March 20, 2018

GLAD TO HELP: Princeton University men’s basketball player Will Gladson puts up a shot in a game this season. Sophomore forward Gladson ended an injury-plagued season on a personal high note as he scored a career-high 16 points in a 94-90 overtime loss at Yale in the season finale on March 3. Gladson figures to be a key performer in the future as the Tigers will look to bounce back from a tough 2017-18 campaign that saw them go 13-16 overall and 5-9 Ivy League. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After the the Princeton University men’s basketball team pulled out a 79-73 overtime win against Yale on February 2, it appeared to be on track to challenge for another Ivy League title as it improved to 3-1 in conference play.

But the next night against Brown, Princeton squandered a four point lead with 36 seconds left in regulation on the way to a 102-100 loss in overtime. That defeat sent the Tigers into a tailspin as they lost their next six Ivy contests. more

March 14, 2018

FIRE ON ICE: Members of the Princeton University men’s hockey team celebrate a goal during their sweep of Brown in a best-of-three ECAC hockey first round series earlier this month. The seventh-seeded Tigers kept rolling last weekend, sweeping second-seeded Union 2-0 in best-of-three quarterfinal matchup. Princeton, now 17-12-4, plays top-seeded and No. 2 Cornell (25-4-2) in the semis on March 16 in Lake Placid, N.Y. with the victor advancing to the title game on March 17 to face the winner of the Clarkson-Harvard semi. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having gone 0-17-3 in its last 20 games against Union, including 0-2 this season, the Princeton University men’s hockey team seemed overmatched as it faced the Dutchmen in an ECAC Hockey best-of-three quarterfinal series last weekend.

But Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty wasn’t concerned about that history with his seventh-seeded Tigers having gone 9-2-1 in their last 12 games coming into the clash with second-seeded and No. 16 Union. more

DANCE PARTY: Members of the Princeton University women’s basketball team celebrate at Triumph Brewing Company last Monday after learning their assignment for the upcoming NCAA tournament. The Tigers, now 24-5, are seeded 12th and will face fifth-seeded Maryland, 25-7, in Raleigh, N.C. on March 16 in the Kansas City bracket. It is the seventh trip to the Big Dance in the last nine years for the Tigers, who beat Penn 63-34 in the Ivy League tournament championship game last Sunday to earn the league’s automatic bid to the tourney. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University women’s basketball team rolled to the Ivy League regular season title, that didn’t guarantee the Tigers a spot in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Instead, the Tigers had to go to Philadelphia and survive a two-game gauntlet at the Ivy League postseason tourney to earn the league’s automatic bid to the Big Dance. more

SHOOTING STAR: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Austin Sims fires a shot in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star midfielder and co-captain Sims scored five goals, including the game-tying and game-winning goal as Princeton rallied from a four-goal deficit to beat Rutgers 15-14 in overtime. The Tigers, now 3-2, open Ivy League play by hosting Penn (3-3) on March 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Austin Sims and his teammates on the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team weren’t about to hit the panic button even though they found themselves trailing Rutgers 14-10 with 9:58 remaining in the fourth quarter last Saturday at Class of 1952 Stadium. more

March 7, 2018

BEARING DOWN: Princeton University men’s hockey Max Veronneau heads up the ice last weekend as Princeton battled Brown in an ECAC Hockey best-of-three first round playoff series. Junior forward Veronneau starred as the seventh-seeded Tigers dominated the 10th-seeded Bears, winning 8-2 on Friday and 7-1 a night later. Veronneau hit the 100-point mark in his college career with an assist on Princeton’s second goal in Saturday’s contest. The Tigers, now 15-12-4 overall, play at second place Union (21-13-2 overall) in a best-of-three quarterfinal series starting on March 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Max Veronneau was in the middle of making milestone moments as the Princeton University men’s hockey team hosted Brown in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey first round playoff series last weekend.

On Friday, junior star forward Veronneau helped Ryan Kuffner score the 100th point of his career, burying a feed from his classmate and linemate in the back of the net late in the second period as Kuffner tallied the 100th point of his Princeton career with the assist. The goal gave the Tigers a 5-2 lead and they never looked back on the way to an 8-2 victory. more

JERSEY GUY: Princeton University men’s hockey player Joe Grabowski controls the puck last weekend as seventh-seeded Princeton hosted 10th-seeded Brown in an ECAC Hockey best-of-three first round playoff series. Senior defenseman and captain Grabowski, a native of nearby Lawrenceville, enjoyed a memorable final weekend at Hobey Baker Rink as the Tigers swept the series, defeating the Bears 8-2 on Friday and 7-1 a night later. Princeton, now 15-12-4 overall, plays at second place Union (21-13-2 overall) in a best-of-three quarterfinal series starting on March 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University men’s hockey team, Joe Grabowski and Eric Robinson have proven to be two local kids who made good.

Defenseman Grabowski, a native of nearby Lawrenceville and forward Robinson, who hails from Bellmawr in Camden County, have emerged as stars on the ice and team leaders, with both serving as captain. more

LES IS MORE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson puts up a shot last Friday against visiting Brown. Senior forward Robinson produced a historic performance in a 79-44 win over the Bears, scoring 10 points with 15 rebounds and 10 assists to achieve the first triple-double in Princeton history. A night later in her Jadwin Gym finale, Robinson contributed nine points and six rebounds as Princeton topped Yale 64-53 to finish the regular season at 22-5 overall and 12-2 Ivy and clinch the outright league title. The Tigers will now compete in the Ivy postseason tournament in Philadelphia for the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA tourney. Princeton is seeded first and will face fourth-seeded Yale on March 10 in the semifinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As Leslie Robinson took the court at Jadwin Gym last Friday evening to start her final home weekend for the Princeton University women’s basketball team, her mind was racing. more

February 28, 2018

MAC ATTACK: Princeton University women’s hockey player Annie MacDonald, right, battles a foe in a game this season. Last weekend, freshman forward MacDonald starred as sixth-seeded Princeton played at third-seeded and No. 5 Cornell in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series. MacDonald had an assist in a 2-1 loss in Game 1 on Friday and then scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 as Princeton rallied for a 5-4 victory in overtime. A shorthanded Tiger squad fell 4-0 to the Big Red in the decisive third game to end the winter at 14-14-4 overall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With her Princeton University women’s hockey team having gone 7-2 down the homestretch of the regular season, Cara Morey believed the Tigers would strike fear into anyone they faced in the ECAC Hockey playoffs.

When Princeton finished sixth in the league standings to earn a shot at third-seeded and No. 5 Cornell in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series, Morey liked the matchup. more

CAVALIER APPROACH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kathryn Hallett, right, gets stymied by two University of Virginia players last Saturday. Junior midfielder Hallett scored three goals in the contest but it wasn’t enough as Virginia prevailed 14-10. The Tigers, who moved to 1-1 with the setback to the Cavaliers, were slated to play at Lehigh on February 27 and then open their Ivy League campaign with a game at Brown on March 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team committed 12 turnovers in the first half against visiting Virginia last Saturday, the contest was a nail-biter heading into intermission.

Sparked by three goals from junior midfielder Kathryn Hallett with sophomore star Tess D’Orsi chipping in a goal and assist, the Tigers trailed only 7-6 despite their sloppy play. more

RINGING TRUE: Princeton University men’s basketball player Amir Bell dribbles the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior guard Bell enjoyed a special finale at Jadwin Gym, reaching the 1,000-point mark in his career as Princeton rolled to a 64-47 win over Dartmouth. The Tigers, now 12-15 overall and 4-8 Ivy League, play at Brown on March 2 and at Yale on March 3 still in the running for a spot in the upcoming Ivy postseason tournament, which includes the top four teams in the regular season standings. Princeton stands one game out of fourth place heading into the final weekend of the regular season as it trails Cornell (11-14 overall, 5-7 Ivy) and Columbia (8-17 overall, 5-7 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As Amir Bell came off the court at Jadwin Gym for the final time in his career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team last Saturday, he was showered with an avalanche of affection.

Many in the crowd of 2,754 on hand for the program’s annual Senior Night rose to give Bell a standing ovation as he left the game against Dartmouth with 2:42 remaining and Princeton on the way to a 64-47 win as it broke a seven-game losing streak, improving to 12-15 overall and 4-8 Ivy League. more

February 21, 2018

ABBY ROAD: Princeton University women’s basketball player Abby Meyers heads to the hoop in recent action. Last week, freshman guard Meyers scored 17 points to help Princeton defeat Penn 60-40. Last Saturday, she chipped in 12 as the Tigers rolled to 74-46 win at Columbia. Princeton, now 19-4 overall and 9-1 Ivy League, plays at Dartmouth on February 23 and at Harvard on February 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Abby Meyers has experienced some growing pains this winter in her freshman season with the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

The highly touted Meyers, who scored more than 1,700 points for Walt Whitman High (Md.), went through some ups and downs over the first few months of her debut campaign, scoring 13 points against Davidson in her third game but then being held scoreless in wins over St. Joseph’s on December 20 and Penn on January 6. more

MEMORABLE DEBUT: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Chris Brown heads upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted Monmouth in the season opener. Freshman attackman Brown made a superb college debut, contributing two goals and three assists as Princeton pulled out a 9-8 win in double overtime. The 18th-ranked Tigers play at No. 6 Virginia (2-0) on February 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In the early stages of his debut for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team, Chris Brown struggled to get in a rhythm.

Freshman attackman Brown and and the Princeton offense couldn’t find the back of the net as the Tigers and visiting Monmouth were knotted in a scoreless stalemate late in the first quarter last Saturday in the season opener for both squads.

“We had our shots and the goalie, give him credit, made some great saves in the beginning,” said Brown. more

BECK AND CALL: Princeton University men’s hockey player Max Becker heads up the ice in a game this season. Senior forward Becker and his classmates played their final regular season home games at Hobey Baker Rink last weekend, winning 7-2 against Rensselaer on Friday and then falling 4-1 to Union a night later. Princeton, now 12-12-3 overall and 9-10-1 ECAC Hockey, wraps up regular season action by playing at Clarkson on February 23 and at St. Lawrence on February 24. The Tigers are currently tied for seventh in the ECACH standings and in position to host a first round playoff series over the weekend of March 2-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The 1998 and 2008 Princeton University men’s hockey ECAC Hockey championship squads were honored at Hobey Baker Rink last Saturday evening.

Players from the storied teams were introduced after the first and second periods as Princeton hosted Union in its regular season home finale, drawing large ovations from the crowd of 2,271 that braved a snowstorm to be on hand. more

February 14, 2018

STICKING WITH IT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kiersten Falck, left, goes after the puck in a game this season. Last Saturday, senior captain and star forward Falck contributed an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 3-2 to No. 8 St. Lawrence in overtime. The Tigers, now 11-12-4 overall and 9-10-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Yale on February 16 and at Brown on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Kiersten Falck, getting honored on her Senior Night last Saturday as the Princeton University women’s hockey team hosted St. Lawrence was a bit surreal.

“I remember our seniors, when it was their senior night and I was a freshman, just how exciting it was for them and how excited we were for them,” said senior captain and star forward Falck, a 5’5 native of Ham Lake, Minn. “Now, in the blink of an eye, I am sharing the same spot three years later.” more

RECORD PACE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Michael Sowers heads to goal in a game last year during a record-breaking freshman campaign which saw him score a program single-season record of 82 points on 41 goals and 41 assists. Star attackman Sowers will look to pick up where he left off as Princeton opens its 2018 season by hosting Monmouth on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last spring, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team showed marked progress in Matt Madalon’s first full season at the helm of the program.

The Tigers went 9-6 and reached the Ivy League tournament semifinals in 2017 after going 5-8 the year before with no postseason appearance. more

GIFT OF GAB: Princeton University women’s basketball player Gabrielle Rush puts up a shot in recent action. Last Friday, junior guard Rush scored a career-high 19 points to help Princeton defeat Harvard 80-47. The Tigers, who topped Dartmouth 82-63 a night later to improve to 16-4 overall and 6-1 Ivy, were slated to host Penn on February 13 before playing at Cornell on February 16 and at Columbia on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Gabrielle Rush relishes her role as a key substitute for the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

“I think of myself as the spark off the bench, whether things are going bad or not or if we are losing or winning,” said Rush.

“Coming in off the bench, I have had a chance to watch for a few minutes, which I think is a real advantage. I can see how they are playing on defense and how they might be guarding me. On offense, I see what I need to do that is not being done or what I continue to be doing that is being done.” more

MIDDLE OF THE ACTION: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Camille Sullivan looks to unload the ball in a game last spring. The Tigers are relying on senior co-captain Sullivan to provide production and leadership in the midfield this season. The Tigers open their 2018 season when they play at Temple on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With Olivia Hompe triggering the attack and Ellie DeGarmo anchoring the defense, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team has been a dominant force in the Ivy League over the last four years.

The Tigers won or shared the Ivy crown every season over that span with attacker Hompe ending up as the program’s all-time scoring leader with 282 points and a two-time All-American and netminder DeGarmo emerging as a two-time All-American and the national goalie of the year in 2016. more

February 7, 2018

FORD TOUGH: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Ben Halford guards the net. Last Friday, senior Halford came off the bench, making 16 saves and not giving up a goal in 32:03 of action as Princeton rallied from a 4-3 deficit to beat St. Lawrence 5-4 in overtime. The Tigers, who edged No. 3 Clarkson 4-3 a night later in improving to 10-10-3 overall and 7-8-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Brown on February 9 and at Yale on February 10. (Photo by Shelley Szwast, Courtesy of Princeton’s office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

When Ben Halford came to Baker Rink last Friday, he was expecting to play his accustomed supporting role for the Princeton University men’s hockey team as its backup goalie.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes over St. Lawrence and it appeared Halford would be witnessing a rout from his seat on the bench. more

FALLING HARD: Princeton University men’s basketball player Devin Cannady, right, dives to the floor for a loose ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior star Cannady scored 27 points in a losing cause as Princeton fell 102-100 to Brown in overtime. The Tigers, who dropped to 11-9 overall and 3-2 Ivy League with the setback, were slated to host Penn on February 6 before playing at Harvard on February 9 and at Dartmouth on February 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As a post-graduate player for the Hun School boys’ basketball team last winter, Desmond Cambridge headed across town to Princeton University to play some pick-up games at Jadwin Gym.

“When Princeton was recruiting me, I came up here to play with the guys five or six times,” said Cambridge. “I got a feel for the gym; I didn’t really like it at first. It is a weird, funky gym. I got accustomed to it.” more

January 31, 2018

YOUNG GUN: Princeton University men’s squash player Youssef Ibrahim displays his form in a recent match. Freshman Ibrahim is undefeated at No. 1 as Princeton has posted a 7-1 record and risen to No. 6 in the national rankings. The Tigers will look to keep on the winning track as they play at Penn on January 31, at Harvard on February 3, and at Dartmouth on February 4. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

By Bill Alden

Youth is being served this winter as the Princeton University men’s squash team is enjoying a breakthrough campaign.

After going 6-13 last season and 4-10 the year before, Princeton has started 7-1 this winter and is ranked sixth nationally, going with a lineup featuring four freshmen (Youssef Ibrahim at No. 1, Cole Becker at No. 3, Duncan Joyce at No. 6, and Alex Engstrom at No. 9) and two sophomores (Adhitya Raghavan at No. 2 and Gabriel Morgan at No. 7). more

RICH EXPERIENCE: Princeton University men’s basketball player Richmond Aririguzoh grabs a rebound in recent action. Last Sunday, sophomore forward Aririguzoh tallied eight points and eight rebounds to help Princeton defeat Division III Rowan 86-60 in its first game after a 15-day hiatus for exams. The Tigers, now 10-8 overall, resume Ivy League play when they host Yale on February 2, Brown on February 3, and Penn on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

He is the guy from Trenton Catholic, but Richmond Aririguzoh brings a lot more than local flavor to the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

Born in Italy, Aririguzoh speaks four languages and is handling a pre-med class load. more

LIVING IT UP: Princeton University women’s squash player Olivia Fiechter covers the court in recent action. Senior star Fiechter is 8-0 at No. 1 so far this season, helping Princeton post a 9-0 start on the way to being ranked No. 1 nationally. In upcoming action, the Tigers hit the road for matches at Penn in January 31, at Harvard on February 3, and at Dartmouth on February 4. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communication)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University women’s squash team, inserting three freshmen into its starting lineup has made it stronger from top to bottom.

“We have a good mix, people that were higher are now in the middle,” said Princeton head coach Gail Ramsay, whose squad is 9-0 and now ranked No. 1 nationally. “We are competitive with everybody because we are deeper.” more

January 24, 2018

CATCHING ON: Hans Brase gathers in the ball in action this winter for the Iowa State men’s basketball team. Brase, a former star for the Princeton University men’s hoops program who had a year of eligibility left due to time missed by injury, has emerged as a solid performer off the bench for the 11-8 Cyclones, averaging 3.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14 appearances. (Photo Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics Communications)

By Bill Alden

Hans Brase was a constant presence for the Princeton University men’s basketball team last winter as it rolled to the Ivy League title and made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2011.

But due to a right knee injury suffered in the fifth game of the season, senior center Brase’s role became limited to providing support from the sidelines. more

January 17, 2018

CENTURY CLUB: Princeton University women’s hockey star Karlie Lund controls the puck in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star Lund picked up two assists in a 3-0 win over Yale, hitting the 100-point mark in her Princeton career. The Tigers, now 8-10-4 overall and 7-8-1 ECAC Hockey, are next in action when they play at Penn State on January 30 and face former head coach Jeff Kampersal. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The Lund family from Minnesota made its annual sojourn to Baker Rink last weekend to cheer on its favorite player, Princeton University women’s hockey star Karlie Lund.

Wearing T-shirts made for the occasion and taping posters to the glass, the clan changed sections each period to be near the goal when junior forward Lund skated into the offensive zone.

Lund, for her part, drew extra inspiration from her special cheering section. more

ROSY OUTLOOK: Princeton University men’s basketball player Jerome Desrosiers shows his intensity on the defensive end in recent action. Last weekend, freshman forward Desrosiers starred off the bench, scoring 12 points in 12 minutes in a 72-56 win over Columbia on Friday and then chipping in 14 points in 16 minutes in a 91-54 rout of Cornell the next day. Desrosiers was later named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his output. The Tigers, now 9-8 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, are next in action when they host Rowan on January 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Jerome Desrosiers is exuding confidence as he heads into his first round of fall exams at Princeton University.

“I think I am actually ready,” said Desrosiers. “I just have to finish up one paper and start studying; nothing too crazy for me personally.”

On the basketball court, freshman Desrosiers is starting to become a force for the Tigers. Last weekend, Desrosiers starred off the bench, scoring 12 points in 12 minutes in a 72-56 win over Columbia on Friday and then chipping in 14 points in 16 minutes in a 91-54 rout of Cornell the next day. more