May 24, 2017

STANDING TALL: Princeton University softball player Keeley Walsh throws the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, Walsh delivered a two-run single in a losing cause as Princeton fell 10-2 to Jacksonville State in an elimination game at the Tallahassee, Fla. regional of the NCAA tournament. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 25-20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As it competed in the Tallahassee, Fla. regional of the NCAA tournament last weekend, the Princeton University softball team was looking to make a statement. more

ON THE BALL: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Kevin Yang slams a backhand in recent action. Junior Yang’s superb play at first singles helped PHS go 14-5 this season and advance to the North 2 Group 3 sectional quarterfinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The spring ended on a down note last week for the Princeton High boys’ tennis team as it fell to Summit in the North 2 Group 3 sectional quarterfinals and to Hopewell Valley in its regular season finale.  more

Over the course of of his career with the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team, Jack Amaral has grown into a leader of its defensive unit.

“I started as a shortstick freshman year and then I made a move to longstick at the beginning of junior year,” said Amaral. more

TRIPLE CROWN: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse star Morgan Mills unloads the ball in the state Prep B title game last week. Senior star and Princeton University-bound Mills tallied eight goals and two assists to help second-seeded PDS top fourth-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 19-13 in the May 16 title contest. It was the third straight Prep B title for the Panthers, who posted a final record of 10-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Before Morgan Mills even came to Princeton Day School, she sensed that there was something special about its girls’ lacrosse program. more

BRINGING HER A-GAME: Hun School softball pitcher Alanna Pearson fires the ball in the state Prep A title game against the Blair Academy last Thursday. Junior star Pearson hurled a four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts as Hun prevailed 7-0, earning its first Prep A crown since 2004. She also went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs at the plate to help herself out. The Raiders ended the spring with a 14-2 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Alanna Pearson was looking to come out firing as the Hun School softball team hosted Blair Academy in the state Prep A title game last Thursday. more

COMING UP BIG: Hun School baseball player Joaquin Hernandez-Burt delivers a pitch in the final round of the state Prep A tournament last Sunday. Post-graduate pitcher Hernandez-Burt, a former Princeton High standout, starred as Hun defeated Lawrenceville 15-3 last Sunday to clinch the title, striking out four and giving up six hits and two runs over six innings to get the win. It was the second straight Prep A title for Hun, who ended the season at 13-10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Joaquin Hernandez-Burt and Mike Pedota, sticking to basics was the overriding theme as the Hun School baseball team pursued a second consecutive state Prep A title. more

TAKING HIS SHOT: Princeton High boys’ track star thrower Paul Brennan competes at the shot put in a meet earlier this spring. Last Saturday at the Mercer County Championships, sophomore star Brennan won the discus and took second in the shot put to help PHS take second in the team standings. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ben Samara knew that the Princeton High boys’ track team was in for a dogfight as it went after the title at the Mercer County Championships last Saturday. more

May 22, 2017

SPOILS OF VICTORY: Members of the Princeton University women’s open varsity 8 show off the medals and trophies they earned after winning the grand final at the Ivy League championship regatta on Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J. last Sunday. It was the second straight Ivy crown for the top open boat and the third in the last four years. Princeton is next in action when it competes at the NCAA championship regatta from May 26-28 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Even though the Princeton University women’s open varsity 8 went 11-0 in regular season competition, Lori Dauphiny knew nothing was guaranteed as her top boat competed in the Ivy League championship regatta last weekend. more

May 17, 2017

CLOSING THE DEAL: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Delia Lawver races upfield in recent action. Last Friday, the senior star ended her career on a high note, tallying four goals and an assist as Hun defeated Robbinsville 16-10 in its season finale. The victory gave the Raiders a final record of 12-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Delia Lawver took the field for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team last Friday in the final appearance of her high school career, she scrawled the word “bold” on her left arm.

“This is my last game, I have to give it all I have,” said Lawver. “We all have an individual word and bold is my word for the whole season. It is how I want to play.” more

IN THE CLEAR: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Ian Jacobs carries the ball upfield last Thursday in the Mercer County Tournament title game. Junior defender Jacobs fought hard as third-seeded PHS fell 9-5 to top-seeded Princeton Day School in the title game. The Little Tigers, who moved to 8-8 with a 9-8 loss at Westfield last Saturday, start play in the North Group 3 tournament this week where they are seeded sixth and will host 11th-seeded Warren Hills in an opening round contest on May 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Looking to make its first Mercer County Tournament title game since 2014, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team had to rely on a late defensive stand to hold off upset-minded Allentown.

With third-seeded PHS clinging to an 8-7 lead over the seventh-seeded Redbirds in an MCT semifinal contest on May 9 at Hopewell Valley High, Allentown had possession with 23 seconds left in regulation. more

GREEN DAY: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse goalie Connor Green guards the cage in action last week at the Mercer County Tournament. Sophomore Green starred as top-seeded PDS defeated fifth-seeded Notre Dame 11-4 in the MCT semis on May 9 and then topped third-seeded Princeton High 9-5 in the title game last Thursday. Green made 11 saves in the win over Notre Dame and then had eight stops in the victory over the Little Tigers as the Panthers earned their second straight county crown. PDS, now 13-2, will go for another title as the top-seeded Panthers host third-seeded Rutgers Prep in the state Prep B title game on May 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After earning his stripes last spring as a freshman starting goalie for the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team, Connor Green was determined to assume a more commanding presence this season.

“I think I have found my spot and I know what I need to be doing to help our team win where last year I was playing not to mess up,” said Green. more

EMBRACING THE MOMENT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse players Peter Shannon, left, and Jack Amaral embrace after PDS defeated Princeton High 9-5 in the Mercer County Tournament title game last Thursday. Senior stars Shannon and Amaral both played key roles as PDS won its second straight crown. The Panthers, now 13-2, will go for another title as top-seeded PDS defeated fourth-seeded Newark Academy 10-2 in the state Prep B semis last Monday and will host third-seeded Rutgers Prep in the final on May 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Peter Shannon couldn’t stop beaming as he clutched the championship plaque after helping the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team win its second straight Mercer County Tournament title last Thursday night. more

FOR THE RECORD: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride looks to unload the ball in a game earlier this spring. The senior star attackman ended his career with a bang, tallying a program-record 54 goals this spring, breaking the record of 53 set by Jesse Hubbard 21 years ago. He also had 17 assists, making him the fifth player in program history to reach 70 points in a season. The Tigers ended the spring with a 9-6 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the course of the spring, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team produced a number of impressive wins.

In early March, Princeton routed perennial power Johns Hopkins 18-7. Later in the month, the Tigers earned two key Ivy League triumphs, topping Penn 17-8 and Brown 21-11, avenging double-digit defeats from a year earlier. more

BY GEORGE: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Elizabeth George sprints upfield last Sunday as Princeton hosted Cornell in an NCAA second round contest. Sophomore George scored four goals, including the final two tallies of the contest, as fifth-seeded Princeton prevailed 11-9 over the Big Red. The Tigers, now 15-3, play at fourth-seeded Penn State (16-3) in the NCAA quarterfinals on May 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Storm clouds were gathering in the sky and on the field for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team as it hosted Cornell in an NCAA second round contest last Sunday afternoon. more

May 16, 2017

DOING GREAT: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Anna Doherty heads upfield in a game this spring. Last weekend, senior midfielder and tri-captain Doherty helped Princeton win the Ivy League tournament. Doherty scored four goals in a 17-8 win over Penn in the semis on Friday and then contributed two goals to help the Tigers defeat Cornell 12-9 in the championship game. Princeton, now 14-3 overall, is seeded fifth in the NCAA tournament and will host a second round contest on May 14 between the winner of the Cornell/Notre Dame first round game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the course of the spring, a recurring theme for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team has been an emphasis on getting off to a quick start. more

May 11, 2017

PULLING TOGETHER: The Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity 8 churns through the water in a race earlier this spring. After ending the regular season by taking a close third behind Harvard and Yale in the annual H-Y-P regatta, the Tigers will be looking to make up the gap as they compete in the Eastern Sprints on May 14 in Worcester, Mass. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Over the last half of April, the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity 8 crew found itself under the gun every week. more

May 10, 2017

 

JUST RESULT: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Justin Marciano battles a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior midfielder Marciano contributed four assists to help third-seeded PHS defeat sixth-seeded Hopewell Valley 7-5 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Little Tigers, who improved to 7-6 with the win, were slated to face seventh-seeded Allentown in the MCT semis on May 9 with the victor advancing to the title game on May 11 to be played at WW/P-North. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having defeated Hopewell Valley 9-5 earlier in the week, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team struggled to get on track when the foes met for a rematch in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals last Saturday. more

FULL SWING: Princeton High baseball player Paul Cooke follows through on a swing in recent action. Junior outfielder Cooke has helped spark the PHS hitting attack this spring. The Little Tigers, who tied Lawrenceville 5-5 last Monday in 11 innings to move to 3-13-1, host WW/P-South on May 10, host South Hunterdon on May 11, play at Lawrence High on May 12, and host Hightstown on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High baseball team ended April, it seemed poised to get on a roll. more

COMING THROUGH: Hun School softball player Meghan Donohue taking a swing in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore star Donohue had two hits and an RBI to help Hun defeat WW/P-North 5-0. The Raiders, who defeated Hopewell Valley 10-0 last Monday to post their 12th straight win and improve to 12-1, play at Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on May 13 and then start play in the state Prep A tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As a sophomore, Meghan Donohue has taken on new roles this spring for the Hun School softball team. more

STICKING WITH IT: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Chris Fake, right, stymies a foe in a 2016 game. Last Monday, senior star defender and Yale-bound Fake fought hard in a losing cause as second-seeded Hun fell 11-5 to top-seeded Lawrenceville in the state Prep A title game. The Raiders, now 6-6, play at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on May 13 before starting play in the prestigious Inter-Ac Invitational. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Chris Fake and his teammates on the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team faced a major challenge when they played at Lawrenceville in the state Prep A final last Monday evening. more

SPARKS FLYING: Princeton Day School baseball player Ryan Sparks runs the bases in recent action. Last week, senior star Sparks contributed on the mound and at the plate to help PDS defeat Lawrenceville 9-8. Last Saturday, the Panthers topped Hightstown 7-1 in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament to move to 9-8. Eighth-seeded PDS was slated to play top-seeded Steinert in the MCT quarterfinals on May 9 with the winner advancing to the semis on May 13. The Panthers will also be starting play in the Prep B tournament where they are hosting Newark Academy in an opening round contest on May 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Sparks is determined to be a jack-of-all trades this spring in his senior season for the Princeton Day School baseball team. more

ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Princeton University softball pitcher Claire Klausner delivers a pitch against Harvard in the Ivy League Championship Series (ILCS) last Saturday. Senior Klausner pitched a six-hit shutout as Princeton prevailed 1-0 in the opener. The Tigers won the nightcap 13-4 to sweep the best-of-three series and earn their second straight Ivy League crown. Princeton, now 25-18, will learn its NCAA assignment on May 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Claire Klausner is affectionately called the “ice woman” by her teammates on the Princeton University softball team and she has come to embrace that nickname. more

May 8, 2017

WILL TO WIN: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Will Brossman heads to goal in recent action. Last Sunday, senior star and Middlebury College-bound Brossman tallied four goals to help PDS defeat Albany Academy (N.Y.) 14-6. The Panthers, now 8-2, play at Newark Academy on May 3. In addition, PDS will start play in the Mercer County Tournament where it is seeded first and will host a quarterfinal game on May 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Will Brossman, doing some extensive homework four years ago helped make him into a dead-eye shooter for the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team. more

May 4, 2017

END OF AN ERA: Princeton University women’s water polo goalie Ashleigh Johnson stymies a foe in a game this season. Last weekend, senior star and Olympic gold medalist Johnson ended her stellar Tiger career by starring in the CWPA (Collegiate Water Polo Association) Championship. She made 35 saves in three games, helping ninth-ranked Princeton advance to the title game, where it fell 5-4 to seventh-ranked Michigan. The Tigers ended the season with a 24-4 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taking advantage of a two-week hiatus from competition between the end of the regular season and the CWPA (Collegiate Water Polo Association) Championship, the Princeton University women’s water polo team got to recharge its batteries. more

May 3, 2017

SIMON SAYS: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Simon Hwang fires a serve in action at the Mercer Country Tournament last Wednesday. Sophomore Hwang finished fourth at second singles to help PHS take sixth in the team standings at the MCT. In upcoming matches, the Little Tigers, who topped Trenton 5-0 last Monday to improve to 8-2 in dual match action, play at Notre Dame on May 3, at WW/P-South on May 4, and at Robbinsville on May 8 before hosting Nottingham on May 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Acknowledging that the Princeton High boys’ tennis team doesn’t boast the top-end players this season that it has featured over the years, Sarah Hibbert has emphasized daily improvement. more