April 18, 2018

CATCHING FIRE: Princeton High baseball player Alec Silverman takes charge in a game earlier this season. Senior catcher Silverman’s defensive play and solid hitting in the cleanup spot have helped PHS produce a 5-3 start. The Little Tigers will look to keep on the winning track as they host Hightstown on April 18 and Allentown on April 19 before playing at Hightstown on April 20 and then hosting Robbinsville on April 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton High baseball team endured losing campaigns in the first three years of his career,  Alec Silverman sensed things would be different this spring.

“Our guys have invested so much into it,” said Silverman, noting that there are eight seniors on the PHS roster. more

NYCE WORK: Princeton Day School baseball player Matt Nyce makes contact in a recent game. Last Thursday, junior star Nyce went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs to help PDS defeat Peddie 13-6. The Panthers, who lost to Nottingham 10-8 last Saturday to fall to 4-2, host Conwell Egan (Pa.) on April 19 and Lawrence High on April 21 before playing at Gill St.Bernard’s on April 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton Day School baseball team trailed the Peddie School 4-0 in the second inning last Thursday one day after falling 14-12 to Hun in extra innings, Matt Nyce was confident that the Panthers would rally.

“It was pretty early in the game and we have been hitting really well,” said junior star second baseman Nyce. more

April 11, 2018

ON TARGET: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Madison Mundenar controls the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Mundenar tallied seven goals to help PDS edge Hun 14-12. The Panthers, now 2-2, host Pennington on April 11 before playing at Princeton High on April 12 and at Blair Academy on April 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Madison Mundenar helped the Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team start on the right foot as it hosted Allentown last week.

Just minutes into the April 3 contest, senior star Mundenar raced down the field, gathering in a feed from Gwen Allen and firing it into the back of the net to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. more

ATTACK MODE: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Zoe Cook races to goal in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, junior star attacker Cook tallied five goals and three assists to help Hun defeat Stuart Country Day 15-4. The Raiders, who dropped to 2-3 with a 10-7 loss to Princeton High on Monday, host Peddie on April 11 before playing at Blair Academy on April 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Zoe Cook didn’t waste any time setting the tone for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team as it played at Stuart Country Day last Friday.

The junior attacker tallied four goals and two assists as Hun built an 8-1 lead over the Tartans by halftime and never looked back on the way to a 15-4 win. more

BREAKING THROUGH: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Jake Bennett battles past a foe in a recent game. Sophomore attackman Bennett tallied four goals and two assists to help PDS defeat Lawrenceville 13-11 last Wednesday. It was the Panthers’ first win over the Big Red since 1981. The Panthers, who improved to 3-1 by defeating Springside-Chestnut Hill (Pa.) 11-7 last Friday, are slated to play at the Hill School (Pa.) on April 14 before hosting Seton Hall Prep on April 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having been dominated by Lawrenceville over the years, the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team was looking to flip the script when the local rivals met last Wednesday.

“We came into it with a really good game plan,” said PDS sophomore attackman Jake Bennett, reflecting on the matchup which last saw the Panthers post a win in 1981. “In the past, they have had a lot more numbers than us and they pushed transition a lot. Here we wanted to get the ball and settle down a little bit.” more

CENTRAL PARK: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Alex Park heads upfield in recent action. Last Thursday, junior attackman Park scored two goals to help PHS defeat Pennington 10-2 as it earned its first win of the season. The Little Tigers, who moved to 1-3 with a 6-3 loss at Monroe on Saturday, are slated to host Montgomery on April 14 before playing at WW/P-North on April 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having scored a total of six goals in losing its first two games this season, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team was looking to break out when it hosted Pennington last Thursday.

“We are just working to come together on offense,” said PHS junior attackman Alex Park. more

ATLANTIC ADVENTURE: Oliver Crane celebrates in Antigua this past January after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Crane, a resident of Lawrenceville who is headed to Princeton University, rowed the 3,000-mile journey in 44 days, and at age 19, became the youngest person to ever row solo across the Atlantic.

By Bill Alden

It took a while for Oliver Crane to develop a passion for rowing.

“I first experienced crew at Mercer Rowing Club in eighth grade, but I didn’t really row much then,” said Crane, a resident of Lawrenceville.

“All through middle school my main sport was ice hockey, but I ended up getting five concussions so I couldn’t do contact sports anymore. I ended up doing cross country and rowing at Peddie and fell in love with rowing after that.” more

April 4, 2018

COMEBACK KIDS: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Trevor Deubner unloads the ball in a game last year. Last Wednesday, sophomore star attackman Deubner scored two goals to help Hun rally from a 6-3 halftime deficit to defeat Princeton Day School 10-8 in its season opener. In upcoming action, the Raiders play at the Lawrenceville School on April 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having lost its annual clash against local rival Princeton Day School the last two years, the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team was fired up to turn the tables on the Panthers when the foes met last Wednesday to open the 2018 season.

“It was our first game last year and again this year; we have been thinking about it all offseason,” said Hun sophomore star Trevor Deubner.  more

STARTING WITH A BANG: Hun School baseball player Chris Pontrella takes a cut in a game last year. Senior star outfielder Pontrella helped Hun get the 2018 season off with a bang, going 3-for-5 with a run and three RBIs as the Raiders topped Lawrenceville 12-1 last Thursday in its season opener. Hun is slated to host the Hill School (Pa.) on April 4 before playing at St. Augustine Prep on April 6 and the Peddie School on April 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though it has won two straight state Prep A titles, the Hun School baseball team still believes it has something to prove.

“We are definitely fired up but we are pretty hungry which is great and it is not just coming from the coaching staff,” said second-year head coach Tom Monfiletto. more

IN CONTROL: Princeton High junior star Teddy Durbin delivers the ball last Saturday as PHS defeated Hamilton 8-4 in its season opener. Durbin struck out four and gave up three runs on three hits in 4 and 2/3 innings to earn the win. He also went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI to contribute to a PHS batting attack that pounded out 12 hits and scored three runs in both the first and sixth innings. The Little Tigers are slated to host WW/P-North on April 4 before playing at Notre Dame on April 6, at Lawrenceville on April 9 and at Trenton on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Dave Roberts doesn’t mince words in describing what he expects from his Princeton High baseball team this spring.

“Last year, you could call it rebuilding,” said PHS head coach Roberts, whose team posted a 6-17-1 record in 2017. “This year we are old and we have no excuses. We have eight seniors, four juniors, a freshman and a sophomore.” more

CENTURY CLUB: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Elon Tuckman controls the ball in a 2017 game. Last Wednesday, senior star Tuckman tallied four goals, including the 100th of his career, but it wasn’t enough as PDS fell 10-8 to Hun in its season opener. This past Monday, Tuckman chipped in three goals and three assists to help the Panthers break into the win column as they defeated Princeton High 9-1. In upcoming action, PDS hosts Lawrenceville on April 4 before playing at Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on April 6 and at Pennington on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a 14-2 season which saw it win both the Mercer County Tournament and the state Prep B title for a second straight year, the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team appeared to pick up where it left off as it hosted Hun in its 2018 opener.

With senior star Elon Tuckman scoring three goals, including the 100th of his career, PDS built a 6-3 lead at half-time last Wednesday in the annual clash between the local rivals. more

ALL IN: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Ali Hannah heads to goal in game last season. Senior star Hannah figures to be the go-to finisher this spring for Stuart after tallying 80 goals in 2017. The Tartans get regular season play underway by playing at Nottingham on April 4 and then hosting Hun on April 6 and Gill St. Bernard’s on April 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team is welcoming a dozen freshmen to its roster this spring, the addition of so many new faces hasn’t kept the squad from getting on the same page.

“We are such a large group of underclassmen and they bring a ton of energy,” said Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik, whose team posted a 6-10 record in 2017. more

March 28, 2018

GOING FOUR IT: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Bridget Kane races upfield last spring. Senior attacker/midfielder Kane provides hustle and skill to a PDS squad that is going after its fourth straight state Prep B title. The Panthers get their 2018 campaign underway when they host the Hill School (Pa.) on March 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jill Thomas believes firmly in the maxim that it is not where you start, it is where you finish.

As Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse head coach Thomas looks at her 2018 squad, she is hoping that a stellar group of nine seniors will achieve a big finish, having their sights set on a fourth consecutive state Prep B title. more

LO AND BEHOLD: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Mariana Lopez-Ona controls the ball in 2017 action. Junior star Lopez-Ona will be a two-way threat in the midfield for PHS with her offensive skills and defensive prowess. The Little Tigers open their 2018 season with a game at Robbinsville on March 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Despite the series of nor’easters that pounded the area in March, the players on the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team haven’t let the inclement weather dampen their spirits.

“We have had a couple of indoor practices but for the most part we have braved the weather and been outside,” said PHS head coach Sara Doran, who led the Little Tigers to a 14-8 record and the semifinals of the Central Jersey Group 4 Tournament last spring in her debut season at the helm of the program. more

POLE POSITION: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Ryan Farrell, left, thwarts a foe in a game last season. Senior defender and tri-captain Farrell will be a steadying presence for a PHS squad that is welcoming a lot of new faces to its lineup. The Little Tigers play at Notre Dame on March 28 in their season opener. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Saying goodbye to 14 seniors from a 2017 squad that advanced to the semifinals of the North Jersey Group 3 tournament last year, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team will have a new look this spring.

“We have holes that a lot of JV kids are going to fill,” said PHS head coach Chip Casto, who guided the Little Tigers to a 10-9 record last year and an appearance in the Mercer County Tournament championship game. “We will see who rises basically. We are basically a senior defense and everything else is underclassmen.” more

ZO GOOD: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Zoe Cook heads to goal in a game last year. Junior midfielder Cook figures to be a key offensive threat again this year for Hun after earning All-Prep honors in 2017. The Raiders open their 2018 campaign by playing at Monroe High on March 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team chants “USA, USA” this year, it will be expressing more than just patriotism.

“We have an acronym this year, USA, which has a meaning that is twofold,” said Hun head coach Liz Cook, who guided the Raiders to a 12-4 record and the state Prep A semis last year and is entering her fourth season at the helm of the program. “It means united, strong, and aggressive; that is what we want to be in that order. We also have a lot of patriotic kids.” more

POWER SOURCE: Hun School softball player Meghan Donohue takes a swing in a game last season. Junior third baseman Donohue will be counted on to provide punch in the middle of the Hun batting order this spring as the Raiders look to defend their state Prep A title. Hun opens the 2018 season by hosting Penn Charter on March 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Hun School softball team, 2017 turned into a dream season as the Raiders went 14-2 and won the program’s first state Prep A title since 2004.

Looking ahead to the upcoming season, longtime Hun head coach Kathy Quirk knows it will be a challenge to produce an encore. more

March 20, 2018

PASSING IT ON: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Kate Bennett looks to pass the ball in a game this season. Senior stalwart Bennett provided leadership and stability as PDS won two of its final three games to end the winter at 5-16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Dealing with injuries from the first week of the season, the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team had trouble finding a rhythm this winter.

“Our struggle was just keeping everybody heathy throughout the year,” said PDS head coach Kamau Bailey. more

COBY BEEF: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Coby Auslander controls the puck in a game this season. Junior forward and captain Auslander starred as the Panthers went 17-7 and advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) championship game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the winter, Coby Auslander was determined to step into a leadership role for the Princeton Day School boys hockey team.

“Last year I was one of the guys and we had a bunch of seniors,” said junior forward and team captain Auslander.

“They were great guys who taught me what it is like to lead. We have a young group in there so it is important for me to get all of those guys and help them learn the game a little bit and get used to the speed.” more

March 14, 2018

BIG FINISH: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Sam Dwyer brings the puck up the ice in a game this season. Senior forward and co-captain Dwyer came up big down the stretch for PDS, scoring the game-winning goal as the Panthers topped Rye Country Day (N.Y.) 2-1 in overtime in the fifth place game of the WIHLMA (Women’s Interscholastic Hockey League of the Mid-Atlantic) playoffs. The Panthers edged Chatham 1-0 in their season finale on February 22 to end the winter with a 9-13-2 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team struggled to a 2-7-1 start this winter, it was time for some soul-searching.

“We had a talk with the captain group in early January about basically, hey, we have a little over a month left,” said PDS head coach Lorna Cook. more

By Bill Alden

Coming into the winter, the Princeton High boys’ swimming team seemed to be in rebuilding mode.

“People didn’t look to us in the beginning and expect much from us, looking at who we lost over the past couple of years,” said PHS head coach Carly Misiewicz. “It was ‘Princeton is not going to be much this year.’”

The Little Tigers turned out to be much better than expected, posting a 8-4 record in dual meets and placing fifth at the Mercer County Championships. more

SENIOR SWIM: Princeton High girls’ swimmer Emily Curran displays her freestyle form in a meet this year. Senior star and co-captain Curran enjoyed a big final campaign, helping PHS go 9-4 and advance to the North 2 Public B sectional quarterfinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Carly Misiewicz sensed that her Princeton High girls’ swimming team was developing a special spirit as it headed into the homestretch of the season.

“Our girls’ team was really passionate and really cared for each other,” said PHS head coach Misiewicz. “They wanted to dig deep.” more

LIVING IT UP: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Olivia Corrodi controls the puck in a game this season. Junior forward and assistant captain Corrodi helped PHS enjoy a winning campaign this winter as it ended up with a 9-7-3 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though his Princeton High girls’ hockey team went 3-10 in 2016-17, Christian Herzog had high hopes coming into this winter.

“Going in, no matter what happens, I thought that we would be pretty close to .500,” said PHS head coach Herzog. more

Princeton Day School senior athletes Damali Simon-Ponte, left, and Grace Barbara are all smiles as they recently signed letters of intent to compete for Division I college soccer programs. Joining them for the ceremony in the back row, from left to right, are Head of School Paul Stellato, Associate Director of College Counseling Cindy Michalak, Director of College Counseling Sarah Graham, Head of Upper School Jason Robinson, and Director of Athletics Tim Williams. Simon-Ponte will play soccer at the University of Delaware in the fall. In 2016, star midfielder Simon-Ponte was the leading scorer for PDS and one of the top assist leaders in New Jersey as the Panthers won their third straight state Prep B crown. Barbara, for her part, will play for Princeton University next year. Star goalie Barbara is a two-time Mercer 33 honoree and was named top goalkeeper in Mercer County during 2016. Three other PDS seniors, C.J. Uche (Bucknell), Maddie Coyne (George Washington), and Donovan Davis (Elon University), have also committed to play soccer for D-I programs.

March 7, 2018

ACTION JACKSON: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Jay Jackson puts up a shot in a game this season. Sophomore Jackson emerged as a bright spot in a tough season for PHS as it went 4-21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having lost 19 of its first 20 games this winter, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team could have gone through the motions over the last two weeks of the season.

Instead, PHS saved its best for last, going 3-2 in its last five games, highlighted by a 58-54 win over Steinert in its home finale on February 9 and a 54-51 victory over WW/P-South on February 20 in a Mercer County Tournament consolation game to end the season. more