April 5, 2017

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

HOMPE DAY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe, No. 22, celebrates after a goal in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior star Hompe tallied nine points on seven goals and two assists as seventh-ranked Princeton defeated No. 11 Syracuse 16-11. On Sunday, she had five goals and three assists to help the Tigers rout Delaware 16-4. Hompe’s eight-point game moved her from fourth on the Princeton all-time scoring list to second, as she surpassed Lisa Rebane ’96, Lindsey Biles ’05 and Erin McMunn ’15 and now has 225 points. Princeton, now 8-1, hosts Harvard on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Olivia Hompe brought a special sense of urgency to the field as the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team hosted Syracuse last Wednesday evening. more

March 29, 2017

CENTURY CLUB: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride celebrates a goal last Friday as Princeton hosted Yale. Senior star and co-captain McBride tallied five goals and two assists in the contest as he passed the 100-point mark in his career but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell 16-13 to the Bulldogs. Princeton, now 5-3 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, hosts Brown (4-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy) on April 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Gavin McBride had 99 points in his career for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team as the Tigers hit the field to host Yale last Friday afternoon.  more

STICKING WITH IT: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kathryn Hallett looks for an opening in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore star Hallett scored three goals to help Princeton defeat Dartmouth 18-8. The eighth-ranked Tigers, now 6-1 overall and 2-0 Ivy League, host No. 11 Syracuse (8-3) on March 29 and Delaware (4-3) on April 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting No. 9 Penn State last week, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team found itself trailing 5-0 nearly five minutes into the contest. more

MILLER TIME: Princeton High boys’ hockey head coach Terrence Miller surveys the action in a game this season. Miller led PHS to one of the greatest seasons in program history as the Little Tigers went 19-4-4 and made its first-ever appearance in the state Public A semifinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

During his freshman season with the Hun School boys’ hockey team in 2013-14, Blake Brown made an immediate impact as a star on the squad’s so-called “Killer B’s” line. more

When the Hun School boys’ basketball team hosted Blair Academy in mid-January, it absorbed a lopsided 68-46 loss.

The rivals met again in two tournament games in February during the last week of the season and the games took on a far different tone.

In the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) semis, Hun took a 54-48 lead into the fourth quarter before falling 77-72. Five days later, the foes matched up in the state Prep A semis and the Raiders led 51-48 after three quarters before succumbing 70-61. more

OFF AND RUNNING: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Morgan Mills sprints up the field in 2016 action. Senior star and co-captain Mills figures to be a top offensive threat for PDS this spring as it goes after a third straight state Prep B title. The Princeton University-bound Mills tallied two goals and two assists as the Panthers opened their season with a 13-12 win over Oak Hall (Fla.) last Friday. PDS will look to keep on the winning track as it hosts Princeton High on March 30 and Hun on April 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jill Thomas is hoping the way that her Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team played in its season opener last week is a harbinger of things to come this spring. more

MIDDLE GROUND: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Georgia McLean controls the ball in a game last spring. PHS is looking for senior star McLean to be its engine in the midfield again this season. The Little Tigers open their 2017 campaign by hosting WW/P-North on March 29. It will be the program’s first game under new head coach Sara Doran, who is succeeding David Schlesinger. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Sara Doran, playing on the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team in the 1980s proved to be an unforgettable experience. more

SWING TIME: Hun School softball player Meghan Donohue takes a big swing in a game last spring. Sophomore standout Donohue will provide a punch in the middle of the lineup for the Raiders. Hun opens its 2017 season by playing at the Blair Academy on April 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As a snowstorm hit the Princeton area earlier this month, the Hun School softball team headed south. more

THE RIGHT STUFF: Princeton High pitcher Mike Ramirez delivers a pitch in a 2016 game. Junior Ramirez emerged as a mound star for the Little Tigers last spring and is now the ace of the staff. PHS opens its season by hosting Hamilton on April 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High baseball team lost seven seniors to graduation from last year’s squad, the cupboard isn’t bare. more

March 22, 2017

STANDING TALL: Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson surveys the action in a game this winter. Last Thursday, Henderson’s squad nearly engineered a major upset as the 12th-seeded Tigers fell 60-58 to fifth-seeded Notre Dame in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at the KeyCenter in Buffalo, N.Y. The loss snapped a 19-game winning streak for Princeton and left it with a final record of 23-7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The luck of the Irish came a few hours early as the Notre Dame men’s basketball team battled Princeton on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day last week in the first round of the NCAA tournament. more

A NEAR MISS: Princeton University men’s basketball player Amir Bell dribbles the ball in recent action. Last Thursday, junior guard Bell contributed seven points and seven rebounds as the 12th-seeded Tigers fell 60-58 to fifth-seeded Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The defeat left Princeton with final record of 23-7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The season for the Princeton University men’s basketball team ended up in the hands of Amir Bell and Devin Cannady. more

DOUBLE VISION: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson dribbles to the hoop in a game this season. Last Friday, junior star Robinson recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 59-53 to visiting Villanova in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 16-14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton University women’s basketball team started its 2016-17 campaign by losing its first four games, it didn’t look like a squad headed to postseason play. more

IN PLAY: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride prepares to unload the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star McBride tallied a career-high five goals to help No. 15 Princeton top No. 19 Penn 17-8 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 5-2 overall and 1-0 Ivy, host Yale (3-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy) on March 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Princeton University men’s lacrosse team hosted Penn last spring, it fell behind 9-3 at halftime on the way to a 20-10 drubbing at the hands of the Quakers. more

MAKING A POINT: Princeton High girls’ basketball player Anna Intartaglia calls out instructions in a game this winter. Sophomore point guard Intartaglia’s floor leadership was a big plus for PHS this season as it went 6-20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton High girls’ basketball team, defeating Princeton Day School in a Mercer County Tournament consolation game in the final week of the season reflected how much progress it had made this winter. more

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT: Princeton Day School girls’ basketball player Ryan Robinson heads up the floor in a game this winter. Star forward Robinson produced a big junior campaign for PDS, leading the team in rebounds, blocked shots, and steals in addition to being the second top scorer. The Panthers finished the winter with an 8-17 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton Day School girls’ basketball team entered the season, Kamau Bailey realized that scrappiness and heart needed to be the squad’s calling cards. more

TURNING THE CORNER: Hun School girls’ basketball player Julie Fassl dribbles around a foe in a game this winter. Senior guard Fassl’s scrappy play helped Hun finish with a final record of 10-14, a marked improvement on the 1-22 mark posted in 2015-16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Hun School girls’ basketball team wasn’t in the running for a title at the end of the season, it culminated the winter with a memorable triumph. more