May 2, 2018

By Bill Alden

Lex Decker savored things as he competed in the Mercer County Tournament last week in his final season with the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team.

“It has been quite a career, quite a four years for me,” said Decker. “I love coming here to the these courts.”

Decker did well again at the Mercer County Park tennis complex, posting straight-set wins in the preliminary round matches at first singles on April 23 to advance to the semis on Thursday. more

By Bill Alden

In his first two seasons with the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team, Jack Ruddy soaked up some valuable lessons from star defender Chris Fake.

“I was fortunate enough to have Chris Fake with me; he was my leader,” said Ruddy of Fake, who is now starting as a freshman for the top-ranked Yale men’s lax team. more

IN CONTROL: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Colby Chanenchuk controls the ball in a game last spring. Last Wednesday, senior attacker Chanenchuk tallied two goals and two assists to help Princeton rout Penn 21-8. On Saturday, No. 13 Princeton defeated Columbia 22-16 to improve to 10-5 overall and 6-1 Ivy League, clinching the league regular season title in the process. The Tigers will now host the Ivy postseason tournament, facing fourth-seeded Columbia in the semis on May 4 with the victor advancing to the title game on May 6 between the winner of the Penn-Dartmouth semi. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Colby Chanenchuk sensed that the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team was primed for a big performance as it hosted Penn last Wednesday evening in an Ivy League showdown.

“We have definitely been on a high, we have been improving from week to week and I think we are peaking at just the right time,” said senior attacker Chanenchuk, a 5’7 native of Natick, Mass. more

By Bill Alden

It was Asher Lee-Tyson’s final game at Clarke Field for the Princeton University baseball team, and he started things with a bang.

With Princeton hosting Yale last Sunday afternoon, senior shortstop Lee-Tyson slammed a run-scoring double to left field in the bottom of the first inning to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Two innings later, Lee-Tyson drew a walk and scored on a two-run homer by Conor Nolan as Princeton went ahead 3-1. more

STANDING TALL: Princeton University men’s lacrosse goalie Tyler Blaisdell makes a save in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior star Blaisdell enjoyed the big home finale of the Tigers, making 10 saves to help Princeton defeat sixth-ranked Cornell 14-8. The Tigers who just missed making the Ivy League postseason tournament, moved to 8-5 overall and 3-3 Ivy. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tyler Blaisdell helped get the Senior Day festivities underway for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team last Saturday as he was one of the first members of the squad’s Class of 2018 to be introduced.

Smiling broadly, senior goalie Blaisdell strode to the center of the field at Class of 1952 Stadium arm in arm with his parents, greeting his other classmates as they were honored before the Tigers battled No. 6 Cornell. more

STICKING WITH IT: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Ben Drezner unloads the ball in recent action. Junior attacker Drezner and the Little Tigers, now 5-7, start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where they are seeded fourth and slated to host a quarterfinal contest on May 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Playing at undefeated Hightstown last Friday, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team faced an uphill battle.

“We were a little strapped, we had some guys injured,” said PHS head coach Chip Casto, whose team brought a three-game winning streak into the contest. more

SECOND ACT: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Jerry Gu smacks a backhand in action last week at the Mercer County Tournament. Junior Gu won the title at second singles to help PHS tie WW/P-North for second in the team standings behind champion WW/P-South. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Noah Lilienthal was back where he belonged as he competed for the Princeton High boys’ tennis team last week as the Mercer County Tournament.

After winning the MCT title at first singles as a freshman in 2015 and then taking second the next year, Lilienthal took a hiatus from the PHS team last spring due to other commitments. The skilled senior lefty returned to the team and playing in his final MCT, he advanced to the first singles final in the stadium court last Thursday at the Mercer County Park’s tennis complex. more

G-WHIZ: Hun School softball player Gigi Venizelos takes a swing in recent action. Sophomore shortstop Venizelos has helped Hun post five straight wins after a 1-4 start. Hun plays at the Hill School (Pa.) on May 2, hosts WW/P-North on may 3, plays at Hopewell Valley on May 5 and hosts Pingry on May 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After putting together a 14-2 record on the way to the state Prep A title in 2017, the Hun School softball team struggled in the early going this spring.

Hun went 1-4 in its first five games, including losses to Lawrenceville, WW/P-South and Blair Academy, as it failed to display the sharp play that was a constant last spring. more

ON A MISSION: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Elon Tuckman heads upfield in a game earlier this spring. Last Monday, senior star Tuckman tallied a goal and an assist in a losing cause as second-seeded PDS fell 8-4 to third-seeded Lawrenceville in the state Prep A semis. The Panthers, now 7-5, will start competition in the Mercer County Tournament this week. PDS, which has won two straight MCT titles, is seeded second and will host a quarterfinal contest on May 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Elon Tuckman has hit some major milestones this spring in his senior season with the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team but he isn’t dwelling on personal stats.

While he is proud to have achieved both 100-goal and 200-point career marks in the 2018 campaign, Tuckman is focused more on collective goals for the Panthers. more

April 25, 2018

ON THE ATTACK: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Ali Hannah heads up the field in a game this spring. Last week, senior star attacker Hannah tallied seven goals and two assists to help Stuart defeat Rutgers Prep 12-5. The Tartans, who defeated Hamilton 13-4 last Monday with Hannah scoring six goals to improve to 3-4, play at Hightstown on April 25, and at Princeton Day School on April 28 before hosting Lawrence High on May 1. Stuart will also be starting play in the state Prep B tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ali Hannah was determined to keep things simple as she hit the field for the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team when it hosted Rutgers Prep last week. 

“I try to be aggressive all the time,” said senior attacker Hannah.

“We do personal and team goals before the game and my personal goal was to stay aggressive and really fight for those re-defending positions on attack.” more

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