April 25, 2018

HALL PASS: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Kyra Hall, center, battles through two foes in a game last spring. Last Thursday, senior attacker Hall tallied four goals, including the 100th of her career, as PDS topped Peddie 13-10. The Panthers, who fell 17-8 to Moses Brown to move to 3-5, play at Pingry on April 26, and hosts Stuart Country Day on April 28 before starting play in the state Prep B tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Kyra Hall, helping the Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team defeat Peddie 13-10 last Thursday proved to be a landmark day in her final campaign with the program.

The senior attacker hit the 100-goal mark in her career and broke out of a slump in the process.

“Peddie was exciting. I had a rough start to the season trying to figure out my shot and getting back to it,” said Hall. more

WAY TO BE: Princeton High softball player Bianca Guidi makes a play in the infield during a game earlier this season. Senior shortstop Guidi has provided leadership and production for the Little Tigers this spring. PHS, which fell 20-0 to Robbinsville last Monday to drop to 1-8, plays at Hopewell Valley on April 25 and at WW/P-South on April 27 before hosting WW/P-S on April 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While Marissa Soprano acknowledges that the Princeton High softball team is taking its lumps early on this spring, she believes it is a necessary part of the growth process for a young squad.

“We have been struggling; we have a lot of girls who haven’t played at the varsity level before, so we are just trying to get them to improve,” said PHS head coach Soprano after the Little Tigers fell 21-0 to visiting Hightstown last Wednesday. more

TRUE GRIT: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Cammie Sullivan unloads the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior co-captain and star midfielder Sullivan scored a goal and scooped up five draw controls to help Princeton defeat Cornell 15-10. The 18th-ranked Tigers, now 8-5 overall and 4-1 Ivy League, host No. 10 Penn (11-2 overall, 5-0 Ivy) on April 25 before playing at Columbia (6-8 overall, 3-3 Ivy) on April 28 in their regular season finale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was Senior Day for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team as it hosted Cornell last Saturday and handmade posters of each of the six seniors being recognized hung behind the Princeton bench.

The poster honoring senior co-captain and midfielder Cammie Sullivan included the words “hungry, soldier, guts, passion.” more

SHINING LIGHTS: The Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight shows its form in a regatta this spring. Princeton topped Penn last Saturday on the way to winning the Wood-Hammond Trophy. The third-ranked Tigers now head to New Haven, Conn. on April 28 to battle top-ranked Harvard and No. 4 Yale in the annual H-Y-P Regatta. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

After posting opening day wins over Navy and Georgetown on March 24, the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight suffered a setback as it got edged by Columbia a week later.

While Princeton head coach Marty Crotty was disappointed by the result against the Lions, he urged his rowers to stay the course. more

BIG SHOT: Princeton High boys’ track star Paul Brennan competes in the shot put during a meet last season. This past Saturday, junior star Brennan came up big as PHS competed in the Mercer Relays last Saturday at WW/P-North. He helped PHS win the discus relay at the meet posting a best mark of 164’ 7 with teammate Ben Kioko producing a heave of 111’ 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the county meet and state competition on the horizon, the Princeton High boys’ track team served notice that it will be a title contender as it dominated the Mercer Relays last Saturday.

Showing its quality and depth, PHS won the unofficial team title 86-69 over Hamilton West in the meet held at WW/P-North. more

TOUGHING IT OUT: Hun School baseball player McGwire Tuffy takes a big swing in recent action. Last Thursday, junior shortstop and co-captain Tuffy went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, three runs scored, and an RBI as Hun defeated Lawrenceville 8-3. In upcoming action, the Raiders, who dropped a doubleheader to the Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) last Saturday to fall to 6-4, play at the Hill School (Pa.) on April 25, host Blair on April 28, and then play Trenton Catholic that evening at Veterans Park in Hamilton, and then host Hill on April 30 and Peddie on May 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the leadoff hitter for the Hun School baseball team, McGwire Tuffy prides himself on being a catalyst for the Raiders.

“I love it,” said junior shortstop Tuffy, in reflecting on being at the top of the order. “I love getting on. I love stealing.” more

April 18, 2018

IN SERVICE: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Lex Decker fires a serve in a match last season. Senior star Decker has been a constant at first singles this spring for PDS as the Panthers have gotten off to a 3-1 start. In upcoming action, PDS has home matches against Hopewell Valley on April 18, Pennington on April 19, and Upper Canada College on April 21 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament on April 23 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It has been a bumpy ride so far this spring for the Princeton Day School boys tennis team as injury and various player absences have prevented it from putting its top lineup out on the court.

But reflecting the depth of talent in the program, the Panthers have still produced an encouraging 3-1 start with wins over Gill St. Bernard’s, Hun, and Peddie. more

ON FIRE: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Mariana Lopez-Ona eludes a defender in recent action. Last Monday, junior star Lopez-Ona tallied four goals and an assist to help PHS defeat Hightstown 15-7. The Little Tigers, now 4-5 after starting 0-4, host Hopewell Valley on April 20 before playing at Pingry on April 21 and WW/P-North on April 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Mariana Lopez-Ona and her Princeton High girls’ lacrosse teammates knew they were in for a challenge as they hosted powerful Allentown last week.

But having already faced a gauntlet of formidable foes such as Hunterdon Central, Notre Dame, and Rumson-Fair Haven, PHS wasn’t fazed by taking on the Redbirds. more

By Bill Alden

When singles stars Noah Lilienthal and Jerry Gu decided to not play for the Princeton High boys’ tennis team last spring due to other commitments, it gave other players the chance to step up and gain some valuable experience.

PHS ended up going 14-5 in 2017, advancing to the North 2 Group 3 sectional quarterfinals as Kevin Yang starred at first singles, giving the squad some yeoman’s work in that spot. more

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The Princeton University open women’s varsity eight shows its form in a recent race. The Tiger had a mixed result last Saturday, topping Yale to retain the Eisenberg Cup but falling to Iowa in the three-boat race. Princeton, now 10-1, returns to action when it heads south to face the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on April 21. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

After rolling through the regular season last spring with an 11-0 and winning the Ivy League Championships, the Princeton University open women’s varsity eight hit a roadblock at the NCAA championships.

Failing to make the Grand Final, the Tigers took third in the Petite Final to place ninth overall, putting a damper on an otherwise superb campaign.  more

By Bill Alden

After seeing five games get washed or snowed out in late March, the Princeton University baseball team has been treading water as the calendar hit April.

“It has been a rough year because it has been hard to get into any kind of rhythm,” said Princeton head coach Scott Bradley, whose team was 3-3 in April as it looked forward to hosting a three-game set against Penn last weekend. “There are times where I think we are pretty good and there are other times where we are just not there.” more

BULLING THROUGH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kyla Sears fights past a defender in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman star attacker Sears tallied four goals and an assist as Princeton defeated Yale 18-4. Princeton, which improved to 7-5 overall and 3-1 Ivy League with the win over the Bulldogs, hosts Cornell on April 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Kyla Sears, singing the national anthem before home games for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team has helped calm her nerves when she hits the field. 

“The funny thing is, I did it in high school and I found out I got way more nervous to sing than when I played,” said Princeton freshman star attacker Sears, who performs the singing duties in tandem with Julia Haney. “So when it was over it is, oh, now we can play.” more

SIX SHOOTER: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Philip Robertson unloads the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore attackman Robertson tallied six goals to help Princeton defeat Dartmouth 24-13. The Tigers, now 6-5 overall and 1-3 Ivy league, play at Harvard on April 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Philip Robertson spent his freshmen season on the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team as an understudy for Gavin McBride.

As attackman McBride tallied a program-record 54 goals last spring in his final campaign, Robertson soaked up as much as he could from the senior star. more

CATCHING FIRE: Princeton High baseball player Alec Silverman takes charge in a game earlier this season. Senior catcher Silverman’s defensive play and solid hitting in the cleanup spot have helped PHS produce a 5-3 start. The Little Tigers will look to keep on the winning track as they host Hightstown on April 18 and Allentown on April 19 before playing at Hightstown on April 20 and then hosting Robbinsville on April 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton High baseball team endured losing campaigns in the first three years of his career,  Alec Silverman sensed things would be different this spring.

“Our guys have invested so much into it,” said Silverman, noting that there are eight seniors on the PHS roster. more

NYCE WORK: Princeton Day School baseball player Matt Nyce makes contact in a recent game. Last Thursday, junior star Nyce went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs to help PDS defeat Peddie 13-6. The Panthers, who lost to Nottingham 10-8 last Saturday to fall to 4-2, host Conwell Egan (Pa.) on April 19 and Lawrence High on April 21 before playing at Gill St.Bernard’s on April 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton Day School baseball team trailed the Peddie School 4-0 in the second inning last Thursday one day after falling 14-12 to Hun in extra innings, Matt Nyce was confident that the Panthers would rally.

“It was pretty early in the game and we have been hitting really well,” said junior star second baseman Nyce. more

April 11, 2018

ON TARGET: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Madison Mundenar controls the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Mundenar tallied seven goals to help PDS edge Hun 14-12. The Panthers, now 2-2, host Pennington on April 11 before playing at Princeton High on April 12 and at Blair Academy on April 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Madison Mundenar helped the Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team start on the right foot as it hosted Allentown last week.

Just minutes into the April 3 contest, senior star Mundenar raced down the field, gathering in a feed from Gwen Allen and firing it into the back of the net to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. more

ATTACK MODE: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Zoe Cook races to goal in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, junior star attacker Cook tallied five goals and three assists to help Hun defeat Stuart Country Day 15-4. The Raiders, who dropped to 2-3 with a 10-7 loss to Princeton High on Monday, host Peddie on April 11 before playing at Blair Academy on April 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Zoe Cook didn’t waste any time setting the tone for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team as it played at Stuart Country Day last Friday.

The junior attacker tallied four goals and two assists as Hun built an 8-1 lead over the Tartans by halftime and never looked back on the way to a 15-4 win. more

BREAKING THROUGH: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Jake Bennett battles past a foe in a recent game. Sophomore attackman Bennett tallied four goals and two assists to help PDS defeat Lawrenceville 13-11 last Wednesday. It was the Panthers’ first win over the Big Red since 1981. The Panthers, who improved to 3-1 by defeating Springside-Chestnut Hill (Pa.) 11-7 last Friday, are slated to play at the Hill School (Pa.) on April 14 before hosting Seton Hall Prep on April 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having been dominated by Lawrenceville over the years, the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team was looking to flip the script when the local rivals met last Wednesday.

“We came into it with a really good game plan,” said PDS sophomore attackman Jake Bennett, reflecting on the matchup which last saw the Panthers post a win in 1981. “In the past, they have had a lot more numbers than us and they pushed transition a lot. Here we wanted to get the ball and settle down a little bit.” more

MIGHTY MIKE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Michael Sowers looks for an opening in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore star attackman Sowers matched his single-game career-high of nine points, tallying four goals and five assists to help Princeton defeat Stony Brook 16-8 and snap a three-game losing streak. The Tigers, who moved to 4-5 with the win, were slated to play at Siena on April 10 before hosting Dartmouth on April 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though Michael Sowers was playing in just the 24th game of his career with the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team when the Tigers hosted Stony Brook last Saturday, the 5’8, 165-pound dynamo already looms large in program history.

As a freshman, Sowers set a Princeton single-season record with 82 points on 41 goals and 41 assists in 15 appearances. more

THE RIGHT STUFF: Princeton University softball pitcher Allie Reynolds fires a pitch last weekend as the Tigers hosted Dartmouth in a three-game set. Freshman Reynolds earned a shutout as Princeton posted a 6-0 win in the first game of the weekend. The Big Green went on to win 8-6 and 12-1 in the final two games. The Tigers, who moved to 5-20 overall and 3-6 Ivy League, play a three-game set at Yale next weekend with a doubleheader on April 14 and a single game on April 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University softball team, its loss to Dartmouth in the second game of a three-game set with the Big Green last weekend served as a microcosm of a rough start to the 2018 campaign.

The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning in the contest on Friday and then, after surrendering three runs, battled back to make it a 3-3 ballgame heading into the fourth. Dartmouth, though, answered with two runs in the top of the next frame and added one each in the last three innings to pull away to a 8-6 win. more

MAKING WAVES: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity crew shows its form in a race this spring. Last Saturday, Princeton’s top boat defeated Penn and Columbia to win the Childs Cup. The Tigers, now 6-0, face Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. on April 14 in the race for the Compton Cup. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

In building the Princeton University men’s heavyweight rowing squad into one of the deepest programs in the nation, Greg Hughes has focused more on instilling a work ethic than stockpiling athletes.

“It is not just about your talent and ability, it is about development,” said Princeton head coach Greg Hughes. “It is one of those intangible things about sports that we as a society learn. It doesn’t come down to a one-off or just getting lucky. Consistent, steady, day-to-day hard work over time will yield results.” more

CENTRAL PARK: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Alex Park heads upfield in recent action. Last Thursday, junior attackman Park scored two goals to help PHS defeat Pennington 10-2 as it earned its first win of the season. The Little Tigers, who moved to 1-3 with a 6-3 loss at Monroe on Saturday, are slated to host Montgomery on April 14 before playing at WW/P-North on April 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having scored a total of six goals in losing its first two games this season, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team was looking to break out when it hosted Pennington last Thursday.

“We are just working to come together on offense,” said PHS junior attackman Alex Park. more

ATLANTIC ADVENTURE: Oliver Crane celebrates in Antigua this past January after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Crane, a resident of Lawrenceville who is headed to Princeton University, rowed the 3,000-mile journey in 44 days, and at age 19, became the youngest person to ever row solo across the Atlantic.

By Bill Alden

It took a while for Oliver Crane to develop a passion for rowing.

“I first experienced crew at Mercer Rowing Club in eighth grade, but I didn’t really row much then,” said Crane, a resident of Lawrenceville.

“All through middle school my main sport was ice hockey, but I ended up getting five concussions so I couldn’t do contact sports anymore. I ended up doing cross country and rowing at Peddie and fell in love with rowing after that.” more

April 4, 2018

COMEBACK KIDS: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Trevor Deubner unloads the ball in a game last year. Last Wednesday, sophomore star attackman Deubner scored two goals to help Hun rally from a 6-3 halftime deficit to defeat Princeton Day School 10-8 in its season opener. In upcoming action, the Raiders play at the Lawrenceville School on April 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having lost its annual clash against local rival Princeton Day School the last two years, the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team was fired up to turn the tables on the Panthers when the foes met last Wednesday to open the 2018 season.

“It was our first game last year and again this year; we have been thinking about it all offseason,” said Hun sophomore star Trevor Deubner.  more

STARTING WITH A BANG: Hun School baseball player Chris Pontrella takes a cut in a game last year. Senior star outfielder Pontrella helped Hun get the 2018 season off with a bang, going 3-for-5 with a run and three RBIs as the Raiders topped Lawrenceville 12-1 last Thursday in its season opener. Hun is slated to host the Hill School (Pa.) on April 4 before playing at St. Augustine Prep on April 6 and the Peddie School on April 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though it has won two straight state Prep A titles, the Hun School baseball team still believes it has something to prove.

“We are definitely fired up but we are pretty hungry which is great and it is not just coming from the coaching staff,” said second-year head coach Tom Monfiletto. more