May 19, 2016

sports2

GRAND FEELING: Members of the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 celebrate after they won the grand final at the Ivy League Championships last Sunday on Lake Carnegie. The ninth-ranked Tigers upset No. 1 Brown in the final, clocking a time of 6:28.039 over the 2,000-meter course with the Bears taking second in  6:31.588. Princeton is next in action when it competes at the NCAA Championship at Gold River, Calif. from May 27-29. (Photo by Erik Dresser/Row2k.com, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Although the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 fell to Brown by nearly three seconds in its season-opening regatta in late March, Lori Dauphiny saw the performance as a sign that her top boat had good speed. more

May 18, 2016

#23 and #10 get high 5's from team mates after scoring

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: Members of the Princeton University baseball team celebrate a run during the best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series last weekend at Clarke Field. After dropping game one 8-7 on Saturday, the Tigers came back on Sunday and won game two 6-2 before producing a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning of game three to win the finale 2-1 and its first Ivy crown since 2011. Princeton, now 24-18 after going 7-32 in 2015, will find out its NCAA assignment on May 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It wasn’t easy for pitcher Cameron Mingo to reach the penultimate moment of his college career, toeing the rubber for the Princeton University baseball team last Sunday afternoon to start the decisive game of the Ivy League Championship Series. more

With a two-week hiatus from competition coming into the Eastern Sprints last weekend, the Princeton University men’s heavyweight crew was able to fine-tune some things.

“We had worked on some really great changes over the couple of weeks that we had since the end of the regular season,” said Princeton head coach Greg Hughes.

That work paid dividends as Princeton won the Rowe Cup team points title at the regatta, which took place at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.

“I look at it as a great step forward for the whole team, everybody had their best race of the season up there and that is ultimately the goal and that led to Rowe Cup,” said Hughes. more

sports4

HITTING THE NATIONAL STAGE: Princeton University softball player Marissa Reynolds goes after a pitch in recent action. Junior outfielder Reynolds has hit .271 this spring and started 44 games for the Ivy League champion Tigers. Princeton, now 23-26 overall, will be playing in the NCAA tournament this weekend. The Tigers were sent to the Harrisonburg (Va.) Regional, where they will face host No. 7 James Madison (46-4) on May 20 in the first game of the double-elimination competition with North Carolina (31-23) and Longwood (38-18) the other two teams playing at the site. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton University softball team, its best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series at Harvard earlier this month turned into a Boston Marathon. more

#22 gets a hug from #45 after #22 scored a goal

STICKING TOGETHER: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe, left, celebrates a goal with senior teammate Anya Gersoff in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, Hompe tallied two goals and an assist, including a leaping game-tying tally with 0.8 seconds left in regulation, but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 13-12 in overtime to the University of Massachusetts in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 11-6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It turned into an unfortunate case of deja vu for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team as it battled the University of Massachusetts in the first round of the NCAA tournament last Friday. more

sports6

PANTHER PRIDE: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Joey Levine enjoys the moment after top-seeded PDS defeated Robbinsville 17-8 in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday at WW/P-N. Senior star Levine scored four goals to help the Panthers earn the program’s first-ever county crown. PDS improved to 14-1 with a 15-3 win over Morristown-Beard last Monday in the state Prep B semis, and will go for a second title when it hosts Montclair Kimberley in the championship game on May 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the view of Joey Levine, reading the backs of the t-shirts worn by the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team is all one needs to do in order to understand how the squad rolled to its first-ever Mercer County Tournament title. more

sports7

MILESTONE MOMENTS: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Jonah Tuckman celebrates during the Mercer County Tournament championship game. Senior star and co-captain Tuckman scored five goals and had an assist to help first-seeded PDS top third-seeded Robbinsville 17-8 in the title game as the program earned its first-ever county crown. Tuckman hit the 100-goal mark in his career with his performance. Tuckman also starred in the MCT semis, tallying two goals and an assist as the Panthers edged fifth-seeded and defending champions Hopewell Valley 4-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at nemesis Hopewell Valley in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last week, the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team misfired in the early going. more

sports8

ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Morgan Mills, left, goes after the ball in the state Prep B title game against Pennington last Monday. Junior Mills scored four goals to help top-seeded PDS post an 18-11 win over the second-seeded Red Raiders and win its second straight Prep B crown. The win gave the Panthers a final record of 13-5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Late in the second half of the state Prep B girls’ lacrosse championship game last Monday, Princeton Day School junior star Morgan Mills lay prone on the turf, gasping for air. more

sports9

FINAL SWING: Princeton High softball player Emily DiLella takes a big swing in recent action. Senior first baseman and team co-captain DiLella’s production and leadership has helped PHS go 9-9 this spring with a run to the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Little Tigers play at Robbinsville on May 19, at Allentown on May 20, and at Hightstown on May 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After splitting its two regular season games with WW/P-S, the Princeton High softball team took care of business in style in the rubber match as the foes met in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament. more

sports10

PAINT IT BLACK: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Owen Black heads upfield in recent action. Last Monday, senior star and Villanova-bound Black helped Hun defeat the Shipley School (Pa.) 14-8 in the opening round of the Inter-Ac Challenge. Two days, earlier, Black enjoyed a big Senior Day, scoring three goals to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 16-4 and clinch its second straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title. Hun, now 11-6, will face Lawrencville in the Inter-Ac quarterfinals on May 18 in Conshohocken, Pa. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Owen Black has devoted more than a third of his life to playing lacrosse at the Hun School. more

May 12, 2016

sports5

IN THE SWING: Princeton Day School baseball player Ryan Augustus follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Monday, senior outfielder Augustus helped PDS top Holy Cross 9-0 as it improved to 10-4. PDS will be starting play in the state Prep B tournament this week, where it is seeded second and will host No. 7 Wardlaw Hartridge in a quarterfinal game on May 12. The semis are slated for May 17 with the championship game set for May 19. The Panthers are also scheduled to play regular season games at Nottingham on May 13 and at Hamilton on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a spectacular catch worthy of the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 as Princeton Day School star Ryan Augustus crashed into the left field fence at full speed to track down a long fly in the fifth inning last Thursday against Nottingham in the MCT quarterfinals. more

May 11, 2016

sports1

PRO POTENTIAL: Princeton University football star and team captain Seth DeValve enjoys a light moment during the program’s annual media day last September. Despite battling injury, DeValve went on to make 33 receptions for 337 yards and a touchdown in his final college campaign in 2015. In late April, DeValve was selected with the 138th pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Seth DeValve knows what it’s like to help revitalize a football program.

At Manchester (Conn.) High, DeValve starred at quarterback and safety as he helped a new coaching staff transform the program into a winner after years of mediocrity. more

sports2

LYNCH-PIN: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Maddy Lynch holds the fort in a game this season. Last Friday, senior defender Lynch and the Tigers fought valiantly in falling 10-9 to Cornell in overtime in the Ivy League semifinals. That loss didn’t end the Tigers’ season as they learned on Sunday that they had earned an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Princeton, now 11-5, will face Massachusetts (18-1) in a first round game on May 13 in Ithaca, N.Y. The winner of that game will advance to the second round on Sunday against the winner of the first round clash between host Cornell and Canisius. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Reflecting the increased parity nationwide, Ivy League women’s lacrosse has featured one dogfight after another this spring. more

sports3

TITLE PURSUIT: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Tooker -Callaway, left, pursues a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star and co-captain Callaway helped key the defensive effort as second-seeded PHS defeated No. 7 Hightstown 14-5 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Little Tigers, who improved to 10-3 with the win, were slated to face third-seeded Robbinsvillle in the MCT semis on May 10 with the winner advancing to the title game on May 12 at WW/P-N to face the victor of the other semi, which pitted top-seeded Princeton Day School against fifth-seeded Hopewell Valley. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tooker Callaway got a battlefield promotion in the preseason for the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team when his leadership on defense prompted the coaches to make him a team captain. more

#7 on right get congrats from team mates after scoring

MAKING HAY: Princeton High baseball player Hayden Reyes, far right, gets congratulated by his teammates in a game earlier this season. Senior shortstop Reyes, a four-year starter, came into the week with 95 career hits. Last Monday, he helped PHS edge Lawrence High 6-5 in 10 innings. The Little Tigers, now 8-7, play at WW/P-N on May 12 and at Ewing on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

From April 28 to May 7, the Princeton High baseball team had five out of six games postponed due to rain or wet fields.  more

sports6

COOL HAND LUKE: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Luke Prybylski, left, tries to get past a Lawrenceville School defender last Monday in the state Prep A finals. Post-graduate and Villanova-bound Prybylski scored four goals in a losing cause as top-seeded Hun fell 13-6 to the second-seeded Big Red. The Raiders, now 9-6, host Montgomery on May 12 and Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on May 14 before starting play in the 2016 Inter-Ac Challenge on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team played at Lawrenceville School in early April, its offense clicked from the start as it jumped out to a 7-3 halftime lead on the way to a 12-8 triumph over the visitors. more

sports7

POWERBALL: Hun School softball player Megan Donahue rips the ball in a game earlier this season. Freshman first baseman Donahue’s power hitting has helped the Raiders get off to an 11-2 start. In upcoming action, the Raiders will be competing in the state Prep A tournament, where they are seeded second and will host seventh-seeded Kent Place in the quarterfinals on May 12. The Prep A semis are slated for May 17 with the title game scheduled for May 19. Hun will also be hosting the Hill School (Pa.) on May 11 in a regular season contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School softball team, it was an aberration in an otherwise terrific spring as it fell 10-0 at Pingry last Thursday. more

May 4, 2016

sports1

CATCHING ON: Princeton University baseball player Andrew Christie takes a swing in action this spring. After getting just eight at-bats in his first three college seasons, senior catcher Christie emerged as a dependable performer for the Tigers this spring as they have won the Gehrig Division title, delivering some clutch hits and providing good work behind the plate. Last Saturday, Christie contributed an RBI double as Princeton defeated Cornell 7-2 in the nightcap to earn a split and the right to host the upcoming best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In his book, Resilience, former Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar Eric Greitens provides some common sense advice for overcoming obstacles in life. more

sports2

WELL DONE: Princeton University softball head coach Lisa Van Ackeren, left, congratulates pitcher Claire Klausner, right, as catcher Skye Jerpbak looks on in a game this spring. Last weekend, Van Ackeren guided the Tigers to a four-game sweep of Cornell as Princeton clinched its first Ivy South title in her four-year tenure at the helm and the program’s first since 2008. The Tigers, now 21-25 overall and 14-6 Ivy, will play at either Harvard or Dartmouth, who are still battling for the Ivy North crown, this weekend in the best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After coming in second in the Ivy League South Division the last three seasons, the Princeton University softball team wasn’t leaving anything to chance as it took a two-game lead into its four-game series with Cornell in the final weekend of regular season play. more

#11 goalie

LAST STAND: Princeton University men’s lacrosse goalie Matt O’Connor guards the cage. Last Saturday against visiting Cornell in the season finale,  senior O’Connor came off the bench after halftime and starred, making 11 saves in the second half as Princeton prevailed 7-6. The win gave the Tigers a final record of 5-8 overall and 2-4 Ivy. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt O’Connor made some history in the first game of his career with the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team in 2013, becoming just the third freshman goalie to start the opener in the last 25 years. more

sports4

ENJOYING THE MOMENT: Princeton High boys’ tennis star Kevin Yang is all smiles as he takes a break between matches at the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. Sophomore Yang had a lot to smile about as he placed second at third singles, helping PHS take second in the team standings behind champion WW/P-S. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kevin Yang has moved to third singles from second doubles for the Princeton High boys’ tennis team this spring and is enjoying flying solo on the court.

“It is more fun, I like singles better,” said sophomore Yang. “Everything depends on yourself.” more

With the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse mired in a three-game losing streak coming into last week, Eamonn McDonald and his teammates righted the ship against North Hunterdon.

Junior attackman McDonald scored two goals to help PHS pull out a 6-4 victory.

“We practiced really hard for our North Hunterdon game; we came out really strong and probably played our best game of the year,” said McDonald, reflecting on the April 25 contest. “It was a great win for us.” more

sports5

NO FAKING: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Christopher Fake, right, defends a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, junior star and co-captain Fake helped key a stifling defensive effort and chipped in a goal as top-seeded Hun defeated fourth-seeded Peddie 18-0 in the state Prep A semifinals. Hun, now 8-4, will host second-seeded Lawrenceville in the Prep A title game on May 9. In addition, the Raiders will host the Hill School (Pa.) on May 4 and the Hill Academy (Canada) on May 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team, hosting Peddie in the state Prep A semifinals last Monday served as an opportunity to get rolling as it looks for a big final push this spring.  more

sports8

GROWING FORCE: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Lex Decker blasts a forehand last week in action at the Mercer County Tournament. Sophomore Decker took third at second singles to help PDS place sixth in the team standings at the event. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Lex Decker displayed the growth in his tennis game by the way he started his second singles semifinal at the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. more

sports7

GOING FOR IT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player -Connor Fletcher, left, goes to goal in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star and co-captain Fletcher tallied two goals and three assists as PDS defeated South Brunswick 16-4 and improved to 9-1. The Panthers will start action in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded first and will host a quarterfinal contest on May 7 with the semis slated for May 10. PDS is also seeded first in the state Prep B tournament and will host a semifinal contest on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last three years, Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse star Connor Fletcher has established himself as one of the top midfielders in the area. more