February 10, 2016

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FINAL PUSH: Princeton University men’s hockey player Mike Ambrosia heads up the ice in recent action. Last Friday senior forward Ambrosia had two assists in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-4 to Colgate. A night later, Ambrosia and the Tigers were shut out as they fell 1-0 to No. 17 Cornell. Princeton, now 5-16-2 overall and 3-11-2 ECAC Hockey, plays at Clarkson on February 12 and at St. Lawrence on February 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Mike Ambrosia and his fellow seniors on the Princeton University men’s hockey team are determined to make the most out of their final weeks with the Tigers. more

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HOME COOKING: Princeton University men’s basketball player Spencer Weisz brings the ball up the court against Harvard last Friday evening. Junior star Weisz helped the Tigers enjoy a big home weekend at Jadwin Gym as they defeated Harvard 83-62 and then topped Dartmouth 83-70 a night later. Weisz scored 13 points in the win over the Crimson and added 14 points and five assists against the Big Green. Princeton, now 14-5 overall and 4-1 Ivy League, plays at Cornell on February 12 and at Columbia on February 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Spencer Weisz produced a sizzling start as the Princeton University men’s basketball team jumped out to a 46-23 lead over visiting Dartmouth last Saturday evening. more

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NET GAIN: Princeton University women’s hockey goalie Kimberley Newell makes a save in a game earlier this season. Last weekend, senior Newell starred as Princeton defeated Colgate 4-2 on Friday and then blanked Cornell 5-0 a day later. Newell had 37 saves against Colgate and 30 in the shutout of the Big Red. She was later named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for her heroics. The win over Cornell clinched the Ivy League title for Princeton, the program’s first Ivy crown since 2006. Eighth-ranked Princeton, now 19-5-1 overall and 12-5-1 ECAC Hockey, hosts No. 5 Clarkson on February 12 and St. Lawrence on February 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

A year ago, the Princeton University women’s hockey came agonizingly close to an Ivy League title, ending up one win behind champion Harvard after dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker to Yale in the regular season finale. more

February 3, 2016

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MOVING FORWARD: Princeton University women’s basketball player Annie Tarakchian drives to the basket last Saturday against Yale. Senior forward and tri-captain Tarakchian scored 12 points and had eight rebounds on the day to help Princeton defeat the Bulldogs 65-50. Princeton, now 13-4 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, plays at Dartmouth on February 5 and at Harvard on February 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Starting its Ivy League campaign by losing at Penn in early January just before going on a lengthy exam-break hiatus prompted some soul searching for the Princeton University women’s basketball team. more

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SHOWING PRIDE: Kelly Cooke heads up the ice in recent action for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Former Princeton University women’s hockey standout Cooke has enjoyed a solid season for the Pride, tallying three points on one goal and two assists in 14 appearances as the team has produced a 10-3-1 start. (Photo Courtesy of NWHL)

After Kelly Cooke wrapped up her career for the Princeton University women’s hockey team in 2013 with a superb senior season that saw her pile up 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists, it looked like that might be her last hurrah on the ice. more

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TOMMY CRUISE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Tommy Davis brings the puck up the ice in recent action. Junior defenseman Davis assisted on the winning goal in Princeton’s 1-0 victory over American International College on January 29. On Friday, he scored the lone goal for the Tigers in a 4-1 loss at No. 7 Harvard. A day later, Princeton didn’t find the back of the net as it fell 2-0 at Dartmouth. The Tigers, now 5-14-2 overall and 3-9-2 ECAC Hockey, host Colgate on February 5 and Cornell on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Returning from an 18-day exam break, the Princeton University men’s hockey team shook off some rust as it pulled out a 1-0 win over American International College (AIC) last week. more

January 27, 2016

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TUNING UP: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook gets around a defender in recent action. Last Sunday, junior forward Cook scored 14 points with three assists and three rebounds to help Princeton defeat Division III foe Bryn Athyn 100-44 as it returned from a 15-day exam hiatus. The Tigers, now 11-4 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, head into the thick of their league schedule as they play at Brown (5-11 overall, 0-2 Ivy) on January 29 and at Yale (11-5 overall, 2-0 Ivy) on January 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Steven Cook didn’t show one bit of rust as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Bryn Athyn last Sunday as it returned to action after a 15-day exam hiatus. more

January 13, 2016

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PAINFUL EXPERIENCE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley winces as she battles a foe in the paint in recent action. Last Saturday at Penn, senior forward Wheatley scored a team-high 12 points but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 50-48 to the Quakers in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 11-4 overall and 0-1 Ivy, are on exam break and will return to action when they host Brown on January 29 and Yale on January 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Courtney Banghart has been urging her Princeton University women’s basketball team to deliver the first punch against foes this season to set the tone in games. more

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NO JOSHING: Princeton University men’s hockey player Josh Teves takes the puck up the ice in recent action. Last Friday against visiting Union, freshman defenseman Teves scored a key goal in the third period as the teams skated to a 4-4 tie. The Tigers, now 4-12-2 overall and 3-7-2 ECAC Hockey, are currently on exam break and return to action when they host American International College on January 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University men’s hockey team locked in a 3-3 tie against visiting Union in the third period last Friday evening, Josh Teves produced a brilliant one-man sequence that had the Baker Rink crowd roaring. more

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COMEBACK KIDS: Princeton University men’s basketball player Spencer Weisz guards a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday at Penn, junior forward Weisz scored 10 points and had three rebounds to help Princeton rally from a late 11-point deficit to pull out a 73-71 overtime win against the Quakers at the Palestra in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 10-4 overall and 1-0 Ivy, are on exam break and will next be in action when they host Division III foe Bryn Athyn on January 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The photo of Mitch Henderson leaping for joy after he helped the Princeton University men’s basketball team stun defending national champion UCLA in the first round of the 1996 NCAA tournament is one of the iconic images in program history. more

January 12, 2016

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HOT STREAK: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer heads up the ice. Last weekend, junior defenseman Koelzer came up big. On Friday, Koelzer scored three goals in a 6-1 win over Brown for her first career hat trick and then chipped in a goal and an assist in a 5-1 victory over Yale a day later as the Tigers posted their eighth straight win. Princeton, now 13-4-1 overall and 7-4-1 ECAC Hockey, plays at Union on January 8 and at Rensselaer on January 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski).

Taking a six-game winning streak into the holiday break, the Princeton University women’s hockey team was determined to keep its foot on the gas when it resumed action last weekend with games against Brown and Yale.

“We had 20 days off so we worked super hard this past week,” said junior defenseman Kelsey Koelzer.

“It was like we never left, we just picked up where we left off. We have a good streak going, which is awesome to keep morale up. It is exactly the way we know we can play. We have a lot of skill, we have a lot of talent but, most importantly, we work really hard.” more

January 6, 2016

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ON THE BALL: Princeton University women’s basketball player Vanessa Smith goes up for the ball last Sunday in Princeton’s 79-55 win over visiting Hampton in its final non-conference game. Junior forward Smith scored 11 points and had three rebounds to help the Tigers improve to 11-3. Defending Ivy League champion Princeton tips off its conference campaign with a game at Penn (9-2) on January 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last season as a top reserve for the Princeton University women’s basketball team, Vanessa Smith averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. more

December 30, 2015

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CAN DO: Princeton University men’s basketball player Devin Cannady dribbles up the floor in recent action. Last week, freshman guard Cannady scored a team-high 17 points to help Princeton defeat Bucknell 89-77. Princeton, which improved to 7-3 with the December 22 win over the Bison, was slated to play at No. 13 Miami on December 29, at Hampton on January 3, and at Norfolk State on January 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In its first three games this season at the friendly confines of Jadwin Gym, the Princeton University men’s basketball team treated its guests roughly, going 3-0 and averaging 90.7 points a game in those wins.

As Princeton prepared to host Bucknell last week, it was determined to keep rolling in its home gym.
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SUPER SAVER: Princeton University women’s water polo player Ashleigh Johnson makes a save in a game this season. Junior goalie Johnson starred as the Tigers won the CWPA crown and took sixth in the NCAA tourney. Johnson went on to help the U.S. national team win the FINA world championship in early August. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In a year that saw such women athletes as tennis player Serena Williams, U.S. women’s soccer star and New Jersey native Carli Lloyd, and mixed martial arts phenom Ronda Rousey dominate the headlines, it is no wonder that female athletes spiced up the local sporting landscape.

During the winter, the Princeton University women’s basketball team thrust itself into the national spotlight as it went 30-0 in the regular season, becoming the first men’s or women’s Ivy League hoops program to accomplish that feat. Coach Courtney Banghart’s squad topped Wisconsin-Green Bay 80-70 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to earn the team’s first-ever win in the national tourney and ended the season at 31-1 after falling to Maryland in the second round. Banghart, for her part, was named United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Women’s Coach of the Year. more

December 23, 2015

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TAKING HOLD: Princeton University wrestler Brett Harner controls a foe in recent action. Junior star and co-captain Harner has been a key performer for the Tigers at 197 pounds as Princeton is continuing its ascension up the ladder of college wrestling. The Tigers recently won the Navy Classic and have been ranked in the Top-25 nationally this season. Princeton is next in action when it competes in the prestigious Midlands Championships from December 29-30 at Northwestern. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Achieving a major breakthrough at the end of last season, the Princeton University wrestling team saw a program-record five performers qualify for the NCAA Championships. more

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MILLER’S TIME: Princeton University men’s basketball player Pete Miller, right, drives to the basket in recent action. Junior forward Miller is second on the Tigers in rebounding with 6.1 game, helping Princeton to a 6-3 star. The Tigers were slated to host Bucknell on December 22 before playing at No. 13 Miami on December 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With senior star Han Brase getting sidelined by a knee injury before the season began, Pete Miller realized that he would have to shoulder more responsibility in the paint for the Princeton University men’s basketball team. more

December 16, 2015

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ELBOW ROOM: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley elbows her way around a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, Wheatley scored 15 points to help Princeton defeat Pitt 61-47. On Monday, after being named Ivy League Player of the Week, she produced another strong effort, scoring 15 points and getting six rebounds to help Princeton top Fordham 55-44. The Tigers, now 9-1, play at Ohio State on December 18 and at Dayton on December 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Alex Wheatley was a force in the paint as the Princeton University women’s basketball team raced out to a 28-2 lead over Pittsburgh last Saturday. more

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MAC ATTACK: Princeton University women’s hockey player Jaimie McDonell battles a foe on the boards in recent action. Last Friday, senior forward and assistant captain McDonell contributed three assists to help the Tigers beat Penn State 4-1. A day later, she scored a goal as the Tigers topped Penn State 3-2 to sweep the two-game set and give Princeton its sixth straight win. McDonell was later named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for her heroics. The Tigers, now 11-4-1 overall, have finished the 2015 portion of their schedule and are back in action when they host Brown on January 1 and Yale a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Princeton University women’s hockey team generated a number of chances in the first period as it hosted Penn State last Friday, it had nothing to show for its industry as the foes were locked in a scoreless stalemate. more

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FIGHTING FOR RESPECT: Princeton University men’s hockey player David Hallisey, left, battles a foe for the puck in a game earlier this season. Last Friday at Penn State, sophomore forward Hallisey chipped in two assists as Princeton rallied from a 4-0 deficit to draw within one goal before succumbing 6-3. A night later, Hallisey scored the lone goal for Princeton as it fell 4-1 in an exhibition game against the USA Under-18 team. The Tigers, now 4-9 overall, are next in action when they host No. 3 Quinnipiac (15-1-2) on December 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

David Hallisey is making up for lost time this winter in his sophomore season with the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

December 9, 2015

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ON FIRE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Amanda Berntsen, right, dribbles past a foe in recent action. Last Sunday against visiting Michigan, senior guard Berntsen contributed 13 points with four assists and two steals as Princeton pulled away to a 74-57 win over the previously undefeated Wolverines. The Tigers, now 6-1, host Monmouth on December 8, Pittsburgh on December 12, and Fordham on December 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University women’s basketball team produced an epic 31-1 campaign last winter, senior guard Blake Dietrick triggered things, leading the team in points, assists, and three-pointers. more

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SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Karlie Lund, left, gets position in the crease last Saturday against visiting Dartmouth. Freshman star Lund tallied a goal and two assists in a five-minute stretch in the second period as the Tigers rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Big Green 4-1. Lund, the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for November, leads the Tigers with 16 points on seven goals and nine assists. Princeton, which has posted four straight wins in improving to 9-4-1 overall and 5-4-1 ECACH, hosts Penn State for a two-game set on December 11 and 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the span of five minutes of action last Saturday, Karlie Lund of the Princeton University women’s hockey team displayed the skills that have made her one of the top rookies in ECAC Hockey this winter. more

December 2, 2015

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COOKING UP A WINNER: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook drives to the hoop against Lafayette last Wednesday. Junior forward Cook achieved his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the game, helping the Tigers to a 104-52 win over the Leopards. On Monday, Cook chipped in 17 points and six rebounds as the Tigers kept rolling with a 91-61 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. Princeton, now 4-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season, plays at Stony Brook on December 5 and at Saint Joseph’s on December 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After starting its season by pulling out a pair of nail-biters in tight wins over Rider and Saint Peter’s, the Princeton University men’s basketball team went on cruise control against visiting Lafayette last Wednesday. more

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ROCK SOLID: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kiersten Falck heads up the ice in a game last winter. This past Saturday, sophomore forward Falck chipped in a goal and an assist as Princeton defeated Rochester Institute of Technology 6-1. The win gave the Tigers a sweep of the two-game set at RIT as they won 4-0 in the opener on Friday. Princeton, now 7-4-1 overall, hosts Harvard on December 4 and Dartmouth on December 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off a tough weekend in upstate New York which saw it lose nailbiters at St. Lawrence and Clarkson, the Princeton University women’s hockey team was primed to come out on fire last Friday when it returned to the area to start a two-game set at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). more

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ENDING WITH A BANG: Princeton University men’s soccer player Nico Hurtado boots the ball in a game this season. Senior midfielder Hurtado and his classmates ended their Princeton career with a bang as the Tigers defeated Yale 3-0 in the season finale. All nine seniors started the contest and all three Princeton goals came from members of the Class of 2016. The win gave Princeton a final record of 10-5-2 overall and 3-3-1 Ivy League. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the seniors on the Princeton University men’s soccer team, the season finale against visiting Yale earlier this month left them with memories that will last a lifetime.  more

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TAKING FLIGHT: Princeton University women’s basketball player Annie Tarakchian, right, battles a Rider player for the ball as the teams met last week. Senior star and tri-captain -Tarakchian poured in 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Princeton top the Broncs 78-59 in the November 24 contest. Over the weekend, Tarakchian starred as the Tigers headed to her native California and won the Loyola Marymount Tournament in Los Angeles by beating UC-Irvine 83-42 in the opening round on Friday and then defeating Seattle 85-48 the next day in the title game. The Tigers, now 5-1, host Michigan on December 6 and Monmouth on December 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Annie Tarakchian suffered through a rare off night when the Princeton University women’s basketball team lost at Seton Hall to see its 32-game regular season winning streak come to an end.

The senior star and tri-captain hit just 1-of-11 shots from the floor and had three points as the Tigers fell 71-64 to the Pirates in the November 19 contest.

As Princeton hit the court last week for its next game at Rider, Tarakchian was chomping at the bit to get back into action.

“It was frustrating last game, honestly I just wanted to get back out there and play another game because not having a game for a while after a rough one makes you think about it longer,” said Tarakchian, a 6’0 native of West Hills, Calif. more