June 22, 2016

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ON THE JOB: Matt Madalon is all smiles during a lighter moment this spring as he took the helm of the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team as interim head coach in the wake of Chris Bates being dismissed after a sideline incident in a game against Brown. Madalon guided the Tigers to a 3-2 record down the stretch after a 2-6 start, culminating with a dramatic 7-6 win over Cornell in the season finale. Last week, Madalon was elevated to permanent head coach of the Princeton program. (Photo by Robert Goldstein, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Matt Madalon is all about moving forward.

After being named the interim head coach of the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team in the wake of Chris Bates being dismissed after a sideline incident in a game against Brown, Madalon focused on righting the ship. more

June 15, 2016

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RETIREMENT PARTY: Princeton University women’s track head coach Peter Farrell enjoys a special moment with his athletes in early May at the 2016 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships at Weaver Stadium. It was the last Heps for Farrell, who recently announced his retirement after 39 years as the only head coach in the history of the Princeton University women’s track and cross country programs. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Peter Farrell doesn’t like to stray too far from his athletes. more

June 8, 2016

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HEAVY HITTERS: Senior star Martin Barakso, third from left, helps the Princeton University men’s varsity 8 power through the water in a heat last weekend at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta at Mercer Lake. The Tigers went on to finish third in the Grand Final in the event, trailing champion Cal and Yale. Princeton, which took second in the second varsity 8, first in the third varsity 8 to cap an undefeated season, and second in the varsity 4, was second to Cal in the race for the Jim Ten Eyck Memorial Trophy, the team points competition, the best Tiger finish since winning the trophy in 1998. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Martin Barakso entered Princeton University in 2012 as a highly decorated rower. more

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LOUISIANA LIGHTNING: Princeton University baseball player Billy Arendt takes a swing in recent action. Last weekend, senior third baseman Arendt starred in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-3 to host Louisiana-Lafayette and 7-2 to Sam Houston State in the NCAA’s Lafayette Regional. Arendt went 4-for-9 on the weekend with three runs scored and a triple.The Ivy League champion Tigers ended the spring with a 24-21 overall record, a remarkable improvement on the 7-32 mark posted in 2015. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University baseball team started play in the NCAA tournament at the Louisiana-Lafayette Regional last Friday evening, the Tigers found themselves in a lion’s den. more

June 1, 2016

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WHEELING AND DEALING: Princeton University women’s rowing star Meghan Wheeler powers through the water in a race this spring. Last weekend, senior star and tri-captain Wheeler helped the Princeton women’s open varsity 8 take sixth in the Grand Final at the NCAA Championships in Gold River, Calif. The Tigers finished seventh overall in the team standings as the second varsity 8 took sixth and the varsity four placed seventh. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Meghan Wheeler had a bad taste in her mouth last spring as she wrapped up her junior season with the Princeton University women’s open crew. more

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POWER PITCHER: Princeton University junior star Chad Powers fires a pitch in recent action. Powers, who was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year this spring, will be looking to come up big this weekend as Princeton competes in the NCAA Regional at Lafayette, La. Powers went 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA this spring to help the Tigers post an overall record of 24-19. Princeton, seeded fourth, will play the host and top-seeded University of Louisiana-Lafayette (41-19), on Friday evening in an opening round contest of the double-elimination regional. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The next chapter of the amazing turnaround story written by the Princeton University baseball team this spring will take place down in the Bayou.

The Tigers, who went from 7-32 and the Ivy League cellar in 2015 to 24-19 and the league title this spring, have been sent to Lafayette, La. regional of the NCAA tournament. more

May 25, 2016

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KEY HIT: Princeton University softball player Keeley Walsh follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman Walsh slugged a homer to account for Princeton’s only run in a 2-1 loss to Longwood in an elimination game at Harrisonburg (Va.) regional in the NCAA tournament. The loss left the Tigers with a final record of 23-28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

ESPN has made a commitment to the NCAA softball tournament, providing wall-to-wall coverage of the event, starting by broadcasting hours of regional action in the first weekend of the event. more

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ON THE SHORTLIST: Princeton University baseball player Danny Hoy takes a swing in recent action. Senior infielder Hoy, who helped Princeton go from last to first in the Ivy League this spring, was one of five seniors named as a finalist for the William Winston Roper Trophy, given to Princeton’s top senior male athlete. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With commencement fast approaching, it is awards season for the Princeton University athletes and the finalists for the two top senior sports honors were revealed last week. more

May 19, 2016

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GRAND FEELING: Members of the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 celebrate after they won the grand final at the Ivy League Championships last Sunday on Lake Carnegie. The ninth-ranked Tigers upset No. 1 Brown in the final, clocking a time of 6:28.039 over the 2,000-meter course with the Bears taking second in  6:31.588. Princeton is next in action when it competes at the NCAA Championship at Gold River, Calif. from May 27-29. (Photo by Erik Dresser/Row2k.com, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Although the Princeton University women’s open crew varsity 8 fell to Brown by nearly three seconds in its season-opening regatta in late March, Lori Dauphiny saw the performance as a sign that her top boat had good speed. more

May 18, 2016

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REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: Members of the Princeton University baseball team celebrate a run during the best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series last weekend at Clarke Field. After dropping game one 8-7 on Saturday, the Tigers came back on Sunday and won game two 6-2 before producing a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning of game three to win the finale 2-1 and its first Ivy crown since 2011. Princeton, now 24-18 after going 7-32 in 2015, will find out its NCAA assignment on May 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It wasn’t easy for pitcher Cameron Mingo to reach the penultimate moment of his college career, toeing the rubber for the Princeton University baseball team last Sunday afternoon to start the decisive game of the Ivy League Championship Series. more

With a two-week hiatus from competition coming into the Eastern Sprints last weekend, the Princeton University men’s heavyweight crew was able to fine-tune some things.

“We had worked on some really great changes over the couple of weeks that we had since the end of the regular season,” said Princeton head coach Greg Hughes.

That work paid dividends as Princeton won the Rowe Cup team points title at the regatta, which took place at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.

“I look at it as a great step forward for the whole team, everybody had their best race of the season up there and that is ultimately the goal and that led to Rowe Cup,” said Hughes. more

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HITTING THE NATIONAL STAGE: Princeton University softball player Marissa Reynolds goes after a pitch in recent action. Junior outfielder Reynolds has hit .271 this spring and started 44 games for the Ivy League champion Tigers. Princeton, now 23-26 overall, will be playing in the NCAA tournament this weekend. The Tigers were sent to the Harrisonburg (Va.) Regional, where they will face host No. 7 James Madison (46-4) on May 20 in the first game of the double-elimination competition with North Carolina (31-23) and Longwood (38-18) the other two teams playing at the site. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Princeton University softball team, its best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series at Harvard earlier this month turned into a Boston Marathon. more

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STICKING TOGETHER: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe, left, celebrates a goal with senior teammate Anya Gersoff in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, Hompe tallied two goals and an assist, including a leaping game-tying tally with 0.8 seconds left in regulation, but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 13-12 in overtime to the University of Massachusetts in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 11-6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It turned into an unfortunate case of deja vu for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team as it battled the University of Massachusetts in the first round of the NCAA tournament last Friday. more

May 11, 2016

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PRO POTENTIAL: Princeton University football star and team captain Seth DeValve enjoys a light moment during the program’s annual media day last September. Despite battling injury, DeValve went on to make 33 receptions for 337 yards and a touchdown in his final college campaign in 2015. In late April, DeValve was selected with the 138th pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Seth DeValve knows what it’s like to help revitalize a football program.

At Manchester (Conn.) High, DeValve starred at quarterback and safety as he helped a new coaching staff transform the program into a winner after years of mediocrity. more

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LYNCH-PIN: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Maddy Lynch holds the fort in a game this season. Last Friday, senior defender Lynch and the Tigers fought valiantly in falling 10-9 to Cornell in overtime in the Ivy League semifinals. That loss didn’t end the Tigers’ season as they learned on Sunday that they had earned an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Princeton, now 11-5, will face Massachusetts (18-1) in a first round game on May 13 in Ithaca, N.Y. The winner of that game will advance to the second round on Sunday against the winner of the first round clash between host Cornell and Canisius. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Reflecting the increased parity nationwide, Ivy League women’s lacrosse has featured one dogfight after another this spring. more

May 4, 2016

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CATCHING ON: Princeton University baseball player Andrew Christie takes a swing in action this spring. After getting just eight at-bats in his first three college seasons, senior catcher Christie emerged as a dependable performer for the Tigers this spring as they have won the Gehrig Division title, delivering some clutch hits and providing good work behind the plate. Last Saturday, Christie contributed an RBI double as Princeton defeated Cornell 7-2 in the nightcap to earn a split and the right to host the upcoming best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In his book, Resilience, former Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar Eric Greitens provides some common sense advice for overcoming obstacles in life. more

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WELL DONE: Princeton University softball head coach Lisa Van Ackeren, left, congratulates pitcher Claire Klausner, right, as catcher Skye Jerpbak looks on in a game this spring. Last weekend, Van Ackeren guided the Tigers to a four-game sweep of Cornell as Princeton clinched its first Ivy South title in her four-year tenure at the helm and the program’s first since 2008. The Tigers, now 21-25 overall and 14-6 Ivy, will play at either Harvard or Dartmouth, who are still battling for the Ivy North crown, this weekend in the best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After coming in second in the Ivy League South Division the last three seasons, the Princeton University softball team wasn’t leaving anything to chance as it took a two-game lead into its four-game series with Cornell in the final weekend of regular season play. more

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LAST STAND: Princeton University men’s lacrosse goalie Matt O’Connor guards the cage. Last Saturday against visiting Cornell in the season finale,  senior O’Connor came off the bench after halftime and starred, making 11 saves in the second half as Princeton prevailed 7-6. The win gave the Tigers a final record of 5-8 overall and 2-4 Ivy. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt O’Connor made some history in the first game of his career with the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team in 2013, becoming just the third freshman goalie to start the opener in the last 25 years. more

May 2, 2016

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SHINING LIGHTS: The Princeton University men’s lightweight -varsity 8 crew displays its form in a race earlier this spring. Last weekend, the second-ranked Tigers defeated Penn and Georgetown to win the Wood-Hammond Cup, improving to 7-1. On April 30, Princeton will host No. 1 Yale and fifth-ranked Harvard on Lake Carnegie in the annual HYP regatta. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Crew)

Starting April with its first clash against a top-five boat, the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight came up short, falling to third-ranked Columbia. more

April 27, 2016

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ABOVE WATER: Princeton University women’s water polo player Haley Wan, right, pressures a foe in a game earlier this season. Sophomore Wan has starred this season for the No. 15 Tigers, scoring a team-high 50 goals. Princeton, now 17-6, plays in the CWPA Collegiate Water Polo Association) Championships this weekend at Cambridge, Mass. where it will face host Harvard in the quarterfinals on April 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It has been a youth movement by necessity this season for the Princeton University women’s water polo team. more

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LETTING IT FLY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kathryn Hallett sends the ball up the field in a game earlier this spring. Last Saturday, freshman midfielder Hallett chipped in two goals and an assist as Princeton defeated Columbia 14-9 to bounce back from a 12-7 loss to Penn three days earlier. The No. 12 Tigers, now 10-4 overall and 5-1 Ivy League, are locked in a three-way tie atop the league with No. 10 Penn (11-3 overall, 5-1 Ivy) and No. 16 Cornell (11-3 overall, 5-1 Ivy). The Tigers end regular season play with a game at Brown (6-8 overall, 1-5 Ivy) on April 30. Princeton has already clinched a spot in the upcoming Ivy postseason tournament and will host the competition if it beats the Bears and Cornell defeats Penn in their clash this Saturday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting No. 15 Penn in a critical Ivy League clash last Wednesday evening, the 11th-ranked Princeton University women’s lacrosse team dug an early hole. more

April 20, 2016

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SPECIAL K: Princeton University softball player Kayla Bose heads to first base in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star and co-captain Bose got a pinch-hit walk-off single to give Princeton a 7-6 win over Penn in Game 1 in the first game of a pair of doubleheaders between the rivals. The Tigers went on to take three of four games over the weekend to solidify their hold on first place in the Ivy League’s South Division. Princeton is now 14-22 overall and 7-5 Ivy, holding a three-game lead over Columbia (11-26 overall, 4-8 Ivy) in the division with eight league games remaining. The Tigers have a doubleheader at Lehigh on April 20 and then head to New York City for twinbills at Columbia on April 23 and 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having not won its season series against Penn since 2008, the Princeton University softball team was looking to make a statement in Ivy League South Division play as it hosted the Quakers last weekend for a pair of doubleheaders. more

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BANNER DAY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Liz Bannantine guards the crease area in a game last season. Senior co-captain and star defender Bannantine helped No. 11 Princeton rally to a 8-7 win over No. 20 Cornell last Saturday in battle of teams that brought undefeated Ivy League records into the day. The Tigers, now 9-3 overall and 4-0 Ivy, host No. 14 Penn (9-3 overall, 3-1 Ivy) on April 20 before playing at Columbia (6-7 overall, 1-4 Ivy) on April 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Everything came up roses for Liz Bannantine as the 11th-ranked Princeton University women’s lacrosse team hosted No. 20 Cornell last Saturday in a clash of teams that were undefeated in Ivy League play coming into the day. more

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IN RHYTHM: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride races upfield in recent action. Last Saturday, junior McBride had three goals and an assist to help Princeton overcome a 3-0 halftime deficit on the way to a 7-3 win over visiting Dartmouth. The Tigers, now 4-7 overall and 1-3 Ivy League, play at Harvard (6-6 overall, 2-2 Ivy) on April 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team trailed Dartmouth 3-0 at halftime last Saturday, Gavin McBride sensed that the Tigers just needed to loosen up a little bit to get in synch. more

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HIT PARADE: Princeton University baseball player Billy Arendt takes a swing in a game earlier this season. Last weekend, senior infielder Arendt starred as Princeton took three of four games from Penn in a critical Ivy League Gehrig Division series. Arendt went 4-for-4 with three runs, four RBIs and two homers on the day in a 7-2  and 3-1 sweep on Saturday. A day later, he went 3-for-6 overall with a run and an RBI as the Tigers won 5-1 before losing the nightcap 5-2.  Arendt was later named the Ivy Co-Player of the Week along with Cornell’s Cole Rutherford for his performance against Penn. Princeton, now 17-14 overall and 9-3 Ivy, leads Cornell (12-14 overall, 5-5 Ivy) and Penn (14-18 overall, 6-6 Ivy) in the Gehrig Division standings. The Tigers play at Rider on April 20 before heading up to New York City for doubleheaders at Columbia (10-21 overall, 4-8 Ivy) on April 23 and 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Entering the homestretch of his career with the Princeton University baseball team, Billy Arendt was looking to shine as the Tigers hosted Penn for a four-game set starting last Saturday. more