September 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

RELIEF PITCHER: Princeton High quarterback Jake Renda passes the ball last Saturday as PHS opened its season by hosting Hamilton. Freshman Renda came off the bench after senior quarter Vince Doran was injured in the first quarter and played well, completing 11-of-24 passes for 133 yards in a losing cause as the Little Tigers fell 39-0 to the Hornets. PHS plays at Pemberton (1-0) on September 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Hosting Hamilton past Saturday in its season opener, the Princeton High football team came out roaring.

After kicking off to the Hornets, the PHS defense gave its guests a rude welcome, sacking the Hamilton quarterback on first down and then picking up a turnover two plays later when Isaac Webb leaped up for an interception. more

STICKING WITH IT: Princeton Day School field hockey player Sasha Sindhwani, right, goes after the ball in a recent scrimmage. Defending state Prep B champion PDS is counting on junior star Sindhwani to provide production again on the front line this fall. The Panthers open their 2017 season when the play at Stuart Country Day School on September 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last fall, the Princeton Day School field hockey came out of nowhere to emerge as a powerhouse.

After going 6-13-1 in 2015, PDS produced a brilliant 16-4 campaign a year ago, winning the state Prep B title and advancing to the Mercer County Tournament final. more

August 30, 2017

FULL SPEED AHEAD: Alex Ratzan races up the field last fall in his senior season for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team. Star midfielder Ratzan, who helped PHS share the Mercer County Tournament crown with Pennington in 2016, is currently going through preseason practice for his freshman season with the Tufts University men’s soccer team. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Helped by a pipeline of Princeton area players, the Tufts University men’s soccer team has ascended to the top of Division III soccer. more

NO LETTING UP: Princeton High girls’ soccer star Colette Marciano controls the ball in 2016 action. PHS will be depending on senior Marciano and classmate Devon Lis to provide a one-two punch in the midfield this fall. The Little Tigers open their 2017 season by playing at Manalapan on September 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Going with a bevy of new faces last fall due to some heavy graduation losses, the Princeton High girls’ soccer struggled in the early going as it got off to a 0-3 start. more

CATCHING ON: Princeton High star receiver Isaac Webb looks to break loose from a foe in 2016 action. Junior Webb figures to be a key weapon for the PHS offense this fall after emerging as a standout last fall. The Little Tigers kick off their 2017 season by hosting Hamilton on September 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Entering the 2014 season, the Princeton High football team had a chip on its shoulder.

Coming off a 0-10 season the year before, the players were hungry to prove that they could get back in the win column. Beginning with a 28-7 opening day win over Hamilton, the Little Tigers made their point, getting off to a 5-0 start on the way to an 8-2 record and a trip to the state playoffs. more

LION-HEARTED: Haley Bodden dribbles the ball upfield in action last fall during her freshman season for The College of New Jersey women’s soccer team. Former Princeton High standout Bodden, who tallied four goals during her debut campaign in 17 appearances, is currently in preseason camp at TCNJ in preparation for her sophomore season with the Lions. (Photo Courtesy of TCNJ Athletic Communications)

As Haley Bodden developed into a star for the Princeton High girls’ soccer team, she set her sights on playing for a Division I program at the next level. more

August 23, 2017

BALL HAWK: Ashley Maziarz surveys the action from her center back position in action last season during her sophomore season for the Lehigh University women’s soccer team. Former Hun School standout Maziarz played a key role for a stingy Mountain Hawk defensive unit that started the 2016 season with eight straight shutouts as Lehigh went on to post an 11-5-2 record. Last Friday, Maziarz started her junior campaign by helping Lehigh play to a 0-0 draw through two overtimes with visiting Monmouth. (Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Athletics)

During her career with the Hun School girls’ soccer team, Ashley Maziarz played a big role as the program reached new heights.

Starring at midfield and defense, Maziarz’s skill and clutch play helped Hun win the state Prep A title in the fall of 2014. Maziarz’s brilliant goal on a free kick proved to be the game winner in the title contest as Hun stunned perennial power Pennington 2-0. more

SOLID GOLD: Andrew Goldsmith tracks the ball in a game last fall during his senior season for the Princeton High boys soccer team. After enjoying a stellar career for PHS, Goldsmith has moved on to the Vassar College men’s soccer program where he is currently taking part in preseason practice. Vassar starts its 2017 campaign when it hosts Western Connecticut State on September 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski

Over the course of his four seasons with Princeton High boys’ soccer team, Andrew Goldsmith grew into a leader and a top scorer.

In his senior campaign last fall, he served as a co-captain of the squad with Alex Ratzan and contributed 17 goals from his center midfield spot as PHS went 17-1-2 and shared the Mercer County Tournament title with the Pennington School. more

August 16, 2017

HIGH INTENSITY: Trish Reilly looks for the ball in action last fall during her freshman season for the Lehigh University field hockey team. Former Princeton High standout Reilly saw time at midfield and defense during the 2016 campaign, receiving the program’s Coaches Award. Reilly, who has been voted as a team captain, is looking to earn a starting role on defense this fall for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh begins its 2017 campaign when it hosts LIU-Brooklyn on August 25. (Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Athletics)

For Trish Reilly, playing college sports was a matter of following family tradition.

Her father, George, played football and competed at track at Brown University, while her mother, Ann, was a field hockey player for the Bears. Reilly’s oldest sister, Meg, played for the Muhlenberg College lacrosse program while older sister Katie was a lacrosse player at Amherst College. more