March 2, 2016

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GOING OFF: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Anya Gersoff sprints upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted Georgetown. Senior attacker Gersoff scored a career-high five goals, including the game-winner with 7.4 seconds left, as the Tigers pulled out a 10-9 win over the Hoyas. Sixth-ranked Princeton, now 3-0, hosts Dartmouth on March 5 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having managed a pair of goals in the first two games of the season for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team, Anya Gersoff had assumed a supporting role in the Tiger attack. more

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DRAMA SERIES: Princeton University women’s hockey player Molly Contini controls the puck against the board in action last weekend as the Tigers battled St. Lawrence in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at Baker Rink. The series went to a decisive game 3 last Sunday and junior -Contini scored two goals, including one with 15 seconds left in regulation to knot the contest at 3-3, but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 4-3 in overtime. The loss moved the Tigers to 22-8-2 and left them harboring hopes of receiving an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

At the beginning of the season, the players on the Princeton University women’s hockey team settled on “relentless” as their mantra for the winter. more

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PAINFUL EFFORT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer fires the puck last weekend during the best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinals between the Tigers and St. Lawrence. Junior star defenseman Koelzer left game two on Saturday with an injury only to return to the contest and tally a goal and an assist to help the Tigers rally to a 4-3 win and force a decisive game three. In the finale, Koelzer injured her shoulder late in the first period and didn’t return as the Tigers fell 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University women’s hockey team trailing St. Lawrence 2-1 in the second period last Saturday and already down 1-0 in the best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series between the foes, things looked bleak for the Tigers as Kelsey Koelzer hit the Baker Rink ice with a thud. more

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TAKING HIS SHOT: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook goes to the hoop in recent action. Last Friday, junior forward Cook scored 23 points to help Princeton defeat Columbia 88-83. A night later, Cook chipped in 11 points as the Tigers topped Cornell 74-60 in improving to 20-5 overall and 10-1 Ivy League, keeping pace with league frontrunner Yale (20-6 overall, 11-1 Ivy). Princeton plays at Harvard on March 4 and at Dartmouth on March 5 before hosting Penn on March 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University men’s basketball team hit the court to warm up for a critical clash against visiting Columbia last Friday evening, the players sported orange Nike T-shirts emblazoned with the message “Make Shots.” more

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FINAL RANKIN: Princeton University men’s hockey player Kyle Rankin sends the puck up the ice in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior forward and captain Rankin enjoyed a memorable final game at Baker Rink as he helped the Tigers rally from a late 2-1 deficit to tie Brown 2-2. Princeton, now 5-21-3 overall, will now start play in the ECAC Hockey playoffs where the 12th-seeded Tigers are playing at fifth-seeded Clarkson (18-13-3 overall) in a best-of-three opening round series starting on March 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Growing up in eastern Ontario, Kyle Rankin didn’t envision the scenario that unfolded last Saturday evening at Baker Rink, getting cheered as one of the honorees on Senior Night when the Princeton University men’s hockey team hosted Brown for its regular season finale. more

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SHOWING PRIDE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride races up the field in action last season. This past Saturday, senior attacker McBride tallied three goals and an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 11-10 at Hofstra in overtime. McBride scored with 3:41 in regulation as the Tigers rallied for a 10-8 deficit to the Pride to make it 10-10 and force overtime. Princeton, now 1-1, plays at No. 13 Johns Hopkins (1-2) on March 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After rolling to a 21-4 win against an overmatched NJIT team in its season opener, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team faced a much sterner test in its second outing when it played at 13th-ranked Hofstra last Saturday. more

February 24, 2016

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MYLES AHEAD: Princeton University men’s basketball player Myles Stephens drives around a Harvard defender in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman guard Stephens, a former Pennington School standout, scored six points with three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes of action as Princeton topped Brown 77-66. Princeton, which defeated front-running Yale 75-63 last Friday to tighten up the Ivy League title race, is now 18-5 overall and 8-1 Ivy and will host Columbia (19-8 overall, 8-2 Ivy) on February 26 and Cornell (9-15 overall, 2-8 Ivy) on February 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although Myles Stephens is a freshman on the Princeton University men’s basketball team, he has been around the program for a while. more

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MORE TO COME: Princeton University women’s hockey player Morgan Sly controls the puck in a game earlier this season. Junior forward Sly contributed a key assist as Princeton tied Rensselaer 3-3 on Friday and then chipped in another helper a day later as the Tigers defeated Union 4-2 and clinched home ice for the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. Princeton, now 21-6-2 overall and 14-6-2 ECACH, is seeded third and will host sixth-seeded St. Lawrence (15-13-6 overall, 9-8-5 ECACH) in a best-of-three quarterfinal series, beginning on February 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Morgan Sly tallied a total of 13 points in her first two seasons with the Princeton University women’s hockey team. more

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OPENING SALVO: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Abby Finkelston looks for an opening in a game last season. Last Saturday, sophomore midfielder Finkelston contributed three goals as Princeton started its 2016 season by defeating No. 4 Virginia 14-7. Princeton, now ranked ninth, plays at Drexel on February 24 before hosting Georgetown on February 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team trailing powerful University of Virginia 4-3 with less than five minutes remaining in the first half in its season opener last Saturday, Abby Finkelston sensed that the game had reached a critical juncture. more

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LIFE OF RILEY: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Riley Thompson heads to goal last Saturday as the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team opened its season by hosting NJIT. Sophomore attackman Thompson tallied three goals and two assists to help the Tigers roll to a 21-4 win over the Highlanders. Princeton plays at No. 13 Hofstra (1-0) on February 27. (Photo by Robert Goldstein, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Riley Thompson stands only 5’6 and weighs 140 pounds but he made a big impact for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team as it opened the season against NJIT last Saturday. more

February 17, 2016

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GOAL-ORIENTED: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Olivia Hompe heads to goal in a game last season. Junior star and co-captain Hompe, who tallied 70 points on a team-high 54 goals and 16 assists last season, figures to be Princeton’s go-to scorer this spring. The 12th-ranked Tigers open their season by hosting No. 5 Virginia (1-0) on February 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Over the last few seasons, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team has been trending up. more

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PASSING FANCY: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Ryan Ambler prepared to unload the ball in a game last season. Senior star attacker Amber, the team’s leading returning scorer after tallying 51 points last season on 22 goals and 29 assists, will be counted on to trigger the Princeton offense this spring. The Tigers open their 2016 campaign when they host NJIT on February 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the first two days of preseason practice this year, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team put away their sticks and balls. more

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DOING IT FOR DENNA: Princeton University women’s hockey player Molly Strabley flies up the ice in action this weekend. Last Saturday, junior defenseman Strabley scored a third-period goal to help Princeton defeat St. Lawrence 4-3 in overtime.  The Tigers bought special inspiration to the game as the program held Denna Laing Day to honor and raise funds for its former captain, who suffered a spinal injury in the Winter Classic. The Tigers, now 20-6-1 overall and 13-6-1 ECAC Hockey, wrap up regular season play this weekend by hosting Rensselaer on February 19 and Union on February 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Fans all over Baker Rink were supporting “14 Strong” orange and black beanies last Saturday as the Princeton University women’s hockey team held Denna Laing Day to honor and raise funds for its former captain who suffered a spinal injury in the Winter Classic. more

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TAYLOR MADE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Taylor Williams drives past a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior forward and tri-captain Williams chipped in six points, three rebounds, and two blocks in 10 minutes off the bench to help Princeton defeat Columbia 86-54. The Tigers, now 17-4 overall and 6-1 Ivy League, play at Yale (11-14 overall, 2-6 Ivy) on February 19 and at Brown (13-9 overall, 1-7 Ivy) on February 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After the Princeton University women’s basketball team got off to a lackluster start in a 71-51 win over Cornell on Friday, the Tigers were determined to seize early momentum against Columbia a night later.  more

February 10, 2016

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FINAL PUSH: Princeton University men’s hockey player Mike Ambrosia heads up the ice in recent action. Last Friday senior forward Ambrosia had two assists in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-4 to Colgate. A night later, Ambrosia and the Tigers were shut out as they fell 1-0 to No. 17 Cornell. Princeton, now 5-16-2 overall and 3-11-2 ECAC Hockey, plays at Clarkson on February 12 and at St. Lawrence on February 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Mike Ambrosia and his fellow seniors on the Princeton University men’s hockey team are determined to make the most out of their final weeks with the Tigers. more

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HOME COOKING: Princeton University men’s basketball player Spencer Weisz brings the ball up the court against Harvard last Friday evening. Junior star Weisz helped the Tigers enjoy a big home weekend at Jadwin Gym as they defeated Harvard 83-62 and then topped Dartmouth 83-70 a night later. Weisz scored 13 points in the win over the Crimson and added 14 points and five assists against the Big Green. Princeton, now 14-5 overall and 4-1 Ivy League, plays at Cornell on February 12 and at Columbia on February 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Spencer Weisz produced a sizzling start as the Princeton University men’s basketball team jumped out to a 46-23 lead over visiting Dartmouth last Saturday evening. more

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NET GAIN: Princeton University women’s hockey goalie Kimberley Newell makes a save in a game earlier this season. Last weekend, senior Newell starred as Princeton defeated Colgate 4-2 on Friday and then blanked Cornell 5-0 a day later. Newell had 37 saves against Colgate and 30 in the shutout of the Big Red. She was later named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for her heroics. The win over Cornell clinched the Ivy League title for Princeton, the program’s first Ivy crown since 2006. Eighth-ranked Princeton, now 19-5-1 overall and 12-5-1 ECAC Hockey, hosts No. 5 Clarkson on February 12 and St. Lawrence on February 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

A year ago, the Princeton University women’s hockey came agonizingly close to an Ivy League title, ending up one win behind champion Harvard after dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker to Yale in the regular season finale. more

February 3, 2016

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MOVING FORWARD: Princeton University women’s basketball player Annie Tarakchian drives to the basket last Saturday against Yale. Senior forward and tri-captain Tarakchian scored 12 points and had eight rebounds on the day to help Princeton defeat the Bulldogs 65-50. Princeton, now 13-4 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, plays at Dartmouth on February 5 and at Harvard on February 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Starting its Ivy League campaign by losing at Penn in early January just before going on a lengthy exam-break hiatus prompted some soul searching for the Princeton University women’s basketball team. more

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SHOWING PRIDE: Kelly Cooke heads up the ice in recent action for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Former Princeton University women’s hockey standout Cooke has enjoyed a solid season for the Pride, tallying three points on one goal and two assists in 14 appearances as the team has produced a 10-3-1 start. (Photo Courtesy of NWHL)

After Kelly Cooke wrapped up her career for the Princeton University women’s hockey team in 2013 with a superb senior season that saw her pile up 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists, it looked like that might be her last hurrah on the ice. more

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TOMMY CRUISE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Tommy Davis brings the puck up the ice in recent action. Junior defenseman Davis assisted on the winning goal in Princeton’s 1-0 victory over American International College on January 29. On Friday, he scored the lone goal for the Tigers in a 4-1 loss at No. 7 Harvard. A day later, Princeton didn’t find the back of the net as it fell 2-0 at Dartmouth. The Tigers, now 5-14-2 overall and 3-9-2 ECAC Hockey, host Colgate on February 5 and Cornell on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Returning from an 18-day exam break, the Princeton University men’s hockey team shook off some rust as it pulled out a 1-0 win over American International College (AIC) last week. more

January 27, 2016

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TUNING UP: Princeton University men’s basketball player Steven Cook gets around a defender in recent action. Last Sunday, junior forward Cook scored 14 points with three assists and three rebounds to help Princeton defeat Division III foe Bryn Athyn 100-44 as it returned from a 15-day exam hiatus. The Tigers, now 11-4 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, head into the thick of their league schedule as they play at Brown (5-11 overall, 0-2 Ivy) on January 29 and at Yale (11-5 overall, 2-0 Ivy) on January 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Steven Cook didn’t show one bit of rust as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Bryn Athyn last Sunday as it returned to action after a 15-day exam hiatus. more

January 13, 2016

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PAINFUL EXPERIENCE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley winces as she battles a foe in the paint in recent action. Last Saturday at Penn, senior forward Wheatley scored a team-high 12 points but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 50-48 to the Quakers in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 11-4 overall and 0-1 Ivy, are on exam break and will return to action when they host Brown on January 29 and Yale on January 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Courtney Banghart has been urging her Princeton University women’s basketball team to deliver the first punch against foes this season to set the tone in games. more

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NO JOSHING: Princeton University men’s hockey player Josh Teves takes the puck up the ice in recent action. Last Friday against visiting Union, freshman defenseman Teves scored a key goal in the third period as the teams skated to a 4-4 tie. The Tigers, now 4-12-2 overall and 3-7-2 ECAC Hockey, are currently on exam break and return to action when they host American International College on January 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton University men’s hockey team locked in a 3-3 tie against visiting Union in the third period last Friday evening, Josh Teves produced a brilliant one-man sequence that had the Baker Rink crowd roaring. more

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COMEBACK KIDS: Princeton University men’s basketball player Spencer Weisz guards a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday at Penn, junior forward Weisz scored 10 points and had three rebounds to help Princeton rally from a late 11-point deficit to pull out a 73-71 overtime win against the Quakers at the Palestra in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 10-4 overall and 1-0 Ivy, are on exam break and will next be in action when they host Division III foe Bryn Athyn on January 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The photo of Mitch Henderson leaping for joy after he helped the Princeton University men’s basketball team stun defending national champion UCLA in the first round of the 1996 NCAA tournament is one of the iconic images in program history. more

January 12, 2016

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HOT STREAK: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kelsey Koelzer heads up the ice. Last weekend, junior defenseman Koelzer came up big. On Friday, Koelzer scored three goals in a 6-1 win over Brown for her first career hat trick and then chipped in a goal and an assist in a 5-1 victory over Yale a day later as the Tigers posted their eighth straight win. Princeton, now 13-4-1 overall and 7-4-1 ECAC Hockey, plays at Union on January 8 and at Rensselaer on January 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski).

Taking a six-game winning streak into the holiday break, the Princeton University women’s hockey team was determined to keep its foot on the gas when it resumed action last weekend with games against Brown and Yale.

“We had 20 days off so we worked super hard this past week,” said junior defenseman Kelsey Koelzer.

“It was like we never left, we just picked up where we left off. We have a good streak going, which is awesome to keep morale up. It is exactly the way we know we can play. We have a lot of skill, we have a lot of talent but, most importantly, we work really hard.” more