April 19, 2017

EARNING HIS STRIPES: Hun School baseball player Ryan Strype takes a big cut in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior catcher and team captain Strype hit a two-run homer to help Hun rally for a 10-5 win over Princeton Day School. The Raiders, who edged Pennington 3-2 last Thursday to move to 4-3, play at Lawrenceville on April 20, head to Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) for a doubleheader on April 22, and then host Trenton Catholic on April 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though Ryan Strype is the captain of the Hun School baseball team, he is not a rah-rah guy.

“I am not the loudest; I am not the type of captain to just scream out,” said senior catcher Strype.

“I try and do everything I can to lead by example and do everything I can to keep my head up and keep the guys up in the dugout.” more

STROKE OF BRILLIANCE: Princeton Day School boys’ tennis player Lex Decker hits a forehand in a match last season. Junior star Decker is leading the way at first singles for PDS this spring. The Panthers, now 2-1 in dual match action, play at Hopewell Valley on April 19, at Pennington on April 20, and host Upper Canada College on April 22 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament on April 24 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Things weren’t going well initially for the Princeton Day School boys’ tennis team as it hosted Pingry last Thursday.

While PDS junior star Lex Decker was cruising to a straight set victory at first singles, the other four matches were very much in doubt. more

IN THE ZONE: Princeton Day School baseball player Paul Franzoni makes contact in recent action. Last Thursday, senior star catcher Franzoni hit a three-run homer to help PDS defeat Peddie 12-0 and improve to 4-2. The Panthers host the Hill School (Pa.) on April 19, host Hamilton on April 20, play at Princeton High on April 22, and then face Gill St. Bernard’s on April 24 at TD Bank Ballpark. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Heading across town to play at the Hun School last Wednesday, the Princeton Day School baseball team came out swinging. more

Before the 2017 season even started, the Princeton High boys’ tennis team suffered some big losses.

The squad’s two top returning singles players, junior Noah Lilienthal and sophomore Jerry Gu, opted not to compete for PHS this spring due to other commitments.

As a result, Little Tiger head coach Sarah Hibbert has been forced to go with some new faces.

“Kevin Yang is the only full-time starter returning from last year’s lineup,” said Hibbert of the junior who is playing at first singles. more

GROSS PROFIT: Princeton High baseball player Dan Gross follows through on a swing in a game earlier this spring. Last Monday, senior outfielder Gross went 3-for-4 with a triple, four runs, and an RBI to help PHS defeat Trenton 18-7 and improve to 2-4. The Little Tigers host Nottingham on April 19, South River on April 20, play at Allentown on April 21, host Princeton Day School on April 22, and then play at Hightstown on April 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High baseball team getting four games postponed in the first week of the season, Dan Gross had trouble finding his hitting stroke. more

OPEN THROTTLE: Members of the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 power through the water in a race earlier this season. Last Saturday, Princeton’s top boat edged Yale to win the Eisenberg Cup. The sixth-ranked Tigers, now 7-0, row at Dartmouth on April 22. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

It didn’t take long for the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 to make a statement this spring.

Opening the season by hosting nemesis Brown and Michigan State in late March, the Tigers posted an impressive victory covering the 2,000-meter course on Lake Carnegie in 6:28.5 with the Bears taking second in 6:30.9 and the Spartans coming in third at 6:31.5.  more

GREEN WAVE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Charlie Durbin unloads the ball in a game earlier this season. last Saturday, sophomore midfielder Durbin scored two goals to help Princeton rally to a 16-6 win at Dartmouth. The Tigers trailed the Big Green 5-3 at halftime before going on an 8-1 run in the third quarter to take control of the game. The 17th-ranked Tigers, now 8-4 overall and 3-1 Ivy League, host Harvard (5-6 overall, 1-3 Ivy League) on April 22 in their final regular season home game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After falling 15-10 to Lehigh to start the week, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team had cause for concern as it trailed Dartmouth 5-3 at halftime last Saturday. more

ON THE BALL: Hun School softball player Julie Fassl hones in on the ball last week against Lawrenceville. Senior star catcher Fassl went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run, and an RBI to help Hun top Lawrenceville 9-1 in the April 11 contest, The Raiders, who improved to 3-1 with a 20-0 win over Rutgers Prep last Thursday, play at Lawrenceville on April 20, host Academy of New Church (Pa.) on April 22, and play at Princeton Day School on April 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The temperature soared into the 80s as the Hun School softball team hosted Lawrenceville last week.

Not having played in eight days before the April 11 contest, the Hun players came out on fire with their bats, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. more

April 12, 2017

MAGIC WAN: Princeton University women’s water polo player Haley Wan prepares to unload the ball in recent action. Junior star Wan has scored a team-high and career-best 59 goals this season for No. 10 Princeton. The Tigers, now 21-3 overall, wrap up regular season play by hosting George Washington on April 14.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On paper, it appears that the the Princeton University women’s water polo team is experiencing a dominant season. more

CREASE CONTROL: Princeton University women’s lacrosse goalie Ellie DeGarmo controls the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star DeGarmo made nine saves as seventh-ranked Princeton defeated Harvard 20-5. She was later named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. The Tigers, now 9-1 overall and 3-0 Ivy, play at No. 1 Maryland (13-0) on April 12 and at Yale (7-6 overall, 1-3 Ivy) on April 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ellie DeGarmo earned a slew of honors last spring in her junior year with the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team. more

IN CONTACT: Princeton High softball player Christina Cuomo bunts the ball in recent action. PHS is depending on senior catcher Cuomo to provide leadership in the field and at the plate. The Little Tigers, who dropped to 0-3 with a 9-0 loss to WW/P-South last Friday, will look to get on the winning track as they play at Notre Dame on April 12, host Trenton on April 13, play at Trenton on April 17, and then host Hamilton on April 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After the Princeton High softball team fell 11-0 to WW/P-South last Wednesday, the players gathered in left field to get a post-game message from new head coach Marissa Soprano. more

GALE FORCE: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Abaigeal Ryan fires the ball up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, junior  standout Ryan tallied a game-high four goals as PHS defeated Robbinsville 17-2. The Little Tigers, now 6-1, play at Washington Township on April 12 before hosting Notre Dame on April 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In her first two years on the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team, Abaigeal Ryan toiled on the squad’s defensive unit while her older sister, Julia, helped spark the attack. more

LOOKING TO SCORE: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Bridget Kane looks for the ball in 2016 action. Last Saturday, junior star Kane tallied four goals as PDS defeated Peddie 19-8. The Panthers, now 4-1, play at Germantown Academy (Pa.) on April 13 and at Pennington School on April 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bridget Kane enjoyed a big season this past winter for the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team, leading the squad in scoring and earning All-Prep B honors. more

CHILDS’ PLAY: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity 8 churns through the water in recent action. Last Saturday, Princeton’s top boat defeated Penn and Columbia to earn the Childs Cup. The Tigers now have 50 wins in the competition for the oldest active trophy in collegiate rowing, while Penn has 44 and Columbia has 12.  Princeton, now 4-0, hosts Harvard and MIT on April 15 in the race for the Compton Cup. (Photo provided courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Although the Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity 8 lost four rowers to graduation from a boat that took third at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta last spring, Greg Hughes was confident he had a foundation in place that would lead to continued success. more

ON FIRE: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Shannon Dudeck heads to goal last Friday against Stuart Country Day School. Senior star Dudeck scored five goals to help Hun defeat Stuart 17-4. The Raiders, who improved to 3-2 with the win, are next in action when they play at Peddie School April 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Things didn’t go well for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team in its first two games last week. more

April 5, 2017

OPENING STATEMENT: Princeton University softball player Marissa Reynolds takes a big cut in action last weekend. Senior star Reynolds helped the Tigers start their Ivy League campaign with a bang, as Princeton swept a doubleheader from Brown on Saturday, winning 4-3 and 10-0, and then took two from Yale a day later, prevailing 9-1 and 2-0. The Tigers, now 11-11 overall and 4-0 Ivy, have doubleheaders at Harvard on April 7 and at Dartmouth on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting Brown in the opening doubleheader of its Ivy League campaign, the Princeton University softball team didn’t waste any time showing it means business in the pursuit of a second straight league crown.  more

ZACH OF ALL TRADES: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Zach Currier races upfield in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Currier contributed one goal, five assists, and scooped up 11 ground balls as Princeton defeated Brown 21-11. Currier passed the 100-point mark in his Tiger career in the process. No. 15 Princeton, now 6-3 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, plays at Stony Brook on April 8 and at Lehigh on April 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over his career, Zach Currier has prided himself on doing whatever Princeton University men’s lacrosse team has needed him to do in order to have the best chance of winning. more

FINISHING TOUCH: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Eamonn McDonald heads to goal in a game last season. Last Saturday against Scotch Plains-Fanwood, senior star McDonald scored three goals but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 6-5. The Little Tigers, now 2-1, play at WW/P-S on April 5 before hosting Notre Dame on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

A year ago, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team pulled out a dramatic 10-9 win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the North Group 3 state tournament quarterfinals. more

SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Jake Bennett controls the ball against Hun last Wednesday in the season opener for both teams. Freshman attack man Bennett made a memorable debut for PDS, scoring four goals, including the game-winning tally, as the Panthers prevailed 9-8 in double overtime. PDS, which improved to 2-0 with a 14-5 win over Pennington last Monday, plays at Lawrenceville School on April 5 before hosting Robbinsville on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jake Bennett felt some butterflies in his stomach as he made his debut for the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team last Wednesday against a powerhouse Hun School squad. more

COACH’S CORNER: Princeton Day School baseball new head coach Brian Dudeck, left, gives advice to Luke Franzoni in recent action. The Panthers have gotten off to a 1-1 start under Dudeck, edging Conwell-Egan (Pa.) 6-5 last Wednesday in their season opener before falling 5-4 to Pennington a day later. PDS hosts Blair Academy on April 5, Lawrenceville on April 6, and Shipley School (Pa.) on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Brian Dudeck is bringing a family feeling to the Princeton Day School baseball team as he moves into the head coaching role for the program. more

Tom Monfiletto is filling some big shoes as he takes the helm of the Hun School baseball program.

While succeeding legendary Bill McQuade, who coached the team for 46 seasons and guided the Raiders to the state Prep A title last spring in an emotional finale, is a daunting proposition, Monfiletto believes he can maintain the program’s winning tradition.

“Coach McQuade built the foundation that was incredibly successful; it is not my idea to really change the whole deal,” said Monfiletto, a former Hun baseball and football standout who served as an assistant to McQuade for the last seven seasons.  more

LOOKING FORWARD: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player John Salcedo looks for an opening last Wednesday against Princeton Day School. Senior midfielder Salcedo tallied a goal and two assists in the contest but it wasn’t enough as Hun fell 9-8 in overtime to PDS. The Raiders, who defeated Blair Academy 15-0 last Saturday to move to 1-1, host Montgomery on April 6 and Bergen Catholic on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting crosstown rival Princeton Day School in its season opener last Wednesday, the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team raced out of the gate on fire. more

READY TO GO: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Kate Davis is poised for action in a game last spring. Last Monday, senior star Davis had an assist in a losing cause as Hun fell 12-11 to Princeton Day School. The Raiders, now 2-1, host Lawrenceville School on April 5 and Stuart Country Day on April 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the desert may not seem to be a welcoming environment for serious training, the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team thrived on its recent preseason trip to Arizona. more

Missy Bruvik has enjoyed a legendary tenure as the head coach of the Stuart Country Day School field hockey program, winning a slew of county and prep titles along the way.

This spring, Bruvik is taking the helm of the Stuart lacrosse program and she is looking to instill that positive spirit in her new team.

“For me, it was just an opportunity to coach both fall and spring this year; it is a lot of the same kids,” said Bruvik, who has served as an assistant coach in the Stuart lax program over the years under three head coaches. more

COMING THROUGH: Princeton University baseball player Nick Hernandez follows through on a swing as the Tigers hosted Brown in a doubleheader last Sunday to start their Ivy League campaign. Senior outfielder Hernandez starred as Princeton swept the Bears 4-3 and 11-5. He went 2-for-4 with a run in the opener and then exploded for a 3-for-4 effort in the nightcap with five RBIs, slamming a two-run homer and a three-run homer. A day later, the Tigers were on the short end of a sweep as they fell 8-0 and 3-1 to Yale. Princeton, now 6-16 overall and 2-2 Ivy, plays at Monmouth on April 5 and then resumes Ivy play with doubleheaders at Dartmouth on April 8 and at Harvard on April 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last spring, the Princeton University baseball team displayed a flair for drama as it won the Ivy League title. more