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

LEADING THE WAY: Princeton University baseball player Chris Davis follows through on a swing in action last weekend. Sophomore outfielder and lead-off hitter Davis starred as Princeton won two out of three games against visiting Cornell to open Ivy League play. Davis went 6-for-15 in the three-game set, knocking in the game-winning run in a 7-6 win on Sunday. The Tigers, now 5-11 overall and 2-1 Ivy, host Monmouth on April 5 before heading to Brown for a three-game set with a doubleheader on April 7 and a single game on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Chris Davis has displayed an ability to bounce back in emerging as a star this spring for the Princeton University baseball team.

Last year, Davis saw his freshman campaign cut short by injury after eight appearances, rupturing his spleen against the University of Maryland in mid-March to get sidelined for the rest of the spring. more

SEEING IT THROUGH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Tess D’Orsi races to goal in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore midfielder D’Orsi tallied five goals in a losing cause as a second-half Princeton rally fell short in a 17-16 loss to No. 12 Syracuse. On Saturday, D’Orsi chipped in a goal and an assist to help the Tigers bounce back with a 15-6 win at Delaware. Princeton, now 5-4 overall, plays at Harvard on April 7 before hosting No. 3 Maryland on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tess D’Orsi wasn’t overly concerned when the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team found itself trailing 12th-ranked Syracuse 9-5 at the half last Thursday evening.

“Our coaches believed in us and every single one of us knew we had it in us to have a comeback,” said sophomore star midfielder D’Orsi, reflecting on a recent stretch which saw that Princeton rally from a 6-1 deficit for a 13-12 win over Penn State on March 19 and fought back after trailing 13-6 in the second half before falling 15-12 to Dartmouth on March 24. more

IN CONTROL: Princeton High junior star Teddy Durbin delivers the ball last Saturday as PHS defeated Hamilton 8-4 in its season opener. Durbin struck out four and gave up three runs on three hits in 4 and 2/3 innings to earn the win. He also went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI to contribute to a PHS batting attack that pounded out 12 hits and scored three runs in both the first and sixth innings. The Little Tigers are slated to host WW/P-North on April 4 before playing at Notre Dame on April 6, at Lawrenceville on April 9 and at Trenton on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Dave Roberts doesn’t mince words in describing what he expects from his Princeton High baseball team this spring.

“Last year, you could call it rebuilding,” said PHS head coach Roberts, whose team posted a 6-17-1 record in 2017. “This year we are old and we have no excuses. We have eight seniors, four juniors, a freshman and a sophomore.” more

CENTURY CLUB: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Elon Tuckman controls the ball in a 2017 game. Last Wednesday, senior star Tuckman tallied four goals, including the 100th of his career, but it wasn’t enough as PDS fell 10-8 to Hun in its season opener. This past Monday, Tuckman chipped in three goals and three assists to help the Panthers break into the win column as they defeated Princeton High 9-1. In upcoming action, PDS hosts Lawrenceville on April 4 before playing at Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on April 6 and at Pennington on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a 14-2 season which saw it win both the Mercer County Tournament and the state Prep B title for a second straight year, the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team appeared to pick up where it left off as it hosted Hun in its 2018 opener.

With senior star Elon Tuckman scoring three goals, including the 100th of his career, PDS built a 6-3 lead at half-time last Wednesday in the annual clash between the local rivals. more

ALL IN: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Ali Hannah heads to goal in game last season. Senior star Hannah figures to be the go-to finisher this spring for Stuart after tallying 80 goals in 2017. The Tartans get regular season play underway by playing at Nottingham on April 4 and then hosting Hun on April 6 and Gill St. Bernard’s on April 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team is welcoming a dozen freshmen to its roster this spring, the addition of so many new faces hasn’t kept the squad from getting on the same page.

“We are such a large group of underclassmen and they bring a ton of energy,” said Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik, whose team posted a 6-10 record in 2017. more

March 28, 2018

GOING FOUR IT: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Bridget Kane races upfield last spring. Senior attacker/midfielder Kane provides hustle and skill to a PDS squad that is going after its fourth straight state Prep B title. The Panthers get their 2018 campaign underway when they host the Hill School (Pa.) on March 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jill Thomas believes firmly in the maxim that it is not where you start, it is where you finish.

As Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse head coach Thomas looks at her 2018 squad, she is hoping that a stellar group of nine seniors will achieve a big finish, having their sights set on a fourth consecutive state Prep B title. more