October 17, 2018

STICKING WITH IT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Stephanie Sucharda heads up the ice in a game last winter. Senior defenseman and co-captain Sucharda figures to lead the Tigers from the blue line again this season. Princeton opens its 2018-19 campaign with games at No. 2 Wisconsin (6-0-0) in October 19 and 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After getting off to a 4-9-3 start last winter, the Princeton University women’s hockey team caught fire down the stretch, going 10-5-1 in its last 16 games.

As Princeton gets ready to open its 2018-19 season with games at Wisconsin in October 19 and 21, the Tigers are poised to build on their strong finish, having lost only two seniors to graduation. more

PERFECT STORM: Princeton High field hockey player Isabel Kinney (No. 19) shoots the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior forward and co-captain Kinney scored a goal to help second-seeded PHS defeat 15th-seeded Hun 5-0 in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament. A day later, Kinney scored two goals to help the Little Tigers defeat Nottingham 8-1 in a regular season contest and improve to 13-0. PHS is slated to host seventh-seeded Allentown on October 16 in the MCT quarterfinals with the victor advancing to the semis on October 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Isabel Kinney was holding an ice bag to the left side of her face in the waning moments of the contest last Friday as the second-seeded Princeton High field hockey team hosted No. 15 Hun in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament. more

GOAL ACHIEVED: Princeton High boys’ soccer players Nick Petruso, left, and Atticus Lynch celebrate after a goal in a game earlier this fall. Last Monday, sophomore striker Petruso scored the lone goal as PHS defeated Nottingham 1-0 to improve to 7-4-2. The Little Tigers start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week when seventh-seeded PHS hosts 10th-seeded Hightstown on October 18 in an opening round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Murphy’s Law has prevailed so far this fall for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

“It has been one of those seasons that we are not used to because we have had three major injuries to starters,” said PHS head coach Wayne Sutcliffe. more

MULTI-TASKING: Princeton High football player Stephen Hennessy carries the ball in a recent game. Last Friday, senior star and co-captain Hennessy starred as PHS rallied to edge West Windsor-Plainsboro 22-19. Hennessy returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and helped spark the Little Tiger ground attack from his running back spot. He also made two interceptions on the evening as the PHS defense held WW-P scoreless in the second half. The Little Tigers, now 2-4, play at Hopewell Valley on October 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After the Princeton High football team rallied to beat visiting West Windsor-Plainsboro 22-19 last Friday evening, the PHS players gathered in the end zone, grabbed tennis balls and threw them into the ground in unison, hollering in celebration. more

ON THE BALL: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Sophia Lis, left, battles for the ball in recent action. Freshman forward Lis has helped spark the PHS offense this fall and scored a goal in a losing effort as the Little Tigers fell 5-1 to Nottingham last Monday. PHS, now 6-5-2, will start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where it is seeded eighth and slated to host ninth-seeded Lawrence in an opening round contest on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As a grade schooler, Sophia Lis helped out as a ball girl for the Princeton High girls’ soccer team, watching her older sisters Taylor and Devon star on the pitch for the Little Tigers.

Now as a freshman forward on PHS, Lis is following in her sisters’ footsteps.

“They teach me a lot, they are 100 percent my No. 1 role models and they are both so nice,” said Lis of Taylor, a junior midfielder for the Cornell women’s lacrosse program, and Devon, a freshman midfielder on the Georgetown women’s soccer team. “I played with them and tried to to get on their teams.” more

STEPPING IN: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Cailyn Jones sends the ball up the field in recent action. Freshman defender Jones played well in a losing cause as PDS fell 4-0 at Pennington last Saturday. The Panthers, who defeated Lenape 2-1 last Monday to improve to 10-3-1, start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where they are seeded sixth and host 11th-seeded Hightstown in an opening round contest on October 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Playing at powerhouse Pennington this past Saturday evening, the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team was at a disadvantage before the game even started as it was missing two key players.

With starters Brooke Smukler and Anna Ellwood sidelined for the rest of the fall due to illness and injury, PDS couldn’t afford any lapses if it wanted to upend the Red Raiders. more

By Bill Alden

On paper, it looked to be a total mismatch when the 15th-seeded Hun School field hockey team played at second-seeded Princeton High in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament last Friday.

Hun entered the game with a 2-7 record, having lost 7-0 at Blair and 6-0 at Princeton Day School in the previous week while PHS brought an unblemished  11-0 mark into the matchup. more

October 10, 2018

GOOD RUN: Princeton University running back Charlie Volker heads upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted Lehigh. Senior star Volker rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tigers rout the Mountain Hawks 66-7. Princeton, now 4-0 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, hosts Brown (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) on October 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Charlie Volker’s sprinting prowess has helped him earn Ivy League titles for the Princeton University track team.

In the fall, Volker’s blazing speed has resulted in him becoming one of the top running backs in program history for Princeton’s football team.

For Volker, his dual athletic focus keeps him sharp through the school year. more

Dustin Litvak sensed that it could be a tough trip for the Princeton University men’s water polo team when it headed to the Boston area last weekend.

“We played seven conference games in nine days. It is not ideal; it doesn’t give us a lot of time to prepare,” said Princeton head coach Dustin Litvak, who is in his first season at the helm of the program. more

STRONG FINISH: Princeton University men’s soccer player Gaby Paniagua goes after the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore midfielder Paniagua scored a second half goal to help Princeton defeat visiting Brown 2-0. The Tigers, who improved to 5-4-1 overall and 1-0-1 Ivy League with the win, were slated to play at St. John’s on October 9 before resuming Ivy play with a game at Columbia on October 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though his Princeton University men’s soccer team controlled possession in the first half against visiting Brown last Saturday, Jim Barlow was aggravated.

Despite Princeton’s dazzling play, it had nothing to show for it as the rivals were locked in a 0-0 stalemate at halftime. more

By Bill Alden

Jackson Barletta prides himself on being a multi-faceted threat for the Hun School football team.

“It is good to be all around the field and just impact the team however I can,” said senior star Barletta, who plays receiver, quarterback, and defensive back for the Raiders.

Last Saturday against visiting Blair Academy, Barletta made an impact in the first half with his arm and legs, throwing a touchdown pass to Nicholas DeGennaro and then catching a scoring strike from Logan Clouse as the Raiders built a 12-0 halftime lead. more

SETTING THE PACE: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Acasio Pinheiro (No. 858, second from right) competes in a 2017 race. Last Saturday, senior star Pinheiro took third individually in the Boys’ Varsity C race at the Shore Coaches Invitational in Holmdel Park to help the Little Tigers place third of 27 schools in the team standings in the race. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Over the last several years, the individual brilliance of Alex Roth and and then Will Hare helped spark the Princeton High boys’ cross country team to county and state crowns.

This fall, a triumvirate of senior standouts, Acasio Pinheiro, Jackson McCarthy, and Tucker Zullo, have combined to make PHS formidable again. more

PLAYING SMART: Hun School boys’ soccer player Elijah Smarr controls the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior midfielder Smarr chipped in an assist to help Hun defeat Blair Academy 3-0 in its Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) opener. The Raiders, now 5-4, play at the Hill School (Pa.) on October 13 before hosting Northern Burlington on October 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the Hun School boys’ soccer team locked in a scoreless tie with Life Center Academy last week, Elijah Smarr had the ball on his foot near the goal.

But rather than firing away, Hun senior midfield Smarr saw teammate Amar Anand breaking free and slotted the ball to him and he found the back of the net.

“Jack Tarzy played me a nice ball in; I could have taken him on but I saw that Amar had a better angle so I just played it to him and he was able to put it away,” said Smarr of the score that came with 27:13 left in the half. more

FRONT OF THE PACK: Princeton High girls’ cross country runner Siena Moran displays her form in action last year. Last Saturday, senior Moran finished seventh individually in the Girls’ Varsity B race at the Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park to help PHS place fifth of 19 schools in the team standings in the race. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having becoming a member of the Princeton High girls’ cross country team last fall after transferring from the American School of London, Siena Moran embraced the culture of her new program.

Improving by leaps and bounds, Moran became a star, taking sixth at the Mercer County Championship meet and placing 10th at the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional.

PHS head coach Jim Smirk sensed that Moran was just scratching the surface, and that some offseason work would make her a force this fall. more

SET POINT: Princeton High girls’ volleyball player Gillian Hauschild sets the ball last Thursday as PHS defeated Hopewell Valley 2-0. Junior star Hauschild contributed three kills, four assists, two blocks, and one dig to help the Little Tigers prevail 25-10, 25-12. PHS, which moved to 13-4 with a 2-0 loss to Montgomery last Friday, is hosting Fairfield Prep (Conn.) on October 13 before playing at Florence on October 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Gillian Hauschild is displaying her versatility this fall in her junior season for the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team.

After dominating on the front row in her first two seasons, Hauschild has added a playmaking role to her portfolio.

“We are running a 6-2 this year, which is a lot different than last year,” said Hauschild. more

By Bill Alden

Wesley Leggett scored 13 goals in the first 10 games this fall for the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team.

Last Wednesday, senior forward Leggett tried mightily to add to that total as PDS hosted Old Bridge, making a number of runs and generating some shots in the box but it was to no avail as the teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtimes. more

October 3, 2018

TOUGH LOVE: Princeton University quarterback John Lovett looks for an opening in a 2016 game. Last Friday evening at Columbia, senior star Lovett rushed for a career-high 174 yards with two touchdowns and passed for 135 yards and two scores to help Princeton roll to a 45-10 win over the Lions in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The 23rd-ranked Tigers, now 3-0 overall, host Lehigh (1-3) on October 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Early in the second quarter of its Ivy League opener at Columbia last Friday evening, the Princeton University football team was clinging to a 13-10 lead over the Lions.

With Columbia having marched 75 yards to score a touchdown to draw within three points and 14:51 remaining in the first half, it seemed like the momentum could be shifting to the hosts. more

SHUTTING THE DOOR: Princeton University women’s soccer goalie Natalie Grossi makes a save in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior star Grossi recorded her third straight shutout as the Tigers battled Dartmouth to a 0-0 tie through regulation and two overtimes. The Tigers, who moved to 6-2-2 overall and 1-0-1 Ivy League with the draw, were slated to host Bucknell on October 2 before resuming league play by hosting Brown on October 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Natalie Grossi recorded her third straight shutout and the 21st of her career for the Princeton University women’s soccer team as it hosted Dartmouth last Saturday afternoon.

But junior goalie Grossi was disappointed with the outcome as Princeton played the Big Green to a scoreless stalemate through regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, moving to 6-2-2 overall and 1-0-1 Ivy League. more

CLEAR SAILING: Princeton University field hockey player Clara Roth races past a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Sunday, sophomore star Roth scored a goal to help No. 5 Princeton defeat 24th-ranked Boston University 3-1. The Tigers, now 8-3 overall and 2-0 Ivy League, plays at Columbia on October 5 and at No. 2 UConn on October 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After being sidelined due to injury for the first four games this season for the Princeton University men’s soccer team, Kevin O’Toole is looking to make up for lost time.

Last Saturday against visiting Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener for both teams, sophomore midfielder O’Toole came off the bench some 24 minutes into the contest and made his presence felt immediately, assisting on a goal by Sean McGowan and then finding the back of the net himself as the Tigers overcame a 2-0 deficit to make it a 2-2 game at halftime. more

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE: Princeton Day School girls’ tennis player Grace Marshall hits a forehand in action last week at the Mercer County Tournament. Junior Marshall took first in third singles, outlasting Melissa Liu of WW/P-South 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 in the final. Marshall’s victory helped PDS place seventh of 19 schools in the team standings at the event, held at the Mercer County Park tennis complex. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In mid-September, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya set the world record for the marathon, clocking a time of 2:01.39 in winning the Berlin Marathon.

Last Thursday at the Mercer County Tournament, Princeton Day School girls’ tennis player Grace Marshall found herself in a marathon match that ended up lasting nearly twice as long as Kipchoge’s landmark run, playing four hours to defeat Melissa Liu of WW/P-South 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 in the third singles championship match. more

SO GOOD: Hun School girls’ tennis player Sophia Lin hits a forehand last week as she competed in the Mercer County Tournament. Sophomore Lin placed fourth at first singles, helping Hun take fifth of 19 schools in the team standings.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Going through his first Mercer County Tournament as the head coach of the Hun School girls’ tennis team, Antonio Balson gained some valuable knowledge from the competition last week.

“It is good to see where we stand,” said Balson, who previously coached at the Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, Fla. more

IN THE ZONE: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Catherine Martin (No. 33) celebrates after a goal a game earlier this season. Last Friday, sophomore forward Martin chipped in a goal to help Stuart defeat the Solebury School (Pa.) 5-0. The Tartans, who dropped to 6-2 after falling 2-1 in overtime to the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Pa.) last Monday, host Peddie on October 3 and Mt. St. Mary’s on October 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Catherine Martin came into this fall determined to become an impact player in her sophomore season with the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team.

“I just needed to step up my game,” said Martin, who worked with the USA Field Hockey Futures Program over the summer. “I wanted to show my team that I could be a leader and help everyone else out by improving myself.” more

DOUBLE TAKE: Princeton High first doubles players Bella Lependorf, left, and Jordan Johnson celebrate a point last week at the Mercer County Tournament. The pair of freshman Lependorf and senior Johnson went on to win their flight at the MCT, defeating Sabrina Chang and Kirthi Chigurupati of WW/P-North 7-6, 6-3 in the final. The victory by Lependorf and Johnson helped PHS take second of 19 schools in the team standings at the event held at the Mercer County Park tennis complex. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jordan Johnson is a senior and Bella Lependorf is a freshman but that age difference didn’t prevent them from developing an instant chemistry when they were paired together to play first doubles for the Princeton High girls’ tennis team this fall.

“It is total fun; I love Bella, she is a great player,” said Johnson. “She makes great volleys and can get to a lot of the balls at the net.” more

BREAKING THROUGH: Princeton High football player Jaylen Johnson fights for extra yardage in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Johnson rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns to help PHS defeat Cherry Hill East 21-14, snapping a 21-game losing streak. The Little Tigers, now 1-3, play at Lawrence High on October 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Locked in a 14-14 tie against Cherry Hill East with 9:06 remaining in the fourth quarter last Saturday, the Princeton High football team got the ball at its 29-yard line and was primed to end its 21-game losing streak.

Starting just his second game at quarterback, junior Judd Petrone was sticking to basics as the Little Tigers started the possession. “It was just score a touchdown,” said Petrone. more

FINISHING TOUCH: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Brooke Smukler, left, controls the ball in a 2017 game. Last Thursday, senior forward Smukler tallied a goal and an assist to help PDS defeat Lawrenceville 3-0. The Panthers, who topped the Shipley School (Pa.) 3-1 last Saturday to improve to 7-1-1, play at the Hill School (Pa.) on October 3 before hosting Pingry on October 5 and Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) on October 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Brooke Smukler got herself in the right place at the right time for the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team as it played at the Lawrenceville School last Thursday.

Early in the first half in the matchup of rivals, senior forward Smukler found the back of the net to give PDS a 1-0 lead. more