February 21, 2018

EASTERN EXPRESS: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Ty Eastman skates up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior forward Eastman tallied a goal and an assist as second-seeded PDS defeated third-seeded LaSalle College High (Pa.) 4-2 in the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) semis. The Panthers, now 17-7, host fourth-seeded Wyoming Seminary in the title game on February 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

During his sophomore season with the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team, Ty Eastman played it close to the vest when he got the puck.

“Last year I was very hesitant,” said Eastman. “I wasn’t taking chances.”

Teaming up this winter with fellow junior Coby Auslander and senior Ryan Lisk on the team’s top line, Eastman has emerged as an offensive force. more

STICKING TOGETHER: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Ben Drezner, No. 19, celebrates with his teammates after a goal last Friday in the Mercer County Tournament title game against Hun. Junior forward Drezner tallied two goals and an assist in a losing cause as second-seeded PHS fell 9-4 to top-seeded Hun. The Little Tigers, who moved to 16-8-2 with the loss, are headed to the state Public B tournament where they are seeded 11th and were slated to play at sixth-seeded Middletown North on February 20 in a first-round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton High boys’ hockey team faced Hun in early December, the local rivals skated to a 3-3 tie.

Last Friday, when the foes met in the Mercer County Tournament championship game for the second straight year, it looked like they were headed to another nail-biter. more

DRIVE FOR FIVE: Hun School boys’ hockey player Matt Argentina controls the puck last Friday night in the Mercer County Tournament championship game. Freshman forward Argentina tallied two goals and two assists in the contest to help top-seeded Hun defeat second-seeded Princeton High 9-4 and win its fifth straight county crown. The Raiders finished the season with a 13-8-2 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Matthew Argentina relished the chance to hit the ice last Friday night to play in the Mercer County Tournament boys’ hockey title game.

“I knew it was going to be something special,” said Hun School freshman star forward Argentina.

“It was my first time and it was better than I expected. It was a great atmosphere and all.” more

ABBY ROAD: Princeton University women’s basketball player Abby Meyers heads to the hoop in recent action. Last week, freshman guard Meyers scored 17 points to help Princeton defeat Penn 60-40. Last Saturday, she chipped in 12 as the Tigers rolled to 74-46 win at Columbia. Princeton, now 19-4 overall and 9-1 Ivy League, plays at Dartmouth on February 23 and at Harvard on February 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Abby Meyers has experienced some growing pains this winter in her freshman season with the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

The highly touted Meyers, who scored more than 1,700 points for Walt Whitman High (Md.), went through some ups and downs over the first few months of her debut campaign, scoring 13 points against Davidson in her third game but then being held scoreless in wins over St. Joseph’s on December 20 and Penn on January 6. more

MEMORABLE DEBUT: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Chris Brown heads upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted Monmouth in the season opener. Freshman attackman Brown made a superb college debut, contributing two goals and three assists as Princeton pulled out a 9-8 win in double overtime. The 18th-ranked Tigers play at No. 6 Virginia (2-0) on February 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In the early stages of his debut for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team, Chris Brown struggled to get in a rhythm.

Freshman attackman Brown and and the Princeton offense couldn’t find the back of the net as the Tigers and visiting Monmouth were knotted in a scoreless stalemate late in the first quarter last Saturday in the season opener for both squads.

“We had our shots and the goalie, give him credit, made some great saves in the beginning,” said Brown. more

BECK AND CALL: Princeton University men’s hockey player Max Becker heads up the ice in a game this season. Senior forward Becker and his classmates played their final regular season home games at Hobey Baker Rink last weekend, winning 7-2 against Rensselaer on Friday and then falling 4-1 to Union a night later. Princeton, now 12-12-3 overall and 9-10-1 ECAC Hockey, wraps up regular season action by playing at Clarkson on February 23 and at St. Lawrence on February 24. The Tigers are currently tied for seventh in the ECACH standings and in position to host a first round playoff series over the weekend of March 2-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The 1998 and 2008 Princeton University men’s hockey ECAC Hockey championship squads were honored at Hobey Baker Rink last Saturday evening.

Players from the storied teams were introduced after the first and second periods as Princeton hosted Union in its regular season home finale, drawing large ovations from the crowd of 2,271 that braved a snowstorm to be on hand. more

TARTAN PRIDE: Members of the Stuart Country Day School basketball team celebrate after they defeated Academy of St. Elizabeth 62-22 in the state Prep B title game last Wednesday. It marked the first-ever Prep B title for the program. The Tartans went on to compete in the Mercer County Tournament, where they were seeded seventh and fell 51-40 to second-seeded Allentown in a quarterfinal contest last Saturday. Stuart finished the winter with a 17-8 record. (Photo Courtesy of Stuart Country Day School)

By Bill Alden

Bey-Shana Clark scored the first four points as the Stuart Country Day School basketball team hosted Academy of St. Elizabeth in the state Prep B title game last Wednesday.

The two buckets by junior star Clark set the tone as the Tartans raced out to a 35-7 halftime lead. more

NO DOUBTING THOMAS: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse coach Jill Thomas surveys the action in a game last year. Thomas was recently inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Guiding the PDS program since 1998, Thomas has amassed more than 500 career wins. Her teams have won five Patriot League Championships, a Mercer County Championship in 2010, and a MCT second-place finish in 2011. In addition, Thomas has led the Panthers to Prep B state titles in 2015, 2016, and 2017. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Longtime Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse head coach Jill Thomas wasn’t sure what was up when she was summoned to a meeting with Head of School Paul Stellato this past December.

Thomas got a pleasant surprise as she learned from Stellato that she has been voted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

“I was actually pretty shocked; Tracy (assistant coach Tracy Young) got the seniors together and I was called into the Head of School’s office,” recalled Thomas. more

February 14, 2018

NICK OF TIME: Hun School boys’ hockey player Nick Aubry heads up the ice in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior forward Aubry picked up two assists as top-seeded and four-time defending champion Hun defeated eighth-seeded Pennington 9-0 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. The Raiders, who moved to 11-8-2 with a 6-4 win over St. Augustine last Monday in a regular season contest, were slated to face fifth-seed Paul VI in the MCT semis on February 13 with the victor advancing to the title game on February 16 at the Mercer County Skating Center. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Nick Aubry and his teammates on the Hun School boys’ hockey team were pumped up as they faced Pennington in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals last Wednesday.

“All of the guys came out fired up,” said Hun senior forward Aubry. “The music was blasting, we had a great time.”

Aubry assisted on the second goal as top-seeded and four-time defending champion Hun jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period over eighth-seeded Pennington. more

PLAN B: Stuart Country Day School basketball player Jalynn Spaulding heads upcourt last Sunday as second-seeded Stuart hosted third-seeded Newark Academy in the state Prep B semifinals. Senior guard Spaulding contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists to help Stuart pull away to a 67-29 victory. The Tartans, now 15-7, will host fourth-seeded Academy of St. Elizabeth in the Prep B title game on February 14. In addition, Stuart will also be starting play in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded seventh and will host 10th-seeded Princeton High in an opening round contest on February 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jalynn Spaulding went scoreless in the first quarter as the Stuart Country Day School basketball team hosted Newark Academy in the state Prep B semifinals last Sunday, but she played a key role as the Tartans built a 15-8 lead.

While Spaulding’s shot was off, she displayed an all-court game, crashing the boards and setting up teammates with some deft passing. more

COMEBACK KIDS: Members of the Princeton High boys’ track squad celebrate after earning a share of the team title at the Central Group 4 indoor sectional meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River last Saturday. Trailing 44-27 late in the meet, PHS rallied to tie WW/P-South 51-51 for the crown. It marked the program’s third straight indoor sectional title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last year, the Princeton High boys’ track team trailed 41-22 late in the Central Group 4 indoor sectional meet but rallied to win the title.

As PHS competed in this year’s sectional last Saturday at Bennett Center in Toms River, it found itself in a similar predicament as it trailed 44-27 heading into the 3,200 and 4×400 relay. more

By Bill Alden

Keith Goldberg has fond memories of helping Hun School boys’ hockey team win its fourth straight Mercer County Tournament title last winter.

“I was able to play in the championship game,” said Goldberg. “That was a big deal.”

Transferring to Princeton High for the 2017-18 school year, junior forward Goldberg enjoyed a big moment for his new team in this year’s MCT as the Little Tigers faced Robbinsville in a quarterfinal contest last Wednesday. more

MAKING WAVES: Madeleine Deardorff displays her breaststroke form in action for the Williams College women’s swim team. Former Princeton High standout Deardorff is enjoying a fine sophomore campaign for the Ephs, who are hosting the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championships this weekend. Williams has won four straight NESCAC titles and took second at the NCAA Division III championships last winter. (Photo Provided by Williams College Sports Information)

By Bill Alden

For Madeleine Deardorff, illness held her back in the early stages of her freshman season for the Williams College women’s swimming team last winter.

“I was the typical freshman in college, I got sick all the time,” said former Princeton High standout Deardorff. “I had actually been sick a lot of the year so going into NESCACs (New England Small College Athletic Conference), I wasn’t as confident as I would have like to have been.” more

STICKING WITH IT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kiersten Falck, left, goes after the puck in a game this season. Last Saturday, senior captain and star forward Falck contributed an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 3-2 to No. 8 St. Lawrence in overtime. The Tigers, now 11-12-4 overall and 9-10-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Yale on February 16 and at Brown on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Kiersten Falck, getting honored on her Senior Night last Saturday as the Princeton University women’s hockey team hosted St. Lawrence was a bit surreal.

“I remember our seniors, when it was their senior night and I was a freshman, just how exciting it was for them and how excited we were for them,” said senior captain and star forward Falck, a 5’5 native of Ham Lake, Minn. “Now, in the blink of an eye, I am sharing the same spot three years later.” more

RECORD PACE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Michael Sowers heads to goal in a game last year during a record-breaking freshman campaign which saw him score a program single-season record of 82 points on 41 goals and 41 assists. Star attackman Sowers will look to pick up where he left off as Princeton opens its 2018 season by hosting Monmouth on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last spring, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team showed marked progress in Matt Madalon’s first full season at the helm of the program.

The Tigers went 9-6 and reached the Ivy League tournament semifinals in 2017 after going 5-8 the year before with no postseason appearance. more

GIFT OF GAB: Princeton University women’s basketball player Gabrielle Rush puts up a shot in recent action. Last Friday, junior guard Rush scored a career-high 19 points to help Princeton defeat Harvard 80-47. The Tigers, who topped Dartmouth 82-63 a night later to improve to 16-4 overall and 6-1 Ivy, were slated to host Penn on February 13 before playing at Cornell on February 16 and at Columbia on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Gabrielle Rush relishes her role as a key substitute for the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

“I think of myself as the spark off the bench, whether things are going bad or not or if we are losing or winning,” said Rush.

“Coming in off the bench, I have had a chance to watch for a few minutes, which I think is a real advantage. I can see how they are playing on defense and how they might be guarding me. On offense, I see what I need to do that is not being done or what I continue to be doing that is being done.” more

MIDDLE OF THE ACTION: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Camille Sullivan looks to unload the ball in a game last spring. The Tigers are relying on senior co-captain Sullivan to provide production and leadership in the midfield this season. The Tigers open their 2018 season when they play at Temple on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With Olivia Hompe triggering the attack and Ellie DeGarmo anchoring the defense, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team has been a dominant force in the Ivy League over the last four years.

The Tigers won or shared the Ivy crown every season over that span with attacker Hompe ending up as the program’s all-time scoring leader with 282 points and a two-time All-American and netminder DeGarmo emerging as a two-time All-American and the national goalie of the year in 2016. more

FINAL SHOT: Hun School boys’ basketball player Tyler Washington puts up a shot in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior star Washington hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give sixth-seeded Hun a 72-70 overtime win against third-seeded Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) in the opening round of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) tournament. A day later, Washington tallied 18 points as the Raiders fell 74-43 to second-seeded Hill School (Pa.) in the semis. Hun, which dropped to 4-17 with the setback, will be competing in the state Prep A tourney where it is seeded fifth and slated to play at fourth-seeded Peddie on February 13 in a quarterfinal contest with the victor advancing to the semifinals in February 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tyler Washington started his final home weekend for the Hun School boys’ basketball team with a bang.

With sixth-seeded Hun trailing third-seeded Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 70-69 in the waning seconds of overtime last Friday evening in the opening round of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) tournament, senior guard Washington drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Raiders a 72-70 victory. more

February 7, 2018

By Bill Alden

Upon taking the helm of the Princeton University wrestling team in 2006, Chris Ayres worked relentlessly to get the struggling program on the winning track.

Utilizing vision, energy, and an upbeat approach, Ayres has taken the Tigers to unprecedented heights, guiding them to second place in the Ivy League the last two seasons and earning top-5 finishes in the EIWA over that span. more

STANDING TALL: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Maddie Coyne dribbles the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior star Coyne had eight points, seven rebounds, and 12 blocked shots in a losing cause as the Panthers fell 44-28 to WW/P-North. On Sunday, Coyne contributed a team-high 17 points as fifth-seeded PDS fell 53-44 to fourth-seeded Academy of St. Elizabeth in the state Prep B quarterfinals. The Panthers, now 3-14, host South Hunterdon on February 8 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Over the last four years, Maddie Coyne spearheaded the defense for Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team, helping the Panthers to four state Prep B titles.

This winter, the willowy Coyne is standing tall for the PDS girls’ basketball team, anchoring things around the basket for the Panthers. more

By Bill Alden

Sasha Sindhwani didn’t waste any time getting things going for the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team as it hosted Randolph High last Thursday.

The junior forward flew up the ice and found the back of the net 24 seconds into the contest.

“It was just a really nice opportunity for me,” said Sindhwani. “I am just really glad I took it.” more

YOUNG TALENT: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player Freddie Young Jr.  puts up a shot in recent action. Last Sunday, freshman guard Young scored 19 points as fourth-seeded PDS edged fifth-seeded Doane Academy 57-55 in the state Prep B quarterfinals. The Panthers, who topped Moorestown Friends 57-48 last Monday to improve to 11-11, host Springside-Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on February 8 before playing at first-seeded Morristown-Beard in the Prep B semis on February 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Freddie Young Jr. was primed for the first postseason appearance of his high school career as the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team hosted the Doane Academy in the state Prep B quarterfinals last Sunday.

“Coming into it I was thinking, we just beat them (74-71 on January 13) and we should be able to do it again,” said Young. “We had to play our hardest and to our full potential.” more

FORD TOUGH: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Ben Halford guards the net. Last Friday, senior Halford came off the bench, making 16 saves and not giving up a goal in 32:03 of action as Princeton rallied from a 4-3 deficit to beat St. Lawrence 5-4 in overtime. The Tigers, who edged No. 3 Clarkson 4-3 a night later in improving to 10-10-3 overall and 7-8-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Brown on February 9 and at Yale on February 10. (Photo by Shelley Szwast, Courtesy of Princeton’s office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

When Ben Halford came to Baker Rink last Friday, he was expecting to play his accustomed supporting role for the Princeton University men’s hockey team as its backup goalie.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes over St. Lawrence and it appeared Halford would be witnessing a rout from his seat on the bench. more

FALLING HARD: Princeton University men’s basketball player Devin Cannady, right, dives to the floor for a loose ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior star Cannady scored 27 points in a losing cause as Princeton fell 102-100 to Brown in overtime. The Tigers, who dropped to 11-9 overall and 3-2 Ivy League with the setback, were slated to host Penn on February 6 before playing at Harvard on February 9 and at Dartmouth on February 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As a post-graduate player for the Hun School boys’ basketball team last winter, Desmond Cambridge headed across town to Princeton University to play some pick-up games at Jadwin Gym.

“When Princeton was recruiting me, I came up here to play with the guys five or six times,” said Cambridge. “I got a feel for the gym; I didn’t really like it at first. It is a weird, funky gym. I got accustomed to it.” more

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Alexa Zammit, left, goes after the puck in recent action. Last Friday, senior star defenseman and team captain Zammit helped PHS defeat Pingry 6-4. The Little Tigers, now 7-5-3, are next in action when they compete the WIHLMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) tournament at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa. from February 16-18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having lost 11-4 to Summit in late December, the Princeton High girls’ hockey team was looking forward to a rematch between the foes last week in the annual State Cup game.

“Everyone was really excited to play them again,” said PHS senior defenseman and captain Alexa Zammit, reflecting on the January 30 contest. more