December 2, 2015

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LEADING ROLE: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Ashley Cavuto races up the ice in a game last winter. PDS is looking to junior star Cavuto to provide leadership and production for a squad welcoming a number of new faces. The Panthers team was slated to open its 2015-16 season by playing at Wyoming Seminary (Pa. ) on December 1 before hosting Portledge School (N.Y. ) on December 3 and Summit High on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As preseason practice began for the Princeton Day School girls’ ice hockey team last month, head coach Lorna Cook may have felt like she needed a program to identify her players.

There were only five returners among the 19 players who hit the ice for the Panthers with eight freshmen, four sophomore newcomers, and two new juniors. more

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TAKING FLIGHT: Princeton University women’s basketball player Annie Tarakchian, right, battles a Rider player for the ball as the teams met last week. Senior star and tri-captain -Tarakchian poured in 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Princeton top the Broncs 78-59 in the November 24 contest. Over the weekend, Tarakchian starred as the Tigers headed to her native California and won the Loyola Marymount Tournament in Los Angeles by beating UC-Irvine 83-42 in the opening round on Friday and then defeating Seattle 85-48 the next day in the title game. The Tigers, now 5-1, host Michigan on December 6 and Monmouth on December 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Annie Tarakchian suffered through a rare off night when the Princeton University women’s basketball team lost at Seton Hall to see its 32-game regular season winning streak come to an end.

The senior star and tri-captain hit just 1-of-11 shots from the floor and had three points as the Tigers fell 71-64 to the Pirates in the November 19 contest.

As Princeton hit the court last week for its next game at Rider, Tarakchian was chomping at the bit to get back into action.

“It was frustrating last game, honestly I just wanted to get back out there and play another game because not having a game for a while after a rough one makes you think about it longer,” said Tarakchian, a 6’0 native of West Hills, Calif. more

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BIG MAC: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Brendon -McCormick controls the puck in a game last season. Junior forward -McCormick  figures to be a go-to scorer for PHS this winter. The Little Tigers start their 2015-16 campaign by facing Nottingham on December 3 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Princeton High boys’ hockey team has suffered some heavy graduation losses, saying goodbye to eight seniors from last year, the formula for success remains the same. more

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ON THE DEFENSIVE: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Gianluca Travia guards the blue line in a game last season. Junior Travia is being counted on to spearhead the PDS defense this winter as it looks to bounce back from a 3-16-1 season last year. The Panthers were slated to start the 2015-16 campaign by hosting St. Joe’s Prep on December 1, Montclair Kimberly on December 2, and the Hun School on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Going with a youth movement by necessity last winter, the Princeton Day School boy’s hockey team took its lumps.

As the proud program endured a 3-16-1 campaign, its younger players were fighting a losing battle on a nightly basis. more

November 25, 2015

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END RUN: Princeton University women’s soccer player -Vanessa Gregoire dribbles past a defender in Princeton’s 4-2 win over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Last Friday, sophomore midfielder Gregoire and the Tigers saw their superb season come to an end as they fell 3-0 to No. 11 University of Southern California in the Round of 32 at the NCAA tourney. Princeton, who was 12-0-1 in its last 13 contests heading into Friday, ended the season with a final record of 14-4-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off a thrilling 4-2 victory over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Princeton University women’s soccer team was fired up to keep rolling as it faced No. 11 University of Southern California last Friday in the Round of 32. more

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THROWBACK: Princeton University men’s basketball player Henry Caruso drives to the basket in a game last winter. Last Saturday, junior forward Caruso tallied a game-high 23 points as Princeton topped Saint Peter’s 75-72 at Dillon Gym. It was the first game at the venerable venue for the Tigers since January 11, 1969. Princeton, now 2-0, returns to action and Jadwin Gym on November 25 when it hosts Lafayette. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bill Bradley took over many a game at Dillon Gym to thwart visiting foes during his legendary career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team in the 1960s. more

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ON POINT: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Colton Phinney makes a save in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior goalie Phinney earned his first career shutout as Princeton defeated No. 20 Clarkson 3-0. Phinney made 31 saves to help the Tigers improve to 2-6 overall and 1-5 ECAC Hockey. Princeton plays a two-game set at Maine on November 27 and 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Max Becker and his teammates on the Princeton University men’s hockey team were primed to come out buzzing as they hosted St. Lawrence last Friday. more

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CLEAR-MINDED: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Zoe -Tesone clears the ball in action this fall. Junior defender Tesone shored up the PHS back line, helping the Little Tigers reach the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semifinals. PHS ended the season with an 11-5-1 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at fourth-seeded Monroe in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals, the fifth-seeded Princeton High girls’ soccer team felt it had the blueprint for an upset. more

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FINAL ROAR: Princeton High running back Rory Helstrom tries to break a tackle in a game this season. Senior star Helstrom scored the lone touchdown as PHS ended its season by falling 35-7 to visiting Millburn in a regional crossover game earlier this month. The Little Tigers finished the fall with a 4-6 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High football team got ready to host Millburn in a season-ending regional crossover game earlier this month, Charlie Gallagher was expecting a tight contest.

“I thought we matched up well against them,” said PHS head coach Gallagher. more

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NEW STAR: Stuart Country Day School field hockey goalie Alexxa Newman makes a save in a game this season. Junior Newman emerged as a star for the Tartans, recording six shutouts this fall in her first campaign as a starter. Newman’s heroics helped the Tartans win its last three games to post a 6-12-1 final record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After losing a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to Princeton Day School in the opening round of the state Prep B playoffs in late October, the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team could have gone through the motions in its remaining games. more

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GOING TO THE MATT: Princeton University football player Matt Arends surveys the action in a game earlier this fall. Last Saturday, senior linebacker and co-captain Arends fought hard in his last game for the Tigers, making nine tackles and forcing a fumble in a losing cause as Princeton fell 17-10 at Dartmouth. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 5-5 overall and 2-5 Ivy League. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In 2013, the Princeton University football team played at Dartmouth in the season finale needing a win to clinch an outright Ivy League title only to get upended 28-24 by the Big Green. more

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MAKING A SPLASH: Princeton University men’s water polo goalie Vojislav Mitrovic guards the net in a game this season. Last Sunday, sophomore standout Mitrovic made 14 saves to help Princeton edge Johns Hopkins 7-6 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship game. Mitrovic was named the MVP of the CWPA tourney. The win earned the Tigers, now 22-4, a spot in the NCAA tournament where they will be facing UC-San Diego in a play-in game on December 2 at UCLA with the Final 4 taking place at the same site from December 5-6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s water polo team had already beaten Johns Hopkins three times this season, Luis Nicolao felt the pressure was on his squad when it faced the Blue Jays in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship game last Sunday. more

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SENIOR LEADER: Stuart Country Day school cross country runner Lindsay Craig displays her form in a race this fall. Senior star Craig placed 20th individually in the state Prep B meet this fall even though she wasn’t at full strength for much of the season. She helped Stuart finish fifth in the team standings at the Prep B meet and post a 10-0 record in dual meets. Craig earned All-Prep B honors all four years of her career.

Len Klepack was cautiously optimistic as his Stuart Country Day cross country team prepared for the fall.

“We felt we had a better team than we have had in the past,” said Stuart head coach Klepack. more

November 18, 2015

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GETTING THEIR KICKS: Princeton University women’s soccer players Tyler Lussi, left, and Mimi Asom, center, celebrate with teammates after a goal last Saturday as Princeton defeated Boston College 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Roberts Stadium. Junior Lussi and Freshman Asom each had two goals in the victory while senior co-captain and star defender Emily Sura contributed a career-high three assists. The Tigers, now 14-3-1 overall and 12-0-1 in their last 13 contests, will face No. 11 University of Southern California (14-5-2 overall) in the Round of 32 in Charlottesville, Va. on November 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In 2012, Emily Sura was part of the supporting cast as the Princeton University women’s soccer team competed in the NCAA tournament.

“Being there as a freshman, the leadership we had on the team was unbelievable,” said Sura, reflecting on the tourney run which saw Tigers top West Virginia 2-1 in the first round before falling 3-1 to Marquette in the Round of 32. more

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TURNING THE TABLES: Princeton University field hockey player Sophia Tornetta races up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, freshman midfielder Tornetta scored two goals to help 16th-ranked Princeton upset No. 5 Maryland 3-1 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. In late September, Princeton had lost 3-1 to the Terps in a regular season contest. On Sunday, the Tigers couldn’t get the offense going as they fell 5-0 to No. 2 Syracuse in the NCAA quarterfinals. The defeat left Princeton with a final record of 11-7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton University field hockey team played at Maryland in late September, it fell behind 2-0 on the way to a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Terps.

Last Saturday, the teams met for a rematch in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at Syracuse and Princeton head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn had the sense that her squad was primed for the challenge. more

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SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton University receiver Isaiah Barnes holds the ball up after scoring a second quarter touchdown last Saturday against Yale, the first score of his career. Senior Barnes ended up with six catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 35-28 to the Bulldogs. The Tigers, now 5-4 overall and 2-4 Ivy League, wrap up their season by playing at Dartmouth (8-1 overall, 5-1 Ivy) on November 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After suffering a gruesome ankle injury during his freshman season with the Princeton University football team in 2012, Isaiah Barnes could have given up the sport. more

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FRESH FACE: Princeton University basketball player Devin -Cannady is all smiles at the program’s recent media day. Last Friday, freshman guard Cannady had a lot to smile about as he scored a game-high 17 points in his college debut to help Princeton defeat Rider 64-56 in its season opener. Princeton hosts Saint Peter’s at Dillon Gym this Saturday evening, its first game at the venerable venue since 1969. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Devin Cannady was rushing things as he made his debut for the Princeton University men’s basketball team when it played at Rider last Friday in its season opener. more

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DRIVEN: Princeton University women’s basketball player -Michelle Miller drives past a foe in action last year. Last Sunday, senior star Miller scored a game-high 24 points to help No. 25 Princeton defeat Duquesne 94-66. Miller is showing drive off the court as the chemistry major is applying to medical schools and has been named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. Miller and the Tigers, now 2-0, play at Seton Hall on November 19 and at Rider on November 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Michelle Miller is taking multi-tasking to a higher level this fall during her senior year at Princeton University.

In addition to starring for the 25th-ranked Princeton women’s basketball team and working on her senior thesis, chemistry major Miller is applying to medical school and is a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, having reached the interview stage of the process. more

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LEAD GROUP: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Alex Roth, left, races with the frontrunners in a recent meet. Last Saturday, junior star Roth took sixth individually at the Group 4 state championship meet at Holmdel, covering the 5-kilometer course in a time of 16:11. Roth’s heroics helped PHS finish fifth in the team standings and earn a wild card spot in the Meet of Champions (MOC), slated for November 21 at Holmdel. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High boys’ cross country team hit the track to sharpen up for the Group 4 state championship meet with its final speed session, it was met with a drenching rain. more

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KNOCKED OUT: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Alex Ratzan, left, battles for the ball in recent action. Last week, Ratzan and third-seeded PHS fell 3-1 to seventh-seeded Freehold Township in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semifinals. The defeat in the November 10 contest left the Little Tigers with a final record of 16-2-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

A downpour pelted the players the Princeton High boys’ soccer team as it hosted Freehold Township last week in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semifinals. more

November 11, 2015

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PENNED IN: Princeton University quarterback Chad Kanoff heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior quarterback Kanoff completed 26-of-42 passes for 218 yards in a losing cause as Princeton fell 26-23 at Penn in overtime. The Tigers, now 5-3 overall and 2-3 Ivy League, were eliminated from the league title race in the wake of Harvard beating Columbia 24-16 to improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 Ivy with two games remaining. Princeton will look to get back in the winning track as it hosts Yale (5-3 overall, 2-3 Ivy) on November 14 in its home finale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taking on Penn at venerable Franklin Field in Philadelphia last Saturday afternoon, the Princeton University football team did a lot of good things. more

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TITLE FIGHT: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Hannah Bunce, left, fights for the ball in recent action. Last week, junior star Bunce scored the winning goal as top-seeded PDS defeated second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 1-0 in overtime in Prep B title game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On paper, the 2015 state Prep B girls’ soccer championship game had the makings of a nail biter as top-seeded Princeton Day School hosted second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy. more

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LAX BROS: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse stars, from left, Bobby Campbell, Chris Cahill, and Johnny Morris pose for the team photo before their senior season in 1978. The trio of Campbell, Cahill, and Morris were team tri-captains and formed one of the great midfield units in program history. This Saturday, Morris will be inducted into the tenth class of the PHS Athletics Hall of Fame.

As a kid growing up in Princeton in the late 1960s, Johnny Morris gave baseball a try but things didn’t go well.

“My father and brother would throw a baseball at me and I would put my head away,” said Morris. “I was scared to death of a fly ball.” more

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RISING TO THE OCCASION: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Nick Halliday, left, heads the ball in recent action. Last Friday, senior midfielder Halliday helped set up two goals as third-seeded PHS topped sixth-seeded East Brunswick 3-1 in the Central Jersey Group 4 section quarterfinals. The win earned the Little Tigers a spot in the sectional semifinals where they were slated to host seventh-seeded Freehold Township on November 10 with the winner advancing to the title game on November 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although Nick Halliday isn’t one of the headliners on the Princeton High boys’ soccer team, he has a vital role on the squad. more

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ON THE BEAM: Princeton High quarterback Dave Beamer fires a pass in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior star Beamer connected on a touchdown pass in a losing cause as PHS fell 48-38 to WW/PN. The Little Tigers, who finished the regular season with a 4-5 record, will host Millburn on November 14 in a NJSIAA regional crossover game to wrap up the fall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High football team was trailing WW/P-N 48-38 when it got the ball with 54.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Dave Beamer wasn’t about to give up. more