April 19, 2017

GREEN WAVE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Charlie Durbin unloads the ball in a game earlier this season. last Saturday, sophomore midfielder Durbin scored two goals to help Princeton rally to a 16-6 win at Dartmouth. The Tigers trailed the Big Green 5-3 at halftime before going on an 8-1 run in the third quarter to take control of the game. The 17th-ranked Tigers, now 8-4 overall and 3-1 Ivy League, host Harvard (5-6 overall, 1-3 Ivy League) on April 22 in their final regular season home game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After falling 15-10 to Lehigh to start the week, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team had cause for concern as it trailed Dartmouth 5-3 at halftime last Saturday. more

April 12, 2017

MAGIC WAN: Princeton University women’s water polo player Haley Wan prepares to unload the ball in recent action. Junior star Wan has scored a team-high and career-best 59 goals this season for No. 10 Princeton. The Tigers, now 21-3 overall, wrap up regular season play by hosting George Washington on April 14.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On paper, it appears that the the Princeton University women’s water polo team is experiencing a dominant season. more

CREASE CONTROL: Princeton University women’s lacrosse goalie Ellie DeGarmo controls the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star DeGarmo made nine saves as seventh-ranked Princeton defeated Harvard 20-5. She was later named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. The Tigers, now 9-1 overall and 3-0 Ivy, play at No. 1 Maryland (13-0) on April 12 and at Yale (7-6 overall, 1-3 Ivy) on April 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ellie DeGarmo earned a slew of honors last spring in her junior year with the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team. more

CHILDS’ PLAY: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity 8 churns through the water in recent action. Last Saturday, Princeton’s top boat defeated Penn and Columbia to earn the Childs Cup. The Tigers now have 50 wins in the competition for the oldest active trophy in collegiate rowing, while Penn has 44 and Columbia has 12.  Princeton, now 4-0, hosts Harvard and MIT on April 15 in the race for the Compton Cup. (Photo provided courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Although the Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity 8 lost four rowers to graduation from a boat that took third at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta last spring, Greg Hughes was confident he had a foundation in place that would lead to continued success. more

April 5, 2017

OPENING STATEMENT: Princeton University softball player Marissa Reynolds takes a big cut in action last weekend. Senior star Reynolds helped the Tigers start their Ivy League campaign with a bang, as Princeton swept a doubleheader from Brown on Saturday, winning 4-3 and 10-0, and then took two from Yale a day later, prevailing 9-1 and 2-0. The Tigers, now 11-11 overall and 4-0 Ivy, have doubleheaders at Harvard on April 7 and at Dartmouth on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting Brown in the opening doubleheader of its Ivy League campaign, the Princeton University softball team didn’t waste any time showing it means business in the pursuit of a second straight league crown.  more

ZACH OF ALL TRADES: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Zach Currier races upfield in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Currier contributed one goal, five assists, and scooped up 11 ground balls as Princeton defeated Brown 21-11. Currier passed the 100-point mark in his Tiger career in the process. No. 15 Princeton, now 6-3 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, plays at Stony Brook on April 8 and at Lehigh on April 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over his career, Zach Currier has prided himself on doing whatever Princeton University men’s lacrosse team has needed him to do in order to have the best chance of winning. more

COMING THROUGH: Princeton University baseball player Nick Hernandez follows through on a swing as the Tigers hosted Brown in a doubleheader last Sunday to start their Ivy League campaign. Senior outfielder Hernandez starred as Princeton swept the Bears 4-3 and 11-5. He went 2-for-4 with a run in the opener and then exploded for a 3-for-4 effort in the nightcap with five RBIs, slamming a two-run homer and a three-run homer. A day later, the Tigers were on the short end of a sweep as they fell 8-0 and 3-1 to Yale. Princeton, now 6-16 overall and 2-2 Ivy, plays at Monmouth on April 5 and then resumes Ivy play with doubleheaders at Dartmouth on April 8 and at Harvard on April 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last spring, the Princeton University baseball team displayed a flair for drama as it won the Ivy League title. more

HOMPE DAY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe, No. 22, celebrates after a goal in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior star Hompe tallied nine points on seven goals and two assists as seventh-ranked Princeton defeated No. 11 Syracuse 16-11. On Sunday, she had five goals and three assists to help the Tigers rout Delaware 16-4. Hompe’s eight-point game moved her from fourth on the Princeton all-time scoring list to second, as she surpassed Lisa Rebane ’96, Lindsey Biles ’05 and Erin McMunn ’15 and now has 225 points. Princeton, now 8-1, hosts Harvard on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Olivia Hompe brought a special sense of urgency to the field as the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team hosted Syracuse last Wednesday evening. more

March 29, 2017

CENTURY CLUB: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride celebrates a goal last Friday as Princeton hosted Yale. Senior star and co-captain McBride tallied five goals and two assists in the contest as he passed the 100-point mark in his career but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell 16-13 to the Bulldogs. Princeton, now 5-3 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, hosts Brown (4-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy) on April 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Gavin McBride had 99 points in his career for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team as the Tigers hit the field to host Yale last Friday afternoon.  more

STICKING WITH IT: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kathryn Hallett looks for an opening in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore star Hallett scored three goals to help Princeton defeat Dartmouth 18-8. The eighth-ranked Tigers, now 6-1 overall and 2-0 Ivy League, host No. 11 Syracuse (8-3) on March 29 and Delaware (4-3) on April 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting No. 9 Penn State last week, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team found itself trailing 5-0 nearly five minutes into the contest. more

March 22, 2017

STANDING TALL: Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson surveys the action in a game this winter. Last Thursday, Henderson’s squad nearly engineered a major upset as the 12th-seeded Tigers fell 60-58 to fifth-seeded Notre Dame in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at the KeyCenter in Buffalo, N.Y. The loss snapped a 19-game winning streak for Princeton and left it with a final record of 23-7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The luck of the Irish came a few hours early as the Notre Dame men’s basketball team battled Princeton on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day last week in the first round of the NCAA tournament. more

A NEAR MISS: Princeton University men’s basketball player Amir Bell dribbles the ball in recent action. Last Thursday, junior guard Bell contributed seven points and seven rebounds as the 12th-seeded Tigers fell 60-58 to fifth-seeded Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The defeat left Princeton with final record of 23-7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The season for the Princeton University men’s basketball team ended up in the hands of Amir Bell and Devin Cannady. more

DOUBLE VISION: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson dribbles to the hoop in a game this season. Last Friday, junior star Robinson recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 59-53 to visiting Villanova in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 16-14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When the Princeton University women’s basketball team started its 2016-17 campaign by losing its first four games, it didn’t look like a squad headed to postseason play. more

IN PLAY: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride prepares to unload the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star McBride tallied a career-high five goals to help No. 15 Princeton top No. 19 Penn 17-8 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 5-2 overall and 1-0 Ivy, host Yale (3-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy) on March 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Princeton University men’s lacrosse team hosted Penn last spring, it fell behind 9-3 at halftime on the way to a 20-10 drubbing at the hands of the Quakers. more

March 15, 2017

UP FOR THE IRISH: Members of the Princeton University men’s basketball team, from left, Hans Brase, Pete Miller, Steve Cook, and Spencer Weisz, let out a yelp at a gathering at Triumph Brewing Company last Sunday evening after learning that they will be facing Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers defeated Yale 71-59 earlier in the day in the finals of the inaugural Ivy League tournament in improving to 23-6 and posting their 19th straight victory. Princeton earned a No. 12 seed in the West Regional of the NCAA tourney and will head to Buffalo, N.Y. to face the fifth-seeded Fighting Irish (25-8) on March 16 at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a nightmare scenario coming to life for the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

After producing a dream season that saw the Tigers go 14-0 in Ivy League regular season play, Princeton found itself trailing host Penn last Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the league’s inaugural postseason tournament. more

CRUNCH TIME: Princeton University men’s hockey player David Hallisey, right, takes a hit in recent action. Last Saturday, junior forward Hallisey had a goal and an assist in a losing cause as seventh-seeded Princeton lost 4-3 in overtime to second-seeded and No. 6 Union 4-3 to fall 2-0 in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series. The Tigers ended the season at 15-16-3, a marked turnaround for a program that went a combined 15-72-6 in the past three seasons, including 5-23-3 in 2015-16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It ended up being a microcosm of a turnaround season for the Princeton University men’s hockey team as it played at Union last weekend in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals.

With seventh-seeded Princeton having lost 4-1 in the first game of the best-of-three series against second-seeded and No. 6 Union on Friday, the Tigers found themselves trailing 2-0 to the powerful Dutchmen entering the second period a night later. more

ANSWERING THE BELL: Princeton University women’s basketball player Bella Alarie drives to the hoop in a game earlier this season. Last weekend, freshman forward Alarie starred for Princeton as it competed in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. On Saturday, Alarie piled up 17 points and 16 rebounds as Princeton defeated Harvard 68-47 in a semifinal contest. A day later, Alarie had 11 points and 11 rebounds in a losing cause as Princeton fell 57-48 to host Penn in the title game. Alarie and Tiger junior Leslie Robinson were named to the All-Tournament team. The Tigers, now 16-13, will take part in the Women’s National Invitational (WNIT) Tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Before the Princeton University women’s basketball team faced Harvard in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals last Saturday, Courtney Banghart wrote three words on the blackboard in the locker room – heart, grit, and share. more

SIMPLY AWESOME: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Austin Sims heads to goal in a game earlier this season. Last week, junior midfielder Sims scored six goals to help Princeton defeat Quinnipiac 17-13. It was the second straight six-goal effort for Sims, who had hit that mark in an 18-7 win over Johns Hopkins on March 3. The 16th-ranked Tigers, now 4-1, are next in action when they play at No. 5 Rutgers (6-0) on March 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Austin Sims took his game to a higher level last summer, helping the U.S. team win the championship at the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) 2016 U-19 Men’s World Championships in British Columbia last July. more

March 8, 2017

WISE MAN: Princeton University men’s basketball player Spencer Weisz dribbles upcourt in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior guard Weisz celebrated the program’s annual Senior Night in style, scoring 13 points as Princeton defeated Dartmouth 85-48. The win was the 17th straight for the Tigers as they improved to 21-6 overall and 14-0 Ivy League. It was the program’s first perfect Ivy campaign since 1997-98. The Tigers will now compete in the Ivy League Tournament at the Palestra in Philadelphia where they are seeded first and will play fourth-seeded Penn in a semifinal contest on March 11 with the victor advancing to the title game the next day. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

History was in the air as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Harvard last Friday evening.

The legendary Bill Bradley ’65, the program’s all-time leading scorer, was a towering presence courtside, sitting with Princeton athletics director Molly Marcoux Samaan and other luminaries in front row seats as a throng of 3,799 packed Jadwin Gym. more

BUZZER BEATER: Princeton University men’s hockey player Eric Robinson controls the puck last Friday as the Tigers fell 3-2 in overtime to Colgate in opening game of the ECAC Hockey playoffs. A day later, junior forward Robinson scored a goal with one second left in regulation to force overtime and keep Princeton’s season alive. The Tigers went on to prevail 4-3 in overtime and then defeated the Raiders 2-1 on Sunday to win the series. Seventh-seeded Princeton, now 15-14-3, plays at second-seeded and sixth-ranked Union (23-8-3) in the best-of-three ECACH quarterfinal series starting on March 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a leap of faith that saved the season for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

COMING UP BIG: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Colton Phinney makes a save on Friday night as Princeton hosted Colgate in an ECAC Hockey first round best-of-three playoff series. Senior goalie Phinney came up big in the decisive third game of the series, making 35 saves to help Princeton post a 2-1 win over the Raiders. The seventh-seeded Tigers, now 15-14-3 overall, play at second-seeded and No. 6 Union (23-8-3) in a best-of-three ECACH quarterfinal series, starting on March 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Colton Phinney faltered badly in his Hobey Baker Rink debut as goalie for the Princeton University men’s hockey team in November 2013, yielding five goals over two periods in a 5-0 loss to Yale. more

TRIPPED UP: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer, left, gets stymied by a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, senior defenseman and team captain Koelzer and the Tigers fell 4-0 to eventual champion Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey semifinals. The defeat left ninth-ranked Princeton with a final record of 20-10-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It took loads of energy and heart for the Princeton University women’s hockey team to outlast Quinnipiac in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals as the Tigers overcame a triple overtime loss in the opener to pull out two nailbiters in winning the best-of-three series.

Surviving that ordeal took a toll on the fourth-seeded and ninth-ranked Tigers as they prepared to play at top-seeded and second-ranked Clarkson in an ECAC Hockey semifinal contest last Saturday. more

It didn’t take long for highly-touted freshman Tess D’Orsi to make an impact for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team.

In a season-opening 19-3 win over Temple on February 18, D’Orsi scored two goals in the first 12 minutes of the contest.

D’Orsi, a member of the US Under-19 Women’s Lacrosse Team  and a three-time US Lacrosse All-America in high school at St. Mark’s (Mass.), hasn’t slowed down since her debut. Through Princeton’s first three games, she had nine goals, the second most on the team.

“My teammates don’t treat me like a freshman,” said the 5’4 D’Orsi, a native of Sudbury, Mass., reflecting on her hot start. more

March 1, 2017

NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Princeton University men’s hockey player Ryan Siiro heads up the ice in recent action. Last Saturday, senior captain and forward Siiro enjoyed a special Senior Night, helping Princeton defeat Yale 4-1 in the regular season finale as the Tigers clinched home ice for the opening round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs. Princeton, now 13-13-3 overall, will host Colgate (8-20-6 overall) in a best-of-three series, starting on March 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Ryan Siiro and his fellow seniors on the Princeton University men’s hockey team, there weren’t a lot of happy evenings at Baker Rink over their first three years. more

JUMPING FOR JOY: Princeton University women’s hockey player Carly Bullock celebrates after scoring a goal for Princeton last Friday against Quinnipiac in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. After falling 3-2 in triple overtime on Friday, Princeton bounced back to win 2-0 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday to prevail in the best-of-three series. The eighth-ranked Tigers, now 20-9-3, head to the ECACH Final Four where they will host and play third-ranked Clarkson (27-4-5) in the semis on March 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University women’s hockey team had split the first two games against Quinnipiac in the best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series last weekend, Molly Contini was brimming with confidence heading into the decisive third game on Sunday. more