March 3, 2016

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March 2, 2016

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GOING OFF: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Anya Gersoff sprints upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted Georgetown. Senior attacker Gersoff scored a career-high five goals, including the game-winner with 7.4 seconds left, as the Tigers pulled out a 10-9 win over the Hoyas. Sixth-ranked Princeton, now 3-0, hosts Dartmouth on March 5 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having managed a pair of goals in the first two games of the season for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team, Anya Gersoff had assumed a supporting role in the Tiger attack. more

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DRAMA SERIES: Princeton University women’s hockey player Molly Contini controls the puck against the board in action last weekend as the Tigers battled St. Lawrence in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at Baker Rink. The series went to a decisive game 3 last Sunday and junior -Contini scored two goals, including one with 15 seconds left in regulation to knot the contest at 3-3, but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 4-3 in overtime. The loss moved the Tigers to 22-8-2 and left them harboring hopes of receiving an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

At the beginning of the season, the players on the Princeton University women’s hockey team settled on “relentless” as their mantra for the winter. more

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PAINFUL EFFORT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer fires the puck last weekend during the best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinals between the Tigers and St. Lawrence. Junior star defenseman Koelzer left game two on Saturday with an injury only to return to the contest and tally a goal and an assist to help the Tigers rally to a 4-3 win and force a decisive game three. In the finale, Koelzer injured her shoulder late in the first period and didn’t return as the Tigers fell 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University women’s hockey team trailing St. Lawrence 2-1 in the second period last Saturday and already down 1-0 in the best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series between the foes, things looked bleak for the Tigers as Kelsey Koelzer hit the Baker Rink ice with a thud. more

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TAKING HIS SHOT: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook goes to the hoop in recent action. Last Friday, junior forward Cook scored 23 points to help Princeton defeat Columbia 88-83. A night later, Cook chipped in 11 points as the Tigers topped Cornell 74-60 in improving to 20-5 overall and 10-1 Ivy League, keeping pace with league frontrunner Yale (20-6 overall, 11-1 Ivy). Princeton plays at Harvard on March 4 and at Dartmouth on March 5 before hosting Penn on March 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University men’s basketball team hit the court to warm up for a critical clash against visiting Columbia last Friday evening, the players sported orange Nike T-shirts emblazoned with the message “Make Shots.” more

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FINAL RANKIN: Princeton University men’s hockey player Kyle Rankin sends the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior forward and captain Rankin enjoyed a memorable final game at Baker Rink as he helped the Tigers rally from a late 2-1 deficit to tie Brown 2-2. Princeton, now 5-21-3 overall, will now start play in the ECAC Hockey playoffs where the 12th-seeded Tigers are playing at fifth-seeded Clarkson (18-13-3 overall) in a best-of-three opening round series starting on March 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Growing up in eastern Ontario, Kyle Rankin didn’t envision the scenario that unfolded last Saturday evening at Baker Rink, getting cheered as one of the honorees on Senior Night when the Princeton University men’s hockey team hosted Brown for its regular season finale. more

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SHOWING PRIDE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride races up the field in action last season. This past Saturday, senior attacker McBride tallied three goals and an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 11-10 at Hofstra in overtime. McBride scored with 3:41 in regulation as the Tigers rallied for a 10-8 deficit to the Pride to make it 10-10 and force overtime. Princeton, now 1-1, plays at No. 13 Johns Hopkins (1-2) on March 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After rolling to a 21-4 win against an overmatched NJIT team in its season opener, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team faced a much sterner test in its second outing when it played at 13th-ranked Hofstra last Saturday. more

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PLAYING WITH HART: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Matt Hart puts up a shot in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior forward Hart scored 20 points in his final home game to help PHS edge Hamilton 65-64 and improve to 8-16. The Little Tigers will start play in the state tournament where they are seeded 16th in the Central Group 4 sectional and will play at top-seeded Hunterdon Central in an opening round contest on March 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt Hart is determined to end his stellar Princeton High boys’ basketball career with a bang. more

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February 24, 2016

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MYLES AHEAD: Princeton University men’s basketball player Myles Stephens drives around a Harvard defender in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman guard Stephens, a former Pennington School standout, scored six points with three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes of action as Princeton topped Brown 77-66. Princeton, which defeated front-running Yale 75-63 last Friday to tighten up the Ivy League title race, is now 18-5 overall and 8-1 Ivy and will host Columbia (19-8 overall, 8-2 Ivy) on February 26 and Cornell (9-15 overall, 2-8 Ivy) on February 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although Myles Stephens is a freshman on the Princeton University men’s basketball team, he has been around the program for a while. more

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MORE TO COME: Princeton University women’s hockey player Morgan Sly controls the puck in a game earlier this season. Junior forward Sly contributed a key assist as Princeton tied Rensselaer 3-3 on Friday and then chipped in another helper a day later as the Tigers defeated Union 4-2 and clinched home ice for the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. Princeton, now 21-6-2 overall and 14-6-2 ECACH, is seeded third and will host sixth-seeded St. Lawrence (15-13-6 overall, 9-8-5 ECACH) in a best-of-three quarterfinal series, beginning on February 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Morgan Sly tallied a total of 13 points in her first two seasons with the Princeton University women’s hockey team. more

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OPENING SALVO: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Abby Finkelston looks for an opening in a game last season. Last Saturday, sophomore midfielder Finkelston contributed three goals as Princeton started its 2016 season by defeating No. 4 Virginia 14-7. Princeton, now ranked ninth, plays at Drexel on February 24 before hosting Georgetown on February 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team trailing powerful University of Virginia 4-3 with less than five minutes remaining in the first half in its season opener last Saturday, Abby Finkelston sensed that the game had reached a critical juncture. more

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LIFE OF RILEY: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Riley Thompson heads to goal last Saturday as the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team opened its season by hosting NJIT. Sophomore attackman Thompson tallied three goals and two assists to help the Tigers roll to a 21-4 win over the Highlanders. Princeton plays at No. 13 Hofstra (1-0) on February 27. (Photo by Robert Goldstein, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Riley Thompson stands only 5’6 and weighs 140 pounds but he made a big impact for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team as it opened the season against NJIT last Saturday. more

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JOHN BE GOOD: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player John McArthur makes a pass last Wednesday in the state Prep B final. Junior forward McArthur scored 18 points to help top-seeded PDS edge third-seeded Morristown-Beard 66-62 in overtime to earn the title. It was the first state crown for the program since PDS won the Prep A title in 1999. The Panthers fell short of a second title shot as fifth-seeded PDS lost 82-77 to fourth-seeded Hightstown in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals last Saturday. The loss left PDS with a final record of 16-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

John McArthur came to Princeton Day School this year, hoping for a shot to shine on the basketball court. more

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THIRD GEAR: Hun School boys’ hockey player Reed Doerler races up the ice last week in the Mercer County Tournament. Senior defenseman Doerler chipped in an assist to help top-seeded Hun win the MCT title for a third straight year as it defeated second-seeded Notre Dame 6-2 in the final last Friday at the Mercer County Park rink. Hun wrapped up its season last Sunday by falling 5-2 to Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) in the championship game of the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament at the Hill School (Pa.). The Raiders finished the winter with a final record of 17-8-2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Reed Doerler didn’t want to leave the ice last Friday evening after the Hun School boys’ hockey team defeated Notre Dame 6-2 to win its third straight Mercer County Tournament title. more

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DONE DEAL: Princeton High boys’ hockey player Brendon McCormick heads up the ice last week in the Mercer County Tournament. Junior star and team captain McCormick tallied a goal and three assists in a losing cause as sixth-seeded PHS fell 8-4 to second-seeded Notre Dame in the MCT semis on February 16. On Saturday, McCormick tallied another goal but it was not nearly enough as 21st-seeded PHS lost 8-1 to ninth-seeded Mendham in the opening round of the state Public B tourney. The defeat left the Little Tigers with a final record of 12-8-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Brendon McCormick was breathing heavily and his face flushed with effort as he trudged towards the locker room after the Princeton High boys’ hockey team fell 8-4 to Notre Dame last Wednesday evening in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. more

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HARD DRIVING: Hun School boys’ basketball player Jose Morales drives to the basket in a game earlier this season. Last week, post-graduate and Princeton-bound guard Morales scored 13 points but it wasn’t enough as fourth-seeded Hun fell 64-58 to fifth-seeded Lawrenceville in the opening round of the state Prep A tournament. The loss in the February 16 contest left the Raiders with a final record of 10-13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In mid-January, the Hun School boys’ basketball team overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to pull out a thrilling 68-66 win in double overtime against Lawrenceville School. more

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BRINGING IT: Stuart Country Day School sophomore guard Jalynn Spaulding brings the ball up the court in recent action. Last Thursday, Spaulding scored 13 points to help fourth-seeded Stuart defeat 13th-seeded Trenton High 49-45 in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament. Two days later, the Tartans fell 75-27 to fifth-seeded Allentown in the MCT quarterfinals. Stuart, now 19-8, hosts Nottingham on February 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Jalynn Spaulding’s offensive prowess has been a key factor underlying the success enjoyed by the Stuart Country Day School basketball team this winter. more

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Princeton Day School boys’ basketball players, from left, Craig Wrenn (No. 12), Chase Lewis (No. 3), and David Coit (No. 11) celebrate with teammates last Wednesday after top-seeded PDS edged third-seeded Morristown-Beard 66-62 in overtime in the state Prep B final. It was the first state crown for the program since the Panthers won the Prep A title in 1999. See page 40 for more details on the championship game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

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The 88th Annual Academy Awards takes place this Sunday, February 28, 2016. The awards ceremony was first broadcast to radio in 1930 and televised in 1953. It is now seen live in more than 200 countries. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre is Los Angeles and is hosted by comedian Chris Rock. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname, Oscar.

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The Oscar gold was spread around last night with Spotlight winning Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay; Leonardo DiCaprio taking home Best Actor for The Revenant; Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander were named best supporting actor and actress, respectively, she for The Danish Girl; and Brie Larson took the best actress prize for Room.

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February 17, 2016

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GOAL-ORIENTED: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe heads to goal in a game last season. Junior star and co-captain Hompe, who tallied 70 points on a team-high 54 goals and 16 assists last season, figures to be Princeton’s go-to scorer this spring. The 12th-ranked Tigers open their season by hosting No. 5 Virginia (1-0) on February 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last few seasons, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team has been trending up. more

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PASSING FANCY: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Ryan Ambler prepared to unload the ball in a game last season. Senior star attacker Amber, the team’s leading returning scorer after tallying 51 points last season on 22 goals and 29 assists, will be counted on to trigger the Princeton offense this spring. The Tigers open their 2016 campaign when they host NJIT on February 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the first two days of preseason practice this year, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team put away their sticks and balls. more

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DOING IT FOR DENNA: Princeton University women’s hockey player Molly Strabley flies up the ice in action this weekend. Last Saturday, junior defenseman Strabley scored a third-period goal to help Princeton defeat St. Lawrence 4-3 in overtime.  The Tigers bought special inspiration to the game as the program held Denna Laing Day to honor and raise funds for its former captain, who suffered a spinal injury in the Winter Classic. The Tigers, now 20-6-1 overall and 13-6-1 ECAC Hockey, wrap up regular season play this weekend by hosting Rensselaer on February 19 and Union on February 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Fans all over Baker Rink were supporting “14 Strong” orange and black beanies last Saturday as the Princeton University women’s hockey team held Denna Laing Day to honor and raise funds for its former captain who suffered a spinal injury in the Winter Classic. more

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TAYLOR MADE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Taylor Williams drives past a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior forward and tri-captain Williams chipped in six points, three rebounds, and two blocks in 10 minutes off the bench to help Princeton defeat Columbia 86-54. The Tigers, now 17-4 overall and 6-1 Ivy League, play at Yale (11-14 overall, 2-6 Ivy) on February 19 and at Brown (13-9 overall, 1-7 Ivy) on February 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After the Princeton University women’s basketball team got off to a lackluster start in a 71-51 win over Cornell on Friday, the Tigers were determined to seize early momentum against Columbia a night later.  more