November 17, 2017

SPEEDY TIGER: Princeton University football player Tiger Bech tries to elude tacklers from Yale in action last Saturday. Sophomore receiver Bech enjoyed a career day in a losing cause as Princeton fell 35-31 to the Bulldogs. He made six catches for a career-high 175 yards and a touchdown and also piled up a total of 158 yards in kickoff and punt returns. The Tigers, now 5-4 overall and 2-4 Ivy League, conclude their season by playing at Dartmouth (7-2 overall, 4-2 Ivy) on November 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Bob Surace had plenty of reason to be angry after his Princeton University football team fell 35-31 to visiting Yale last Saturday.

The defeat marked the fourth time this season that Princeton had suffered a loss in Ivy League play with a chance to win in its final possession. The setback before a crowd of 11, 229 at Powers Field also officially knocked the Tigers, now 5-4 overall and 2-4 Ivy, out of contention for their second straight Ivy title while Yale (8-1 overall, 5-1 Ivy) clinched at least a share of the crown. more

November 15, 2017

CAROLINA BLUES: Princeton University field hockey player Elise Wong heads up the field in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star Wong scored a goal to help Princeton defeat Virginia 3-2 in overtime in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. A day later, the Tigers’ season came to an end as they fell 3-2 to North Carolina in the NCAA quarters. The Tigers, who entered the tournament ranked 14th nationally, finished with a final record of 12-7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Playing North Carolina in the NCAA quarterfinals last Sunday, the Princeton University field hockey battled to the last second and beyond. more

CHILLING EFFECT: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom, right, goes up for a header last Friday night as the Tigers hosted Monmouth in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Braving the Arctic blast that hit the area, junior forward Asom heated things up with two goals and an assist to help Princeton prevail 4-0. The Tigers, now 15-2 overall, face North Carolina State (15-5-1) in a second round contest on November 17 in Cary, N.C. It marks a rematch of a regular season game on September 2 which saw the Tigers defeat the Wolfpack 2-0. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Mimi Asom, a native of Dallas, Texas, the arctic weather that chilled the area last Friday as the Princeton University women’s soccer team hosted Monmouth in the opening round of the NCAA tournament was a shock to the system. more

BATTLE-TESTED: Princeton University water polo head coach Luis Nicolao instructs his men’s squad during a game earlier this season. Former Naval Academy water polo star Nicolao, who served a tour of duty in the Gulf War, recently achieved another milestone in his 19-season tenure guiding both the Tiger men’s and women’s programs as he hit the 400-win mark on the men’s side. He has compiled a 442-149 record in women’s play and is currently at 401-162 for the men. The men’s squad, currently 21-5, will be looking to earn a fifth NCAA berth under Nicolao as it competes in the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) tournament in Cambridge, Mass. from November 17-19 where it is seeded first. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Luis Nicolao’s office on the deck of DeNunzio Pool at Princeton University exudes a coziness, with framed family portraits of his wife and two daughters sitting on shelves surrounded by an extensive collection of sports bobbleheads and other knick-knacks. more

November 8, 2017

By Bill Alden

With six defensive starters sidelined due to injury, the Princeton University football team was in danger of being run out of Franklin Field by Penn last Saturday.

The Tigers trailed 17-7 at the half as Penn ground out scoring marches of 80 yards, 71 yards, and 53 yards to reel off 17 unanswered points. more

RYAN’S HOPE: Princeton University field hockey player Ryan McCarthy races up the field in a game earlier this season. Senior star McCarthy has enjoyed a big final campaign for the Tigers, scoring a team-high 15 goals as Princeton went 7-0 in Ivy League play, earning the program’s 25th league crown. The 14th-ranked Tigers, now 11-6 overall, will look to extend their season as they play at No. 4 Virginia (15-4) in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Starting the season by going 1-4 against a gauntlet of Top-25 foes ended up paying dividends for the Princeton University field hockey team.

After edging No. 10 Maryland 2-1 on September 19, the Tigers caught fire, suffering only two more losses over the rest of the regular season and going 7-0 in Ivy League play, earning the program’s 25th league crown. more

TOURNEY TIME: Princeton University women’s soccer player Vanessa Gregoire tracks the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior midfielder and co-captain Gregoire scored the lone goal as Princeton defeated Penn 1-0. The win by the Tigers and a 0-0 tie between Columbia and Harvard clinched the Ivy League title outright for Princeton as it finished the regular season at 14-2 overall and 6-1 Ivy. The Tigers will now compete in the NCAA tournament where they host Monmouth (15-3-2) in a first-round contest on November 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton University women’s soccer team lost 2-0 to Columbia is mid-October, it prompted some soul searching.

“The first day of practice was on Monday and we said there is only one word to describe and that is ‘respond,’” said Princeton head coach Sean Driscoll. more

STARTING POINT: Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson makes a point at the program’s media day last Thursday as Tiger stars, from left, Myles Stephens, Amir Bell, and Devin Cannady listen intently. Princeton, which ran the table last winter in Ivy League play, going 14-0 in regular season action and then winning the league’s inaugural postseason tournament, starts its 2017-18 season by playing at Butler in November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Sparked by a pair of senior stars, Steven Cook and Spencer Weisz, the Princeton University men’s basketball team ran the table last winter in Ivy League play, going 14-0 in regular season action and then winning the league’s inaugural postseason tournament. more

DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson drives to the hoop in a game last season. Senior star and co-captain Robinson will be looking to provide production and leadership in her final campaign for the Tigers. Princeton tips off its 2017-18 season by hosting George Washington on November 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last winter marked the first season that Princeton University women’s basketball team had suffered five Ivy League losses under Courtney Banghart since 2008-09, her second campaign at the helm of the program.

For Princeton head coach Banghart, who guided the Tigers to five Ivy titles in six seasons starting with the 2009-10 season, last year’s ups-and-downs were the product of a squad that didn’t quite mesh. more

NET GAIN: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Ryan Ferland makes a save in recent action. Last Friday, freshman Ferland earned his first career shutout, making 36 saves as Princeton skated to a 0-0 tie against visiting Colgate. The Tigers, now 1-1-1 overall and 1-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Union on November 10 and at Rensselaer on November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ryan Ferland didn’t feel sharp as he took the ice for the Princeton University men’s hockey team last Friday against visiting Colgate but it didn’t take long for the freshman goalie to get into a rhythm.

“I actually didn’t have a great warm up but I felt good after the first few shots,” said Ferland.  more

November 1, 2017

SKATING HARD: Princeton University women’s hockey player Stephanie Sucharda, right, takes the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior defenseman and assistant captain Sucharda chipped in an assist as Princeton topped Dartmouth 8-1. The Tigers, now 1-1-2 overall and 1-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Colgate on November 3 and at Cornell on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The weekend got off to a rough start for the Princeton University women’s hockey team as it hosted Harvard last Friday night in its ECAC Hockey opener.

On their heels after tallying an early power play goal, Princeton was outshot 20-4 in the first period as the Crimson knotted the game a 1-1. more

The Princeton University men’s cross country team celebrates after it took first in the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City last Friday. It was the 19th Heps title for the Princeton program, which had five runners finish in the top 10. Its score of 28 was the best at the Ivy Heps since 1987. Senior Noah Kauppila led the way for the Tigers, taking second as he covered the 5-mile course in a time of 24:58.7. He was followed by sophomore Conor Lundy in third and senior Garrett O’Toole in fourth. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

SEEING RED: Princeton University junior running back Charlie Volker (No. 20) takes a hard hit in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Volker rushed for 41 yards in a losing cause as Princeton fell 29-28 to visiting Cornell. The loss to the Big Red dropped Princeton to 5-2 overall and 2-2 Ivy League, dealing a blow to the Tigers’ chances for a league title repeat. Princeton will look to get back on the winning track when it plays at Penn (3-4 overall, 1-3 Ivy) on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In its final outing this September, the Princeton University football team squandered a late 24-21 advantage on the way to a 28-24 loss to Columbia.

Last Saturday as the Tigers hosted Cornell for their last game in October, they saw another lead slip away as they started the fourth quarter up 28-16 only to lose 29-28 to the Big Red on a career-best 43-yard field goal by Nickolas Null with 48 seconds left in regulation. more

COMING OUT PARTY: Princeton University men’s hockey player Reid Yochim controls the puck last Sunday as Princeton hosted Holy Cross in its season opener. Freshman defenseman Yochim made quite a debut, tallying an assist and a goal to help the Tigers defeat the Crusaders 4-2. Princeton opens ECAC Hockey play this weekend when it hosts Colgate on November 3 and Cornell on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Reid Yochim couldn’t wait to hit the ice last Sunday for his debut with the Princeton University men’s hockey team as it hosted Holy Cross in its season opener.

“There is a lot of built up emotion and a lot of energy that has been inside of me and that is just what I try to bring out there,” said defenseman Yochim. “It was an unbelievable atmosphere and an unbelievable feeling.” more

SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton University field hockey senior defender Sarah Brennan heads upfield in action during her career for the Princeton University field hockey team. Last Saturday, former Princeton Day School standout Brennan was honored along with her classmates as Princeton hosted Cornell in its home finale and held its annual Senior Day celebration. The Tigers rolled to a 5-1 victory over Cornell, clinching a share of the Ivy League title and the league’s automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA tournament. The Tigers, now 10-6 overall and 6-0 Ivy, wrap up regular season play with a game at Penn on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Sarah Brennan has been part of the supporting cast for the Princeton University field hockey team over the last four years, she has thrived in that role.

“I knew coming into a good program, it was going to be competitive for playing time,” said defender Brennan, a former Princeton Day School standout whose parents, Sean and Susan, are both Princeton alums. more

October 25, 2017

BULL MARKET: Princeton University women’s hockey player Carly Bullock celebrates after scoring one of her two goals in Princeton’s 2-2 tie in overtime against visiting Providence last Friday evening in its season opener. Sophomore forward Bullock added another goal a day later as the Tigers and Friars skated to a second 2-2 tie to end their two-game set. Princeton starts ECAC Hockey play this weekend when it hosts Harvard on October 27 and Dartmouth on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It took a while for Carly Bullock to get rolling last winter in her debut season with the Princeton University women’s hockey team. more

ON COURSE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Eric Robinson glides up the ice in action last winter. Senior forward and co-captain Robinson will be taking a leading role as the Tigers look to keep building after going 15-16-3 last season and advancing to the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. Princeton opens its 2017-18 season when it hosts Holy Cross on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton University men’s hockey team started the 2016-17 campaign by going 0-6-1, it looked like the Tigers were headed for another rough winter.

After all, Princeton had won a total of just nine games (9-46-6) over the previous two seasons.

Instead, the Tigers caught fire, going 13-7-2 over the rest of the regular season with wins over seven top-20 teams to write one of the best turnaround stories in college hockey. more

KAN DO: Princeton University quarterback Chad Kanoff prepares to unload the ball in recent action. Last Friday at Harvard, senior star and tri-captain Kanoff enjoyed a career game, completing his first 21 passes on the way to going 31-for-35 for 421 yards and two touchdowns as Princeton defeated Harvard 52-17. Kanoff was named as the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week and the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week in the wake of his performance, which amounted to the eighth-most single-game passing yards in Princeton history. The Tigers, now 5-1 overall and 2-1 Ivy, host Cornell (2-4 overall, 2-1 Ivy) on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While Bob Surace liked what he was seeing from his Princeton University football team on the practice field, he knows that doesn’t guarantee success on game day.

“I really felt the last couple of weeks that we have really practiced well,” said Princeton head coach Surace. more

October 18, 2017

NEAT STUFF: Princeton University women’s hockey goalie Steph Neatby makes a save in action last winter. Sophomore goalie Neatby is coming off a superb debut season, getting named as the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year and the USCHO Division I Rookie of the Year. The Tigers, who will be guided by Cara Morey after the departure of longtime head coach Jeff Kampersal to Penn State, start their 2017-18 campaign by hosting a two-game set against Providence (4-2) on October 20-21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite the departure of longtime head coach Jeff Kampersal, there is no reason to expect drastic changes around the Princeton University women’s hockey team this winter. more

GROUND AND POUND: Princeton University running back Charlie Volker carries the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star Volker rushed for a career-high 163 yards and four touchdowns to help Princeton defeat Brown 53-0. Volker produced a highlight of the day, setting a program record with a 96-yard TD run in the second quarter, breaking a 65-year mark for longest rushing score in program history. The previous record was a 93-yard touchdown by Homer Smith, set against Yale on November 15, 1952.  Princeton, now 4-1 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, plays at Harvard (4-1 overall, 1-1- Ivy) on October 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though it won three of its first four games this fall, the Princeton University football team was still searching for consistency as played at Brown last Saturday. more

A few sat on the ground with their heads in their hands while some consoled each other with embraces and others just stared ahead blankly.

Following its 2-0 loss to visiting Columbia last Saturday night in an Ivy League first-place showdown, the members of the Princeton University women’s soccer team appeared shellshocked as they came to grips with the reality of the defeat. more

October 11, 2017

By Bill Alden

Mary Kate Neff has faced a steep learning curve this fall in her freshman season with the Princeton University field hockey team.

“It is just learning to play the system and play the role the team needs me to play,” said Neff.

“It is a higher speed, it is a lot of aggression and just being able to sustain that level to play smart and make good decisions throughout the whole game. I find myself all over the field but I really do enjoy midfield, getting to play on both sides of the field and helping out where I can.” more

SHARP TOOL: Princeton University men’s soccer player Kevin O’Toole dribbles the ball against Villanova last Wednesday. Freshman midfielder O’Toole contributed a goal and an assist to help Princeton earn a 2-0 win over the Wildcats. The Tigers, who lost 1-0 at Brown last Saturday to fall to 2-6-2 overall and 0-2 Ivy League, host Columbia on October 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The bounces had gone against the Princeton University men’s soccer team this fall as it started 1-5-2 with each of the defeats coming by one goal.

Last Wednesday evening against visiting Villanova, Princeton freshman midfielder Kevin O’Toole kicked the Tigers into the win column, assisting on a goal by Benji Issroff in the first minute of the contest and later curling the ball into the top corner of the net with 18 minutes remaining in the second half for his first career tally and the finishing touch on a 2-0 win. more

BY GEORGE: Princeton University football player Jesper Horsted races upfield last Saturday against visiting Georgetown. Junior star receiver Horsted made nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown to help Princeton rally from a 10-0 deficit on the way to a 50-30 win over the Hoyas. Princeton, now 3-1 overall and 0-1 Ivy League, plays at Brown (2-2 overall, 0-1 Ivy) on October 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the leadoff hitter for the Princeton University baseball team, Jesper Horsted looks to start rallies for the Tigers.

Doubling as a star receiver for the Princeton football team, Horsted displayed his ability to start a rally on the gridiron as the Tigers hosted Georgetown last Saturday. more

October 4, 2017

INTO THE LIONS’ DEN: Princeton University running back Collin Eaddy gets stymied in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, freshman Eaddy rushed for 62 yards on seven carries in a losing cause as Princeton fell 28-24 to visiting Columbia in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 2-1 overall and 0-1 Ivy, host Georgetown (1-3) on October 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last fall, the Princeton University football team dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Harvard in late October but bounced back to run the table with four straight wins and earn a share of the Ivy League title.

The 2017 Tigers will need to display that same brand of resilience in order to be an Ivy title contender this fall, suffering a stunning 28-24 loss to visiting Columbia last Saturday which saw the Lions score the winning touchdown on a 63-yard scoring strike from Anders Hill to Ronald Smith II with 1:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. more