September 16, 2015

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GREEN DAY: Princeton High football player Jakob Green punts the ball during a preseason scrimmage. Sophomore receiver/defensive back Green made a solid debut last Saturday as PHS fell 10-7 at Hamilton in the season opener for both teams. Green had four catches for 66 yards and capably handled the kicking duties for the Little Tigers. PHS will look to get on the winning track when it plays at Ewing (1-0) on September 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As it rolled to an 8-2 campaign last fall, the Princeton High football team was held to seven points just once. more

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USING HIS HEAD: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer player Isaac Rosenthal heads the ball against the George School (Pa.) last Friday. Senior star Rosenthal scored on a header in the game to give PDS a 1-0 victory. The Panthers, who improved to 2-0 with the triumph, play at Hamilton on September 18 and at Hopewell Valley on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Displaying its skill, the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team dominated possession from the opening whistle last Friday as it hosted the George School (Pa.). more

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MOVING FORWARD: Hun School field hockey player Julie Fassl patrols the field in action last season. Hun is looking for junior Fassl to be a catalyst on the forward line this season. The Raiders start their 2015 season by hosting Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Pa.) on September 16 and Pennington on September 17 before playing at WW/P-S on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Hun School field hockey team boasts plenty of depth, Kathy Quirk is still figuring out the best way to utilize her  resources. more

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THREE’S COMPANY: Princeton University quarterbacks, from left, sophomore John Lovett, junior Chad Kanoff, and senior Kedric Bostic pose together during the program’s media day earlier this month. The trio are competing for playing time and each figures to see action this fall. Princeton, which went 5-5 overall and 4-3 Ivy League last fall, kicks off its 2015 campaign when it plays at Lafayette (0-2) on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Slipping to fourth place in the Ivy League standings last fall after sharing the title in 2013 with Harvard, the Princeton University football team headed to Asia this spring to begin a hoped-for climb up the league standings. more

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HAPPY CAMPERS: Princeton University football senior co-captains, Matt Arends, left, and Seth DeValve enjoy a light moment as the players took a break from preseason camp earlier this month for the program’s media day. Arends is moving to outside linebacker from safety this fall as the Tigers look to shore up their defense after giving up 28.7 points a game in 2014 in going 5-5 overall and 4-3 Ivy League. The Tigers open their 2015 season by playing at Lafayette on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt Arends found a home in the secondary during his first three years with the Princeton University football team. more

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TAYLOR SWIFT: Princeton High girls’ soccer Taylor Lis races up the field in action last fall. Senior midfielder and tri-captain Lis should be a top offensive weapon for PHS this fall. The Little Tigers were slated to get their 2015 season underway by hosting Robbinsville on September 15 and playing at Hamilton on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High girls’ soccer team boasting a slew of battle-tested players, Val Rodriguez sees a maturity around her squad. more

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ON THE BALL: Hun School boys’ soccer player Alex Semler chases down the ball in a game last season. Senior defender Semler has been a mainstay on the back line for the Raiders since his freshman season. Hun gets its 2015 season underway this week by playing at Morristown-Beard on September 15 and at the Life Center Academy on September 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School boys’ soccer team, the 2015 season couldn’t come soon enough. more

September 9, 2015

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STANDING TALL Princeton High senior quarterback Dave Beamer unloads the ball during a recent scrimmage. Beamer’s passing prowess helped PHS go 8-2 last fall on the way to West Jersey Football League’s Valley Division title and an appearance in the state playoffs. The Little Tigers kick off 2015 regular season play with a game at Hamilton on September 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

There was some apprehension around the Princeton High football team as it entered the 2014 season. more

CLUTCH PLAY: Princeton High boys’ soccer goalie Owen Lindenfeldar clutches the ball last Saturday as PHS hosted Westfield in the season opener for both teams. Senior Lindenfeldar posted a shutout as the Little Tigers prevailed 1-0 in overtime. PHS is next in action when it hosts Trenton on September 11. (Photo by John Dowers)

Owen Lindenfeldar and his teammates on the Princeton High boys’ soccer team knew they were facing a challenge when they hosted Westfield last Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both squads. more

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ON THE STICK: Princeton High field hockey star Trish Reilly, right, displays her stick work in a game last fall. Senior midfielder Reilly figures to be a key offensive threat for a powerful PHS team that is coming off an 18-4 season last fall that included a trip to the county final and sectional semis. PHS was scheduled to open its season by hosting Princeton Day School on September 8 and Allentown on September 10 before playing at Lawrenceville on September 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Heather Serverson is putting on her chef’s hat as she looks to find the recipe for success this fall for the Princeton High field hockey team, mixing and matching the ingredients at her disposal. more

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IN CONTROL: Hun School girls’ soccer player Jess -Johnson controls the ball in action last fall. Senior defender -Johnson’s skilled play and calming presence on the back line will be critical as Hun looks to defend its state Prep A crown. The Raiders open their 2015 season by playing at Episcopal Academy (Pa.) on September 10 and at Princeton Day School on September 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Catching fire down the stretch last year, the Hun School girls’ soccer team emerged as one of the pleasant surprises of the fall season. more

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READY TO STRIKE: Princeton Day School field hockey player -Elizabeth Brennan prepares to hit the ball in action last fall. Sophomore midfielder/back Brennan figures to be a key performer this fall for PDS. The Panthers were slated to get their 2015 campaign underway by playing at Princeton High on September 8 and at Stuart Country Day on September 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Heather Farlow, playing field hockey at Rutgers University in the mid-1990s was a transformative experience.  more

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MADISON AVENUE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer star Madison Coyne controls the ball in a game last year. Sophomore standout Coyne will be spearheading the PDS back line as the Panthers look to defend their state Prep B title. PDS was scheduled to kick off its 2015 season by playing at the George School (Pa.) on September 8 and hosting the Hun School on September 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With only one senior on the roster this fall for the Princeton Day School girls’ team, it may appear that the squad lacks experience. more

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BIG BEN: Princeton University men’s soccer goalie Ben Hummel stretches out to thwart a foe in a game last season. Last Friday,  6’6 Hummel stood tall, making two saves as Princeton rallied to beat St. John’s 2-1 in its season opener. In upcoming action, the Tigers head south to play at Florida Gulf Coast University on September 10 and at Florida International on September 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University men’s soccer team hit the field at St. John’s last Friday evening in its season opener, the players were anxious to see where they stood. more

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SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton University field hockey player Sophia Tornetta, left, goes after the ball in action this weekend as the Tigers got their season underway. Freshman striker Tornetta notched Princeton’s first goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to second-ranked North Carolina on Friday and chipped in an assist and scored on a penalty stroke as No. 15 Princeton fell 4-3 to No. 9 Virginia two days later. The Tigers play at Bucknell on September 12 and at Delaware a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Sophia Tornetta didn’t waste any time making an impact in her first weekend playing for the Princeton University field hockey team. more

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LOOSE BALL: Princeton University women’s soccer player Tyler Lussi, left, battles for the ball in recent action. Last Sunday, junior star Lussi scored a goal in a losing cause as Princeton fell 3-2 to visiting Duquesne. Princeton, now 2-2, hosts Delaware on September 10 before playing at Villanova on September 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After rolling to a 2-0 start, outscoring its foes 8-1 in the process, the Princeton University women’s soccer team hit some bumps in the road last week. more

September 2, 2015

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FLYING START: Princeton University women’s soccer player Vanessa Gregoire, right, soars over a Howard player last Friday night in the 2015 season opener for the Tigers. Sophomore midfielder Gregoire contributed a goal and an assist in the contest as Princeton rolled to a 6-0 win over the Bison in the debut of new Tiger head coach Sean Driscoll. Two days later, Gregoire contributed two assists as Princeton topped Fordham 2-1. Gregoire was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her productive weekend. The Tigers will look to keep on the winning track as they host Rutgers on September 3 and Duquesne on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Vanessa Gregoire, the season opener for the Princeton University women’s soccer team last Friday night against visiting Howard had been on her mind for a while. more

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HARD CHALLENGE: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Chris Harla thwarts a foe in a recent preseason scrimmage. Senior defender and tri-captain Harla figures to be a key performer this fall for the Little Tigers who are coming off a 2014 season that saw the squad win the county title and advance to the state Group 3 title game. The Little Tigers open their regular season play by hosting Westfield on September 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High boys’ soccer team is stocked with seniors and is coming off a season that saw the squad win the county title and advance to the state Group 3 championship game, Wayne Sutcliffe knows those factors don’t guarantee success this fall. more

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NEW YORK JET: Olivia Braender-Carr chases down a ball in action last fall during her freshman campaign with the New York University women’s soccer team. Former Hun school star Braender-Carr tallied a goal on the season and helped the Violets advance to the NCAA Division III tournament. She was slated to get her sophomore season underway on September 1 as NYU hosted Johnson and Wales in its season opener. (Photo Courtesy of NYU Sports Information)

After playing defense for most of her career with the Hun School girls’ soccer team, Olivia Braender-Carr was sent up the field as she made her debut last fall for the NYU women’s squad. more

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CAT EYES: Princeton University field hockey player Cat Caro tracks down a ball in a game last fall. Junior star Caro figures to be a key player for the Tigers this fall as they go after their 11th straight Ivy League title. The 15th-ranked Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting No. 2 North Carolina (2-0) on September 4 and No. 9 Virginia (2-0) on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After stumbling to a 3-9 start in 2014 the Princeton University field hockey team is determined to hit the ground running this fall. more

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PAN AM FLIGHT: Ashley Higginson races through a curve during her illustrious Princeton University track career. Higginson, a 2011 Princeton alum, recently took gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Higginson, who also graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark this summer, is turning her focus to making the U.S. Olympic team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

On one hand, Ashley Higginson was disappointed to finish fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. outdoor nationals earlier this summer, missing a spot in the World Championships by two places.

But Higginson, a 2011 Princeton University alum who earned All-American honors in the steeplechase and the indoor 3,000 during her Tiger career, gained some important lessons from the experience. more

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FINAL RUN: Rui Pinheiro races up the field in action last fall during his junior season with the Tufts University men’s soccer team. Pinheiro, a former Princeton Day School standout, helped the Jumbos win the NCAA Division III title in 2014. The midfielder will get his senior campaign underway on September 8 when Tufts plays at Endicott in its season opener. (Photo by Alonso Nichols /Tufts)

Coming into the 2014 season, Rui Pinheiro and his teammates on the Tufts University men’s soccer team were just hoping to have a chance to play in the postseason. more

August 26, 2015

TOUR OF ITALY: T.J. Bray unloads the ball during his career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team. Bray, a 2014 Princeton alum who scored 1,024 points in his Tiger career and was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, is headed back to Italy for a second season of pro ball. After playing for Pallacanestro Trapani last year in Italy’s A2 Gold division, Bray has signed with another team in the league, A.S. Junior Casale.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

TOUR OF ITALY: T.J. Bray unloads the ball during his career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team. Bray, a 2014 Princeton alum who scored 1,024 points in his Tiger career and was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, is headed back to Italy for a second season of pro ball. After playing for Pallacanestro Trapani last year in Italy’s A2 Gold division, Bray has signed with another team in the league, A.S. Junior Casale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After mastering a famed system during a stellar career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team, T.J. Bray had to change gears when he went to Italy to play pro hoops for Pallacanestro Trapani last season in the country’s A2 Gold division.

“The coach ran a system that was the opposite of the Princeton offense,” said Bray a 2014 Princeton alum who scored 1,024 points in his career and was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior. more

FINISHING KICK: Ben Davis kicks the ball in action for the Lehigh University men’s soccer team. Davis, a former Princeton High standout, is heading into his final campaign for the Mountain Hawks. Defender Davis and Lehigh start the 2015 campaign on August 28 when the Mountain Hawks host Fairleigh Dickinson.(Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Sports Communications)

FINISHING KICK: Ben Davis kicks the ball in action for the Lehigh University men’s soccer team. Davis, a former Princeton High standout, is heading into his final campaign for the Mountain Hawks. Defender Davis and Lehigh start the 2015 campaign on August 28 when the Mountain Hawks host Fairleigh Dickinson. (Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Sports Communications)

Despite emerging as an All-State defender for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team, Ben Davis was not heavily recruited by college programs.

“I didn’t put that much emphasis on playing soccer when I was looking at schools,” said Davis, a 2012 PHS grad who helped PHS win a state title in 2009 and county crowns in 2009 and 2011. more

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough boots the ball upfield in a game last fall. Junior captain McDonough, a native of Monmouth Beach, N.J, figures to help the Tigers in the midfield and on the back line this season. The Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting Howard on August 28 in the first game under new head coach Sean Driscoll.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough boots the ball upfield in a game last fall. Junior captain McDonough, a native of Monmouth Beach, N.J, figures to help the Tigers in the midfield and on the back line this season. The Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting Howard on August 28 in the first game under new head coach Sean Driscoll. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

New Princeton University women’s soccer head coach Sean Driscoll and his staff put out the welcome mat for their players as they arrived on campus last week. more