September 20, 2017

IN GOOD HANDS: Hun School girls’ soccer goalie Leah Sutphen gathers in the ball last Thursday against Princeton Day School. Junior goalie Sutphen played a superb game in a losing cause, making nine saves as Hun fell 1-0 to PDS in overtime on an own goal. The Raiders, who improved to 3-1 with a 1-0 win over Monroe, play at Germantown Academy (Pa.) on September 22 before hosting Pennington on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Joanna Hallac sensed that her Hun School girls’ soccer team was going to find itself in a nail-biter as it played at Princeton Day School last Thursday.

With the local rivals having played a number of one-goal games in recent years, the 2017 meeting between the local rivals followed that script. more

By Bill Alden

With his Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team having posted three 3-2 wins on the way to a 4-0 start, Ed Tseng is seeing parallels between the squad and a storied baseball team of the 1990s.

“We have a pretty deep team, I look at it as like the 1996 Yankees where nobody was a superstar but everyone stepped up,” said PDS head coach Tseng. more

TIGHT BATTLE: Princeton Day School girls soccer star Maddie Coyne, left, battles Bryonna Worthy of the Hun School for the ball last Thursday. Senior defender Coyne’s free kick in overtime led to an own goal against Hun which gave the Panthers a hard-fought 1-0 victory over their local rivals. PDS, which moved to 3-2 with a 1-0 win over Wardlaw-Hartridge last Monday, plays at Blair Academy on September 23 before hosting Peddie on September 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Maddie Coyne wasn’t trying to do anything fancy for the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team as she launched a free kick early in overtime against Hun last Thursday.

“I was looking to get into the general direction of goal, that is always my goal on those,” said PDS senior star center back and co-captain Coyne. more

HIGH WATTAGE: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Spencer Watts smacks a forehand last fall. Sophomore Watts has moved up to the first singles spot this fall for PHS, starring as the Little Tigers have produced a 6-0 start. PHS was slated to play at Hightstown on September 19 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament on September 25 at Mercer County Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although it is just a few weeks into the 2017 season, the Princeton High girls’ tennis team has already experienced more than its share of upheaval. more

EARLY SALVO: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Devon Lis controls the ball in recent action. Last Wednesday against visiting WW/P-South, Lis scored an early goal to set the tone as PHS pulled away to a 3-0 win over the Pirates. The Little Tigers, who tied Robbinsville 0-0 last Friday in moving to 2-2-1, host Nottingham on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Devon Lis is primed to shoulder more responsibility this fall in her senior season with the Princeton High girls’ soccer tam.

“I am definitely stepping up into that leadership position, I want to push our team,” said Lis, who is serving as the co-captain of the squad with classmate Colette Marciano. more

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University men’s soccer team, the cozy confines of its Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium have been decidedly unfriendly so far this season.

In its home opener against Seton Hall on September 7, the Tigers squandered a 3-0 lead on the way to a 4-3 defeat in overtime. more

ATTACK MODE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mikaela Symanovich controls the ball in recent action. Last Sunday, senior defender Symanovich tallied a goal as 20th-ranked Princeton defeated Delaware 3-0. The Tigers, now 7-1, host Yale on September 23 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though Mikaela Symanovich has established herself as a stalwart on the back line for the Princeton University women’s soccer team, that doesn’t mean she can’t be a threat on the attacking end as well. more

STRONG START: Princeton University football player Stephen Carlson heads upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted the University of San Diego in its season opener. Making his first career start, junior receiver Carlson came up big, making six catches for 94 yards and three touchdowns to help the Tigers prevail 27-17. Princeton plays at Lafayette on September 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Fireworks exploded over one side of Powers Field as the Princeton University football team ran on the field for its season opener last Saturday against visiting University of San Diego.

Minutes later, Princeton junior receiver Stephen Carlson helped ignite fireworks on the field for the Tigers. more

BREAKING THROUGH: Princeton High football player Evan Angelucci eludes a tackler in recent action. Junior running back Angelucci has emerged as a bright spot for PHS this fall. The Little Tigers, who moved to 0-3 with a 53-18 loss to Hightstown last Saturday, are next in action when they play at Lawrence High on September 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having been outscored 75-0 in losing its first two games, the Princeton High football team reached into its bag of tricks as it hosted Hightstown last Saturday.

Looking to catch the Rams by surprise, PHS started the game with an onside kick. The gamble paid off as the Little Tigers recovered the ball and proceeded to march to the Hightstown five-yard-line. more

CLAWING BACK: Hun School field hockey player Claudine Chiminski goes after the ball in recent action. Senior captain Chiminski is bringing experience to the Hun midfield. The Raiders, who fell to 0-1-1 with a 3-2 loss to Pennington last Thursday, host Montgomery on September 22 before playing at Stuart County Day School on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While Kathy Quirk acknowledges that her Hun School field hockey team lacks experience, she believes it possesses a lot of grit.

“We lost 12 seniors last year and the year before that we lost 13,” said Hun head coach Quirk. more

September 13, 2017

ON THE BALL: Hun School girls’ soccer player Kendall Dandridge, right, battles for the ball in a game last season. Senior defender Dandridge figures to be a force on the back line in her final campaign for the Raiders. Last Saturday, Dandridge and the Raiders got things off on the right foot, edging Ewing 2-1 in their season opener. Hun plays at Princeton Day School on September 14, hosts Monroe Township High on September 16, and then plays at Oak Knoll on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Hun School girls’ soccer doesn’t boast quantity in terms of numbers this fall, it does possess quality all over the field.

“Our numbers are pretty thin but the core group that we have coming back is good and strong,” said Hun head coach Joanna Hallac, who guided the Raiders to a 7-10-2 record in 2016. “We have added a couple of newcomers.”

The  Hun defense figures to be the strength of the team this fall, featuring senior Kendall Dandridge, junior Olivia McNulty, senior Jenna Jarvis, freshman Amanda Jenkins, and junior Brenna Wehner. more

It didn’t take long for the Hun School football team to pick up where it left off last year as it hosted Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada in its 2017 opener on Saturday.

Coming off an 8-0 campaign and riding a 22-game winning streak, Hun jumped out to a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest, opening the floodgates for a rout. By the end of the first quarter, the Raiders led 35-0 and never looked back on the way to a 63-6 victory over the Knights. more

By Bill Alden

Wesley Leggett had his foot encased in an ice pack after the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team played its season opener last Wednesday but he was all smiles.

PDS junior star Leggett tallied the initial goal of what turned out to a be a 5-0 win for the Panthers over visiting Wardlaw-Hartridge. more

FAST START: Princeton Day School field hockey player Sasha Sindhwani, left, goes after the ball in a game last season. Last Friday, Sindhwani scored two goals and chipped in an assist to help PDS defeat South Hunterdon 6-0 and improve to 2-0. A day earlier, Sindhwani had a goal and an assist as the Panthers topped Stuart Country Day 6-0 in their season opener. The Panthers are slated to host George School (Pa.) on September 15 before playing at Peddie on September 18 and at Hun on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Sasha Sindhwani came out firing as the Princeton Day School field hockey team hosted South Hunterdon last Friday.

PDS junior forward Sindhwani scored 58 seconds into the contest and added another tally late in the first half, helping the Panthers roll to a 6-0 victory.

“We just went out there with all that we have got,” said Sindhwani.  more

HEADS UP: Princeton High boys’ soccer star Quentin Pompliano, left, heads a ball in a 2016 game. Last Thursday, senior Pompliano, who has moved to forward this year after playing on the back line last fall, scored the initial tally as PHS defeated Steinert 5-1 in its season opener. The Little Tigers, who tied Notre Dame 0-0 last Monday to move to 1-0-1, host Robbinsville on September 15 and Lawrence High on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After starring on the back line for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team last fall, Quentin Pompliano has been moved up the field to play forward for the 2017 campaign.

For senior Pompliano, going to striker has been like a homecoming for him. more

COACHES’ CORNER: Princeton University football head coach Bob Surace talks with his coaches during the program’s recently held Media Day. Princeton is coming off an 8-2 campaign last fall that saw it share the Ivy League title with Penn. The Tigers get their 2017 season underway when they host the University of San Diego on September 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Princeton University football team is coming off an 8-2 campaign in 2016 that saw it tie Penn for the Ivy League title and has been picked to finish first along with Harvard for the upcoming season by the media poll, Bob Surace doesn’t view his squad as a powerhouse just yet. more

CAPTAIN KURT: Princeton University football star Kurt Holuba smiles as he fields questions at the program’s recently held annual media day. Senior defensive lineman Holuba, who earned third-team All-America honors last fall, is serving as a captain of the 2017 Tigers along with classmates Chad Kanoff and John Lovett. Princeton kicks off its season when it hosts the University of San Diego on September 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Kurt Holuba didn’t get the chance to finish his sophomore season with the Princeton University football team in 2015 due to a knee injury.

“I went down in the third game with a torn MCL, it was really difficult,” recalled Holuba, speaking at the program’s recently held annual media day. more

RISING STAR: Princeton University women’s soccer player Courtney O’Brien, center, rises up to head a ball in recent action. Last Thursday against visiting Rider, sophomore forward O’Brien enjoyed a breakout game, scoring her first two college goals as the Tigers prevailed 2-0. On Sunday, O’Brien added two more goals to help Princeton defeat New Hampshire 3-1. O’Brien was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her heroics. The Tigers, now 6-0, host No. 3 West Virginia (5-2) on September 15 and Delaware (2-2-2) on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Courtney O’Brien picked a very good time to score the first goal in her career with the Princeton University women’s soccer team. more

September 6, 2017

By Bill Alden

On the face of it, posting a 6-11-2 record last fall would hardly seem to be a springboard for the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team.

But with the Tartans having ended 2016 by pulling off  upsets in the opening round and the semis of the state Prep B tournament to reach the final, there is new confidence around the program as it heads into this fall.

“The seniors that came back this year are so excited after what happened with us last year,” said Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik, who is in her second tenure guiding the Tartans. more

PUSH BACK: Hun School boys’ soccer player Gibson Campbell, left, fights for the ball in a game last year. Sophomore defender Campbell has merged as a leader on the Hun back line. The Raiders start their 2017 season when they play at WW/P-South on September 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It didn’t take long for the Hun School boys’ soccer team to get on the same page as it got into preseason training this August.

“We are five days in and it seems as if we have been playing together for quite some time,” said Hun head coach Pat Quirk, who guided the Raiders to a 5-13 record in 2016. more

CAGE FIGHT: Princeton High field hockey goalie Kate Rogers guards the cage in a 2015 game. Senior star and tri-captain Rogers has distinguished herself as a steadying force in the back line for PHS. The Little Tigers open their 2017 season when they host Robbinsville on September 7.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The loss of nine seniors to graduation from its 2016 squad has left the Princeton High field hockey team with a gaping hole coming into this fall.

While PHS head coach Heather Serverson acknowledges that there will be new faces all over the field this fall, she believes that talent on hand can fill the void left by the Class of 2017. more

NO DOUBT: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Noam Davidov goes after the ball in a recent scrimmage. PHS will be looking to senior forward Davidov to help trigger the team’s offense this fall. The Little Tigers kick off their 2017 campaign when they host Steinert on September 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Wayne Sutcliffe is hoping that his Princeton High boys’ soccer team will be defined by humility and hunger this fall.

“I think the key is to not become intoxicated with how good we think we are and to have respect for every opponent,” said longtime PHS head coach Sutcliffe, whose 2016 team went 17-1-2, sharing the Mercer County Tournament title with Pennington but then falling in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional to see the stellar campaign come to an abrupt end. “We have to work hard everyday to get better because you never are as good as you think you are.” more

By Bill Alden

Jim Barlow knew that his Princeton University men’s soccer team faced an uphill battle when it opened its season over the weekend by playing at No. 8 Syracuse and Colgate in the Central New York Classic.

“It is so difficult when you are playing teams that have been at it for close to a month already,” said Princeton head coach Barlow, whose team started preseason training on August 17 and had just one scrimmage coming into last weekend while both its foes had two games under their belts. more

CAT QUICK: Princeton University field hockey player Nicole Catalino controls the ball last Friday as the Tigers hosted North Carolina in their season opener. Junior defensive midfielder Catalino played well in a losing cause as Princeton fell 2-0 to the Tar Heels. The Tigers, who lost 5-3 to defending national champion Delaware on Sunday to fall to 0-2, host Rutgers on September 8 and Penn State on September 10.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden 

Nicole Catalino resembles the Energizer Bunny in her spot as a defensive midfielder for the Princeton University field hockey team, constantly on the move as she tracks the ball all over the field.

Junior standout Catalino relishes being in the middle of the action. “I have more influence on the rest of the players through experience and just the role I play on the field,” said Catalino. more

ONE-TWO PUNCH: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer defenders Madison Coyne, right, and Becca Kuzmicz control the ball in a recent training session. PDS will be depending on senior co-captains Coyne and Kuzmicz to anchor the back line the fall. The Panthers open their 2017 season by playing at the George School (Pa.) on September 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Months before the 2017 season began, the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team was hit with adversity.

Due to academy system rules promulgated by the U.S. Soccer Federation that prevent players from competing for both high school and club programs, PDS lost the services of three of its top returning players, senior goalie Grace Barbara, senior midfielder Damali Simon-Ponte, and junior midfielder Madison McCaw. This trio helped the Panthers share the state Prep B title and advance to the Mercer County Tournament final last year on the way to posting a 17-1-4 final record. more