May 23, 2018

PULLING THROUGH: Princeton University women’s rowing star Claire Collins displays her form in a race this spring. Junior standout Collins rowed in the fourth seat to help the open varsity 8 win the Ivy championship regatta earlier this month, earning first-team All-Ivy honors in the process. Collins and the Tigers will be going after another title as the compete in the NCAA Championships from May 25-27 at Sarasota, Fla. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

It didn’t take long for Claire Collins to make an impact in the sport of rowing.

Taking up the sport in the spring of her freshman year at Deerfield Academy (Mass.), Collins was competing for the U.S. National Junior team by that summer.

“It accelerated pretty quickly,” said Collins, a native of McLean, Va. who also starred at volleyball and swimming at Deerfield.  more

SERIOUSLY GOOD: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kyla Sears heads to goal in a game this season. Freshman attacker Sears produced a sensational debut campaign for the Tigers, scoring 78 points on 60 goals and 18 assists to set the Princeton and Ivy League record for most goals and points by a freshman. The play of Sears helped Princeton go 9-2 in its last 11 games on the way to going 13-6, winning the Ivy tournament and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tourney. With Sears returning along with four of the team’s other five top scorers this spring and the whole defense, the future looks bright for the Tigers. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In late March, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team dug an early hole against visiting Syracuse and ended up losing 17-16 to the Orange as a late rally fell short.

Just over six weeks later, the foes met for a rematch in the opening round of the NCAA tournament and this time, Princeton jumped out to an early lead and then produced a late comeback to pull out a 12-11 double overtime triumph over the Orange. more

May 16, 2018

OPEN ARMS: Members of the Princeton University women’s open varsity eight celebrate after winning the grand final at the Ivy League championship regatta on Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J. last Sunday. It was the third straight Ivy crown for the open top boat and its fourth in the last five years. Princeton is next in action when it competes at the NCAA championship regatta from May 25-27 in Sarasota, Fla. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

Lori Dauphiny had a good feeling about her Princeton University women’s open varsity eight as it headed into the Ivy League championship regatta last weekend.

“This last week of training prior to the championships, they made some really nice strides,” said Princeton head coach Dauphiny. “I started to notice that the boat was picking up speed.” more

May 9, 2018

CATCH OF THE DAY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse goalie Sam Fish makes a save last Friday night to help the Tigers defeat Columbia in the Ivy League Tournament semis. Two days later, Fish recorded 11 saves to help Princeton defeat Penn 13-10 in the Ivy Championship game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Sam Fish struggled when the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team played at Columbia in its regular season finale in late April.

Even though Princeton prevailed, freshman goalie Fish wasn’t sharp in the 22-16 win. more

TESS TIME: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Tess D’Orsi heads to goal in action last weekend at the Ivy League Tournament held at Class of 1952 Stadium. Sophomore attacker D’Orsi tallied four goals  and an assist as top-seeded Princeton defeated second-seeded Penn 13-10 in the championship game last Sunday. The Tigers, now 12-5, will face Syracuse (9-9) in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Boston College on May 11. The victor will face fourth seeded BC (19-1) is a second round contest on May 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With top-seeded Princeton University women’s lacrosse team locked in a 9-9 stalemate against second-seeded Penn in the second half of the Ivy League Tournament Championship game last Sunday, it became Tess D’Orsi time for the Tigers.

Princeton sophomore attacker D’Orsi scored a goal to put the Tigers ahead 10-9 and then after the visiting Quakers answered to make it 10-10, she tallied two unanswered goals to make the difference on the way to a 13-10 win. more

DOCKSIDER: Princeton University softball player Danielle Dockx makes a play in recent action. Senior infielder Dockx ended her career last weekend as the Tigers wrapped up the season by going 1-2 in a three-game set against visiting Cornell. Princeton finished the spring at 10-29 overall and 8-13 Ivy League. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the Princeton University softball team having been eliminated from the Ivy League title race, there was pride on the line last weekend when the Tigers hosted Cornell in a season-ending three-game set.

Sparked by its trio of seniors Kylee Pierce, Danielle Dockx, and Ashley LaGuardia setting the tone, Princeton was determined to end the season by fighting to the last out. more

May 2, 2018

IN CONTROL: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Colby Chanenchuk controls the ball in a game last spring. Last Wednesday, senior attacker Chanenchuk tallied two goals and two assists to help Princeton rout Penn 21-8. On Saturday, No. 13 Princeton defeated Columbia 22-16 to improve to 10-5 overall and 6-1 Ivy League, clinching the league regular season title in the process. The Tigers will now host the Ivy postseason tournament, facing fourth-seeded Columbia in the semis on May 4 with the victor advancing to the title game on May 6 between the winner of the Penn-Dartmouth semi. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Colby Chanenchuk sensed that the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team was primed for a big performance as it hosted Penn last Wednesday evening in an Ivy League showdown.

“We have definitely been on a high, we have been improving from week to week and I think we are peaking at just the right time,” said senior attacker Chanenchuk, a 5’7 native of Natick, Mass. more

By Bill Alden

It was Asher Lee-Tyson’s final game at Clarke Field for the Princeton University baseball team, and he started things with a bang.

With Princeton hosting Yale last Sunday afternoon, senior shortstop Lee-Tyson slammed a run-scoring double to left field in the bottom of the first inning to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Two innings later, Lee-Tyson drew a walk and scored on a two-run homer by Conor Nolan as Princeton went ahead 3-1. more

STANDING TALL: Princeton University men’s lacrosse goalie Tyler Blaisdell makes a save in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior star Blaisdell enjoyed the big home finale of the Tigers, making 10 saves to help Princeton defeat sixth-ranked Cornell 14-8. The Tigers who just missed making the Ivy League postseason tournament, moved to 8-5 overall and 3-3 Ivy. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tyler Blaisdell helped get the Senior Day festivities underway for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team last Saturday as he was one of the first members of the squad’s Class of 2018 to be introduced.

Smiling broadly, senior goalie Blaisdell strode to the center of the field at Class of 1952 Stadium arm in arm with his parents, greeting his other classmates as they were honored before the Tigers battled No. 6 Cornell. more

April 25, 2018

TRUE GRIT: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Cammie Sullivan unloads the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior co-captain and star midfielder Sullivan scored a goal and scooped up five draw controls to help Princeton defeat Cornell 15-10. The 18th-ranked Tigers, now 8-5 overall and 4-1 Ivy League, host No. 10 Penn (11-2 overall, 5-0 Ivy) on April 25 before playing at Columbia (6-8 overall, 3-3 Ivy) on April 28 in their regular season finale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was Senior Day for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team as it hosted Cornell last Saturday and handmade posters of each of the six seniors being recognized hung behind the Princeton bench.

The poster honoring senior co-captain and midfielder Cammie Sullivan included the words “hungry, soldier, guts, passion.” more

SHINING LIGHTS: The Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight shows its form in a regatta this spring. Princeton topped Penn last Saturday on the way to winning the Wood-Hammond Trophy. The third-ranked Tigers now head to New Haven, Conn. on April 28 to battle top-ranked Harvard and No. 4 Yale in the annual H-Y-P Regatta. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

After posting opening day wins over Navy and Georgetown on March 24, the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight suffered a setback as it got edged by Columbia a week later.

While Princeton head coach Marty Crotty was disappointed by the result against the Lions, he urged his rowers to stay the course. more

April 18, 2018

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The Princeton University open women’s varsity eight shows its form in a recent race. The Tiger had a mixed result last Saturday, topping Yale to retain the Eisenberg Cup but falling to Iowa in the three-boat race. Princeton, now 10-1, returns to action when it heads south to face the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on April 21. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

After rolling through the regular season last spring with an 11-0 and winning the Ivy League Championships, the Princeton University open women’s varsity eight hit a roadblock at the NCAA championships.

Failing to make the Grand Final, the Tigers took third in the Petite Final to place ninth overall, putting a damper on an otherwise superb campaign.  more

By Bill Alden

After seeing five games get washed or snowed out in late March, the Princeton University baseball team has been treading water as the calendar hit April.

“It has been a rough year because it has been hard to get into any kind of rhythm,” said Princeton head coach Scott Bradley, whose team was 3-3 in April as it looked forward to hosting a three-game set against Penn last weekend. “There are times where I think we are pretty good and there are other times where we are just not there.” more

BULLING THROUGH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kyla Sears fights past a defender in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman star attacker Sears tallied four goals and an assist as Princeton defeated Yale 18-4. Princeton, which improved to 7-5 overall and 3-1 Ivy League with the win over the Bulldogs, hosts Cornell on April 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Kyla Sears, singing the national anthem before home games for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team has helped calm her nerves when she hits the field. 

“The funny thing is, I did it in high school and I found out I got way more nervous to sing than when I played,” said Princeton freshman star attacker Sears, who performs the singing duties in tandem with Julia Haney. “So when it was over it is, oh, now we can play.” more

SIX SHOOTER: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Philip Robertson unloads the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore attackman Robertson tallied six goals to help Princeton defeat Dartmouth 24-13. The Tigers, now 6-5 overall and 1-3 Ivy league, play at Harvard on April 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Philip Robertson spent his freshmen season on the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team as an understudy for Gavin McBride.

As attackman McBride tallied a program-record 54 goals last spring in his final campaign, Robertson soaked up as much as he could from the senior star. more

April 11, 2018

MIGHTY MIKE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Michael Sowers looks for an opening in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore star attackman Sowers matched his single-game career-high of nine points, tallying four goals and five assists to help Princeton defeat Stony Brook 16-8 and snap a three-game losing streak. The Tigers, who moved to 4-5 with the win, were slated to play at Siena on April 10 before hosting Dartmouth on April 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though Michael Sowers was playing in just the 24th game of his career with the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team when the Tigers hosted Stony Brook last Saturday, the 5’8, 165-pound dynamo already looms large in program history.

As a freshman, Sowers set a Princeton single-season record with 82 points on 41 goals and 41 assists in 15 appearances. more

THE RIGHT STUFF: Princeton University softball pitcher Allie Reynolds fires a pitch last weekend as the Tigers hosted Dartmouth in a three-game set. Freshman Reynolds earned a shutout as Princeton posted a 6-0 win in the first game of the weekend. The Big Green went on to win 8-6 and 12-1 in the final two games. The Tigers, who moved to 5-20 overall and 3-6 Ivy League, play a three-game set at Yale next weekend with a doubleheader on April 14 and a single game on April 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University softball team, its loss to Dartmouth in the second game of a three-game set with the Big Green last weekend served as a microcosm of a rough start to the 2018 campaign.

The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning in the contest on Friday and then, after surrendering three runs, battled back to make it a 3-3 ballgame heading into the fourth. Dartmouth, though, answered with two runs in the top of the next frame and added one each in the last three innings to pull away to a 8-6 win. more

MAKING WAVES: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity crew shows its form in a race this spring. Last Saturday, Princeton’s top boat defeated Penn and Columbia to win the Childs Cup. The Tigers, now 6-0, face Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. on April 14 in the race for the Compton Cup. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

In building the Princeton University men’s heavyweight rowing squad into one of the deepest programs in the nation, Greg Hughes has focused more on instilling a work ethic than stockpiling athletes.

“It is not just about your talent and ability, it is about development,” said Princeton head coach Greg Hughes. “It is one of those intangible things about sports that we as a society learn. It doesn’t come down to a one-off or just getting lucky. Consistent, steady, day-to-day hard work over time will yield results.” more

ATLANTIC ADVENTURE: Oliver Crane celebrates in Antigua this past January after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Crane, a resident of Lawrenceville who is headed to Princeton University, rowed the 3,000-mile journey in 44 days, and at age 19, became the youngest person to ever row solo across the Atlantic.

By Bill Alden

It took a while for Oliver Crane to develop a passion for rowing.

“I first experienced crew at Mercer Rowing Club in eighth grade, but I didn’t really row much then,” said Crane, a resident of Lawrenceville.

“All through middle school my main sport was ice hockey, but I ended up getting five concussions so I couldn’t do contact sports anymore. I ended up doing cross country and rowing at Peddie and fell in love with rowing after that.” more

April 4, 2018

LEADING THE WAY: Princeton University baseball player Chris Davis follows through on a swing in action last weekend. Sophomore outfielder and lead-off hitter Davis starred as Princeton won two out of three games against visiting Cornell to open Ivy League play. Davis went 6-for-15 in the three-game set, knocking in the game-winning run in a 7-6 win on Sunday. The Tigers, now 5-11 overall and 2-1 Ivy, host Monmouth on April 5 before heading to Brown for a three-game set with a doubleheader on April 7 and a single game on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Chris Davis has displayed an ability to bounce back in emerging as a star this spring for the Princeton University baseball team.

Last year, Davis saw his freshman campaign cut short by injury after eight appearances, rupturing his spleen against the University of Maryland in mid-March to get sidelined for the rest of the spring. more

SEEING IT THROUGH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Tess D’Orsi races to goal in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore midfielder D’Orsi tallied five goals in a losing cause as a second-half Princeton rally fell short in a 17-16 loss to No. 12 Syracuse. On Saturday, D’Orsi chipped in a goal and an assist to help the Tigers bounce back with a 15-6 win at Delaware. Princeton, now 5-4 overall, plays at Harvard on April 7 before hosting No. 3 Maryland on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tess D’Orsi wasn’t overly concerned when the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team found itself trailing 12th-ranked Syracuse 9-5 at the half last Thursday evening.

“Our coaches believed in us and every single one of us knew we had it in us to have a comeback,” said sophomore star midfielder D’Orsi, reflecting on a recent stretch which saw that Princeton rally from a 6-1 deficit for a 13-12 win over Penn State on March 19 and fought back after trailing 13-6 in the second half before falling 15-12 to Dartmouth on March 24. more

March 28, 2018

PARTING SHOT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Matt Nelson heads up the ice in a game this season. Last Saturday, senior defenseman Nelson scored a goal in a losing cause as fourth-seeded Princeton fell 4-2 to top-seeded Ohio State in the NCAA Midwest regional semifinals. The loss left the Tigers with a final record of 19-13-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When Matt Nelson and David Hallisey joined the Princeton University men’s hockey team four years ago, things were pretty bleak.

The Tigers posted a 4-23-3 record in their freshman campaign in 2014-15 and then went 5-23-3 the next winter. more

CORE VALUE: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Annie Cory heads upfield against Dartmouth last Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Cory tallied a career-high three goals against the Big Green but it wasn’t enough as Princeton lost 15-12. The Tigers, now 4-3 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, host No. 12 Syracuse (6-4) on March 29 before playing at Delaware on March 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Starting last week with a bang, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team produced a dramatic comeback at Penn State, rallying from a 9-5 second half deficit to pull out a 13-12 victory.

“That was really a great win from being down and really fighting back” said Princeton head coach Chris Sailer, reflecting on the March 19 contest. more

PINNING IT DOWN: Princeton University wrestler Matthew Kolodzik pins Columbia’s Jacob Macalolooy at 149 pounds in a regular season match. Sophomore Kolodzik solidified his status as one of the greatest wrestlers in Princeton history over the last month, winning his second straight EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) title and then placing third in 149 pounds at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Matthew Kolodzik enjoyed a landmark debut campaign for the Princeton University wrestling team in 2016-17, going 30-4 and taking seventh at 141 pounds in the NCAA Championships to become the first freshman in program history to earn All-American honors. more

March 21, 2018

CRAZY EIGHTS: Princeton University men’s hockey player Josh Teves controls the puck in ECAC Hockey playoff action. Last weekend at the ECACH Final 4 in Lake Placid, N.Y., junior defenseman Teves starred as seventh-seeded Princeton defeated top-seeded Cornell 4-1 in the semis and then edged third-seeded Clarkson 2-1 in overtime in the title game. It marked the third straight decade that the program won an ECACH title during a year ending in 8 as the 1998 and 2008 squads also accomplished the feat. Princeton, now 19-12-4 overall, is headed to the NCAA tournament. The Tigers will be playing in the Midwest Regional in Allentown, Pa. where they are seeded fourth and will face top-seeded Ohio State on Saturday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s hockey team entered the ECAC Hockey Final 4 last weekend at Lake Placid, N.Y. as the lowest remaining seed in the competition, Josh Teves didn’t view the Tigers as underdogs.

“We have obviously been doing well in the playoffs and before that,” said junior defenseman Teves, reflecting on the team’s surge which saw it go 4-0 in the playoffs, outscoring Brown and Union by a total of 23-8 the first two rounds. more