November 7, 2018

TRENCH WARFARE: Princeton University offensive lineman Brent Holder, right, battles Rocco Di Leo of Dartmouth last Saturday in a clash of Ivy League frontrunners. Princeton rallied to pull out a 14-9 win over the previously undefeated Big Green to improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 Ivy League. The Tigers play at Yale (5-3 overall, 3-2 Ivy) on November 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was a clash of unbeatens that took on the aura of a heavyweight title fight when the Princeton University football team hosted Dartmouth last Saturday.

After the rivals, who both entered the day with 7-0 records, traded touchdowns on their first possessions to  make it a 7-7 game, the two teams slugged it out in between the 20s with a second quarter safety by Dartmouth being the only additional points scored heading into the final period. more

MOMENT OF GLORY: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom, right, celebrates after she scored the lone goal in Princeton’s 1-0 win over visiting Penn last Saturday. As a result of the victory, Princeton clinched a tie for the Ivy league title with the Quakers and earned the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. The Tigers, now 11-3-2 overall, will be playing at Texas Tech (13-5-2 overall) in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on November 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As Mimi Asom soaked in the emotion of her Senior Day ceremony with Princeton University women’s soccer team last Saturday, she was determined to extend her career beyond the evening.

Princeton needed a win over visiting Penn in the season finale to clinch a share of the Ivy League title with the Quakers and earn the league’s automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA tournament. more

MOVING FORWARD: Princeton University men’s basketball player Jerome Desrosiers, right, drives to the basket in a practice last week. The Tigers will be relying on sophomore forward Desrosiers to build on the progress he made last winter. The Tigers open their 2018-19 campaign by hosting DeSales University on November 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

There will be a new look around Princeton’s Jadwin Gym as the college basketball season tips off this week with a new four-sided video board hanging over the court and a revamped seating configuration.

Coming off a disappointing 2017-18 season that saw the Princeton University men’s basketball team go 13-16 overall and 5-9 Ivy League, the Tigers are vowing to be new and improved.  more

COURT IN SESSION: Princeton University women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart, right, makes a point at the program’s annual media day last Thursday in Jadwin Gym as senior star Sydney Jordan listens attentively. Princeton is slated to get its 2018-19 campaign underway by playing at Rider on November 6 and at George Washington in November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton University women’s basketball team prepares for the 2018-19 campaign, it has adopted the theme of “Rise as One.”

But rising to the heights achieved last winter when Princeton went 24-6 overall, 12-2 Ivy League and winning the league’s postseason tournament may be harder as the team’s No. 1 player, junior forward Bella Alarie (13.3 points and 9.4 rebounds a game last winter on the way to being named Ivy Player of the Year), is currently sidelined with a broken arm. more

DRIVE FOR FIVE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer Brooke Smukler, left, goes after a ball in a game earlier this fall. Last Wednesday, senior forward Smukler, who had been sidelined earlier this fall with mono, ended her career with a bang, scoring two goals as top-seeded PDS defeated second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 4-2 in the state Prep B title game. It was the fifth straight Prep B title for the Panthers, who ended the fall at 14-4-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In mid-October, Brooke Smukler was diagnosed with mononucleosis and feared that she might be sidelined for the rest of her senior season on the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team.

At the time, doctors advised Smukler that she was likely to be out for around four weeks. But getting cleared after two weeks, Smukler got a chance to return to action for the postseason. more

KICKSTARTER: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Jules Romano controls the ball in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore midfielder Romano scored a goal and had an assist in the first half to give top-seeded PDS a 2-0 halftime lead over second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep B final. The Panthers went on to prevail 4-2, winning their fifth straight Prep B crown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Goals have been hard to come by when the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team battled Montclair Kimberley Academy in the last three state Prep B finals.

In 2015, the two rivals played to a 0-0 tie through regulation before Hannah Bunce blasted in a goal to give PDS a 1-0 overtime victory. more

PINNING IT DOWN: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Acasio Pinheiro shows his form in a 2016 race. Last Saturday, senior star Pinheiro placed first individually at the Central Jersey Group 4 cross country sectional at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Pinheiro’s heroics helped PHS finish second in the team standing behind champion WW/P-South. PHS will be competing in the state Group 4 meet on November 10 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

A soggy course and howling winds greeted runners as they competed last Saturday in the Central Jersey Group 4 cross country sectional at Thompson Park in Jamesburg.

Proving that he is a tough mudder, Princeton High senior star Acasio Pinheiro flew over the 5,000-meter course in 16:07.4 to place first individually, five seconds ahead of runner-up Nick Lundberg of Freehold Township. more

IN THE CLEAR: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Lauren Rougas clears the ball up the field in recent action. Junior defender Rougas starred as PHS advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals where the eighth-seeded Little Tigers lost 4-0 at top-seeded Hunterdon Central last Friday. PHS finished the fall with a 9-7-2 record.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Lauren Rougas and her fellow defenders on the Princeton High girls’ soccer team knew they faced a challenge when they played at high-powered Hunterdon Central in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals last Friday.

“Our defensive game plan was to just play as a unit and pass the ball around and keep possession on the offense,” said Rougas.”We wanted to keep our defensive stance and play as hard as we could.” more

By Bill Alden

After the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team dropped the first set of its Group 4 state tournament opening round match against visiting Cherokee, Natalia Drobnjak knew the season was on the line.

“In the second set we just tried to come out with a bit more fire, energy, and a sense of urgency,” said senior libero Drobnjak

The 16th-seeded Little Tigers fought hard but came up short, falling 2-0 (25-17, 25-16) to 17th-seeded Cherokee to end the fall with a 20-6 record. more

FINAL DRIVE: Hun School football player Josh Henderson heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Sunday, senior running back Henderson finished his Hun career in style, scoring two touchdowns as the Raiders defeated the Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 48-20 in their season finale. Hun improved to 8-1 with the victory and clinched the outright Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Josh Henderson’s final appearance for the Hun School football team proved to be a fitting culmination to his stellar career.

With Hun hosting the Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) last Sunday to end the 2018 campaign, senior running back and co-captain Henderson scored two touchdowns to help the Raiders roll to a 48-20 triumph as they improved to 8-1 and cliched the outright Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title in the process. more

October 31, 2018

GROUND AND POUND: Princeton University quarterback John Lovett, left, hands off to Charlie Volker in a game earlier this fall. Last Saturday, seniors Lovett and Volker helped key a dominant ground attack that piled up 358 yards rushing as Princeton routed Cornell 66-0. The No. 14 Tigers, now 7-0 overall and 4-0 Ivy League, host No. 20 Dartmouth (7-0 overall, 4-0 Ivy) in a critical Ivy showdown this Saturday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It had the makings of a trap game for undefeated Princeton University football team as it hosted underdog Cornell last Saturday.

The Princeton players had dealt with midterm exams during the week, the windy and rainy weather on game day was well suited to Cornell’s running game, and a clash against unbeaten Dartmouth on November 3 loomed on the horizon for Princeton. more

BULL RUN: Princeton University women’s hockey player Carly Bullock, right, battles in the crease during a game last winter. Last Friday, junior star Bullock scored all four goals as Princeton defeated Yale 4-1. A day later, she chipped in a goal and two assists in a 7-2 win over Brown. The Tigers, now 2-2 overall and 2-0 ECAC Hockey, play at Dartmouth on November 2 and at Harvard on November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming out buzzing as it hosted Yale in its home opener last Friday evening at Hobey Baker Rink, the Princeton University women’s hockey team outshot the Bulldogs 17-4 in the first period.

But the Tigers had nothing to show for their flurry of shots as the rivals were knotted in a scoreless stalemate heading into the second period. more

ON HER GAME: Princeton High field hockey player Mariana Lopez-Ona, right, heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior star Lopez-Ona scored two goals to help top-seeded PHS defeat eighth-seeded Monroe 4-1 in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals.  The Little Tigers, now 15-1, were slated to host fifth-seeded Rancocas Valley in the sectional semis on October 30 with the victor advancing to the title game on November 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the Princeton High field hockey team locked in a tense 1-1 battle against visiting Monroe in the second half of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals last Friday, PHS got a golden opportunity as it was awarded a penalty stroke.

Little Tiger senior star Mariana Lopez-Ona bent over the ball, fired it to the  goal and then put her head in her hands in dismay after the shot was stopped. more

FINAL PUSH: Princeton Day School field hockey Sasha Sindhwani dribbles the ball upfield in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior star Sindhwani scored in double overtime to help second-seeded PDS edge third-seeded Morristown Beard in the state Prep B semifinals. On Sunday, Sindhwani and the Panthers couldn’t repeat those heroics as they fell 2-0 at top-seeded Montclair Kimberly Academy in the Prep B title game. The defeat left the Panthers with a final record of 11-5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Lawrenceville in the Mercer County Tournament championship game on October 20, the Princeton Day School field hockey team was seconds away from another agonizing playoff setback as it hosted Morristown-Beard in the state Prep B semis last Wednesday.

The second-seeded Panthers trailed the third-seeded Crimson in the waning moments of regulation before Panther junior star Caroline Haggerty scored with 11 seconds left to force overtime. PDS prevailed 2-1 in double overtime as senior standout Sasha Sindhwani notched the game winner. more

FAST LANE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer Kelsey Lane goes after the ball as PDS faced Pennington in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last week. Senior defender Lane spearheaded the back line as the sixth-seeded Panthers battled valiantly in falling 2-0 to the second-seeded and eventual champion Red Raiders. PDS produced another superb defensive effort last Thursday as the top-seeded Panthers edged fifth-seeded Morristown-Beard 1-0 in the state Prep B semifinals. PDS, now 13-4-1, will host second-seeded Montclair Kimberly Academy in the Prep B final on October 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Blood streamed down Kelsey Lane’s face after taking an elbow to the nose as Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team battled Pennington in the first half of the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last week.

PDS senior defender Lane wasn’t about to let the knock keep her out of the action. more

THROWING IT DOWN: Hun School boys’ soccer goalie Coleman Chiurco chucks the ball upfield in a game earlier this fall. Last Wednesday, senior star Chiurco made 13 saves to help third-seeded Hun defeat sixth-seeded Peddie 2-1 in the opening round of the state Prep A tournament. The Raiders, who improved to 9-8 with a 2-1 win over Peddie in a regular season contest last Saturday, were slated to play at second-seeded Pennington in the Prep A semis on October 30 with the victor advancing to the title game on November 1. In addition, Hun will be hosting Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) in its season finale on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coleman Chiurco is saving his best for last in his senior season for the Hun School boys’ soccer team.

After seeing little action as a back-up goalie for Hun in 2017, Chiurco has stepped into the starting role this season. more

CHIMING IN: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer player Stephen “Chima” Chukumba, right, dribbles the ball last Thursday as PDS hosted Rutgers Prep in the state Prep B semifinals. Sophomore forward Chukumba scored the go-ahead goal as second-seeded PDS defeated third-seeded Rutgers Prep 3-1. The Panthers, who improved to 8-6-3 with the won, were slated to play at top-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the Prep B final on October 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having moved into the starting lineup for the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer varsity squad this fall after playing mainly for the JV team in 2017, Stephen “Chima” Chukumba took a while to get up to speed.

“It is just having to play a little longer game,” said sophomore forward Chukumba, who scored 20 goals for JV team. “It is greater intensity, it is a lot quicker pace.” more

October 24, 2018

MAXING OUT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Max Veronneau heads up the ice in game last winter. Senior forward Veronneau, who scored 55 points on 17 goals and 38 assists last winter to help Princeton win the ECAC Hockey tournament, will be looking for a big final campaign this winter. No. 13 Princeton opens its 2018-19 campaign by playing at No. 10 Penn State (4-0-0) on October 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While the Princeton University men’s hockey team achieved some dramatic victories over Top 20 teams on the way to winning the ECAC Hockey tournament last winter, it is a loss that is driving the squad coming into the 2018-19 campaign.

“We have always started each year looking back on our last game and we try to build from there,” said Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty, who guided the Tigers to a 19-13-4 record last winter. more

TOM TERRIFIC: Princeton University football star Tom Johnson gets ready to pounce on a ballcarrier in recent action. Last Saturday at Harvard, senior linebacker and co-captain Johnson has a team-high 10 tackles to help Princeton hold off the Crimson in prevailing 29-21. The Tigers, now 6-0 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, host Cornell (3-3 overall, 2-1 Ivy) on October 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though his Princeton University football team had cruised to a 5-0 record, outscoring its foes 260-43 in the process, Bob Surace sensed that his squad was in for a dogfight when it faced a 3-2 Harvard team last Saturday.

“They are really good, they lost to Rhode Island (23-16 on September 28), who had been top 15 nationally ranked team; it was a back-and-forth game,” said Princeton head coach Surace. more

FINISHING TOUCH: Princeton University men’s soccer player Gaby Paniagua, right, gets ready to boot the ball against Harvard last Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Paniagua tallied the first goal of the contest to help Princeton post a 3-0 win over the Crimson and remain atop the Ivy League standings. The Tigers, now 8-4-2 overall and 3-0-1 Ivy, play at Cornell (10-3 overall, 3-1 Ivy) on October 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Gaby Paniagua saw a chance to give the Princeton University men’s soccer team a lead over Harvard last Saturday, and he cashed in.

“I was making a near post run and I saw Kevin [O’Toole] flick it with the outside of his foot,” said sophomore midfielder Paniagua. more

LINE OF FIRE: Princeton Day School field hockey player Caroline Haggerty goes after the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior star Haggerty helped spearhead a terrific defensive effort as third-seeded PDS fell 1-0 to top-seeded Lawrenceville in the Mercer County Tournament championship game. The Panthers, now 10-4, will be competing in the state Prep B tournament where they are seeded second and host third-seeded Morristown-Beard in the semis on October 24 with the victor advancing to the title game on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In late September, the Princeton Day School field hockey team fell 3-0 at Lawrenceville.

When the local rivals met again last Saturday evening in the Mercer County Tournament title game, PDS was determined to turn the tables on the powerhouse Big Red, who had won six of the last seven county crowns coming into the contest. more

IN STRIDE: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Tucker Zullo, left, takes off at the start of a 2017 race.Last Friday at the Mercer County championship meet, senior Zullo placed fifth individually with classmate Jackson McCarthy right behind him in sixth as PHS took fourth in the team standings. The Little Tigers will look for another big effort as they compete in the state sectional meet slated for November 3 at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tucker Zullo had a simple race plan as he toed the starting line for Princeton High boys’ cross country team at the Mercer County championship meet last Friday.

“It was run hard, run fast,” said senior star Zullo. “I knew that Jackson [McCarthy] and I wanted to be together the whole race.” more

SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton Day School field hockey player Val Radvany, right, controls the ball against Princeton High in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Thursday. Senior star Radvany chipped in an assist to help third-seeded PDS upend second-seeded and previously undefeated Princeton High 3-0. PDS went on to fall 1-0 to top-seeded Lawrenceville on the MCT final. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Val Radvany, helping the Princeton Day School field hockey team return to the Mercer County Tournament final was a key goal in her final campaign with the program.

After getting an assist to help third-seeded PDS upend second-seeded and previously undefeated Princeton High 3-0 in the MCT semis last Thursday, a smiling Radvany reflected on the team’s achievement. more

SAVING GRACE: Princeton High field hockey goalie Grace Cooke prepares to make a save last week in Mercer County Tournament action. Junior star Cooke made five saves in a losing cause as second-seeded PHS fell 3-0 to third-seeded Princeton Day School in the MCT semifinals, suffering its first defeat of the season. The Little Tigers, now 14-1, will start play in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional this week where they are seeded first and slated to host eighth-seeded Monroe in a quarterfinal contest on October 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Rolling to a 14-0 record as it advanced to the Mercer County Tournament semis, the Princeton High field hockey team had enjoyed a smooth ride this fall.

But as second-seeded PHS faced third-seeded Princeton Day School last Thursday evening in the semis at Lawrence High, it ran into some turbulence, falling behind 1-0 to its crosstown rival five minutes into the contest. more

HEADS UP: Hun School girls’ soccer player Nicole Angelini heads the ball in a game earlier this fall. Last Thursday, junior midfielder Angelini scored the lone goal for Hun as it fell 4-1 to Oak Knoll. The Raiders, who lost 3-1 to Lawrenceville last Saturday to move to 3-9, will start play in the state Prep A tournament this week where they are seeded sixth and slated to play a first round contest at third-seeded Oak Knoll on October 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Siena Moran hit the road this summer to prepare for her senior season on the Princeton High girls’ cross country team.

“This was my first summer training; I did really low mileage at first because I had never done summer training before,” said Moran. more