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Whitney Hayes will never forget what he felt when he hit the field for the Princeton University men's lacrosse team at Baltimore's M &T Bank Stadium for the 2004 NCAA Final Four.
"There's no feeling like playing in front of 45,000 people," said Hayes, a junior midfielder with the Tigers and a former lax great at Princeton High. "You feel like you're in the NFL or something. I tell the younger guys how much fun it is and that it's something you really want to do."
After the Princeton University women's lacrosse team absorbed a 13-goal beating at the hands of Virginia in late March, Tiger sophomore midfielder Katie Lewis-Lamonica sobbed uncontrollably outside the locker room.
Last Sunday, Lewis-Lamonica caused Virginia to shed some tears as she fired in four goals, including the game winner, to help Princeton shock the second-seeded Cavaliers 8-7 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
Taylor Vickers-Annis didn't start his final spring with the Princeton High boys' lacrosse team in the manner in which he envisioned.
The star defender tore ligaments in his left shoulder while snowboarding prior to the season, sidelining him until mid-April.
Wearing silver reflector sunglasses, a mouthpiece, and a deadpan expression, Nikki Caplinger cuts an intimidating figure on the mound for the Hun School softball team.
Last Thursday, the junior blended guile and solid stuff to pitch Hun past rival Blair 4-1 in the state Prep A semifinals. The win put Hun into the state Prep A final against Peddie in a game slated to be played on May 16.
Midway through the state Prep B softball semifinal last Thursday, Princeton Day School was clinging to a two-run lead over Wardlaw Hartridge.
PDS head coach Holly Fewkes wasn't worried, though, confident that it was only a matter of time before her sizzling club broke the game open.
Sure enough, the Panthers scored four runs in the fifth and then closed the game out under the mercy rule with three in the sixth to earn a resounding 10-0 victory.