November 25, 2015

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GOING TO THE MATT: Princeton University football player Matt Arends surveys the action in a game earlier this fall. Last Saturday, senior linebacker and co-captain Arends fought hard in his last game for the Tigers, making nine tackles and forcing a fumble in a losing cause as Princeton fell 17-10 at Dartmouth. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 5-5 overall and 2-5 Ivy League. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In 2013, the Princeton University football team played at Dartmouth in the season finale needing a win to clinch an outright Ivy League title only to get upended 28-24 by the Big Green. more

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MAKING A SPLASH: Princeton University men’s water polo goalie Vojislav Mitrovic guards the net in a game this season. Last Sunday, sophomore standout Mitrovic made 14 saves to help Princeton edge Johns Hopkins 7-6 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship game. Mitrovic was named the MVP of the CWPA tourney. The win earned the Tigers, now 22-4, a spot in the NCAA tournament where they will be facing UC-San Diego in a play-in game on December 2 at UCLA with the Final 4 taking place at the same site from December 5-6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s water polo team had already beaten Johns Hopkins three times this season, Luis Nicolao felt the pressure was on his squad when it faced the Blue Jays in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship game last Sunday. more

November 18, 2015

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GETTING THEIR KICKS: Princeton University women’s soccer players Tyler Lussi, left, and Mimi Asom, center, celebrate with teammates after a goal last Saturday as Princeton defeated Boston College 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Roberts Stadium. Junior Lussi and Freshman Asom each had two goals in the victory while senior co-captain and star defender Emily Sura contributed a career-high three assists. The Tigers, now 14-3-1 overall and 12-0-1 in their last 13 contests, will face No. 11 University of Southern California (14-5-2 overall) in the Round of 32 in Charlottesville, Va. on November 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In 2012, Emily Sura was part of the supporting cast as the Princeton University women’s soccer team competed in the NCAA tournament.

“Being there as a freshman, the leadership we had on the team was unbelievable,” said Sura, reflecting on the tourney run which saw Tigers top West Virginia 2-1 in the first round before falling 3-1 to Marquette in the Round of 32. more

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TURNING THE TABLES: Princeton University field hockey player Sophia Tornetta races up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, freshman midfielder Tornetta scored two goals to help 16th-ranked Princeton upset No. 5 Maryland 3-1 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. In late September, Princeton had lost 3-1 to the Terps in a regular season contest. On Sunday, the Tigers couldn’t get the offense going as they fell 5-0 to No. 2 Syracuse in the NCAA quarterfinals. The defeat left Princeton with a final record of 11-7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton University field hockey team played at Maryland in late September, it fell behind 2-0 on the way to a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Terps.

Last Saturday, the teams met for a rematch in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at Syracuse and Princeton head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn had the sense that her squad was primed for the challenge. more

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SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton University receiver Isaiah Barnes holds the ball up after scoring a second quarter touchdown last Saturday against Yale, the first score of his career. Senior Barnes ended up with six catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 35-28 to the Bulldogs. The Tigers, now 5-4 overall and 2-4 Ivy League, wrap up their season by playing at Dartmouth (8-1 overall, 5-1 Ivy) on November 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After suffering a gruesome ankle injury during his freshman season with the Princeton University football team in 2012, Isaiah Barnes could have given up the sport. more

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FRESH FACE: Princeton University basketball player Devin -Cannady is all smiles at the program’s recent media day. Last Friday, freshman guard Cannady had a lot to smile about as he scored a game-high 17 points in his college debut to help Princeton defeat Rider 64-56 in its season opener. Princeton hosts Saint Peter’s at Dillon Gym this Saturday evening, its first game at the venerable venue since 1969. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Devin Cannady was rushing things as he made his debut for the Princeton University men’s basketball team when it played at Rider last Friday in its season opener. more

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DRIVEN: Princeton University women’s basketball player -Michelle Miller drives past a foe in action last year. Last Sunday, senior star Miller scored a game-high 24 points to help No. 25 Princeton defeat Duquesne 94-66. Miller is showing drive off the court as the chemistry major is applying to medical schools and has been named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. Miller and the Tigers, now 2-0, play at Seton Hall on November 19 and at Rider on November 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Michelle Miller is taking multi-tasking to a higher level this fall during her senior year at Princeton University.

In addition to starring for the 25th-ranked Princeton women’s basketball team and working on her senior thesis, chemistry major Miller is applying to medical school and is a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, having reached the interview stage of the process. more

November 11, 2015

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PENNED IN: Princeton University quarterback Chad Kanoff heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior quarterback Kanoff completed 26-of-42 passes for 218 yards in a losing cause as Princeton fell 26-23 at Penn in overtime. The Tigers, now 5-3 overall and 2-3 Ivy League, were eliminated from the league title race in the wake of Harvard beating Columbia 24-16 to improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 Ivy with two games remaining. Princeton will look to get back in the winning track as it hosts Yale (5-3 overall, 2-3 Ivy) on November 14 in its home finale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taking on Penn at venerable Franklin Field in Philadelphia last Saturday afternoon, the Princeton University football team did a lot of good things. more

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HOLDING COURT: Princeton University women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart answers a question at the program’s annual media day last Thursday. Banghart will be looking for an encore to last year’s season for the ages which saw the Tigers go 31-1 and win an opening round game in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. Princeton starts its 2015-16 season this weekend when it hosts American on November 13 and Duquesne on November 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In its landmark campaign last winter, the Princeton University women’s basketball team posted a 30-0 regular season mark, won an opening round game in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, and captivated fans across the nation. more

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READY TO PLAY: Members of the Princeton University men’s basketball team enjoy a light moment during the program’s annual media day last Thursday. The Tigers tip off their 2015-16 campaign when they play at Rider on November 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having one season of college hoops under his belt, Amir Bell feels battle-tested as he looks ahead to his sophomore season for the Princeton University men’s basketball team. more

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SEEING IT THROUGH: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer controls the puck in a game last season. This past Saturday, junior defenseman Koelzer chipped in a goal to help Princeton edge Colgate 3-2. The Tigers, now 5-1 overall and 3-1 ECAC Hockey, have a two-game set with Quinnipiac this weekend, playing at the Bobcats on November 13 and then hosting a rematch at Baker Rink on November 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing in its first home weekend of the season, the Princeton University women’s hockey team got out of the gate with a bang. more

November 4, 2015

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FULL NELSON: Princeton University running back Dre Nelson eludes a foe in action this fall. Last Saturday against visiting Cornell, senior star Nelson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and was credited with 174 all purpose yards to help Princeton prevail 47-21 over the Big Red and snap a two-game losing streak. The Tigers, now 5-2 overall and 2-2 Ivy League, play at Penn, 4-3 overall and 3-1 Ivy, on November 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dre Nelson has distinguished himself as a top sprinter for the Princeton University men’s Ivy League champion track team, starring in the 60 and 4×100 relay.

Last Saturday, Nelson’s track experience came in handy on the football field early in the fourth quarter as the senior star took a Cornell kickoff three yards deep in the end zone and proceeded to zigzag through and past the Big Red for a scintillating touchdown return. more

Opening its season at the Capital City Classic in Trenton last weekend, the Princeton University men’s hockey team was looking to score early and come away with at least one win.

Mission accomplished on both counts as Princeton got a first period goal from Eric Robinson against Yale in the opener on Friday and battled the Bulldogs tooth-and-nail before succumbing 3-1. A day later, the Tigers jumped out to 2-0 lead on the way to a 3-1 win over Maine.

Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty liked what he saw from his team right from the opening face-off of the weekend at the Sun Bank Center.

“Our energy was great at the start of the period,” said Fogarty, who is in his second year guiding the Tigers.

“We had scoring opportunities, we transitioned extremely well from defense to offense. In the second period, we had to grind it out with the onslaught of opportunities that Yale had. We only gave up four grade A scoring chances during all of that time in our zone. In the third period, we had scoring chances. Unfortunately, we gave up a goal there late in the third period.” more

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CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENT: Members of the Princeton University women’s soccer team celebrate after they defeated Cornell 2-0 last Saturday, a win which gave the Tigers at least a tie for the Ivy League title and the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Later in the day, Princeton earned the outright Ivy title as second place Harvard tied 1-1 with Dartmouth. The Tigers, who got goals from Tyler Lussi and Jesse McDonough in beating Cornell and earning their 11th straight victory, improved to 13-3 overall and 6-0 Ivy. Princeton wraps up regular season play with a game at Penn on November 7. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Hosting a stingy Cornell team last Saturday that had yielded only six goals in its first 15 games, the Princeton University women’s soccer team didn’t want to get mired in a defensive battle with the Big Red.

Princeton junior star Tyler Lussi didn’t waste any time getting the Cornell defense on its heels, arching a shot into the back of the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead 7:51 into the contest. more

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GOING OFF: Princeton University field hockey goalie Anya Gersoff, right, enjoys the moment after a 2014 win. Last Saturday against visiting Cornell, senior star Gersoff made five saves in earning the shutout as 20th-ranked Princeton defeated the Big Red 4-0 and earned at least a tie for the Ivy League title. The win marked Princeton’s 21st league crown in the last 22 seasons and 11th in a row. The Tigers, now 9-6 overall and 6-0 Ivy, play at Penn, 13-2 overall and 5-1 Ivy, on November 7 with the winner to get the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Anya Gersoff and the other members of the Class of 2016 on the Princeton University field hockey team were showered with affection in the program’s annual Senior Day ceremony last Saturday.

As the Tigers took the field to host Cornell, star goalie Gersoff was looking to return the favor. more

October 28, 2015

With three minutes left in the first half at Harvard last Saturday, Bob Surace liked his team’s chances as it battled the undefeated Crimson team.

The Tigers were locked in a 7-7 tie with Harvard and could well have been in the lead, having gotten the ball inside the Crimson 30 twice in the first quarter without scoring.

“I felt so good after those first 27 and a half minutes,” said Princeton head coach Surace.

“We weren’t executing on offense as well as we could. I thought we are not going to drop the ball, we are going to finish the blocks better. We have these guys right where we want them.”
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IN SYNCH: Princeton University men’s hockey player Kyle Rankin sends the puck up the ice in a game last winter. The Tigers will be looking to senior Rankin to provide production and leadership this year in their second season under head coach Ron Fogarty. Princeton starts its 2015-16 campaign this weekend when it competes in the Capital City Classic at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. Princeton is slated to play Yale on October 30 and either Maine or Massachusetts on October 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ron Fogarty is hoping that familiarity will breed success as he begins his second year at the helm of the Princeton University men’s hockey program.

“Everyone is on the same page right away this year,” said Fogarty, who guided Princeton to a 4-23-3 overall record last year in his debut campaign.

“Whereas last season, you had to stop practices to make sure guys were in the right spot and explain to them a lot of things over again. Now it is second nature where they can just go and play the game. They came back in great shape. They understand the systems and structure that we are going after. Now we are just continuing to work on skill development.”
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OPENING STATEMENT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Cristin Shanahan, right, battles for the puck in a game last season. Last Friday, senior forward Shanahan scored the winning goal in the third period as Princeton edged Mercyhurst 3-2 in its season opener. A day later, she chipped in an assist as the Tigers completed a sweep of the two-game set with a 2-1 victory. Princeton starts ECAC Hockey action this weekend when it plays at Yale on October 30 and at Brown on October 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Opening its season at Mercyhurst last Friday, the Princeton University women’s hockey didn’t waste any time getting in the swing of things, taking a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Morgan Sly.

“The kids have been preparing hard for three weeks and they were ready to play so they came out strong,” said Princeton head coach Jeff Kampersal.

“Mercyhurst is a really good team, they are really well coached. I think it was their fifth game and it was our first game so us competing in the first period was what I was most worried about. They showed up and answered the call for sure.”

The Tigers built on that tally by junior forward Sly as junior Audrey Potts scored in the second period and senior Cristin Shanahan notched a third period goal that turned out to be the game winner in a 3-2 triumph. A day later, freshman Karlie Lund scored the first goal of her career and Sly added another tally as the Tigers held on for a 2-1 win over the Lakers.
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October 23, 2015

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BROWN OUT: Princeton University receiver Trevor Osborne heads up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior Osborne made three receptions for 74 yards in a losing cause as Princeton fell 38-31 at Brown. The Tigers, now 4-1 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, play at No. 15 Harvard (5-0 overall, 2-0 Ivy) on October 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for the Princeton University football team to find itself in an uphill battle as it played at Brown last Saturday. more

October 21, 2015

After experiencing a bit of a roller-coaster ride last winter in going 15-14-2, the Princeton University women’s hockey team hopes to be on a more even keel in the upcoming season.

“I think the thing we are working on is mental and physical toughness, being consistent every day, no matter who we play,” said Princeton head coach Jeff Kampersal, a former Tiger men’s hockey star who is entering his 20th season guiding the women’s program, compiling a 285-242-53 record.

“It is just giving our best effort. If we have a big win, we need to show up the next day. If we don’t do well in a particular game we need to show up better the next day.” more

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KICKING INTO GEAR: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mikaela Symanovich kicks the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, sophomore defender Symanovich contributed two assists to help Princeton defeat Columbia 3-1 and win its ninth straight game. The Tigers, now 11-3 overall and 4-0 Ivy League, head to New England this Saturday for a pivotal clash at defending league champion Harvard (7-6-1 overall, 4-0 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite moving to defense from midfield this fall in her sophomore season on the Princeton University women’s soccer team, Mikaela Symanovich has emerged as an offensive catalyst for the Tigers. more

October 14, 2015

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SURE FOOTED: Princeton University women’s soccer player Emily Sura patrols the field in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior captain and star defender Sura contributed a goal as Princeton defeated Army West Point 4-1. On Saturday, Sura and the Tigers topped Brown 4-0 to improve to 9-3 overall and 3-0 Ivy League and with their seventh straight game. Princeton hosts Lehigh on October 14 and Columbia on October 17. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Emily Sura is trying to make up for lost time this fall as she plays in her senior campaign for the Princeton University women’s soccer team. more

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GOING FOURTH: Princeton University star safety Dorian Williams, center, gets ready for a play in a game earlier this fall. Last Saturday against Colgate, junior Williams made a critical pass breakup in the fourth quarter to help shut the door on the Raiders as the Tigers pulled away to a 44-20 win and improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2006. Princeton, who is 1-0 in Ivy League action, will look to keep on the winning track as it plays at Brown, 2-2 overall and 0-1 Ivy, on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Twenty years ago, a deep and hard-hitting Princeton University football team won the Ivy League title. more

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NICK OF TIME: Princeton University field hockey player Nicole Catalino controls the ball in recent action. Last Friday against visiting Columbia, freshman Catalino scored the game-tying goal and game-winning tally in overtime as the 19th-ranked Tigers rallied from a 3-2 deficit to pull out a 4-3 victory. Princeton, now 6-4 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, plays at Brown on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After a powerful thunderstorm delayed the start of the last Friday evening’s showdown between the Princeton University field hockey team and visiting Columbia for 90 minutes, Nicole Catalino was hit with a jolt. more

October 7, 2015

Teresa Benvenuti was down in the dumps for a few weeks last fall during her junior season with the Princeton University field hockey team, missing six games due to a broken nose.

This fall, the upbeat Benvenuti is at full strength and is savoring every minute she has been on the field.

“Someone was saying that we have six weeks left of the season and then I am a retired athlete,” said star midfielder Benvenuti with a chuckle. more