September 22, 2016

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GROUND AND POUND: Princeton University football player Joe Rhattigan carries the ball last Saturday in the season opener against visiting Lafayette. Senior running back and tri-captain Rhattigan rushed for a career-high 136 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns to help Princeton defeat the Leopards 35-31. Princeton plays at Lehigh (1-2) on September 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Princeton University football head coach Bob Surace will tell you that senior running back and tri-captain Joe Rhattigan is the strong and silent type. more

September 21, 2016

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FRESH APPROACH: Princeton University men’s soccer player Ben Martin controls the ball in recent action. Last Friday, freshman midfielder Martin tallied a goal and an assist as Princeton edged Boston University 2-1 to post its second straight win. Martin was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week and the Ivy League co-Rookie of the Week for his performance. The Tigers, who improved to 2-2 with the win, host Fairleigh Dickinson University on September 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After losing its first two games, getting outscored 4-1 in the process, the Princeton University men’s soccer team found itself locked in a 0-0 stalemate in the second half against No. 22 Rider last week and needing a lift to avoid a 0-3 start. more

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WEBB MASTER: Princeton High football player Isaac Webb looks to break loose from a foe earlier this season. Last Friday evening at Hightstown, sophomore receiver Webb enjoyed a breakout game, making six catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns as the Little Tigers rolled to a 33-0 win over the Rams. PHS, now 1-1, plays at WW/P-N (1-1) on September 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High football team locked in a scoreless tie in the second quarter at Hightstown last Friday evening, Isaac Webb caught the ball in the flat and decided it was time for him to make a breakthrough. more

For the Princeton High girls’ tennis program, overcoming perennial power and nemesis WW/P-S has proven to be a tall order through the years.

PHS has been in the running for many a county and district title, only to be denied by the Pirates.

This fall, however, the Little Tigers posted a pair of wins over WW/P-S in the first two weeks of the season, defeating the Pirates 4-1 on September 9 and then prevailing 3-2 in a rematch last Wednesday. more

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FINISHING TOUCH: Gretchen Lindenfeldar goes after the ball in action last season. Junior forward Lindenfeldar has emerged as a key scoring threat for the Panthers this season, tallying a goal in a 2-0 win over South Hunterdon on September 12 and then adding three more goals in a 7-0 rout of Academy of New Church (Pa.) last Wednesday. The Panthers, who improved to 5-0 with a 5-0 win over the George School (Pa.) last Friday, are slated to host Peddie School on September 22 and Blair Academy on September 24 before playing at Northern Burlington on September 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After not scoring a goal in her first two seasons on the Princeton Day School field hockey team, Gretchen Lindenfeldar has mastered the art of finishing this fall. more

While Ed Tseng is pleased to see his Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team produce a 3-1 start, he is more impressed by the approach his players have been taking this season.

“I think the No. 1 thing is that it really is a nice group of girls, everybody gets along and everyone is supportive of everyone else,” said PDS head coach Tseng.

“We are having fun. Also, we set the tone every season and we say look we are going to give our best effort every single day in practice and matches.” more

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SHINING COYNE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Madison Coyne advances the ball up the field in recent action. Junior defender Coyne’s brilliance on the back line has helped PDS produce a 4-0 start this season. The Panthers will look to keep on the winning track as they play at Peddie on September 22 before hosting Blair Academy on September 24 and South Hunterdon on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In recent years, the rivalry between the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team and Hun has been heated, producing a slew of tightly contested one-goal games. more

Joanna Hallac was pleased by the way her Hun School girls’ soccer team performed in the first half as it hosted Princeton Day School last week.

The local rivals were locked in a scoreless tie at halftime in the September 13 contest, with Hun generating some superb chances by Nicole Apuzzi and Bryonna Worthy.

“I thought in the first half we were more dangerous,” said Hun head coach Hallac. “We had better looks at the goal.” more

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NO JOSHING: Hun School football star Joshua Henderson runs to daylight in season-opening action against visiting Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada earlier this month. Sophomore running back Henderson rushed for two touchdowns to help Hun prevail 38-13 in the September 10 contest The Raiders are next in action when they play at Capital Preparatory Magnet School (Conn.) on September 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While it may appear that things came easily for the Hun School football team as it rolled to a 38-13 win over Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada in its season opener, the Raiders faced a number of challenges in the encounter. more

September 20, 2016

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SAFETY NET: Princeton University star senior safety and tri-captain Dorian Williams, center, poses with fellow captains, senior quarterback Chad Kanoff, left, and senior running back Joe Rhattigan. The trio of standouts will be looking to come up big when Princeton kicks off its 2016 campaign by hosting Lafayette on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dorian Williams learned the ropes from two different spots on the field during his first two seasons with the Princeton University football team. more

September 14, 2016

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FUN BUNCH: Members of the Princeton University football team enjoy a light moment as they posed for their team photo at the program’s recently-held media day during preseason camp. Princeton, which went 5-5 overall and 2-5 Ivy last fall, kicks off its 2016 campaign when it hosts Lafayette (1-1 in 2016) on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Heading into mid-October last year, things looked very promising for the Princeton University football team as it started 4-0 overall and 1-0 Ivy League. more

For the Princeton University field hockey team, hosting a pair of Top 20 foes in No. 12 Albany and 10th-ranked Delaware last weekend was a critical early season litmus test.

In each game, 16th-ranked Princeton ended up digging a hole, trailing Albany 2-1 early in the second half on Friday and falling behind Delaware 2-1 midway through the first half two days later.

But passing the tests with aplomb, the Tigers rallied, eking out a 3-2 win over Albany and pulling away to a 4-2 triumph over Delaware, improving to 3-1 on the season. more

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IN FORM: Princeton University women’s soccer player Natalie Larkin sends the ball upfield in recent action. Last Friday, junior defender/midfielder Larkin chipped in an assist as Princeton defeated Temple 3-0. Two days later, Larkin and her teammates rallied for a 2-1 overtime win at Monmouth as they improved to 6-0, the program’s best start since 2002, when the Tigers were 12-0. Princeton will look to keep on the winning track as it plays at No. 4 West Virginia (6-0-1) on September 16 and at Duquesne (2-2-2) on September 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Natalie Larkin and her teammates on the Princeton University women’s soccer team had a valuable lesson reinforced when they played at Delaware earlier this month. more

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HARRY SITUATION: Princeton University men’s soccer player Harry Heffernan controls the ball last Thursday as Princeton hosted St. John’s in its home opener. Junior midfielder Heffernan scored 1:05 into the contest but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 3-1 in dropping to 0-2. The Tigers host Boston University on September 16 before playing at Drexel on September 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off a tough 1-0 defeat at West Virginia to start its 2016 campaign, the Princeton University men’s soccer team was happy to be in the friendly confines of Roberts Stadium last Thursday evening for its home opener against St. John’s. more

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HEADS UP: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Sam Serxner heads the ball up the field last Thursday as PHS edged Hopewell Valley 2-1 in the season opener for both teams. Senior defender Serxner assisted on the winning goal midway through the second half, sending a free kick into the box that Quentin Pompliano headed into the back of the net. The Little Tigers host Notre Dame on September 15 and WW/P-S on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton High boys’ soccer team opened its season by hosting Hopewell Valley last Thursday, Sam Serxner was just one of three returning starters in the lineup for the Little Tigers. more

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ON THE RUN: Princeton High quarterback Vince Doran rolls out to fire a pass last Sunday against Pemberton in the season opener. Junior Doran hit on 19-of-35 passes for 149 yards in his debut as the starting QB but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 33-6 to the Hornets. The Little Tigers will look to get in the win column when they play at Hightstown on September 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Between the 20-yard lines the Princeton High football team held its own as it hosted Pemberton last Sunday in the season opener for both teams. more

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FANCY FOOTWORK: Hun School girls’ soccer player Kara Borden shows off her ball skills last Saturday against Notre Dame in the season opener for both teams. Junior star Borden notched a goal to help Hun earn a 2-2 draw with the Irish. In upcoming action, the Raiders host Germantown Academy (Pa.) on September 15 and Oak Knoll on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Two years ago, the Hun School girls’ soccer team reached new heights as it defeated perennial power Pennington 2-0 to win the state Prep A title. more

 

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LAW AND ORDER: Hun School field hockey player Delia Lawver marks a foe in action last season. Hun will be depending on senior star Lawver to keep order in the midfield this fall. The Raiders start their 2016 campaign when they play at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) on September 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the years, the Hun School field hockey program has displayed a propensity for coming on strong down the stretch. more

With a horde of players hitting the field this summer the Hun School boys’ soccer program, Pat Quirk has been busy sorting through the talent at his disposal.

“We had 65 kids come out for the three teams that we have, it is very good,” said Hun head coach Quirk, who guided his varsity team to a 5-12 record in 2015.

“They are at about the same level so we are just kind of weeding through that right now. We have a good core of returning kids from the varsity team, for sure, and we got some incoming kids that are very, very skilled. I think are going to jell well together.” more

September 13, 2016

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ON HER TOES: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Zoe Tesone controls the ball during a recent practice session. Senior standout defender Tesone will be leading the PHS back line this fall. The Little Tigers get their 2016 season underway when they play at Hopewell Valley on September 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Losing 12 seniors to graduation from a squad that advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semifinals in 2015, there were question marks all over the field for the Princeton High girls’ soccer team as it started preseason last month. more

September 7, 2016

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REAR GUARD: Princeton University field hockey player Elise Wong guards the circle last Friday as 15th-ranked Princeton opened its season by hosting No. 1 North Carolina. Sophomore star Wong helped the Tiger defense hold the fort in a 2-1 loss to the Tar Heels. Two days later, Wong and Princeton topped Bucknell 5-2 to improve to 1-1 and earn their first win under new head coach Carla Tagliente. In upcoming action, the Tigers host No. 9 Albany on September 9 and No. 14 Delaware on September 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After starring at center back last fall in her freshman season with the Princeton University field hockey team, Elise Wong has moved up the field as a defensive midfielder in her second college campaign. more

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HOLDING THE FORT: Princeton University men’s soccer player Patrick Barba, left, goes after the ball in a game last fall. Last Saturday, senior defender and captain Barba helped Princeton hold the fort as it played two men down for most of the second half in a 1-0 loss at West Virginia (2-1) in its season opener. The Tigers will look to get on the winning track when they host St, John’s on September 8 in their season opener. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Opening its season at No. 24 West Virginia last Saturday evening, the Princeton University men’s soccer team knew it faced a huge challenge. more

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GETTING THEIR KICKS: Members of Princeton High boys’ soccer team enjoy kicking the ball around in a drill at recent practice. PHS, coming off a 16-2-3 campaign last fall, open the 2016 season by hosting Hopewell Valley on September 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The bar has been set high for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team. more

For Heather Serverson, guiding her Princeton High field hockey team through the preseason has been akin to working on a jigsaw puzzle.

“We have some seasoned players so it really is just a matter of figuring out how we can function best as a team,” said Serverson, who guided PHS to a 13-6-2 record in 2015 and the semifinals of both the Mercer County Tournament and the North 2 Group 4 sectional.

“We have the experience under our belts; we still haven’t quite figured out how we work best together yet.” more

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FLYING SOLO: Princeton High football payer Alex -Solopenkov races up the field in action last fall. Senior receiver -Solopenkov figures to be a key target this fall for PHS. The Little Tigers start their 2016 season when they host Pemberton on September 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Charlie Gallagher acknowledged that his Princeton High football team has been feeling the heat over the last few weeks. more