October 30, 2019

GILMORE GIRL: Princeton High girls cross country runner Charlotte Gilmore displays her form on the way to finishing third individually at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Gilmore’s strong performance helped PHS take fourth in the team standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having emerged as the leader of the pack for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team, Charlotte Gilmore is gaining strength from numbers.

“Working as a pack has been our main focus this season and it has helped everyone,” said junior standout Gilmore.

“It has helped me individually because I know that when I pass someone, that makes it easier for the people behind me to pass them. It helps knowing that I am not just running for myself but for everyone and having that duality.”

Last Friday at the Mercer County Championships, Gilmore passed just about everybody, placing third individually in the girls’ varsity race, helping PHS take fourth in the team standings behind champion Allentown and runner-up WW/P-North and WW/P-South.

“Last year I came in 14th here, so that is exciting,” said Gilmore, who clocked a time of 19:27 over the 5,000-meter course.

“It was really cool to know from the opening to see everyone go to the front of the race and to know I am running with them.”

Running with a full squad helped PHS stay near the front of the race. more

SHEER BRILLIANCE: Princeton Day School field hockey goalie Lexie Hausheer goes to her knees to guard the cage in a 2018 game. Last Wednesday, senior star Hausheer came up big to help second-seeded PDS blank third-seeded Stuart Country Day 1-0 in the state Prep B semis. The Panthers went on to fall 2-0 at top-seeded Morristown-Beard in the Prep B final last Monday to end the fall 8-7-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Lexie Hausheer has been a fixture in goal for the Princeton Day School field hockey team, starting from day one as a freshman in 2016.

Over the last four seasons, Hausheer has established herself as one of the top goalies in the area, helping the Panthers to a state Prep B title, two runner-up prep finishes, and two appearances in the Mercer County tournament final.

So when second-seeded PDS hosted third-seeded Stuart Country Day School in this year’s Prep B semis last Wednesday afternoon, Hausheer was determined to extend her career for one more game.

“I did not want my high school career to end today and I know that none of our seniors did,” said Hausheer. “We did lose a couple of key players but the whole season, this was the goal.” more

By Bill Alden

John Woodside knew that his Princeton Day School boys’ cross country team wasn’t going to be in the hunt for a title as it ran in the Mercer County Championships last Friday.

“This race today for us is not about where we are going to place, we are not able to compete with this level,” said PDS head coach Woodside.

Instead, Woodside was looking for his runners to compete hard in the competition held at Washington Crossing Park.

“We try to go out and have each one of them run their best,” said Woodside. “I think they had great spirit and great effort. The results were good.”

PDS got a very good effort from junior Gunnar Clingman, who took 31st individually in the boys’ varsity race, clocking a time of 17:11 over the 5,000-meter course. more

STEPPING UP: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Aislynn Macco, right, goes after the ball in recent action. Last Monday, sophomore midfielder Macco tallied a goal with 25 seconds left in regulation to help top-seeded PDS rally from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat fifth-seeded Montclair Kimberley 2-1 in the state Prep B semis. The Panthers, now 15-3-1, will host third-seeded Newark Academy in the Prep B title game on November 1 as they go for their sixth straight Prep crown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After his Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team edged Princeton High 2-1 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals to follow up a regular season win over the crosstown rival, Pat Trombetta noted how tough it is to beat a good foe twice in the same campaign.

PDS faced the same situation in the MCT semis when the second-seeded Panthers took on a third-seeded Pennington School team it had defeated 3-1 on September 19 during regular season play.

In the rematch, a fired-up Pennington squad put the pressure on from the opening whistle, jumping out to a 1-0 halftime lead.

“In the first half, they were all over us,” said PDS head coach Trombetta. more

FINAL PUSH: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Caroline Mullen pushes the ball upfield in recent action. Senior star and co-captain Mullen enjoyed a big final campaign, helping Stuart go 11-4-1 and reach both the Mercer County Tournament final and the state Prep B semis. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When it was over, the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team didn’t want to leave the field.

Long after falling 1-0 to Princeton Day School last Wednesday in the state Prep B semis to end its season, the Stuart players sat in a circle on the ground near the bench talking things over.

Surveying the scene, Stuart head coach Missy Bruvik wasn’t surprised to see her players lingering together for one last chat with the squad’s senior group of Caroline Mullen, Aditi Mehndiratta, and Caroline Letrent. more

WILD ABOUT HARRY: Hun School boys’ cross country star Harry Carter heads to the finish line at the Mercer County Championships last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Sophomore Carter finished 11th individually to help Hun take eighth place in the team standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Hun School boys’ cross country star Harry Carter didn’t achieve his goal coming into the Mercer County Championships but he was still all smiles after the meet last Friday afternoon at Washington Crossing Park.

“I was shooting for a particular place, 10th, so I was one short,” said sophomore Carter, who clocked a time of 16:30 over the 5,000-meter course in taking 11th in the boys’ varsity race. “Last year I was 52nd so I did a lot better than last year.”

In reflecting on that progress, Carter credited coaching and some inspiration from one of team’s previous stars.

“Our new coach [Kurt Wayton] is really good,” said Carter, whose effort helped Hun take eighth place in the team standings at the event won by WW/P-North.

“Literally, he has helped me with everything. He has taught me so many new techniques and so many new types of training to get much better. Also, my former teammate from last year, Martin Adams motivated me to keep pushing and training.”

Pushing harder in training has helped Carter reach a higher level. “I have upped my mileage a lot in particular,” said Carter. “I am doing more like 50-60 miles a week now; last year I was at 20-30.” more

TRIPPED UP: Hun School football player Ian Franzoni gets corralled in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior star Franzoni rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns in a losing cause as Hun fell 35-32 to Peddie. The Raiders, now 6-2, wrap up their season by playing at Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) on November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Ian Franzoni scored three long touchdowns for the Hun School football team, but it was small-yardage situations that were the undoing for the Raiders in a 35-32 loss to visiting Peddie last Saturday.

“Those types of things made a difference,” said Hun senior star running back and captain Franzoni. “We missed on three or four two-point conversions. We missed on the fourth down, that’s on me. It is what it is. We worked really hard. Those little short yardage things could have made a difference. You can’t change it now.”

Peddie improved to 7-0 while Hun dropped to 6-2. Their only other loss came at the hands of Life Christian Academy, a school in Virginia that plays a national schedule. Hun hadn’t won a game by less than 37 points on the field with a 44-7 win over Chesire Academy (Conn.) on September 7 being its closest game coming into Saturday. Hill forfeited to them October 12 and Hun routed Blair 50-12 on October 5 and Lawrenceville 54-7 on October 19. The sixth Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) school, Mercersburg Academy (Pa.), dropped football this year. Those circumstances made the game feel even bigger Saturday. more

October 23, 2019

SPEED SKATING: Princeton University women’s hockey player Sarah Fillier races up the ice in a game last winter in her freshman season. Star forward Fillier tallied 57 points on 22 goals and 35 assists in 2018-19 on the way to getting named as the national Rookie of the Year and earning All-American honors. Princeton, currently ranked sixth nationally, opens its 2019-20 season by hosting Syracuse for a two-game set on October 25 and 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the Princeton University women’s hockey team coming off a landmark campaign last winter that saw it produce a program-record 20-game unbeaten streak, win the Ivy League title, and rise to No. 4 in the national rankings, the Tigers are chomping at the bit to get the 2019-20 season underway.

“The preseason is a little longer than last year,”said Princeton head coach Cara Morey, who guided the Tigers to a 20-8-5 record last season and a spot in the NCAA tournament where they fell 5-2 to Minnesota.

“I think the girls are anxious to get started and get into some meaningful games.” more

JACOB’S LADDER: Princeton University football player Jacob Birmelin heads upfield in recent action. Last Saturday at Brown, junior receiver Birmelin produced a career day, making 12 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns as Princeton pulled away to a 65-22 win over the Bears. The Tigers, who improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 Ivy League in extending their winning streak to 15, host Harvard (4-1 overall, 2-0 Ivy) on October 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Serving as the offensive coordinator for the Princeton University football program from 2010-16, James Perry played a key role in turning the Tigers into a scoring juggernaut.

Installing a no-huddle, up-tempo system, Perry helped Princeton win the Ivy league title in 2013, averaging a league record 43.7 points. Three years later, the Tigers won another league crown, scoring 34.6 points a contest.

So with Perry taking the helm of his alma mater Brown this season after two years guiding Bryant program, there figured to be some offensive fireworks when Princeton traveled to Providence, R.I. last Saturday to take on the Bears. more

DANNY BOY: Princeton University men’s soccer player Danny Hampton chases down the ball in a 2018 game. Last Saturday, senior Hampton got an assist to help Princeton defeat Columbia 2-1. The Tigers, now 8-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 Ivy League, play at Harvard on October 26 before hosting Virginia Tech on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

After scoring on restarts in two straight games for the Princeton University men’s soccer team, Danny Hampton figured in the scoring again last Saturday, serving an assist to Richard Wolf help the Tigers edge Columbia 2-1 as they earned their first Ivy League win this fall.

The tally gave Princeton a lead it would never lose in a 2-1 win over the visiting Lions on Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The win helped the Tigers improve to 8-3-1 overall and more importantly, 1-1-1 Ivy League, to move into a third-place tie in the conference.

“From here on out, it’s all must-win games for the most part,” said Hampton, a senior midfielder/forward who hails from Marlton, N.J.

“Typically for the Ivy League, you have to be upwards of a 5-1-1 record, that’s the typical range for the Ivy champions. Right now, there are already two games we’ve dropped points in. We have to win out from here and hope Yale drops one as well. We’re looking to control our own destiny and focus on Harvard right now.” more

TARTAN PRIDE: Members of the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team celebrate after scoring a goal against Allentown in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Thursday night. Seventh-seeded Stuart upset the third-seeded Redbirds 4-0 to make the final for the first time since 2008. Two days later, the Tartans went on to fall 1-0 to top-seeded and four-time defending country champion Lawrenceville in the final. This week, Stuart will pursue another title as it competes in the state Prep B tourney. The third-seeded Tartans topped Newark Academy 3-0 in an opening round contest last Monday to improve to 11-3-1 and will play at second-seeded Princeton Day School in the semis on October 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Missy Bruvik wasn’t sure that she had the pieces in place to mold the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team into a championship contender as the squad hit the field for preseason this August.

Missing players due to injury, travel, and other commitments, Stuart had only 11 or 12 people show up for some training sessions.

But once the school year started, things started to look up for the Tartans as the roster filled out. more

SHOWING HER A-GAME: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Adrianna Palmer, left, goes after the ball against an Allentown player last Thursday night in the Mercer County Tournament semis. Sophomore midfielder Palmer tallied a goal and an assist to help the seventh-seeded Tartans stun the third-seeded Redbirds 4-0. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the seventh-seeded Stuart Country Day School field hockey team controlling possession but locked in a 0-0 tie with third-seeded Allentown in the first half of the Mercer County Tournament semis last Thursday, Adrianna Palmer decided it was time to break the stalemate.

“We were on their goal, we were down there for most of the time,” said Stuart sophomore midfielder Palmer.

“We had to get it in so I pushed it right into the center and made sure that someone would be there to help me out.”

Tartan freshman Lily Harlan provided the helping hand, directing the Palmer hit into the back of the cage to give Stuart a 1-0 lead. more

MAKING A POINT: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Noah Lapoint clears the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior defender Lapoint helped key the back line as fourth-seeded PHS blanked 12th-seeded Hun 1-0 in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. On Monday, the Tigers couldn’t hold the fort as they fell 5-2 to top-seeded Notre Dame in the MCT semis. The Tigers, now 12-6, will host Hopewell Valley on October 25 and then start play in the state tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton High boys’ soccer team hosted Hun School in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals last Saturday, it followed the formula that has led to so much postseason success for the program.

Fourth-seeded PHS got a first half goal from Nick Petruso to take the lead over 12th-seeded Hun and made that goal hold up in a 1-0 victory as a stingy Tiger defense stymied the Raiders.

“One of the things we have tried to do throughout the season is to get an early goal and then I think our defense can carry us through the rest of the game,” said PHS senior defender Noah Lapoint.

“You can see when we are playing, we let them come to us and we know when to press. We know what we are doing back there and I think that is one of our strengths.” more

SEEING RED: Princeton High field hockey player Kate Liggio, right, battles a Lawrenceville player for the ball last Thursday evening in the Mercer County Tournament semis. Senior Liggio scored the lone goal for PHS in the contest as it fell 4-1 to the Big Red, who went on to win their fourth straight country crown. The Tigers, who dropped to 13-3-1 with the loss, will start action in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional where they are seeded second and slated to host a quarterfinal contest on October 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After having fallen to Lawrenceville 4-2 in a regular season contest on September 14, the Princeton High field hockey team was fired up to get a rematch against the Big Red in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals last Thursday evening.

“Losing to them the first time provided some inspiration for tonight,” said PHS head coach Heather Serverson. “We always want to beat Lawrenceville.”

Displaying some inspired defensive play in the first half in the game played at Lawrence High in windy, chilly conditions, PHS held the fort as Lawrenceville dominated possession but led only 1-0 at intermission.

“It is always a pressured situation defensively when you are playing Lawrenceville,” said Serverson. “Our goal was to just try to keep our cool, play as a unit, and make sure that everyone is marked up.” more

GRINDING IT OUT: Princeton High football player Stephen Avis runs past an opponent in recent action. Last Friday, senior running back and tri-captain Avis rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries in a losing cause as PHS fell 47-0 to West Windsor-Plainsboro. The Tigers, now 0-6, host Hopewell Valley on October 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After playing on the offensive line for the Princeton High football team last year, Stephen Avis moved to running back this fall and has found a home in his new spot.

Last Friday night, senior Avis rumbled for 111 yards on 23 carries to provide a bright spot for PHS as it fell 47-0 at West Windsor-Plainsboro and dropped to 0-6.

Coming into the contest, Avis believed that the Tigers could move the ball on the ground against WW-P.

“We watched film all week and we felt like we could run the ball and get our run offense going,” said Avis. more

ON THE BALL: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Kelly Beal goes after the ball in a game last season. Last Saturday, junior star Beal scored a goal and had an assist to help second-seeded PDS edge seventh-seeded Princeton High 2-1 in a Mercer County Tournament quarterfinal contest. The Panthers, who improved to 13-2-1 with the win, were slated to face third-seeded Pennington in the MCT semis on October 22 with the victor advancing to the title game on October 24 at The College of New Jersey. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Kelly Beal and her teammates on the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team were girding for a battle as they hosted crosstown rival Princeton High in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals last Saturday.

“We watched a lot of game film and we saw how aggressive they were in the match before,” said PDS junior star midfielder Beal, referring to a spirited regular season clash between the rivals in early September which saw the Panthers prevail 3-1. “Going into this game, we knew what to expect. We had to out-finesse them.”

In the MCT rematch, seventh-seeded PHS outplayed second-seeded PDS in the early going, jumping off to a 1-0 lead on a brilliant volley from long distance by Kirin Kunukkasseril with 33:36 left in the half.  more

JACK OF ALL TRADES: Hun School boys’ soccer player Jack Tarzy boots the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, sophomore midfielder/forward Tarzy and 12th-seeded Hun battled hard in falling 1-0 to fourth-seeded Princeton High in a Mercer County Tournament quarterfinal contest. The Raiders, now 5-6-2, will be starting play in the state Prep A tournament this week where they are seeded fourth and will host fifth-seeded Blair in a first round contest on October 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

On paper, it didn’t look like the Hun School boys’ soccer team was destined to stick around very long in the Mercer County Tournament.

The MCT bracket had the 12th-seeded Raiders playing at fifth-seeded Hopewell Valley in a first round contest last Thursday.

But building on a recent hot streak, Hun pulled out a dramatic win over HoVal on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 0-0 draw through regulation and two overtimes. more

October 16, 2019

FOR THE RECORD: Princeton University women’s soccer goalie Natalie Grossi sends the ball upfield in a game earlier this season. Senior star and team co-captain Grossi set an Ivy League record when Princeton blanked Dartmouth 1-0 on October 5, giving her 30 career shutouts for the Tigers. She is the first player in Ivy soccer history, men’s or women’s, to reach that mark. Last Saturday, Grossi made three saves in a losing cause as Princeton fell 1-0 at Brown. The Tigers, who moved to 4-5-2 overall and 1-2 Ivy League with that setback, host Columbia on October 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Kristin Luckenbill was a great goalkeeper who starred for the Dartmouth College women’s soccer team in the late 1990s.

Luckenbill took a 1-0 loss to North Carolina in 1999 with Dartmouth being outshot 34-4 and defending 17 corner kicks. She ended her career with an Ivy League record of 29 shutouts and went on to win an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.

Two weeks ago with Luckenbill in attendance, Princeton University star goalie Natalie Grossi staked her claim to greatness, passing Luckenbill in career shutouts to become the Ivy all-time leader with 30 after a 1-0 overtime win at Dartmouth.  more

LEADING THE CHARGE: Princeton University football player Jeremiah Tyler blitzes in a game last season. Last Friday evening, junior linebacker Tyler helped lead the defensive charge as Princeton defeated visiting Lafayette 28-3. Tyler had six tackles with 2.5 for a loss. The Tigers, now 4-0 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, play at Brown (1-3 overall, 0-1 Ivy) on October 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jeremiah Tyler emerged as a defensive force last fall in his sophomore season for the Princeton University football team.

Linebacker Tyler earned second-team All-Ivy League honors, recording 29 tackles, including five for losses, and two interceptions in helping Princeton go 10-0.

But while the 6’2, 225-pound Tyler’s athleticism and knack for making the big play marks him as a standout, he is more focused on helping the squad than individual glory.

“I am trying to lead my guys to a victory each and every week and get better every practice because that is what really matters,” said Tyler, a native of Detroit, Mich. “It is not about my role; it is about all of us playing together because we are a team. There is no me.”

Last Friday evening, Tyler and the Tiger defense played very well, stifling visiting Lafayette in a 28-3 win before 4,521 at Princeton Stadium that improved Princeton to 4-0 and extended its winning streak to 14. more

ALL IN: Hun School field hockey player Emily Albanese controls the ball in recent action. Last week, senior standout Albanese contributed a goal and an assist to help 15th-seeded Hun defeat 18th-seeded Ewing 4-0 in a Mercer County Tournament play-in game and earn its first win of the season. The Raiders went on to fall 2-0 at second-seeded Lawrence in Friday in an MCT first round contest. Hun, now 1-11, plays at Ewing on October 16, at Lawrenceville on October 19, and at Moorestown Friends on October 21. In addition, Hun will be starting play in the state Prep A tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Emily Albanese and her teammates on the Hun School field hockey team were primed for a breakthrough as they hosted Ewing in a Mercer County Tournament play-in game.

With Hun bringing a 0-9 record into the October 8 contest, it had endured a rough start to the 2019 campaign.

“We have a lot of downs, there was a lot of wanting to bring things up,” said senior defender Albanese.

The 15th-seeded Raiders got up 1-0 early in the game against 18th-seeded Ewing and never looked back on the way to a 4-0 win.

“It was clicking a lot,” said Albanese, reflecting on the team’s offensive performance against the Blue Devils. more

TOUGH COOKIE: Princeton High field hockey goalie Grace Cooke displays her game face earlier this fall. Last Thursday, senior goalie Cooke made 10 saves to help PHS edge Notre Dame 1-0 as the Tigers held their annual Senior Day celebration. Two days later, Cooke posted another shutout as fourth-seeded PHS defeated 13th-seeded Hightstown 4-0 in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament. The Tigers, who improved to 12-2-1 with win, were slated to host fifth-seeded Notre Dame in an MCT quarterfinal contest on October 15 with the victor advancing to the semis on October 17 at Lawrence High. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton High field hockey team held its annual Senior Day celebration last Thursday when it hosted Notre Dame, Grace Cooke had trouble believing how far she had come in her four years with the program.

Taking up the sport when she entered PHS, Cooke switched to goalie as a sophomore and emerged as one of the top keepers in the area.

“It has been a great experience; I started field hockey my freshman year, it was kind of late,” said Cooke.

“I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for everything and for everyone who supported me along the way. It was some hard work but it definitely paid off. I have had some great coaches who have helped me so much.” more

ANSWERING THE BELL: Princeton High girls’ tennis player Bella Lependorf displays her form in a match at the Mercer County Tournament in late September. Sophomore Lependorf’s three-set win at second singles gave PHS the decisive point in a 3-2 win over Marlboro in the Central Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals on October 7. PHS, which previously won the MCT team title, fell 4-1 to top-seeded East Brunswick in the sectional semis last Friday. Lependorf and the Tigers, now 12-1,  will look to complete an undefeated CVC season and earn the Colonial Division title as they host Nottingham on October 16 and Notre Dame on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton High girls’ tennis team, surviving a Central Jersey Group 4 quarterfinal clash against Marlboro last week came down to Bella Lependorf’s skills and pain threshold.

With 4th-seeded PHS locked in a 2-2 tie with fifth-seeded Marlboro in the October 7 clash, sophomore Lependorf jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third set of her match at second singles only to hurt her ankle at that point.

Undeterred, Lependorf gamely pressed on, pulling out the set and clinching the win for the Tigers.

“She got wrong-footed and her ankle rolled slightly; she really had the guts to fight through,” said PHS head coach Sarah Hibbert, noting that the match lasted three and a half hours. more

SO TOUGH: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Sophia Miranda, right, boots the ball in a game earlier this season. Junior defender Miranda’s work on the back line has helped PDS post an 11-2-1 record as it heads into postseason play. This week, the Panthers will start action in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded second and slated to face 15th-seeded WW/P-North in a first round contest on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton Day School girls’ team soccer heads into the Mercer County Tournament, it experienced a sense of déjà vu when it surveyed this year’s bracket.

Having produced another superb campaign, PDS, now 11-2-1, is seeded second in the MCT and its road to another title game could go through such familiar foes as seventh-seeded Princeton High, third-seeded Pennington, and top-seeded Hopewell Valley if form holds.

“They always put Princeton on the same side of the bracket; it seems like that is the route every time we get there,” said Panther head coach Pat Trombetta, whose team faced PHS in the MCT semis in 2013, Pennington in the MCT semis in 2016 and 2018, HoVal in the county title game in 2013 and 2016. more

LINING IT UP: Stuart Country Day School field hockey player Caroline Mullen goes after the ball in a game earlier this fall. Last Saturday, senior star Mullen tallied two goals as seventh-seeded Stuart defeated 10th-seeded WW/P-North 3-0 in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament. The Tartans, who improved to 8-2-1 with the victory, were slated to play at second-seeded Lawrence High in the MCT quarters on October 15 with the victor advancing to the semis on October 17 at Lawrence High. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having edged WW/P-North 2-0 in a regular season contest in early October, the Stuart Country Day School field hockey team was ready for a battle when the foes met for a rematch last Saturday in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament.

“Going into today, we knew that they were going to come out hard so we wanted to finish early,” said Stuart senior star Caroline Mullen.

“We have been working in the past few weeks on finishing with little pushes in, just getting used to each other.”

While seventh-seeded Stuart dominated possession against the 10th-seeded Northern Knights from the opening whistle, it found itself locked in a scoreless tie until Mullen produced a brilliant finish with 8:28 left in the half. more

October 9, 2019

GETTING THE CALL: Princeton University running back Collin Eaddy heads upfield last Saturday against Columbia. Junior star Eaddy rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown and had 52 yards receiving with a TD catch to help Princeton defeat Columbia 21-10. The 19th-ranked Tigers, now 3-0 and riding a 13-game winning streak, host Lafayette on October 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming into this fall, Collin Eaddy was fully prepared to be the featured running back for the Princeton University football team.

“It has been a cool experience, I got groomed into it playing behind Charlie [Volker], I was able to learn a ton from him and I really appreciate that,” said Eaddy, a 5’11, 210-pound native of Raleigh, N.C., who gained 663 yards last year as an understudy to the now-graduated Volker.

“Quigs [senior Ryan Quigley] is also an older guy so it was learning from those guys and spending a lot of time in the offseason working on various little aspects of my game.” more