September 22, 2016

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GROUND AND POUND: Princeton University football player Joe Rhattigan carries the ball last Saturday in the season opener against visiting Lafayette. Senior running back and tri-captain Rhattigan rushed for a career-high 136 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns to help Princeton defeat the Leopards 35-31. Princeton plays at Lehigh (1-2) on September 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Princeton University football head coach Bob Surace will tell you that senior running back and tri-captain Joe Rhattigan is the strong and silent type. more

September 21, 2016

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FRESH APPROACH: Princeton University men’s soccer player Ben Martin controls the ball in recent action. Last Friday, freshman midfielder Martin tallied a goal and an assist as Princeton edged Boston University 2-1 to post its second straight win. Martin was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week and the Ivy League co-Rookie of the Week for his performance. The Tigers, who improved to 2-2 with the win, host Fairleigh Dickinson University on September 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After losing its first two games, getting outscored 4-1 in the process, the Princeton University men’s soccer team found itself locked in a 0-0 stalemate in the second half against No. 22 Rider last week and needing a lift to avoid a 0-3 start. more

September 20, 2016

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SAFETY NET: Princeton University star senior safety and tri-captain Dorian Williams, center, poses with fellow captains, senior quarterback Chad Kanoff, left, and senior running back Joe Rhattigan. The trio of standouts will be looking to come up big when Princeton kicks off its 2016 campaign by hosting Lafayette on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dorian Williams learned the ropes from two different spots on the field during his first two seasons with the Princeton University football team. more

September 14, 2016

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FUN BUNCH: Members of the Princeton University football team enjoy a light moment as they posed for their team photo at the program’s recently-held media day during preseason camp. Princeton, which went 5-5 overall and 2-5 Ivy last fall, kicks off its 2016 campaign when it hosts Lafayette (1-1 in 2016) on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Heading into mid-October last year, things looked very promising for the Princeton University football team as it started 4-0 overall and 1-0 Ivy League. more

For the Princeton University field hockey team, hosting a pair of Top 20 foes in No. 12 Albany and 10th-ranked Delaware last weekend was a critical early season litmus test.

In each game, 16th-ranked Princeton ended up digging a hole, trailing Albany 2-1 early in the second half on Friday and falling behind Delaware 2-1 midway through the first half two days later.

But passing the tests with aplomb, the Tigers rallied, eking out a 3-2 win over Albany and pulling away to a 4-2 triumph over Delaware, improving to 3-1 on the season. more

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IN FORM: Princeton University women’s soccer player Natalie Larkin sends the ball upfield in recent action. Last Friday, junior defender/midfielder Larkin chipped in an assist as Princeton defeated Temple 3-0. Two days later, Larkin and her teammates rallied for a 2-1 overtime win at Monmouth as they improved to 6-0, the program’s best start since 2002, when the Tigers were 12-0. Princeton will look to keep on the winning track as it plays at No. 4 West Virginia (6-0-1) on September 16 and at Duquesne (2-2-2) on September 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Natalie Larkin and her teammates on the Princeton University women’s soccer team had a valuable lesson reinforced when they played at Delaware earlier this month. more

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HARRY SITUATION: Princeton University men’s soccer player Harry Heffernan controls the ball last Thursday as Princeton hosted St. John’s in its home opener. Junior midfielder Heffernan scored 1:05 into the contest but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 3-1 in dropping to 0-2. The Tigers host Boston University on September 16 before playing at Drexel on September 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming off a tough 1-0 defeat at West Virginia to start its 2016 campaign, the Princeton University men’s soccer team was happy to be in the friendly confines of Roberts Stadium last Thursday evening for its home opener against St. John’s. more

September 7, 2016

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REAR GUARD: Princeton University field hockey player Elise Wong guards the circle last Friday as 15th-ranked Princeton opened its season by hosting No. 1 North Carolina. Sophomore star Wong helped the Tiger defense hold the fort in a 2-1 loss to the Tar Heels. Two days later, Wong and Princeton topped Bucknell 5-2 to improve to 1-1 and earn their first win under new head coach Carla Tagliente. In upcoming action, the Tigers host No. 9 Albany on September 9 and No. 14 Delaware on September 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After starring at center back last fall in her freshman season with the Princeton University field hockey team, Elise Wong has moved up the field as a defensive midfielder in her second college campaign. more

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HOLDING THE FORT: Princeton University men’s soccer player Patrick Barba, left, goes after the ball in a game last fall. Last Saturday, senior defender and captain Barba helped Princeton hold the fort as it played two men down for most of the second half in a 1-0 loss at West Virginia (2-1) in its season opener. The Tigers will look to get on the winning track when they host St, John’s on September 8 in their season opener. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Opening its season at No. 24 West Virginia last Saturday evening, the Princeton University men’s soccer team knew it faced a huge challenge. more

August 31, 2016

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OPENING SALVO: Princeton University women’s soccer star Tyler Lussi, left, goes after the ball last Friday evening as Princeton hosted Fordham in its season opener. Senior star Lussi scored two goals and added an assist as the Tigers prevailed 3-1. Two days later, Princeton edged Villanova with a goal by Mimi Asom to improve to 2-0. The Tigers play at Delaware on September 2 and at Howard on September 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tyler Lussi has established herself as one of the top scorers in the history of Princeton University women’s soccer. more

ON THE BALL: Princeton University field hockey player Sophia Tornetta, left, chases down the ball in a game last fall. After a solid debut campaign that saw her tally seven goals and nine assists, sophomore striker Tornetta figures to be a go-to player for the Tigers this fall. Princeton opens its 2016 season by hosting North Carolina (1-1) on September 2 and Bucknell (1-0) on September 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While Carla Tagliente is happy to see her Princeton University field hockey team ranked 15th nationally in the Coaches’ Preseason poll, she isn’t putting much stock in that. more

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FITTING IN: Kerry Kittles, second from right, enjoys the moment with the other members of the Princeton University men’s basketball coaching staff, from left, head coach Mitch Henderson, assistant coach Brett MacConnell, Director of Basketball Operations Chris Monglia, and assistant Skye Ettin before a game on the team’s trip to Italy this August. Kittles, a former Villanova men’s basketball and NBA star, joined the Princeton staff in May as he makes his coaching debut. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Having taken the plunge into coaching by joining the staff of the Princeton University men’s basketball team this May as an assistant, Kerry Kittles is fired up to get into the trenches. more

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BOOT CAMP: Princeton University men’s soccer player Greg Seifert boots the ball in action last fall. Senior defender Seifert provides experience and athleticism to the Tiger back line. Princeton opens it 2016 campaign on September 3 when it plays at West Virginia (1-1). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s soccer team has posted double-digit win seasons in the last two years, it has been left with an empty feeling. more

August 24, 2016

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BURSTING ON THE SCENE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom, left, goes after a ball in 2015 action. Asom made quite a debut last fall, scoring 12 goals and four assists to help Princeton win the Ivy League title as it went 14-4-1 overall and 6-0-1 in conference play. Asom was named the Ivy Rookie of the Year and a second-team All Ivy selection. The Tigers open their 2016 campaign this weekend by hosting Fordham on August 26 and Villanova on August 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Sean Driscoll took the helm of the Princeton University women’s soccer team last fall, he could not have scripted a much better debut season. more

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SOLID GOLD: Star goalie Ashleigh Johnson handles the ball in action for the Princeton University women’s water polo team. Last Friday, rising Princeton senior Johnson helped the U.S. top Italy 12-5 in the gold medal match at the 2016 summer Olympics. Johnson, who made nine saves in the win, was named the outstanding goalie of the tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Nelson Diebel ’96 was the last Princeton University athlete to prevail in the pool at the Olympics when he earned two golds in swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games.  more

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TOUR OF ITALY: Princeton University men’s basketball player Hans Brase, right, works on his inside moves in a practice session. This week rising senior Brase and his teammates are currently on an 11-day journey through Italy starting in Rome and traveling through Florence, Bologna, Venice, and Como before heading home on August 31. Along the way, the Tigers will face three Italian professional teams, including two from Serie A2 and one from Serie B. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hans Brase has extensive experience playing in Europe due to his time with Germany’s national basketball program. more

August 17, 2016

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SILVER LINING: Gevvie Stone powers to the finish line in a single sculls race this season. Stone, a former Princeton University star who took seventh in the women’s single sculls in the 2012 Summer Olympics, made it to the podium in the 2016 Rio Summer games, taking second in the single sculls final last Saturday to earn a silver medal. Stone, 31, became the 20th Princeton rower to win an Olympic medal, and the second to win one in the women’s single sculls; Anne Marden ’81 also won a silver medal for Team USA in the 1988 Olympics. (Photo provided by USRowing)

When Gevvie Stone decided to resume her rowing career after initially retiring in the wake of taking seventh in the women’s single sculls at the 2012 London Summer Games, the former Princeton University standout sensed that she had untapped potential that could result in an Olympic medal.

Juggling her studies at Tufts University medical school, where she earned  her MD in 2014, with her training on the Charles River in Boston, Stone’s intuition proved correct.

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ALL WORLD: Michael Sowers controls the ball in action for the U.S. team at the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) 2016 U-19 Men’s World Championships in British Columbia last month. Incoming Princeton University freshman Sowers starred for the U.S. scoring 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists as the American squad edged Canada 13-12 in the finals to win the championship. Sowers was one of three attackmen named to the All-World team at the conclusion of the competition.

When Michael Sowers took the field last summer in the opening tryout for the U.S. team that was being picked to go to the 2016 U19 World Lacrosse Championships, he didn’t have great expectations.

“My goal going in was to get to the first camp and just show well,” said Sowers, an incoming Princeton University freshman attackman who enjoyed a record-setting career at Upper Dublin High in Fort Washington, Pa. where he became one of the all-time leading scorers in the history of U.S. high school lacrosse.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: Princeton University men’s lacrosse star Austin Sims, right, and incoming Tiger freshman player Michael Sowers celebrate after helping the U.S. edge Canada 13-12 to win the championship at the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) 2016 U-19 Men’s World Championships in British Columbia last month. Rising junior midfielder Sims, who served as a co-captain of the U.S. squad, finished with a goal and four assists in the competition.

For Austin Sims, playing on the U.S. squad for the 2016 U-19 Men’s World Lacrosse Championships is something that has been on his to-do list for years.

“In 2012 I was on a visit at the University of Virginia and I was checking the updates on Twitter and saw that they won,” said Sims, a rising junior midfielder for the Princeton University men’s lax team.

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August 10, 2016

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MEDAL CHASE: Donn Cabral clears a hurdle in the steeplechase at a recent meet. Former Princeton University track star Cabral ’12 will be competing for the U.S. in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in the 2016 Summer Games. His first round race in Rio is scheduled for August 15 with final slated for August 17. This is Cabral’s second trip to the Olympics as he placed eighth in the steeplechase at the 2012 London Summer Games. (Photo Courtesy of USA Track)

Donn Cabral is methodical when it comes to preparing for competition.

As a senior at Princeton University in 2012, the distance running star was known for training like a metronome on the track, flying through one repeat after another. He also slept in an oxygen tent to help replicate the advantages of being at a higher altitude. more

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DUELING IN RIO: Princeton University fencing star Katharine Holmes ’17 takes a break from a workout in the Tiger fencing room at Jadwin Gym. Holmes is competing in the epee for the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Last Saturday, she fell 5-4 in overtime to Erika Kurpu of Estonia in the Round of 32 in the individual epee competition. Holmes has another shot at Olympic glory as she will be competing in the team epee finals on August 11 along with the Hurley sisters, Courtney and Kelley, both former Notre Dame standouts. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

As Katharine Holmes looked ahead to making her Olympic debut in the women’s epee last week at the Rio Summer Games, she was bringing a peace of mind into the competition rather than nerves. more

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SHINING LIGHT: Robin Prendes competes for the U.S. lightweight men’s four in recent action. Former Princeton University standout Prendes ’11 and another former Tiger, Tyler Nase ’13, helped the U.S. take fourth in the semifinals of its competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics on August 9. Prendes and Nase will compete in the B final on August 11. A victory in that final would give the U.S. lightweight four boat its best Olympic finish since 2000; with Prendes aboard, the boat took eighth overall at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Photo Courtesy of USRowing)

As the competition heated up on the first full day of action at the 2016 Summer Olympics last Saturday, Princeton University athletes rose to the occasion.  more

August 7, 2016

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HEADING BACK: Former Princeton University field hockey star Julia Reinprecht chases down a ball in action for the U.S. national team. Standout defender Reinprecht, a 2014 Princeton grad, has overcome a serious head injury suffered in her final college game to make the U.S. squad for the upcoming 2016 Rio Summer Games. It is Reinprecht’s second trip to the Olympics as she played in the 2012 London Summer Games. Reinprecht’s older sister, Katie, a star midfielder and fellow Princeton standout, will be joining her on the U.S. squad along with another former Tiger, Kat Sharkey. (Photo by Mark Palczewski, Courtesy of USA Field Hockey)

Julia Reinprecht’s heady play and stick skills have made her one of the top defenders in U.S. field hockey. more

August 3, 2016

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COOL KAT: Star forward Kat Sharkey controls the ball in action for the U.S. national women’s field hockey team. Sharkey, a 2013 Princeton University grad who was one of the last players cut from the U.S. squad that went to the 2012 London Summer Games, will be making her Olympic debut this week in Rio de Janeiro. She will be joined on the U. S. team in Rio by former Princeton teammates Julia Reinprecht and Katie Reinprecht. (Photo by Mark Palczewski, Courtesy of USA Field Hockey)

Kat Sharkey took a hiatus from the Princeton University field hockey team in 2011-12 to train with the U.S. national program in hopes of playing in the London Summer Games. more

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ATTACK MODE: Katie Reinprecht prepares to send the ball down the field in action for the U.S. national field hockey team. Star midfielder Reinprecht, a 2013 Princeton grad, is headed back to her second Olympics as she will be competing for the U.S. in the upcoming Rio Summer Games. Reinprecht’s younger sister, Julia, a star defender and fellow Princeton standout, will be joining her on the U.S. squad along with another former Tiger, Kat Sharkey. (Photo by Mark Palczewski, Courtesy of USA Field Hockey)

While Katie Reinprecht was thrilled to compete for the U.S. field hockey team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she wasn’t happy with how the games went. more