January 18, 2017

UPPING HIS GAME: Princeton University men’s basketball player Myles Stephens goes up for a bucket in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore guard Stephens scored a career-high 19 points to help Princeton defeat Yale 66-58. He was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week. The Tigers, now 10-6 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, are currently on exam hiatus and will be back in action when they play at Dartmouth on February 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Myles Stephens established himself as a defensive stopper from the minute he stepped on the court for the Princeton University men’s basketball team last winter in his freshman campaign. more

FOR THE RECORD: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Colton Phinney prepares to ward off a shot last Friday as Princeton fell 5-1 to visiting Cornell. Senior goalie Phinney recorded 21 saves in the contest, making history in the process as his fifth stop gave him 2,952 in his career, passing the previous program record of 2,951 set by Ronald Dennis in 1983. A night later, Phinney added to his record total, making 37 saves as Princeton tied Colgate 2-2 as it moved to 7-11-2 overall and 3-9-2 ECAC Hockey. The Tigers are currently on a hiatus for exams and return to action when they face top-ranked Penn State on January 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Colton Phinney has endured a lot of disappointment in his time with the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

DOUBLE PLAY: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson drives to the basket in recent action. Last Saturday against visiting Yale, junior Robinson contributed a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Princeton rally to 74-62 win over the Bulldogs. A night earlier, Robinson produced another double-double in a 98-88 loss to Brown, scoring a career-high 21 points with 11 rebounds. The Tigers, now 7-9 overall and 1-2 Ivy League, are on exam hiatus and return to action when they host Dartmouth on February 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was only mid-January but the Princeton University women’s basketball team was badly in need of a win when it hosted Yale last Saturday evening. more

January 11, 2017

ANSWERING THE BELL: Princeton University men’s basketball player Amir Bell dribbles the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, junior guard Bell had 12 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench to help Princeton defeat Penn 61-52 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 8-6 overall and 1-0 Ivy, host Brown on January 13 and Yale on January 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s basketball team jumped out to a 39-18 lead against visiting Penn early in the second half last Saturday evening, Mitch Henderson knew that game was far from over. more

RUSH HOUR: Princeton University women’s basketball player Gabrielle Rush handles the ball last Saturday against Penn. Sophomore guard Rush scored a career-high 15 points but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell to Penn 62-57 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Princeton, now 6-8 overall and 0-1 Ivy, hosts Brown on January 13 and Yale on January 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Gabrielle Rush was a member of the supporting cast last winter for the Princeton University women’s basketball team in her freshman season. more

ON A ROLL: Princeton University women’s hockey player Claire Thompson fires the puck up the ice last Friday against visiting Dartmouth. Freshman defenseman Thompson contributed three assists in the game to help Princeton prevail 4-0. A day later, Thompson and the Tigers edged Harvard 2-1 to extend their unbeaten streak to eight. Princeton, now 12-6-2 overall and 8-4-1 ECAC Hockey, plays at Cornell on January 13 and at Colgate a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University women’s hockey team struggled to a 5-6-1 start this season, one of the low points came in mid-November when the Tigers fell 3-2 in overtime to previously winless Dartmouth. more

January 4, 2017

FLYING HIGH: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook flies upcourt in recent action. Last Sunday against visiting Cal Poly, senior star Cook scored a game-high 24 points to help the Tigers prevail 81-52 and post their third straight win. Cook was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Princeton, now 7-6, opens Ivy play by hosting Penn on January 7. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s basketball team fell 96-90 at Monmouth on December 20, Mitch Henderson saw that performance as a turning point for the Tigers. more

CAT FIGHT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer controls the puck. Last Sunday, senior star and team captain Koelzer contributed two assists to help Princeton defeat Quinnipiac 3-2. It marked Princeton’s first win over the Bobcats since January, 2011 as it went 0-12-2 in the rivalry over the last six years. The Tigers, now 10-6-2 overall and 6-4-1 ECAC Hockey, host Dartmouth on January 6 and Harvard on January 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Returning to action after a 20-day holiday hiatus, the Princeton University women’s hockey team looked rusty as it hosted Penn State last Saturday. more

December 28, 2016

GOLD STANDARD: Star goalie Ashleigh Johnson makes a save for the U.S. national team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rising Princeton University senior Johnson helped the U.S. go on an undefeated run to the gold medal at the Rio Games. (Photo Courtesy of U.S.A. Water Polo)

Across the sporting landscape, 2016 was a year of turbulence and unpredictability featuring such startling developments as the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908, the Cleveland Cavaliers rallying from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals and earn that city’s first major pro title since 1964, and Villanova capping an unlikely run to the NCAA men’s basketball title with a buzzer beater for the ages. Of course, on the political scene, Donald Trump’s stunning win in the U.S. presidential election was the shocker of shockers. more

DRIVING FORCE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Vanessa Smith drives to the basket in a game during the 2015-16 season. Last Wednesday, senior co-captain Smith scored 12 points to help Princeton rout Wagner 107-44 as the Tigers set a program record for most points in a game, breaking the mark set against Portland State (104) on December 19, 2014. Princeton, now 5-6, plays at Georgia Tech on December 29 and at Lipscomb on December 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Vanessa Smith got off to a slow start this season for the Princeton University women’s basketball team, getting up to speed after dealing with a foot injury over the offseason. more

December 21, 2016

ACTION JACKSON: Princeton University men’s hockey player Jackson Cressey heads up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, freshman forward Cressey tallied a goal and an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-4 to No. 19 Minnesota State, snapping a five-game winning streak for the Tigers. Going 7-2 after an 0-6-1 start, Princeton brings a 7-8-1 overall record into the holiday break and a shot of confidence as it looks forward to the second half of the season. The Tigers are on a hiatus until they play at Dartmouth on January 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University men’s hockey team trailing No. 19 Minnesota State 2-0 heading into the second period last Saturday, the Tiger players realized that they just had to be themselves to make a rally.  more

MYLES TO GO: Princeton University men’s basketball player Myles Stephens drives around a foe in a game last winter. Last Wednesday against visiting Saint Joseph’s, sophomore guard Stephens, a former Pennington School standout, made his first career start for Princeton, contributing 12 points and six rebounds in a losing cause as the Tigers fell 76-68 to the Hawks. Princeton, which moved to 4-5 with the defeat, was slated to play at Monmouth on December 20 and at Bucknell on December 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Myles Stephens was in the starting lineup for the first time in his career and Devin Cannady was making his fourth-ever start as Princeton University men’s basketball team welcomed Saint Joseph’s to Jadwin Gym last Wednesday. more

December 14, 2016

FALCK LAND: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kiersten Falck skates hard in a game last winter. This past Saturday, junior forward Falck tallied two goals and an assist to help Princeton defeat Mercyhurst 4-2 in the opener of a two-game set between the teams. A day later, the Tigers posted a second straight win over the Lakers, prevailing 5-2. The victory gave Princeton its fourth straight win and improved it to 9-6-1 overall heading into the holiday break. The Tigers are next in action when they host Penn State on December 31 and Quinnipiac on January 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Kiersten Falck took on a grinder role for the Princeton University women’s hockey team last season. more

TAYLOR MADE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Taylor Brown dribbles up court in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior point guard and co-captain Brown scored 14 points with five assists and four rebounds to help Princeton rout Lafayette 65-27. The Tigers, who lost 57-55 at Fordham last Saturday to drop to 4-5, play at Kansas State on December 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University women’s basketball team started its season by losing its first four games, Taylor Brown wasn’t looking for her shot. more

RICHE MAN: Princeton University men’s hockey player Alex Riches glides up the ice in a game last winter. Last Friday, sophomore forward Riche chipped in a goal and an assist as Princeton defeated No. 7 Quinnipiac 5-3 at Baker Rink in the first game of a home-and-home set. A night later in Hamden, Conn., Riche and the Tigers prevailed again, posting a 4-1 win over the Bobcats. Princeton, now 5-7-1 overall and 3-6-1 ECAC Hockey, hosts No. 19 Minnesota State for a two-game set on December 16 and 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Alex Riche helped the Princeton University men’s hockey team get off to a fast start last Friday as it hosted No. 7 Quinnipiac to start a home-and-home set. more

December 7, 2016

FAMILY TRADITION: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson, left, goes in for a lay-up in recent action. Last Wednesday, junior forward Robinson contributed 17 points, five rebounds, and five assists to help Princeton defeat Seton Hall 94-67 and post its third straight win. Robinson, the daughter of Princeton men’s hoops legend Craig Robinson and the niece of  President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (nee Robinson), is averaging 9.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game and leads the Tigers with 20 assists. Princeton, now 3-4, hosts Lafayette on December 7 and plays at Fordham on December 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Craig Robinson enjoyed a legendary career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team, scoring 1,441 points and getting named the Ivy Player of the Year in both 1982 and 1983. more

SWITCHED UP: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer guards the defensive zone in a game earlier this season. Last weekend, senior star Koelzer was moved up to forward from defense and responded with three goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Rensselaer on Friday and an assist in a 7-0 win at Union the next day. Princeton, now 7-6-1 overall and 5-4-1 ECAC Hockey, hosts Mercyhurst for a two-game set on December 10 and 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Legendary football coach Bill Parcells is well known for his declaration that “you are what your record says you are.” more

BREAKING THE ICE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Max Veronneau heads up the ice in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore forward Veronneau tallied two goals and two assists to help Princeton rally to a 6-5 win over Rensselaer in overtime as it earned its first ECAC Hockey victory of the season. Princeton, now 3-6-1 overall and 1-6-1 ECACH, faces Quinnipiac this week in a home-and-home set, hosting the Bobcats on December 9 before playing them at Hamden, Conn. a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Max Veronneau was feeling snakebitten in the first nine games of the season for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

November 30, 2016

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KILLING IT: Princeton University women’s volleyball player Cara Mattaliano goes up for the ball in recent action. Senior star Mattaliano, who currently stands 11th all-time at Princeton in kills with 1,101, was recently named the Ivy League Player of the Year after helping Princeton go 19-4 overall and 13-1 Ivy on the way to winning the league title outright and punching its first ticket to the NCAA tournament since 2007. This Friday, the Tigers start NCAA action by playing at 13th-seeded BYU (27-3) in a first round contest in Provo, Utah. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s office of Athletic Communications)

Cara Mattaliano has firmly established herself as one of the top performers in the history of Princeton University women’s volleyball. more

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HOME COOKING: Princeton University men’s basketball player Jose Morales races upcourt last Friday as Princeton hosted Rowan University in its home opener. Former Hun School star and freshman guard Morales contributed 10 points to help the Tigers roll to a 106-48 win over the Division III Profs. Princeton, which improved to 2-2 with the win, was slated to play at VCU on November 29 before heading to Honolulu, Hawaii to face Cal on December 6 and Hawaii in December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After playing for the Hun School boys’ basketball team as a post-graduate last winter, Jose Morales made his way across town to join the Princeton University men’s hoops program. more

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STEPPING UP: Princeton University women’s basketball player Tia Weledji dribbles the ball in recent action. Last Friday, junior guard Weledji scored 12 points and had four steals in 21 minutes of action off the bench as Princeton defeated Rutgers 64-34 to earn their first win after four straight losses to start the season. The Tigers, who topped UMBC 69-58 last Sunday in improving to 2-4, host Seton Hall on November 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into the season, the Princeton University women’s basketball team needed Tia Weledji to be tougher on the court. more

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MIGHTY QUIN: Princeton University men’s hockey player Quin Pompi controls the puck in recent action. Last Saturday senior defenseman Pompi scored a third period goal to help Princeton defeat 10th-ranked Bemidji State 3-1 to complete a sweep of a two-game set with the Beavers. Princeton, now 2-6-1 overall and 0-5-1 ECAC Hockey, hosts Union on December 2 and Rensselaer on December 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s hockey team brought a 0-6-1 record into its two-game set at 10th-ranked Bemidji State after Thanksgiving, Ron Fogarty believed the Tigers were on the verge of a breakthrough. more

November 23, 2016

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HAPPY ENDING: Princeton University tight end Scott Carpenter heads upfield in a game this season. Last Saturday against visiting Dartmouth, senior star Carpenter made a key fourth quarter touchdown reception as Princeton rolled to a 38-21 win over the Big Green, clinching a share of the Ivy League title. Princeton finished at 8-2 overall and 6-1 Ivy, tying Penn (7-3 overall, 6-1 Ivy) for the crown, the 11th in program history. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ever since Bob Surace took the helm of the Princeton University football team in 2010, Dartmouth has been a thorn in the side for the Tigers. more

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STICKING WITH IT: Princeton University field hockey player Cat Caro, right, battles for the ball in a game this fall. Last Friday, senior star Caro scored a goal in a losing cause as Princeton fell 3-2 to Delaware in the NCAA semifinals in Norfolk, Va.  The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 12-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton University field hockey team, its run to the NCAA Final 4 amounted to something of a revenge tour. more

November 16, 2016

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BUZZER BEATER: Princeton University field hockey player Sophia Tornetta heads upfield in recent action. Last Sunday, sophomore star Tornetta scored the winning goal in the last second of regulation as Princeton defeated Virginia 3-2 in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Tigers, now 12-7 overall, face Delaware in the NCAA semis on November 19 in Norfolk, Va. with the victor advancing to the title game on November 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton University field hockey team lost to Harvard and Cornell on consecutive weekends in late October, its hopes for a 12th straight Ivy League title were dashed. more