the Princeton University softball team gathered to watch the NCAA tournament selection show last Sunday night, several members of the Ivy League champs were hoping to be sent west.

With seven of the PU squad’s 13 players hailing from California, the regionals in Fresno and Los Angeles were the destinations of choice for many in the room.

But when Princeton learned that it had been sent to Massachusetts for the Amherst Regional, the players quickly jumped on the New England bandwagon.

Graham Providing Savvy, Offense as PHS Girls’ Lax Makes Late Surge

Bill Alden

Mie Graham got a special feeling as the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team warmed up last Saturday before its Mercer County Tournament opener at Robbinsville.

Arriving at the field before the seventh-seeded Ravens, the 10th-seeded PHS squad was soon flying all over the field.

“I think we had the best warm-up of the season actually,” said junior star Graham.

PDS Baseball Suffers Lapse in Prep B Loss but Senior Stars Shine Brightly to the End

Bill Alden

In rolling to a 16-3 record this spring, the Princeton Day School baseball team excelled in all phases of the game.

Led by a trio of senior stars, Clint O’Brien, Mike Shimkin, and Mark Madden, PDS displayed a potent offense, stingy pitching, and solid defense as it smashed the program record for most wins in a season.

The team has been on cruise control for most of the spring, posting double-figure wins in game after game.

With Appelt Gaining Comfort Level, Hun Girls’ Lax Seeking Big Finish

Bill Alden

Sarah Appelt let her stick do the talking when she joined the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team as a junior in the 2007 season.

The soft-spoken Appelt tallied 66 points on 48 goals and 18 assists as she made a sudden impact for the program.

This spring, Appelt was elevated to team captain and has assumed a more take-charge role on the field.

Washburn Overcomes Rocky Start at PU; Helps Men’s Lightweight Crew Reach No. 1

Bill Alden

Taylor Washburn had every reason to believe he would have a smooth ride upon joining the Princeton University men’s lightweight crew in the fall of 2003.

One of Washburn’s older brothers, Hunter, was a standout for the Naval Academy lightweight program while another older brother, Spencer, was a stalwart for the Princeton heavyweight crew.

From spending time hanging out with Spencer and his crew buddies, Washburn came to Princeton with friends in the boathouse and a familiarity with the Tiger rowing scene.

But things didn’t go well for Washburn in his first few months at Princeton.

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