November 8, 2017

STARTING POINT: Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson makes a point at the program’s media day last Thursday as Tiger stars, from left, Myles Stephens, Amir Bell, and Devin Cannady listen intently. Princeton, which ran the table last winter in Ivy League play, going 14-0 in regular season action and then winning the league’s inaugural postseason tournament, starts its 2017-18 season by playing at Butler in November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Sparked by a pair of senior stars, Steven Cook and Spencer Weisz, the Princeton University men’s basketball team ran the table last winter in Ivy League play, going 14-0 in regular season action and then winning the league’s inaugural postseason tournament. more

DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson drives to the hoop in a game last season. Senior star and co-captain Robinson will be looking to provide production and leadership in her final campaign for the Tigers. Princeton tips off its 2017-18 season by hosting George Washington on November 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last winter marked the first season that Princeton University women’s basketball team had suffered five Ivy League losses under Courtney Banghart since 2008-09, her second campaign at the helm of the program.

For Princeton head coach Banghart, who guided the Tigers to five Ivy titles in six seasons starting with the 2009-10 season, last year’s ups-and-downs were the product of a squad that didn’t quite mesh. more

NET GAIN: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Ryan Ferland makes a save in recent action. Last Friday, freshman Ferland earned his first career shutout, making 36 saves as Princeton skated to a 0-0 tie against visiting Colgate. The Tigers, now 1-1-1 overall and 1-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Union on November 10 and at Rensselaer on November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ryan Ferland didn’t feel sharp as he took the ice for the Princeton University men’s hockey team last Friday against visiting Colgate but it didn’t take long for the freshman goalie to get into a rhythm.

“I actually didn’t have a great warm up but I felt good after the first few shots,” said Ferland.  more

November 1, 2017

RARE AIR: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Ariana Jones, right, heads the ball in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore forward Jones tallied a goal and an assist to help second-seeded PDS top sixth-seeded Newark Academy 6-0 in the Prep B semis. The Panthers, who improved to 12-6 in the win, play at top-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the Prep B title game on November 1. PDS will be going for its fifth straight Prep B crown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After getting pushed around in a 1-0 loss to Steinert in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals on October 21, the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team realized it had to toughen up as it turned its focus to pursuing a state Prep B title. more

PULLED DOWN: Hun School football player Jackson Barletta, right, gets stymied in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Hun ran into a buzz-saw as it fell 61-7 to visiting Peddie, snapping its 29-game winning streak. Hun, now 7-1, plays at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on November 5, needing a win to clinch a share of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After it was over last Saturday afternoon, the Peddie School football team exulted by jumping and screaming in unison while the Hun players knelt quietly in a circle with their heads down.

The contrast in emotions was understandable considering that Peddie had just routed the Raiders 61-7, snapping the Hun’s 29-game winning streak. more

ALL IN: Princeton Day School field hockey player Gwen Allen, left, controls the ball as PDS hosted Stuart Country Day School in the state Prep B semifinals last Wednesday. Junior star Allen tallied a goal and an assist to help the second-seeded Panthers top third-seeded Stuart 3-0. PDS fell just short of a second straight Prep B title as it lost 2-1 in overtime to fourth-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the championship game last Monday to end the fall with a 12-6 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton Day School field hockey team entered postseason play, Gwen Allen was asked to take a greater role in the offense.

“I was playing right mid and I got pushed to right forward so I am getting more room in the front and a lot more scoring opportunities,” said Allen. more

By Bill Alden

As it went for a second straight state Prep B title, the Princeton Day School field hockey team dug an early hole against visiting Montclair Kimberley Academy in the  championship game last Monday.

Scoring off of a penalty corner, fourth-seeded MKA jumped out to a 1-0 lead over second-seeded PDS with 7:44 remaining in the first half. more

STICK FIGHT: Princeton High field hockey player Chloe Koehler, left, battles for the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior Koehler had an assist in a losing cause as fifth-seeded PHS fell 4-1 to fourth-seeded Lenape in a Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinal contest. The defeat left the Little Tigers with a final record of 10-7-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton High field hockey team suffered losses to Lawrenceville and Allentown in the middle of the season, it didn’t appear to be heading for a strong finish.

But PHS head coach Heather Serverson believes her players learned lessons from those setbacks that served them well coming down the stretch. more

HAPPY ENDING: Princeton High girls tennis player Helen Bennett displays her forehand form in a match this fall. Senior Bennett enjoyed a solid final campaign as she stepped up to second singles. PHS topped Hopewell Valley 4-1 in its season finale last Wednesday to finish the fall with a record of 15-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After the Princeton High girls’ tennis team fell 3-2 to South Brunswick in a Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinal match on October 10, Sarah Hibbert feared that her players might go through the motions as they wrapped up the regular season. more

SKATING HARD: Princeton University women’s hockey player Stephanie Sucharda, right, takes the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior defenseman and assistant captain Sucharda chipped in an assist as Princeton topped Dartmouth 8-1. The Tigers, now 1-1-2 overall and 1-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Colgate on November 3 and at Cornell on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The weekend got off to a rough start for the Princeton University women’s hockey team as it hosted Harvard last Friday night in its ECAC Hockey opener.

On their heels after tallying an early power play goal, Princeton was outshot 20-4 in the first period as the Crimson knotted the game a 1-1. more

The Princeton University men’s cross country team celebrates after it took first in the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City last Friday. It was the 19th Heps title for the Princeton program, which had five runners finish in the top 10. Its score of 28 was the best at the Ivy Heps since 1987. Senior Noah Kauppila led the way for the Tigers, taking second as he covered the 5-mile course in a time of 24:58.7. He was followed by sophomore Conor Lundy in third and senior Garrett O’Toole in fourth. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

SEEING RED: Princeton University junior running back Charlie Volker (No. 20) takes a hard hit in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Volker rushed for 41 yards in a losing cause as Princeton fell 29-28 to visiting Cornell. The loss to the Big Red dropped Princeton to 5-2 overall and 2-2 Ivy League, dealing a blow to the Tigers’ chances for a league title repeat. Princeton will look to get back on the winning track when it plays at Penn (3-4 overall, 1-3 Ivy) on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In its final outing this September, the Princeton University football team squandered a late 24-21 advantage on the way to a 28-24 loss to Columbia.

Last Saturday as the Tigers hosted Cornell for their last game in October, they saw another lead slip away as they started the fourth quarter up 28-16 only to lose 29-28 to the Big Red on a career-best 43-yard field goal by Nickolas Null with 48 seconds left in regulation. more

COMING OUT PARTY: Princeton University men’s hockey player Reid Yochim controls the puck last Sunday as Princeton hosted Holy Cross in its season opener. Freshman defenseman Yochim made quite a debut, tallying an assist and a goal to help the Tigers defeat the Crusaders 4-2. Princeton opens ECAC Hockey play this weekend when it hosts Colgate on November 3 and Cornell on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Reid Yochim couldn’t wait to hit the ice last Sunday for his debut with the Princeton University men’s hockey team as it hosted Holy Cross in its season opener.

“There is a lot of built up emotion and a lot of energy that has been inside of me and that is just what I try to bring out there,” said defenseman Yochim. “It was an unbelievable atmosphere and an unbelievable feeling.” more

SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton University field hockey senior defender Sarah Brennan heads upfield in action during her career for the Princeton University field hockey team. Last Saturday, former Princeton Day School standout Brennan was honored along with her classmates as Princeton hosted Cornell in its home finale and held its annual Senior Day celebration. The Tigers rolled to a 5-1 victory over Cornell, clinching a share of the Ivy League title and the league’s automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA tournament. The Tigers, now 10-6 overall and 6-0 Ivy, wrap up regular season play with a game at Penn on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Sarah Brennan has been part of the supporting cast for the Princeton University field hockey team over the last four years, she has thrived in that role.

“I knew coming into a good program, it was going to be competitive for playing time,” said defender Brennan, a former Princeton Day School standout whose parents, Sean and Susan, are both Princeton alums. more

October 25, 2017

By Bill Alden

Martin Adams personifies the perseverance and progress displayed by the Hun School boys’ cross country team this fall.

After suffering hip fractures early in the 2016 season, Adams diligently rehabbed and has emerged as a star for Hun this fall. more

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton High boys’ soccer team played Allentown earlier this month, it dug a 2-0 hole before pulling out a dramatic 3-2 win.

Last Saturday, the rivals met for a rematch in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament and third-seeded PHS utilized a new look in an effort to stifle the sixth-seeded Redbirds. more

KILLING IT: Princeton High girls’ volleyball player Gillian Hauschild celebrates a point as PHS defeated Hillsborough 2-0 (25-14, 25-17) last Wednesday. Sophomore star Hauschild helped second-seeded PHS defeat top-seeded Rancocas Valley 2-0 (25-21, 25-12) in the WJIVL (West Jersey Interscholastic Volleyball League) title game last Monday at Rider University. The Little Tigers, now 28-1, host Lawrenceville on October 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Anna Cao was looking for a change athletically when she entered the eighth grade in 2013.

“I used to swim but that took up a lot of time so I started something new in volleyball,” said Cao. more

STEPPING UP: Princeton High field hockey player Mariana Lopez-Ona races upfield in action last week at the Mercer County Tournament. Junior midfielder Lopez-Ona tallied a goal and an assist to help sixth-seeded PHS defeat second-seeded Allentown 2-1 in overtime in the MCT semis last Thursday. PHS went on to fall 5-0 to top-seeded Lawrenceville in the title game two days later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It turned into a case of dèjá vu for Mariana Lopez-Ona and the Princeton High field hockey team as they faced Allentown in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Thursday.

After having lost 2-1 in overtime to Allentown earlier in October, PHS battled the Redbirds to a 1-1 stalemate through regulation in the MCT contest, forcing another extra session. more

RED ALERT: Princeton High field hockey goalie Kate Rogers (No. 88) holds the fort as sixth-seeded PHS battled top-seeded and defending champion Lawrenceville in the Mercer County Tournament title game last Saturday at Mercer County Community College. Senior star goalie Rogers made 13 saves but it wasn’t enough as the Little Tigers fell 5-0 to the powerful Big Red, the winners of six of the last seven MCT crowns. PHS, now 10-6-2, starts play in the public state tournament later this week, where it is seeded fifth in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional and plays at No. 4 Lenape in a quarterfinal contest on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton High field hockey team, its run to the Mercer County tournament final amounted to a revenge tour.

Sixth-seeded PHS avenged regular season defeats as it topped third-seeded Robbinsville 2-1 in the MCT quarterfinals on October 17 and second-seeded Allentown 2-1 in overtime in the semis last Thursday. more

WILL TO WIN: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Will Hare pulls away from the pack Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Senior star and Penn-bound Hare placed first, covering the 5,000-meter course in a time of 15:46.22. Hare’s heroics helped PHS win its second straight team title at the event. The Little Tigers will go after another championship when they compete in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though Princeton High boys’ cross country star Will Hare was considered to be the favorite to win the Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships last Friday, he needed a pep talk the night before to get his mind right. more

BULL MARKET: Princeton University women’s hockey player Carly Bullock celebrates after scoring one of her two goals in Princeton’s 2-2 tie in overtime against visiting Providence last Friday evening in its season opener. Sophomore forward Bullock added another goal a day later as the Tigers and Friars skated to a second 2-2 tie to end their two-game set. Princeton starts ECAC Hockey play this weekend when it hosts Harvard on October 27 and Dartmouth on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It took a while for Carly Bullock to get rolling last winter in her debut season with the Princeton University women’s hockey team. more

ON COURSE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Eric Robinson glides up the ice in action last winter. Senior forward and co-captain Robinson will be taking a leading role as the Tigers look to keep building after going 15-16-3 last season and advancing to the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. Princeton opens its 2017-18 season when it hosts Holy Cross on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton University men’s hockey team started the 2016-17 campaign by going 0-6-1, it looked like the Tigers were headed for another rough winter.

After all, Princeton had won a total of just nine games (9-46-6) over the previous two seasons.

Instead, the Tigers caught fire, going 13-7-2 over the rest of the regular season with wins over seven top-20 teams to write one of the best turnaround stories in college hockey. more

KAN DO: Princeton University quarterback Chad Kanoff prepares to unload the ball in recent action. Last Friday at Harvard, senior star and tri-captain Kanoff enjoyed a career game, completing his first 21 passes on the way to going 31-for-35 for 421 yards and two touchdowns as Princeton defeated Harvard 52-17. Kanoff was named as the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week and the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week in the wake of his performance, which amounted to the eighth-most single-game passing yards in Princeton history. The Tigers, now 5-1 overall and 2-1 Ivy, host Cornell (2-4 overall, 2-1 Ivy) on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While Bob Surace liked what he was seeing from his Princeton University football team on the practice field, he knows that doesn’t guarantee success on game day.

“I really felt the last couple of weeks that we have really practiced well,” said Princeton head coach Surace. more

TAYLOR MADE: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Chloe Taylor shows her form last Friday on the way to taking second in the Girls’ Varsity race in the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park. Senior star Taylor’s performance helped PHS take second in the team standings behind champion WW/P-South. The Little Tigers are next in action when they compete in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming into the fall, Chloe Taylor realized that she needed to set the pace for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team.

“I am the oldest now, before there used to be a lot of older kids there,” said senior Taylor. “There is more pressure on me to lead the team.” more

MAKING STRIDES: Princeton Day School boys’ cross country runner Kevin Dougherty competes at Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park in Jamesburg last Friday. Sophomore Dougherty led the way for PDS, taking 65th individually in a time of 18:16.96 over the 5,000-meter course. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though his Princeton Day School boys’ cross country team finished 16th of 19 teams in the Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships last Friday, John Woodside was all smiles afterward.

“I have to say that our team’s performance for the whole year has been tremendous,” said PDS head coach Woodside. more