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Vol. LXIV, No. 35
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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REIGN MAKER: Princeton University field hockey star Katie Reinprecht controls the ball in action last fall. Junior midfielder Reinprecht, the Ivy League Player of the Year in her first two seasons, helped Princeton advance to the NCAA Final Four last fall for the first time since 2002. The fourth-ranked Tigers, who went 16-3 last season and won their 14th Ivy title in the last 15 years, will get their 2010 campaign underway by hosting Bucknell on September 5.

No. 4 PU Field Hockey Aiming to Take More Steps After Advancing to Its 1st NCAA Final 4 Since 2002

Bill Alden

In 2008, the Princeton University field hockey team came within a whisker of making the NCAA Final Four, dropping a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to Syracuse in the national quarterfinals.

Last fall, the Tigers broke through to the Final Four for the first time since 2002, cruising past Syracuse 7-3 in the NCAA quarters before falling in a 7-5 donnybrook to Maryland in the semis.

As Princeton gears up for the upcoming season, Tiger head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn believes her veterans learned valuable lessons from both experiences.

Riding Late Surge to Make NCAAs in ’09; PU Men’s Soccer Looking to Recapture Magic

Bill Alden

Midway through last fall, the Princeton University men’s soccer team was treading water with a 4-5-1 record.

Raising the level of its game and showing character, Princeton produced a late surge that saw it go 5-0-2 and earn its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2001.

While Princeton fell 1-0 to Bucknell in the first round of the tournament, the strong finish gave the program a shot in the arm.

Struggling Through Growing Pains Last Fall, PU Women’s Soccer Ready to Shine in 2010

Bill Alden

It is an oft-stated coaching maxim that the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores.

For Princeton University women’s soccer head coach Julie Shackford, that principle is gaining more and more validity as her Tigers go through their preseason paces.

In 2009, Shackford started seven freshmen and saw her team endure an uneven campaign, posting an overall record of 7-7-3 (3-3-1 Ivy League) and scoring just 13 goals.

Applying Lessons Learned From Senior Thesis, PU Alum Prichard Moves Up Coaching Ladder

Bill Alden

Ali Prichard picked the brains of coaches across the Princeton University campus in putting together her senior thesis.

The 2008 PU grad and former co-captain of the Tiger women’s basketball team spoke to 17 head coaches on their behavior and philosophies in producing her thesis for the psychology department.

In reflecting on the work, Prichard gained one overriding lesson from those interviews.

Princeton Native Mooney Overcomes Injury, Back at Full Speed for Amherst Men’s Soccer

Bill Alden

James Mooney spent a lot of time in the hospital this summer but it was by choice.

The Princeton resident and rising junior at Amherst College worked with a thoracic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, assisting with cancer research.

Unfortunately for Mooney, his sophomore season with the Amherst men’s soccer team ended with a trip to the hospital as he suffered a broken collarbone in a game against Trinity in late October.

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