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

Princeton women's volleyball vs. Harvard

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

sports2

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

sports3

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

sports4

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

sports1

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

sports2

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

sports1

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

sports2

DESIRE TO SUCCEED: Princeton University defensive lineman Ty Desire is wreaking havoc in recent action. Last Saturday, junior defensive end Desire made two tackles as Princeton rolled to a 31-3 win at Yale. The Tigers, now 7-2 overall and 5-1 Ivy League, host Dartmouth (4-5 overall, 1-5 Ivy) on November 19 in its finale. Princeton will be playing for the Ivy title as it is currently locked in a three-way tie for first place in the league standings with Harvard (7-2 overall, 5-1 Ivy) and Penn (6-3 overall, 5-1 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

About 12 hours prior to its game at Yale last Saturday, the Princeton University football team got a major boost in its quest for an Ivy League title. more

Brett Harner 197 lb. bout

READY FOR BATTLE: Princeton University wrestler Brett Harner controls a foe in a bout last season at 197 pounds. Senior All-American Harner and the Tigers will be looking to come up big as they face local rival Rutgers in the “Battle at the Birthplace” at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last November, the University of Iowa wrestling team hosted Oklahoma State at its football stadium in the “Grapple on the Gridiron,” making history as the teams drew a crowd of 42,287, the largest ever for a college dual match. more

sports5

GETTING AFTER IT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Eric Robinson, right, battles a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, junior forward Robinson scored two goals to help Princeton skate to a 2-2 tie with visiting Dartmouth. The Tigers, now 0-4-1 overall and 0-3-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Colgate on November 18 and at Cornell on November 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Eric Robinson is living out a childhood dream by playing for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

sports4

INSTANT IMPACT: Princeton University women’s basketball player Bella Alarie lofts a jumper last Friday against Rider in the season opener. Freshman Alarie enjoyed a superb debut, scoring a game-high 24 points but it wasn’t enough as Princeton lost 70-62 to the Broncs. The Tigers, who fell 56-45 to George Washington on Sunday to move to 0-2, host Dayton on November 19 before playing at Delaware on November 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for Bella Alarie to make an impact last Friday in her debut for the Princeton University women’s basketball team. more

November 9, 2016

#17

PENNED IN: Princeton University football player James Gales brings down a Penn player last Saturday. Senior defensive back Gales had an interception and six tackles to help the Tigers beat the Quakers 28-0. Princeton, which improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 Ivy League with the win, plays at Yale (2-6 overall, 2-3 Ivy) on November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last fall, a blocked field goal on the last play of regulation helped doom the Princeton University football team to a 26-23 overtime loss at Penn. more

sports2

HIGH HOPES: Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson, center, talks to his players after a recent practice session. Returning all of its starters from last year’s team that went 22-7 and make a trip to the NIT, Princeton is brimming with optimism as it heads into the 2016-17 campaign.  The Tigers tip off regular season play with a game at BYU on November 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Mitch Henderson makes no effort to downplay the high hopes surrounding the Princeton University men’s basketball team as it starts the 2016-17 campaign. more

sports3

NEW LOOK: Princeton University women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart, right, enjoys a light moment with sophomore guard Jordan Muhammad last week at the program’s annual media day. Banghart faces a major challenge this winter as the program lost five stellar seniors and 92 percent of its scoring from a 2015-16 squad that went 23-6 and earned the Ivy League’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA basketball tourney. Princeton opens its 2016-17 season by hosting Rider on November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having taken the Princeton University women’s basketball team from the  bottom of the Ivy League to five league crowns and six trips to the NCAA tournament in nine seasons at the helm, Courtney Banghart knows something about rebuilding. more

#31

CREASE CONTROL: Princeton University women’s ice hockey goalie Alysia DaSilva guards the crease in action last weekend. Junior DaSilva made 38 saves in a 3-1 loss to St. Lawrence on Friday and then had 28 stops in a 4-2 loss to Clarkson a day later. Princeton, now 3-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 ECAC Hockey, plays at Harvard on November 11 and at Dartmouth on November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The first home weekend of the season for the Princeton University women’s hockey started last Friday evening with banners being unfurled on the wall of Baker Rink with 2016 added to each. more

November 2, 2016

sports1

TOUGH TO STOP: Princeton University football player Isaiah Barnes fights for extra yardage in recent action. Last Saturday at Cornell, senior receiver Barnes enjoyed a career game, making seven catches for 170 yards, including a 95-yard TD reception, as Princeton rolled to a 56-7 win over the Big Red. It was the second-longest touchdown pass in Princeton history, trailing only a 99-yard connection between Matt Verbit and Clinton Wu in a 2003 win at Brown. Princeton, now 5-2 overall and 3-1 Ivy League, hosts Penn (5-2 overall, 4-0 Ivy) in a crucial league contest on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the wake of the Princeton University football team’s painful overtime loss to Harvard on October 22, Bob Surace admonished his players to move on.  more

sports2

ATTACKING POSITION: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom establishes position in a game earlier this season. Sophomore Asom came up big last week, scoring the lone goal for Princeton in a 1-1 tie against Bucknell on October 25 and then notching three tallies in a 6-1 win at Cornell last Saturday. She was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her production. Princeton, now 10-4-2 and 2-3-1 Ivy League, concludes regular season play by hosting Penn on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into its game last week against visiting Bucknell, the Princeton University women’s soccer team was a frustrated bunch. more

sports3

MAX EFFORT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Max Veronneau races up the ice in action last season. Sophomore forward Veronneau had an assist in a losing cause as Princeton opened its 2016-17 campaign by falling 6-2 at Michigan State last Friday. A night later against the USA-Under-18 team, the Tigers showed progress, rebounding from a 3-0 deficit to pull out a 5-4 win in the overtime contest. Princeton opens ECAC Hockey play this weekend by playing at St. Lawrence on November 4 and at Clarkson on November 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Ron Fogarty, it was a homecoming when the Princeton University men’s hockey team opened its season by heading to Michigan last weekend. more

October 28, 2016

sports1

DEFENSIVE FORCE: Princeton University football player Kurt Holuba heads upfield in recent action. Last Saturday, junior defensive end Holuba recorded a career-best 10 tackles and three sacks in a losing cause as Princeton fell 23-20 in overtime to visiting Harvard. Holuba was later named the Ivy Defensive Player of the Week for his performance The Tigers, now 4-2 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, play at Cornell (3-3 overall, 1-2 Ivy) on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University football team trailing Harvard 14-0 at halftime last Saturday in a clash of Ivy League unbeatens, it got a spark from an unlikely source. more

October 26, 2016

sports2

SUPER SAVER: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Colton Phinney makes a save in action last year on his way to producing a program single-season record 1,058 stops and earning second-team All-Ivy League honors. The Tigers will be depending on Phinney to stand tall again between the pipes this season as they look to improve on the 5-23-3 record they posted last season. Princeton opens its 2016-17 campaign by playing at Michigan State on October 28 and facing the U.S. Under-18 team in an exhibition game a day later in Plymouth, Mich. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In his first two years guiding the Princeton University men’s hockey team, Ron Fogarty has preached patience as he has built the foundation to get the program back on the winning track. more

sports3

OPENING SALVO: Princeton University women’s hockey player Molly Contini controls the puck along the boards in a game last season. Last weekend, senior forward and assistant captain Contini starred as the seventh-ranked Tigers opened the season by topping Providence College 4-2 and 7-3 in a two-game set. Contini scored two goals in the opener and then added a goal and two assists a day later. Princeton, now 2-0, plays at Brown (2-0) on October 28 and at Yale (2-0) on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After enduring weeks of grueling preseason training, the Princeton University women’s hockey team was primed for the regular season as it played a two-game set at Providence College to open its 2016-17 campaign. more

October 19, 2016

l-r #54, #3 and #90

BEARING DOWN: Princeton University football stars Dorian Williams, left and Kurt Holuba get ready for a play in 2015 action. Last Saturday against visiting Brown, senior safety Williams and junior tackle Holuba keyed a big defensive effort in a 31-7 win over the Bears as they both made interceptions. The Tigers, who improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 Ivy League with the victory, host three-time defending Ivy champion Harvard (4-1 overall, 2-0 Ivy) in a crucial league showdown on October 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Dorian Williams and the rest of the defensive unit on the Princeton University football team, a disappointing 42-28 defeat to Lehigh in late September proved to be a wake-up call. more