October 19, 2016

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BEARING DOWN: Princeton University football stars Dorian Williams, left and Kurt Holuba get ready for a play in 2015 action. Last Saturday against visiting Brown, senior safety Williams and junior tackle Holuba keyed a big defensive effort in a 31-7 win over the Bears as they both made interceptions. The Tigers, who improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 Ivy League with the victory, host three-time defending Ivy champion Harvard (4-1 overall, 2-0 Ivy) in a crucial league showdown on October 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Dorian Williams and the rest of the defensive unit on the Princeton University football team, a disappointing 42-28 defeat to Lehigh in late September proved to be a wake-up call. more


YOUNG GUN: Princeton University women’s hockey player Karlie Lund controls the puck in a game last season. Princeton will be looking for sophomore forward Lund, the 2015-16 ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, to be an offensive force again this winter. The Tigers start their 2016-17 campaign by playing a two-game set at Providence on October 22-23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Before the puck has even dropped for the 2016-17 season, the Princeton University women’s hockey team is turning heads. more


MAC ATTACK: Princeton University field hockey player Ryan McCarthy goes after the ball last Saturday against visiting Brown. Junior star McCarthy tallied a goal and an assist in the game as 11th-ranked Princeton defeated the Bears 5-1. A day later, McCarthy scored two goals as the Tigers rolled to an 8-0 win over Towson. Princeton, now 9-5 overall and 4-0 Ivy League, is next in action when it hosts Harvard (8-4 overall, 4-0 Ivy) in a game that will be pivotal in the race for the league title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for the 11th-ranked Princeton University field hockey team to set the tone as it hosted Brown last Saturday in a critical Ivy League contest.

Just 1:21 into the game, Princeton senior star Cat Caro tallied off a penalty corner as the Tigers jumped into a 1-0 lead. After a second Caro goal, junior standout Ryan McCarthy assisted on a goal by Rachel Park and then found the back of the cage herself for a goal as the Tigers built a 4-0 halftime lead.

“We had a lot of energy, we were composed and we took control of the game,” said McCarthy in assessing Princeton’s first half performance. “We just had possession the whole time and were passing really well.”

Good passing helped McCarthy get on the score sheet. “It was a perfect pass from Carlotta (von Gierke); she saw me coming out and I circled around and saw Rachel in the right spot and she was there to put it in,” said McCarthy, a 5’4 native of Madison, N.J.

“My goal was another pass from Lotty, I just took it in, saw the net and shot it in.”

In the second half, Brown got one in to make it 4-1 but the Tigers responded with another tally by Caro to put the finishing touch on a 5-1 victory.

“We kind of lost our tempo and we took time out, regrouped and went back in and dominated the last 10 minutes,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy looks to keep the tempo up for the Princeton attack. “I am a forward so we run a lot; you build off of everybody’s energy,” said McCarthy.

“It starts from the defense to the midfield and then forward. I think it is a whole team effort that brings the energy.”

Having tallied seven goals and four assists in 2015, McCarthy has brought up her production, contributing 11 goals and four assists so far this season.

“The team has been giving me perfect balls, perfect passes, they are always in the right spot,” said McCarthy, who scored two goals in an 8-0 win over Towson last Sunday as the Tigers improved to 9-5 overall.

With Princeton in a good spot as it heads into the final weeks of the season, McCarthy credits the coaching staff with instilling cohesion on the field.

“The team has come together really well this year,” said McCarthy. “The new coaches (head coach Carla Tagliente and assistant Dina Rizzo) are a big part of that. They have really led the charge and got us going where we need to go this year.”

Princeton head coach Tagliente certainly liked the way her squad charged out of the gate in the win over Brown.

“Everything was real sharp, the defense was sharp and basic skills were clean,” said Tagliente.

“Everything was really clicking; it helps when you get a couple on the board. With this team, they are so athletic and when they can defend well and they do those simple things well, it really lends to what we can do on attack.”

Although the Tigers went through a brief lull in the second half when Brown scored to make it a 4-1 game, Princeton came on strong in the waning moments of the contest.

“We were defending on the back foot instead of the front foot, that is what is going to happen, you are going to get dinged,” said Tagliente, whose team improved to 4-0 in Ivy League play with the win over the Bears.

“We had a timeout and we talked a little about using the last 15 minutes and trying to get ready. I think we were just coasting at half a little bit but post-timeout, we had a lot of attack. I would like to see more drop but the goal was nice.”

It has been nice for Tagliente to see the production she is getting from senior star and co-captain Caro, who produced another hat trick in the win over Towson.

“I thought she had a good start; she has done that in a few games,” said Tagliente.

“She got on the board twice early and for her that is key. I think her confidence just rises from there. It is good to see her get three. She has earned it and deserved it. I think overall it was a great performance.”

McCarthy has been giving Princeton some great intensity. “Ryan just does all of the intangibles that you can’t really quantify,” said Tagliente.

“She plays with so much heart; she is a good player on top of it. She sees when the tempo and the energy isn’t there and she tries to change it and I think you saw that. In the last 15 minutes, probably 80 percent of the circle passes were traced to a pass from her or a defensive play from her.”

Princeton will be bringing plenty of energy to the field as it hosts Harvard (8-4 overall, 4-0 Ivy) on October 22 in a game that could decide the league title.

“The message we have been sending is clear, the gap isn’t closing, we are extending that gap and that is going to continue to be the focus,” said Tagliente, whose team has outscored its Ivy foes 18-1 in its first four league contests.

“I think the competitive level of these guys in practice and their demeanor has been great. Every Ivy game means so much and these guys have done a nice job to mentally stay in the moment and just play their game. They have done a great job of doing what we ask them to do and to trust in this process.”

McCarthy, for her part, is confident that the Tigers will keep in the moment as they battle the Crimson.

“We have been dominating most of the Ivy games,” said McCarthy. “It is just us and Harvard who are left undefeated so that is going to be a big game. It is just play our game; we know if we play our game then we can take control of the game and win.”


PAYNE KILLER: Princeton University men’s water polo player Matt Payne gets ready to fire the ball in recent action. Sophomore star Payne is leading the 9th-ranked Tigers with 40 goals and 37 assists as they have gotten off to a 13-7 start. Princeton is next in action on October 29 when it plays at Iona and St. Francis. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over its first 20 games, the Princeton University men’s water polo team has shown flashes of brilliance interspersed with some untimely offensive lulls. more

2nd singles

SERVING UP A WINNER: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Elise Gerdes blasts a serve in a match earlier this season. Last Monday, senior star Gerdes rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Stephanie Ji of WW/P-S at second singles to help PHS edge the Pirates 3-2 in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional final. The Little Tigers, now 15-2, advanced to the state Group 4 semifinals on October 20 at Mercer County Park against the winner of the Ridge-J.P Stevens North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 final. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Elise Gerdes knew that she got a break as the top-seeded Princeton High girls’ tennis team hosted fourth-seeded Montgomery in the Group 4 Central Jersey sectional semifinals last Friday. more


SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High girls’ cross country star Chloe Taylor shows her form in a 2015 race. This fall, junior star Taylor has been at the front of the pack for PHS, which recently placed second of 23 teams in the Varsity C race in the prestigious Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park. PHS has its sights set on contending for the title at the upcoming Mercer County Championships on October 28 at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High girls’ cross country team, competing in the prestigious Shore Coaches Invitational was a chance to make a statement. more

It was the annual Friday night lights homecoming game for the Princeton High football team and there was an electric atmosphere as the program hosted WW/P-S.

There was a throng filling the stands on the crisp autumn evening, led by a spirited PHS student section and a rocking jazz band.

Little Tiger sophomore running back Carson Giles got caught up in the buzz. more


ON A ROLL: Princeton High boys’ soccer goalie Patrick Jacobs rolls the ball up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, junior Jacobs made eight saves as PHS edged Trenton 1-0 in a key Colonial Valley Conference showdown. The Little Tigers, now 14-1, are starting play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where they are seeded second and host a first round contest on October 20 against the victor of the MCT play-in game between Hightstown and Nottingham. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the years, a long line of top flight goalies has helped form the foundation of the highly successful Princeton High boys’ soccer program. more


ABBY ROAD: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Abby Atkeson controls the ball in recent action. Senior midfielder and team captain Atkeson’s gritty play and leadership has helped PDS get off to a 13-0-1 start. The Panthers will be getting underway in the Mercer County Tournament this week where they are seeded third and host No. 14 Hun in a first round contest on October 19. Two-time defending champion PDS is seeded first in the state Prep B tourney and will host a semifinal contest in that competition on October 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The players were hopping up and down on the field right before kickoff as the undefeated Princeton Day school girls’ soccer team played at undefeated Pennington. more

October 12, 2016


LOVE STORY: Princeton University quarterback John Lovett carries the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star Lovett rushed for three touchdowns and threw another to help Princeton defeat Georgetown 31-17. Lovett, who passed for 13 yards, rushed for 44, and made one reception for 17 yards, was later named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his heroics. The Tigers, now 3-1 overall and 1-0 Ivy, host Brown (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) on October 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at Georgetown last Saturday, the Princeton University football team had to weather a couple of storms. more


BROWN OUT: Princeton University men’s soccer player Bryan Windsor goes after the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior midfielder Windsor and Princeton fell 1-0 to Brown, despite outshooting the Bears 21-10. The Tigers, who moved to 5-4-1 overall and 0-1-1 Ivy League with the defeat, play at Columbia on October 15 and at Georgetown on October 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As it started the October portion of its schedule, the Princeton University men’s soccer team displayed a flair for overcoming deficits. more

Last fall, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team was disappointed to just miss out on the country crown as it finished second, a mere three points behind champion Robbinsville.

With its top runners returning this season, the frustration from that near miss has been a key motivating factor for the squad.

“Missing counties by a couple of points has changed the focus a little bit,” said PHS head coach Jim Smirk, the longtime coach of the Little Tiger girls’ program who is now guiding the boys as well. more


RAISING CANE: Princeton High field hockey player Jordyn Cane fires a shot against Burlington last Wednesday. Senior Cane scored two goals in the game but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 3-2. The Little Tigers, who moved to 10-2-1 with a 3-0 win over Lawrence High last Monday, are next in action when they play in the Mercer County Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jordyn Cane is determined to savor her final season on the Princeton High field hockey team. more


COMING ON STRONG: Princeton Day School field hockey player Gwen Allen goes after the ball last Thursday against Pennington. Sophomore Allen scored two goals in the game to help PDS prevail 3-2 over the Red Raiders. Last Monday, Allen contributed an assist in a losing cause as the Panthers fell 3-2 to Germantown Academy (Pa.) in overtime. PDS, now 11-3, is next in action when it competes in the Mercer County Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Gwen Allen decided to just fire away when she received the ball on a penalty corner with the Princeton Day School field hockey team locked in a 2-2 tie with Pennington last Thursday. more


SPARK PLUG: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer goalie Ryan Sparks surveys the action in a 2015 game. Last Saturday, senior standout Sparks came up big in a 1-0 victory over Hopewell Valley, making eight saves to earn the shutout. The Panthers, who moved to 8-4-1 with a 3-0 loss to South Kent (Conn.) last Monday, play at Hun School on October 13, at Wardlaw-Hartridge on October 15, and at Montclair Kimberley on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Sparks has grown a lot over the last few years in his role as the starting goalie for the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team. more


EVASIVE ACTION: Hun School football player Joshua Henderson eludes a tackler in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday against visiting Blair Academy, sophomore star Henderson rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders rolled to a 35-0 win. Hun, now 4-0 and riding a 17-game winning streak, plays at the Hill School (Pa.) on October 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After traveling to Hartford, Conn. and Washington, D.C. for its last two games, the Hun School football team was thrilled to be hosting Blair Academy last Saturday. more

With the Hun School boys’ soccer team having lost five straight games, getting outscored 23-6 in that stretch, it was looking for a break-out game when it hosted Life Center Academy last week.

Taking out its frustrations, Hun exploded for six goals, cruising to a much-needed 6-0 victory in the October 11 contest.

Junior forward Michael Campbell, who scored two goals in the victory, saw the win as a big step forward for the Raiders. more

October 5, 2016


GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough, left, marks a foe in 2015 action. Last Saturday, senior defender and team captain McDonough contributed an assist to help Princeton defeat Dartmouth 2-0. The Tigers, who improved to 8-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 Ivy League with the win, will resume league action on October 8 when they host Brown (5-2-3 overall, 1-1 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Jesse McDonough, it was a must-win situation as the Princeton University women’s soccer team hosted Dartmouth last Saturday afternoon.

With Princeton having started the defense of its Ivy League title with a 1-1 draw at Yale a week earlier, senior defender McDonough and her teammates brought a sense of urgency to Roberts Stadium for the clash with the Big Green. more

KAN DO: Princeton University quarterback Chad Kanoff prepares to unload a pass in recent action. Last Saturday at Columbia, senior star and tri-captain Kanoff completed 21-of-25 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns to help Princeton rout the Lion 48-13 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 2-1 overall and 1-0 Ivy, play at Georgetown (3-1) on October 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

There was no mystery to the Princeton University football team’s approach as it played at Columbia last Saturday in the Ivy League opener for both squads.

“In my pre-game speech, I said we are going to be aggressive, I want us to attack,” said Princeton head coach Bob Surace. more

DOUBLE WHAMMY: Princeton High girls’ tennis second doubles player Brinda Suppiah warms up before the finals of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday. Senior Suppiah and sophomore Adriana Todorova went on to defeat Manogna Konduri and Haijia Wang of WW/P-S, 6-2, 6-3 to earn the title. Their victory helped PHS tie WW/P-S for second in the team standings behind champion Hightstown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the final day of the Mercer County Tournament last Wednesday, the Princeton High girls’ tennis team faced an uphill battle in contending for the title.

PHS stood fourth in the team standings, trailing Hightstown, WW/P-S, and Hopewell Valley. more

#5 QB

THINKING IT OVER: Princeton High quarterback Vince Doran surveys the action during a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior quarterback Doran completed 19-of-32 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 16-7 to undefeated Lawrence High. The Little Tigers, now 1-3, play at Steinert (1-2) on October 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Vince Doran and his teammates on the Princeton High football team were pumped up for the chance to knock off undefeated Lawrence High as the foes met last Saturday.

“We were definitely excited; we knew that they were a good team,” said PHS junior quarterback Doran. more


ON TARGET: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Devon Lis controls the ball in recent action. Junior midfielder Lis has five goals in her last three games, sparking PHS to a 2-0 win over Lawrence on September 27, a 3-2 win over Nottingham two days later and 1-0 triumph over Hightstown last Saturday. The Little Tigers, now 5-4, play at Hamilton on October 5, host WW/P-N on October 7, and play at Ewing on October 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High girls’ soccer team started the season with three straight losses, getting outscored 11-1 in the process, Devon Lis was not discouraged.

“We played very hard competition and it was really important for us to not get down on ourselves,” said PHS junior midfielder Lis. more


MOVING FORWARD: Hun School field hockey player Kate Davis tracks down the ball in a 2015 game. Last Friday, senior star forward Davis scored the winning goal as Hun edged WW/P-N 3-2, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit. The Raiders, now 3-4, host Lawrence on October 5, Blair Academy on October 8, and Academy of New Church (Pa.) on October 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off a 4-1 victory over Stuart Country Day School to snap a four-game losing streak, the Hun School field hockey team was determined to get off to a fast start when it hosted WW/P-N last Friday.

Instead, Hun stumbled out of the gate against the Northern Knights, yielding two unanswered goals in the first 3:17 of the contest. more

October 1, 2016


FORWARD PROGRESS: Princeton University men’s soccer player Greg Seifert tracks down a ball in a game last season. Senior star Seifert, who was recently moved to forward from defense, tallied a goal and an assist to help Princeton defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 3-1 last Saturday for its fourth straight win. The Tigers, now 4-2, play at Villanova on September 28 before hosting Dartmouth on October 1 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Greg Seifert distinguished himself as a dependable, rugged defender for the Princeton University men’s soccer team in his first three seasons with the program.

Seifert played in 43 games for Princeton from 2013-2015, making 23 starts, including 13 last season.


September 28, 2016


COOL CAT: Princeton University field hockey player Cat Caro controls the ball in a 2015 game. Last Saturday, senior star Caro scored two goals to help 13th-ranked Princeton defeat Dartmouth 4-0 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. A day later, Caro and the Tigers edged American 2-1 to improve to 5-3 overall. Princeton plays at Yale on October 1 and at No. 4 Penn State on October 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Cat Caro played her heart out for the Princeton University field hockey team as it fell 2-1 to powerful Maryland last week.

The senior midfielder/striker scored the lone goal for 13th-ranked Princeton against the 6th-ranked Terps and made her presence felt from end to end.