March 16, 2016

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FROZEN OUT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Jaimie McDonell heads up the ice in recent action. Last Saturday at Minnesota in the NCAA quarterfinals, senior star McDonell scored a goal 29 seconds into the contest to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The third-seeded and defending national champion Golden Gophers responded with six unanswered goals over the next two periods on the way to a 6-2 victory and a spot in the Frozen 4. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 22-9-2 as they set a program record for most wins in a season. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Trailing 6-1 at Minnesota with just seconds left in the NCAA quarterfinals last Saturday, the Princeton University women’s hockey team could have just skated out the game. more

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NET GAIN: Princeton University men’s lacrosse goalie Tyler Blaisdell guards the cage in recent action. Last Monday night, sophomore Blaisdell made 14 saves to help Princeton top No. 19 Rutgers 10-7. The Tigers, who snapped a three-game losing streak with the win, are now 2-3 and host Penn (3-2) on March 19 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a brutal first minute for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team when they hosted No. 11 Maryland last Saturday. more

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MARCH GLADNESS: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley goes up for a hook shot last week against Penn. Senior star Wheatley scored 20 points but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 62-60 to the Quakers in a winner-take-all showdown for the Ivy League title on March 8. The Tigers, who moved to 23-5 overall and 12-2 Ivy with the loss, were able to put that setback behind them last Monday evening when they received a bid to the NCAA tournament. Becoming the first Ivy team to ever be an at-large selection to March Madness, the Tigers were seeded 11th in the Sioux Falls, S.D. region and will face sixth-seeded West Virginia (24-9 overall, 12-6 Big 12) on March 18 at Columbus, Ohio in an opening round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last March, a 30-0 Princeton University women’s basketball team seemed to get a raw deal when it was seeded eighth in the NCAA tournament and put on a collision course for a second round clash with top-seeded Maryland in its home arena. more

March 9, 2016

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GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Princeton University women’s hockey player Cristin Shanahan heads up the ice in recent action. Senior captain and forward Shanahan was happy to learn on Sunday that her career was extended as the Tigers received an at-large bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Princeton, 22-8-2 overall, will play at third-seeded Minnesota (32-4-1 overall) in an opening round contest on March 12 in Minneapolis. It is the Tigers’ second-ever appearance in the NCAA tourney and first since 2006. The Golden Gophers, the defending national champions, are making their ninth straight appearance and 14th since 2001. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In late November, 2014, the Princeton University women’s hockey team got to test its skills as it hosted perennial powerhouse Minnesota for a two-game set. more

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OVER THE EDGE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Quin Pompi heads up the ice in recent action. Last Friday, junior defenseman Pompi tallied two assists but it wasn’t enough as 12th-seeded Princeton fell 3-2 to fifth-seeded Clarkson in double overtime on the first game of their best-of-three ECAC hockey opening round series. A night later, the Tigers fell 3-2 in overtime to lose the series. The defeat left Princeton with a final record of 5-23-3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s hockey team was seeded 12th in the ECAC Hockey playoffs, it liked its opening round matchup at fifth-seeded Clarkson. more

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SAVING GRACE: Princeton University women’s lacrosse goalie Ellie DeGarmo makes a save in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior star DeGarmo recorded 12 saves as Princeton started its Ivy League campaign by topping Dartmouth 11-5. The No. 6 Tigers, now 4-0, play at No. 7 Notre Dame (5-1) on March 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After seeing just 24 minutes of action during her freshman season for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team in 2014, goalie Ellie DeGarmo started last spring on the bench. more

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FINAL DRIVE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Annie Tarakchian drives to the basket. Last Friday, senior forward Tarakchian scored a career-high 24 points and had 11 rebounds to help Princeton defeat Harvard 79-69 to start her final home weekend. A night later, she scored nine points and had 11 rebounds as the Tigers routed Dartmouth 68-42. The win improved Princeton to 23-4 overall and 12-1 Ivy League and set up a winner-take-all Ivy League title showdown with Penn (23-4 overall, 12-1 Ivy) slated for March 8 at Jadwin Gym. Tarakchian, for her part, was named the Ivy Co-Player of the Week for her weekend heroics along with Penn sophomore forward Michelle Nwokedi. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The emotions were swirling for Annie Tarakchian as she took the court last Friday to start her final home weekend with the Princeton University women’s basketball team. more

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