November 16, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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YOUNG GUN: Princeton University women’s hockey player Karlie Lund controls the puck in a game last season. Princeton will be looking for sophomore forward Lund, the 2015-16 ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, to be an offensive force again this winter. The Tigers start their 2016-17 campaign by playing a two-game set at Providence on October 22-23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Before the puck has even dropped for the 2016-17 season, the Princeton University women’s hockey team is turning heads. more

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MAC ATTACK: Princeton University field hockey player Ryan McCarthy goes after the ball last Saturday against visiting Brown. Junior star McCarthy tallied a goal and an assist in the game as 11th-ranked Princeton defeated the Bears 5-1. A day later, McCarthy scored two goals as the Tigers rolled to an 8-0 win over Towson. Princeton, now 9-5 overall and 4-0 Ivy League, is next in action when it hosts Harvard (8-4 overall, 4-0 Ivy) in a game that will be pivotal in the race for the league title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for the 11th-ranked Princeton University field hockey team to set the tone as it hosted Brown last Saturday in a critical Ivy League contest.

Just 1:21 into the game, Princeton senior star Cat Caro tallied off a penalty corner as the Tigers jumped into a 1-0 lead. After a second Caro goal, junior standout Ryan McCarthy assisted on a goal by Rachel Park and then found the back of the cage herself for a goal as the Tigers built a 4-0 halftime lead.

“We had a lot of energy, we were composed and we took control of the game,” said McCarthy in assessing Princeton’s first half performance. “We just had possession the whole time and were passing really well.”

Good passing helped McCarthy get on the score sheet. “It was a perfect pass from Carlotta (von Gierke); she saw me coming out and I circled around and saw Rachel in the right spot and she was there to put it in,” said McCarthy, a 5’4 native of Madison, N.J.

“My goal was another pass from Lotty, I just took it in, saw the net and shot it in.”

In the second half, Brown got one in to make it 4-1 but the Tigers responded with another tally by Caro to put the finishing touch on a 5-1 victory.

“We kind of lost our tempo and we took time out, regrouped and went back in and dominated the last 10 minutes,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy looks to keep the tempo up for the Princeton attack. “I am a forward so we run a lot; you build off of everybody’s energy,” said McCarthy.

“It starts from the defense to the midfield and then forward. I think it is a whole team effort that brings the energy.”

Having tallied seven goals and four assists in 2015, McCarthy has brought up her production, contributing 11 goals and four assists so far this season.

“The team has been giving me perfect balls, perfect passes, they are always in the right spot,” said McCarthy, who scored two goals in an 8-0 win over Towson last Sunday as the Tigers improved to 9-5 overall.

With Princeton in a good spot as it heads into the final weeks of the season, McCarthy credits the coaching staff with instilling cohesion on the field.

“The team has come together really well this year,” said McCarthy. “The new coaches (head coach Carla Tagliente and assistant Dina Rizzo) are a big part of that. They have really led the charge and got us going where we need to go this year.”

Princeton head coach Tagliente certainly liked the way her squad charged out of the gate in the win over Brown.

“Everything was real sharp, the defense was sharp and basic skills were clean,” said Tagliente.

“Everything was really clicking; it helps when you get a couple on the board. With this team, they are so athletic and when they can defend well and they do those simple things well, it really lends to what we can do on attack.”

Although the Tigers went through a brief lull in the second half when Brown scored to make it a 4-1 game, Princeton came on strong in the waning moments of the contest.

“We were defending on the back foot instead of the front foot, that is what is going to happen, you are going to get dinged,” said Tagliente, whose team improved to 4-0 in Ivy League play with the win over the Bears.

“We had a timeout and we talked a little about using the last 15 minutes and trying to get ready. I think we were just coasting at half a little bit but post-timeout, we had a lot of attack. I would like to see more drop but the goal was nice.”

It has been nice for Tagliente to see the production she is getting from senior star and co-captain Caro, who produced another hat trick in the win over Towson.

“I thought she had a good start; she has done that in a few games,” said Tagliente.

“She got on the board twice early and for her that is key. I think her confidence just rises from there. It is good to see her get three. She has earned it and deserved it. I think overall it was a great performance.”

McCarthy has been giving Princeton some great intensity. “Ryan just does all of the intangibles that you can’t really quantify,” said Tagliente.

“She plays with so much heart; she is a good player on top of it. She sees when the tempo and the energy isn’t there and she tries to change it and I think you saw that. In the last 15 minutes, probably 80 percent of the circle passes were traced to a pass from her or a defensive play from her.”

Princeton will be bringing plenty of energy to the field as it hosts Harvard (8-4 overall, 4-0 Ivy) on October 22 in a game that could decide the league title.

“The message we have been sending is clear, the gap isn’t closing, we are extending that gap and that is going to continue to be the focus,” said Tagliente, whose team has outscored its Ivy foes 18-1 in its first four league contests.

“I think the competitive level of these guys in practice and their demeanor has been great. Every Ivy game means so much and these guys have done a nice job to mentally stay in the moment and just play their game. They have done a great job of doing what we ask them to do and to trust in this process.”

McCarthy, for her part, is confident that the Tigers will keep in the moment as they battle the Crimson.

“We have been dominating most of the Ivy games,” said McCarthy. “It is just us and Harvard who are left undefeated so that is going to be a big game. It is just play our game; we know if we play our game then we can take control of the game and win.”

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PAYNE KILLER: Princeton University men’s water polo player Matt Payne gets ready to fire the ball in recent action. Sophomore star Payne is leading the 9th-ranked Tigers with 40 goals and 37 assists as they have gotten off to a 13-7 start. Princeton is next in action on October 29 when it plays at Iona and St. Francis. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over its first 20 games, the Princeton University men’s water polo team has shown flashes of brilliance interspersed with some untimely offensive lulls. more

October 12, 2016

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LOVE STORY: Princeton University quarterback John Lovett carries the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star Lovett rushed for three touchdowns and threw another to help Princeton defeat Georgetown 31-17. Lovett, who passed for 13 yards, rushed for 44, and made one reception for 17 yards, was later named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his heroics. The Tigers, now 3-1 overall and 1-0 Ivy, host Brown (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) on October 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at Georgetown last Saturday, the Princeton University football team had to weather a couple of storms. more

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BROWN OUT: Princeton University men’s soccer player Bryan Windsor goes after the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior midfielder Windsor and Princeton fell 1-0 to Brown, despite outshooting the Bears 21-10. The Tigers, who moved to 5-4-1 overall and 0-1-1 Ivy League with the defeat, play at Columbia on October 15 and at Georgetown on October 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As it started the October portion of its schedule, the Princeton University men’s soccer team displayed a flair for overcoming deficits. more

October 5, 2016

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GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough, left, marks a foe in 2015 action. Last Saturday, senior defender and team captain McDonough contributed an assist to help Princeton defeat Dartmouth 2-0. The Tigers, who improved to 8-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 Ivy League with the win, will resume league action on October 8 when they host Brown (5-2-3 overall, 1-1 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Jesse McDonough, it was a must-win situation as the Princeton University women’s soccer team hosted Dartmouth last Saturday afternoon.

With Princeton having started the defense of its Ivy League title with a 1-1 draw at Yale a week earlier, senior defender McDonough and her teammates brought a sense of urgency to Roberts Stadium for the clash with the Big Green. more

KAN DO: Princeton University quarterback Chad Kanoff prepares to unload a pass in recent action. Last Saturday at Columbia, senior star and tri-captain Kanoff completed 21-of-25 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns to help Princeton rout the Lion 48-13 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 2-1 overall and 1-0 Ivy, play at Georgetown (3-1) on October 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

There was no mystery to the Princeton University football team’s approach as it played at Columbia last Saturday in the Ivy League opener for both squads.

“In my pre-game speech, I said we are going to be aggressive, I want us to attack,” said Princeton head coach Bob Surace. more

October 1, 2016

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FORWARD PROGRESS: Princeton University men’s soccer player Greg Seifert tracks down a ball in a game last season. Senior star Seifert, who was recently moved to forward from defense, tallied a goal and an assist to help Princeton defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 3-1 last Saturday for its fourth straight win. The Tigers, now 4-2, play at Villanova on September 28 before hosting Dartmouth on October 1 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Greg Seifert distinguished himself as a dependable, rugged defender for the Princeton University men’s soccer team in his first three seasons with the program.

Seifert played in 43 games for Princeton from 2013-2015, making 23 starts, including 13 last season.

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September 28, 2016

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COOL CAT: Princeton University field hockey player Cat Caro controls the ball in a 2015 game. Last Saturday, senior star Caro scored two goals to help 13th-ranked Princeton defeat Dartmouth 4-0 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. A day later, Caro and the Tigers edged American 2-1 to improve to 5-3 overall. Princeton plays at Yale on October 1 and at No. 4 Penn State on October 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Cat Caro played her heart out for the Princeton University field hockey team as it fell 2-1 to powerful Maryland last week.

The senior midfielder/striker scored the lone goal for 13th-ranked Princeton against the 6th-ranked Terps and made her presence felt from end to end.

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FAST TRACK: Princeton University football player Charlie Volker eludes a foe in recent action. Last Saturday at Lehigh, sophomore running back Volker, an Ivy League champion sprinter, rushed for a career-high 82 yards on 13 carries for three touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 42-28 to the Mountain Hawks. The Tigers, now 1-1, will look to get back on the winning track when they play at Columbia on October 1 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at Lehigh last Saturday, the Princeton University football team’s offense was clicking, moving effectively on the ground and through the air.

The Tigers rolled up 199 yards rushing and 243 yards passing, putting 28 points on the scoreboard.

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