November 11, 2015

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SEEING IT THROUGH: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer controls the puck in a game last season. This past Saturday, junior defenseman Koelzer chipped in a goal to help Princeton edge Colgate 3-2. The Tigers, now 5-1 overall and 3-1 ECAC Hockey, have a two-game set with Quinnipiac this weekend, playing at the Bobcats on November 13 and then hosting a rematch at Baker Rink on November 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing in its first home weekend of the season, the Princeton University women’s hockey team got out of the gate with a bang. more

November 4, 2015

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FULL NELSON: Princeton University running back Dre Nelson eludes a foe in action this fall. Last Saturday against visiting Cornell, senior star Nelson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and was credited with 174 all purpose yards to help Princeton prevail 47-21 over the Big Red and snap a two-game losing streak. The Tigers, now 5-2 overall and 2-2 Ivy League, play at Penn, 4-3 overall and 3-1 Ivy, on November 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dre Nelson has distinguished himself as a top sprinter for the Princeton University men’s Ivy League champion track team, starring in the 60 and 4×100 relay.

Last Saturday, Nelson’s track experience came in handy on the football field early in the fourth quarter as the senior star took a Cornell kickoff three yards deep in the end zone and proceeded to zigzag through and past the Big Red for a scintillating touchdown return. more

Opening its season at the Capital City Classic in Trenton last weekend, the Princeton University men’s hockey team was looking to score early and come away with at least one win.

Mission accomplished on both counts as Princeton got a first period goal from Eric Robinson against Yale in the opener on Friday and battled the Bulldogs tooth-and-nail before succumbing 3-1. A day later, the Tigers jumped out to 2-0 lead on the way to a 3-1 win over Maine.

Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty liked what he saw from his team right from the opening face-off of the weekend at the Sun Bank Center.

“Our energy was great at the start of the period,” said Fogarty, who is in his second year guiding the Tigers.

“We had scoring opportunities, we transitioned extremely well from defense to offense. In the second period, we had to grind it out with the onslaught of opportunities that Yale had. We only gave up four grade A scoring chances during all of that time in our zone. In the third period, we had scoring chances. Unfortunately, we gave up a goal there late in the third period.” more

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HAIL STORM: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Haley -Bodden boots the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Monday, senior midfielder Bodden contributed a goal and an assist as fifth-seeded PHS routed No. 12 Sayreville 8-2 in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional. PHS, now 10-4-1, is slated to play at fourth-seeded Monroe in the sectional quarterfinals on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Haley Bodden was ready to leave it all on the field as the Princeton High girls’ soccer team faced Sayreville in the first round of the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional last Monday.

“Definitely as a senior I wanted to put my all into this game,” said Bodden. more

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FIGHTING ON: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer player David Cedeno heads upfield in a game earlier this fall. Last Sunday, junior midfielder Cedeno, who was sidelined earlier in the season with a knee injury, contributed an assist as third-seeded PDS fell 2-1 to top-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s in the state Prep B championship game. The Panthers, who won seven of their last 10 games, ended the fall with an 11-7 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

David Cedeno could have given up on his junior season with the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team when he injured his right knee earlier this fall.

Cedeno was sidelined for nearly two months with a torn ligament but gamely returned to action in time to play for PDS in its Mercer County Tournament quarterfinal clash at Princeton High. more

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BLACK AND BLUE: Hun School football star Owen Black was patrolling the field in recent action. Last Saturday, senior Black returned a fumble for a touchdown to help key a bruising defensive effort as Hun defeated Peddie 40-13. Hun, now 7-0 overall and 4-0 Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL), plays at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) on November 8 in its season finale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School football team, the formula was simple as it looked to beat visiting Peddie last Saturday in a showdown for first place in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL).

“We wanted to come out and set the tone by running the ball, just establishing that we were going to own the line of scrimmage,” said Hun head coach Todd Smith. more

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SAVING GRACE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer goalie Grace Barbara makes a stop in a game earlier this season. Last Thursday, sophomore star Barbara made five saves to help first-seeded PDS edge No. 4 Wardlaw Hartridge 1-0 in the state Prep B semis. The Panthers, who improved to 16-2-1 with the win, were slated to host No. 2 Montclair Kimberly on November 3 in the Prep B championship game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After suffering a disappointing 3-0 loss to Notre Dame in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals, the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team got another shot to make a title game as it hosted Wardlaw Hartridge in the state Prep B semis last Thursday. more

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CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENT: Members of the Princeton University women’s soccer team celebrate after they defeated Cornell 2-0 last Saturday, a win which gave the Tigers at least a tie for the Ivy League title and the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Later in the day, Princeton earned the outright Ivy title as second place Harvard tied 1-1 with Dartmouth. The Tigers, who got goals from Tyler Lussi and Jesse McDonough in beating Cornell and earning their 11th straight victory, improved to 13-3 overall and 6-0 Ivy. Princeton wraps up regular season play with a game at Penn on November 7. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Hosting a stingy Cornell team last Saturday that had yielded only six goals in its first 15 games, the Princeton University women’s soccer team didn’t want to get mired in a defensive battle with the Big Red.

Princeton junior star Tyler Lussi didn’t waste any time getting the Cornell defense on its heels, arching a shot into the back of the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead 7:51 into the contest. more

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IN FOCUS: Princeton High field hockey player Trish Reilly focuses on the ball last Thursday as PHS hosted East Brunswick in the North 2 Group 4 sectional quarterfinals. Senior star midfielder Reilly chipped in a goal and an assist to help the third-seeded Little Tigers cruise to a 6-1 win over sixth-seeded East Brunswick. The victory improved PHS to 13-5-2 and set up a sectional semifinals matchup at second-seeded Hunterdon Central slated for November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Trish Reilly brought a special sense of urgency as the Princeton High field hockey team hosted East Brunswick in the North 2 Group 4 sectional quarterfinals last Thursday.

“Today was my last time playing on this turf so there was a lot of emotion on on the line, a lot of nostalgia,” said PHS senior midfielder Reilly. more

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GOING OFF: Princeton University field hockey goalie Anya Gersoff, right, enjoys the moment after a 2014 win. Last Saturday against visiting Cornell, senior star Gersoff made five saves in earning the shutout as 20th-ranked Princeton defeated the Big Red 4-0 and earned at least a tie for the Ivy League title. The win marked Princeton’s 21st league crown in the last 22 seasons and 11th in a row. The Tigers, now 9-6 overall and 6-0 Ivy, play at Penn, 13-2 overall and 5-1 Ivy, on November 7 with the winner to get the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Anya Gersoff and the other members of the Class of 2016 on the Princeton University field hockey team were showered with affection in the program’s annual Senior Day ceremony last Saturday.

As the Tigers took the field to host Cornell, star goalie Gersoff was looking to return the favor. more

November 2, 2015

SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton Day School field hockey player Rowan Schomburg, second from right, goes after the ball as PDS played Stuart Country Day School last Wednesday in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament. Senior star Schomburg chipped in an assist as fourth-seeded PDS prevailed 3-2 in overtime over the fifth-seeded Tartans. PDS, which defeated Steinert 7-1 in a Mercer County Tournament consolation last Thursday to improve to 6-11-1, is slated to play at top-seeded Montclair Kimberley in the Prep B semis on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton Day School field hockey team prepared to play local rival Stuart Country Day in the opening round of the state Prep B tournament last Wednesday, the emphasis was on striking quickly.

“We wanted to get out of the gate strong,” said PDS senior star Rowan Schomburg. “We knew our mindset had to be score first and score often.”

The Panthers accomplished that goal, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a first half goal by senior Katie Shih. After Stuart answered with a tally 10 minutes into the second half, Schomburg helped get PDS back in the lead as she assisted Val Radvany on a goal off a penalty corner.

“Inserting, I always want to get to the post and that is what happened,” said Schomburg. “Everyone was in the right spot at the right time.”
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October 28, 2015

With three minutes left in the first half at Harvard last Saturday, Bob Surace liked his team’s chances as it battled the undefeated Crimson team.

The Tigers were locked in a 7-7 tie with Harvard and could well have been in the lead, having gotten the ball inside the Crimson 30 twice in the first quarter without scoring.

“I felt so good after those first 27 and a half minutes,” said Princeton head coach Surace.

“We weren’t executing on offense as well as we could. I thought we are not going to drop the ball, we are going to finish the blocks better. We have these guys right where we want them.”
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Chloe Taylor came into the Mercer County Cross Country Championships looking to play a supporting role in the pack for the Princeton High girls’ team.

But when PHS senior star Lou Mialhe started to struggle late in the race at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, sophomore Taylor assumed the frontrunner mantle for the Little Tigers.

The willowy Taylor floated past Mialhe and took fifth overall to help PHS take second behind champion WW/P-S.

“Lou didn’t do as well as we hoped,” said Taylor, who clocked a time of 19:41.43 over the 5-kilometer course with Mialhe taking seventh in 19:53.12.

“I just thought if we are going to win we need to get as far up there in the pack as possible. I think I passed her going down the last hill. I like running the downhills.”
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HEADY PLAY: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Drew Beamer heads the ball up the field in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore Beamer scored on a header to provide the margin of victory as top-seeded PHS edged No. 8 Princeton Day School 2-1 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. PHS fell 2-1 to No. 4 Pennington in the MCT semis last Monday and will start play in the state tournament next week. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Andrew Beamer was thrust into a critical role for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team as it hosted Princeton Day School last Saturday in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals.

When PHS senior star defensive midfielder Pete Luther was unable to play in the game due to illness, sophomore Beamer took his spot in the lineup.

Making the most of his opportunity, Beamer produced some stellar defensive work and headed in a second half goal that proved to be the margin of victory as top-seeded PHS edged No. 8 PDS 2-1.

Beamer enjoyed the intensity of the rivalry game, which featured some physical, skilled play.

“It was a good competition,” said Beamer. “We moved the ball well through the middle and we got it out to the flanks pretty well and then our crosses were key. It really put us in some good goal scoring opportunities.”

Some eight minutes into the second half, Beamer cashed in an opportunity as he headed in a Sam Serxner free kick to give PHS a 2-0 lead.

“I waited back post for the ball to come in and then I just jumped and headed it,” said Beamer.

Things got a little dicey for the Little Tigers as PDS answered with a David Cedeno goal a minute later.
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In an early September clash, the Princeton High field hockey team fell behind Allentown 3-0 at halftime on the way to a 4-1 loss.

Things were a lot different when the teams met in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Thursday at Mercer County Community College.

Through 30 minutes, fifth-seeded PHS battled top-seeded and undefeated Allentown tooth-and-nail and the teams headed into halftime knotted in a scoreless stalemate.

PHS head coach Heather Serverson liked the way her players rose to the occasion in the rematch.
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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: Head coach Ed Tseng, far left, and the members of the Princeton Day School girls’ tennis team celebrate after the Panthers won the state Prep B tournament last Thursday at the Garden State Tennis Center in Edison. PDS scored 10 points with runner-up Gill St. Bernard’s tallying 8 as it won its fourth straight Prep B crown. The team included Sydney Vine, Tarika Kumar, Touria Salvati, Devika Kumar, Anna Kovacevich, Arya Jha, and Renee Karchere-Sun.

Heading into the final day of the state Prep B girls’ tennis championships, the Princeton Day School team knew it wasn’t a lock in its bid to win a fourth straight crown.

While PDS held a slim one point lead over Gill St. Bernard as the players took the courts at the Garden State Tennis Center in Edison last Thursday for the championship round, both teams were alive in three finals.

PDS head coach Ed Tseng realized his squad was in a dogfight. “I knew anything was possible,” said Tseng, who had Sydney Vines in the second singles finals while the first doubles of the Kumar sisters, Devika and Tarika, and the second doubles team of Anna Kovacevich and Tauria Salvati also advanced to the championship round.
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While the Princeton Day School boys’ and girls’ squads finished well out of the running at the Mercer County Cross Country Championships last Friday, they gained a lot from the experience.

The PDS boys took 16th of 18 teams with junior Kevin Sun leading the way, taking 81st individually as he posted a time of 18:57.55 over the 5-kilometer course at Thompson Park in Jamesburg.

“This race for them is very, very fast because there are so many good teams,” said PDS head coach John Woodside.

“Competitively they get swept up. Their first miles were really, really good but I think it was the price and they fell apart. They fell apart more than we expected.”
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IN SYNCH: Princeton University men’s hockey player Kyle Rankin sends the puck up the ice in a game last winter. The Tigers will be looking to senior Rankin to provide production and leadership this year in their second season under head coach Ron Fogarty. Princeton starts its 2015-16 campaign this weekend when it competes in the Capital City Classic at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. Princeton is slated to play Yale on October 30 and either Maine or Massachusetts on October 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ron Fogarty is hoping that familiarity will breed success as he begins his second year at the helm of the Princeton University men’s hockey program.

“Everyone is on the same page right away this year,” said Fogarty, who guided Princeton to a 4-23-3 overall record last year in his debut campaign.

“Whereas last season, you had to stop practices to make sure guys were in the right spot and explain to them a lot of things over again. Now it is second nature where they can just go and play the game. They came back in great shape. They understand the systems and structure that we are going after. Now we are just continuing to work on skill development.”
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OPENING STATEMENT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Cristin Shanahan, right, battles for the puck in a game last season. Last Friday, senior forward Shanahan scored the winning goal in the third period as Princeton edged Mercyhurst 3-2 in its season opener. A day later, she chipped in an assist as the Tigers completed a sweep of the two-game set with a 2-1 victory. Princeton starts ECAC Hockey action this weekend when it plays at Yale on October 30 and at Brown on October 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Opening its season at Mercyhurst last Friday, the Princeton University women’s hockey didn’t waste any time getting in the swing of things, taking a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Morgan Sly.

“The kids have been preparing hard for three weeks and they were ready to play so they came out strong,” said Princeton head coach Jeff Kampersal.

“Mercyhurst is a really good team, they are really well coached. I think it was their fifth game and it was our first game so us competing in the first period was what I was most worried about. They showed up and answered the call for sure.”

The Tigers built on that tally by junior forward Sly as junior Audrey Potts scored in the second period and senior Cristin Shanahan notched a third period goal that turned out to be the game winner in a 3-2 triumph. A day later, freshman Karlie Lund scored the first goal of her career and Sly added another tally as the Tigers held on for a 2-1 win over the Lakers.
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MAKING STRIDES: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Alex Roth heads to the finish line last Friday at the Mercer County Cross Country Championships. Junior star Roth took third individually to help PHS finish a strong second, just three points (74-77) behind champion Robbinsville. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In 2014, Alex Roth couldn’t run in the Mercer County Cross Country Championships due to injury.

Last Friday, Princeton High boys’ junior star Roth was thrilled to toe the starting line at this year’s county meet.

“It is a great environment,” said Roth. “It was super cool to run with all of these competitive teams and competitive guys. It was great experience.”

Roth proved to be one of the top competitors on the course at Thompson Park in Jamesburg, taking third individually to help PHS finish a strong second, just three points (74-77) behind champion Robbinsville.

Coming into the race, Roth was focused on going after WW/P-S senior star Tim Bason, who ended up taking first.

“I wasn’t really worrying about time; I was trying to get in the mix to get a top position,” said Roth, who covered the course in 15:59.61. “I basically went out and just tried to hang with Tim Bason and just tried to go with it after that in the second half.”

Roth hung with Bason for about half of the race before getting edged  by 1.40 for second place by Zach Michon of Robbinsville down the final straightaway.

“I thought it was a good race; I felt confident,” said Roth. “The Robbinsville guy got me at the end but I felt like I ran the race I was looking for.”

While PHS entered the day looking for the team title, Roth saw the second-place finish as a positive.
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HOLY MOSES: Princeton High running back Moses Mahiri heads upfield against WW/P-S last Friday. Sophomore Mahiri had a breakout game against the Pirates, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown on three carries to help PHS to a 34-7 win. The Little Tigers, now 3-4, host Robbinsville on October 31. (Photo by John Dowers)

Moses Mahiri was pumped up as the Princeton High football team got ready to play at WW/P-S last Friday evening.

“I was hyped before the game,” said PHS sophomore running back Mahiri.

“The whole team together was trying to get up our energy because coach (Charlie Gallagher) has always been talking about getting your energy up before the game, during games and after games and keep it going.”

Mahiri ended up providing plenty of energy at tailback, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown on three carries as PHS posted a convincing 34-7 win over the Pirates in moving to 3-4 and snapping a two-game losing streak.

With PHS clinging to a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter, Mahiri got things going, taking off on a 44-yard run to the WW/P-S 9-yard line. On the next play, senior star Rory Helstrom bolted nine yards for a touchdown as PHS increased its lead to 14-0.
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SHOWING HEART: Princeton High girls’ soccer goalie Rachel Eberhart goes after the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior Eberhart made six saves to help sixth-seeded PHS edge No. 11 WW/P-N 1-0 in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament. Two days later, Eberhart made seven saves but it wasn’t enough as the Little Tigers fell 2-1 to third-seeded Allentown in the MCT quarterfinals. PHS, now 9-4-1, will start play in the state tournament next week. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Rachel Eberhart sensed that it was going to be a pressure cooker when the Princeton High girls’ soccer team hosted WW/P-N last Wednesday in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament.

With the rivals having played to a scoreless draw through two overtimes on October 8 in a regular season meeting, sixth-seeded PHS expected a tough battle from the 11th-seeded Northern Knights.

“We remembered the last game, we knew it was going to be a tough one,” said Eberhart.

“We knew they were going to put the pressure on us. We had to keep the ball on our feet and play our possession game and not get frantic and let them disrupt it and push us into doing long balls because that is not our game.”

In the rematch, the teams were still scoreless nearly 70 minutes into the contest and Eberhart had several big stops.

“I would say the game was very even and I definitely had a couple of shots to handle,” said Eberhart. “We had a couple of shots. It was a back and forth game.”
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Bringing an undefeated record into its game at Lawrenceville last Saturday, the Hun School football team didn’t look like a juggernaut in the early stages of the contest.

The rivals were tied at 0-0 after the first quarter with the Raiders squandering some opportunities through some sloppy play.

Hun post-graduate running back/linebacker Imamu Mayfield acknowledged that the Raiders got off to a sluggish start.

“We started off flat, we can attribute that to having a pretty bad week of practice leading into this game,” said Mayfield.

“Our coaches have been telling us play like you practice and that is why we started out pretty slow.”

Early in the second quarter, a 68-yard touchdown pass from Simon Vadas to Josh Henderson got the Raiders up to speed.
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October 23, 2015

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BROWN OUT: Princeton University receiver Trevor Osborne heads up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior Osborne made three receptions for 74 yards in a losing cause as Princeton fell 38-31 at Brown. The Tigers, now 4-1 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, play at No. 15 Harvard (5-0 overall, 2-0 Ivy) on October 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for the Princeton University football team to find itself in an uphill battle as it played at Brown last Saturday. more

October 22, 2015

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GETTING DEFENSIVE: Princeton High field hockey player Julia Snyder heads up the field on a penalty corner in recent action. Senior defender and co-captain Snyder has helped solidify things on the back line for PHS as it has enjoyed another winning season. The Little Tigers improved to 11-4-2 and posted their fifth straight shutout with a 5-0 win over Ewing last Saturday in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament. Fifth-seeded PHS was slated to play at No. 4 Pennington in the MCT quarterfinals on October 20 with winner advancing to the semifinals on October 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Julia Snyder, the Senior Day ceremony for the Princeton High field hockey team last Wednesday helped put in perspective how far she has come during her career. more