March 23, 2016

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GARDEN PARTY: Princeton University wrestler Brett Harner, top, controls a foe. Last weekend at the NCAA Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York City, junior star Harner came up big, placing in the top 8 at 197 pounds to earn All-American status. He became the first Tiger to achieve that honor since Greg Parker did so in 2003. Earlier this month, he won the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) title at 197, becoming the first Tiger to win an an Eastern crown since Parker in 2003. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the Princeton University wrestling room in Jadwin Gym at the E level four floors below the ground, there is a wall containing the names of program standouts who have won the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIAW) title or achieved All-American status.

There hasn’t been an entry on the board since Greg Parker achieved both feats in 2003 but in the last few weeks, junior star Brett Harner has risen up to add two new lines. more

March 16, 2016

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TECH JOB: Princeton University men’s basketball player Pete Miller heads to the hoop last week against Penn. Junior forward Miller chipped in nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds to help Princeton pull out a 72-71 win over the Quakers. The victory improved the Tigers to 22-6 overall and 12-2 Ivy League. Princeton learned Sunday night that it had received a bid to the NIT (National Invitation Tournament) where it is a six seed and will play at third-seeded Virginia Tech (19-14 overall and 10-8 in the ACC) in Blacksburg, Va. on March 16 in an opening round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting Penn in its regular season finale last week, the Princeton University men’s basketball team appeared to be on cruise control. more

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FROZEN OUT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Jaimie McDonell heads up the ice in recent action. Last Saturday at Minnesota in the NCAA quarterfinals, senior star McDonell scored a goal 29 seconds into the contest to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The third-seeded and defending national champion Golden Gophers responded with six unanswered goals over the next two periods on the way to a 6-2 victory and a spot in the Frozen 4. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 22-9-2 as they set a program record for most wins in a season. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Trailing 6-1 at Minnesota with just seconds left in the NCAA quarterfinals last Saturday, the Princeton University women’s hockey team could have just skated out the game. more

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NET GAIN: Princeton University men’s lacrosse goalie Tyler Blaisdell guards the cage in recent action. Last Monday night, sophomore Blaisdell made 14 saves to help Princeton top No. 19 Rutgers 10-7. The Tigers, who snapped a three-game losing streak with the win, are now 2-3 and host Penn (3-2) on March 19 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a brutal first minute for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team when they hosted No. 11 Maryland last Saturday. more

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NO BACKING DOWN: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Adria Backus dribbles up the court in action this season. Senior guard Backus provided leadership to help PHS enjoy a solid February as it posted a final record of 7-17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Things could have fallen apart for the Princeton High girls’ basketball team as the losses piled up in January. more

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BLUE THUNDER: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Zahrion Blue, left, dribbles past a defender in a game this winter. Junior forward Blue averaged 19.2 points per game and combined with senior forward Matt Hart (21.9 points a game) to give PHS the top one-two scoring punch in the area. The Little Tigers finished the season with an 8-17 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High boys’ basketball team finished the season with an 8-17 mark, it wasn’t that far off from having a winning season. more

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DEVELOPING SITUATION: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Maddie Coyne heads into the lane in a game this season. Sophomore Coyne emerged as a key performer this winter for the Panthers as the team went 12-13 and advanced to the state Prep B semis, a marked improvement on the 5-13 mark it posted in 2014-15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for Kamau Bailey to realize that his Princeton Day School girls’ hoops team could do some good things this winter. more

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MARCH GLADNESS: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley goes up for a hook shot last week against Penn. Senior star Wheatley scored 20 points but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 62-60 to the Quakers in a winner-take-all showdown for the Ivy League title on March 8. The Tigers, who moved to 23-5 overall and 12-2 Ivy with the loss, were able to put that setback behind them last Monday evening when they received a bid to the NCAA tournament. Becoming the first Ivy team to ever be an at-large selection to March Madness, the Tigers were seeded 11th in the Sioux Falls, S.D. region and will face sixth-seeded West Virginia (24-9 overall, 12-6 Big 12) on March 18 at Columbus, Ohio in an opening round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last March, a 30-0 Princeton University women’s basketball team seemed to get a raw deal when it was seeded eighth in the NCAA tournament and put on a collision course for a second round clash with top-seeded Maryland in its home arena. more

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HAPPY ENDING: Princeton High girls’ swimming star Madeleine Deardorff displays her butterfly form in a race last season. Senior star Deardorff ended her PHS career on a high note earlier this month, combining with classmate Brianna Romaine, junior Melinda Tang, and sophomore Abbey Berloco to win the 400 freestyle relay at the Meet of Champions. The quartet clocked a time of 3:28.60 in winning the event, just .28 seconds short of the meet record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though it was the last swim of her Princeton High career, Madeleine Deardorff didn’t let emotions get the best of her as she stood in the blocks for the second leg of the 400 freestyle relay final last month at the Meet of Champions. more

March 9, 2016

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GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Princeton University women’s hockey player Cristin Shanahan heads up the ice in recent action. Senior captain and forward Shanahan was happy to learn on Sunday that her career was extended as the Tigers received an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Princeton, 22-8-2 overall, will play at third-seeded Minnesota (32-4-1 overall) in an opening round contest on March 12 in Minneapolis. It is the Tigers’ second-ever appearance in the NCAA tourney and first since 2006. The Golden Gophers, the defending national champions, are making their ninth straight appearance and 14th since 2001. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In late November, 2014, the Princeton University women’s hockey team got to test its skills as it hosted perennial powerhouse Minnesota for a two-game set. more

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OVER THE EDGE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Quin Pompi heads up the ice in recent action. Last Friday, junior defenseman Pompi tallied two assists but it wasn’t enough as 12th-seeded Princeton fell 3-2 to fifth-seeded Clarkson in double overtime on the first game of their best-of-three ECAC hockey opening round series. A night later, the Tigers fell 3-2 in overtime to lose the series. The defeat left Princeton with a final record of 5-23-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s hockey team was seeded 12th in the ECAC Hockey playoffs, it liked its opening round matchup at fifth-seeded Clarkson. more

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LOCKED IN: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Max Garlock fires the puck in a game this winter. Sophomore defenseman Garlock’s fine play on the blue line helped PHS make it to the Mercer County Tournament semifinals on the way to a final record of 12-8-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Heading into the postseason, the Princeton High boys’ hockey team was peaking. more

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WRIGHT AT HOME: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Elizabeth Wright, right, helps goalie Callie Urisko guard the crease in a game this winter. Senior defenseman Wright and classmate Urisko were stalwarts for PHS as it posted a 2-9 mark this season. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On paper, it may appear that the Princeton High girls’ hockey team ended the season on a down note as it fell 4-0 to Holton Arms (Md.) in its finale. more

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NIC OF TIME: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Nic Petruolo controls the puck in a game this winter. Sophomore defenseman Petruolo’s strong play this winter helped PDS show marked improvement as it posted a final record of 15-6-3 after winning just three games in the 2014-15 season. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It turned into a Hollywood ending for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team when it hosted Chatham in its season finale last month. more

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FRESH LOOK: Hun School girls’ basketball player Nia Sapia drives to the hoop in action this season. Freshman guard Sapia emerged as a key performer for Hun, starring at point guard and providing a bright spot for the Raiders, who went 1-22 this winter. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having won just one game all winter coming into its state Prep A semifinal contest against perennial power Blair Academy, the Hun School girls’ basketball team could have gone through the motions. more

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SAVING GRACE: Princeton University women’s lacrosse goalie Ellie DeGarmo makes a save in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior star DeGarmo recorded 12 saves as Princeton started its Ivy League campaign by topping Dartmouth 11-5. The No. 6 Tigers, now 4-0, play at No. 7 Notre Dame (5-1) on March 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After seeing just 24 minutes of action during her freshman season for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team in 2014, goalie Ellie DeGarmo started last spring on the bench. more

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FINAL DRIVE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Annie Tarakchian drives to the basket. Last Friday, senior forward Tarakchian scored a career-high 24 points and had 11 rebounds to help Princeton defeat Harvard 79-69 to start her final home weekend. A night later, she scored nine points and had 11 rebounds as the Tigers routed Dartmouth 68-42. The win improved Princeton to 23-4 overall and 12-1 Ivy League and set up a winner-take-all Ivy League title showdown with Penn (23-4 overall, 12-1 Ivy) slated for March 8 at Jadwin Gym. Tarakchian, for her part, was named the Ivy Co-Player of the Week for her weekend heroics along with Penn sophomore forward Michelle Nwokedi. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The emotions were swirling for Annie Tarakchian as she took the court last Friday to start her final home weekend with the Princeton University women’s basketball team. more

March 3, 2016

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FUN RUN: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player -Madison McCaw enjoys the moment during a game this season. Freshman forward McCaw helped the Panthers enjoy a superb season as they won seven of their last eight games, placing third in the WILHMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) playoffs and finishing with a final record of 15-8-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Opening its season with a trip to Wyoming Seminary in northeastern Pennsylvania in early December, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team hit a roadblock as the bus broke down and the team never made it to the game. more

March 2, 2016

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GOING OFF: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Anya Gersoff sprints upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted Georgetown. Senior attacker Gersoff scored a career-high five goals, including the game-winner with 7.4 seconds left, as the Tigers pulled out a 10-9 win over the Hoyas. Sixth-ranked Princeton, now 3-0, hosts Dartmouth on March 5 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having managed a pair of goals in the first two games of the season for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team, Anya Gersoff had assumed a supporting role in the Tiger attack. more

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DRAMA SERIES: Princeton University women’s hockey player Molly Contini controls the puck against the board in action last weekend as the Tigers battled St. Lawrence in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at Baker Rink. The series went to a decisive game 3 last Sunday and junior -Contini scored two goals, including one with 15 seconds left in regulation to knot the contest at 3-3, but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 4-3 in overtime. The loss moved the Tigers to 22-8-2 and left them harboring hopes of receiving an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

At the beginning of the season, the players on the Princeton University women’s hockey team settled on “relentless” as their mantra for the winter. more

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PAINFUL EFFORT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer fires the puck last weekend during the best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinals between the Tigers and St. Lawrence. Junior star defenseman Koelzer left game two on Saturday with an injury only to return to the contest and tally a goal and an assist to help the Tigers rally to a 4-3 win and force a decisive game three. In the finale, Koelzer injured her shoulder late in the first period and didn’t return as the Tigers fell 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University women’s hockey team trailing St. Lawrence 2-1 in the second period last Saturday and already down 1-0 in the best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series between the foes, things looked bleak for the Tigers as Kelsey Koelzer hit the Baker Rink ice with a thud. more

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TAKING HIS SHOT: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook goes to the hoop in recent action. Last Friday, junior forward Cook scored 23 points to help Princeton defeat Columbia 88-83. A night later, Cook chipped in 11 points as the Tigers topped Cornell 74-60 in improving to 20-5 overall and 10-1 Ivy League, keeping pace with league frontrunner Yale (20-6 overall, 11-1 Ivy). Princeton plays at Harvard on March 4 and at Dartmouth on March 5 before hosting Penn on March 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University men’s basketball team hit the court to warm up for a critical clash against visiting Columbia last Friday evening, the players sported orange Nike T-shirts emblazoned with the message “Make Shots.” more

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FINAL RANKIN: Princeton University men’s hockey player Kyle Rankin sends the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior forward and captain Rankin enjoyed a memorable final game at Baker Rink as he helped the Tigers rally from a late 2-1 deficit to tie Brown 2-2. Princeton, now 5-21-3 overall, will now start play in the ECAC Hockey playoffs where the 12th-seeded Tigers are playing at fifth-seeded Clarkson (18-13-3 overall) in a best-of-three opening round series starting on March 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Growing up in eastern Ontario, Kyle Rankin didn’t envision the scenario that unfolded last Saturday evening at Baker Rink, getting cheered as one of the honorees on Senior Night when the Princeton University men’s hockey team hosted Brown for its regular season finale. more

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SHOWING PRIDE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride races up the field in action last season. This past Saturday, senior attacker McBride tallied three goals and an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 11-10 at Hofstra in overtime. McBride scored with 3:41 in regulation as the Tigers rallied for a 10-8 deficit to the Pride to make it 10-10 and force overtime. Princeton, now 1-1, plays at No. 13 Johns Hopkins (1-2) on March 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After rolling to a 21-4 win against an overmatched NJIT team in its season opener, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team faced a much sterner test in its second outing when it played at 13th-ranked Hofstra last Saturday. more

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PLAYING WITH HART: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Matt Hart puts up a shot in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior forward Hart scored 20 points in his final home game to help PHS edge Hamilton 65-64 and improve to 8-16. The Little Tigers will start play in the state tournament where they are seeded 16th in the Central Group 4 sectional and will play at top-seeded Hunterdon Central in an opening round contest on March 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt Hart is determined to end his stellar Princeton High boys’ basketball career with a bang. more