October 14, 2015

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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

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RAIN MAN: Princeton University running back Joe Rhattigan heads upfield in recent action. Last Friday night, junior star Rhattigan sloshed through the rain for 85 yards rushing to help Princeton top Columbia 10-5 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 3-0 overall and 1-0 Ivy, host Colgate on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The conditions were miserable as the Princeton University football team hosted Columbia last Friday evening in the Ivy League opener for both squads, with a driving rain, winds gusting over 20 miles an hour, and the temperature hovering in the high 40s. more

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GREEN DAY: Princeton University men’s soccer player Patrick Barba heads the ball in a 2014 game. Last Saturday, junior defender Barba and Princeton came up just short as the Tigers fell 1-0 at Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Princeton, which dropped to 3-3-1 overall and 0-1 Ivy with the loss to the Big Green, play at Brown (5-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy) on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having started 1-2, the Princeton University men’s soccer team appeared to be on the right track, winning two straight games by a combined margin of 5-2 as it edged Boston University 2-1 before topping Binghamton 3-1. more

October 4, 2015

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HIGH INTENSITY: Princeton University receiver Seth DeValve leaps up for a pass last Saturday against Lehigh. Senior star and co-captain DeValve made four receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown to help Princeton rout Lehigh 52-26. The Tigers, now 2-0, start Ivy League play when they host Columbia (0-2) on October 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite falling behind Lehigh 13-10 in the second quarter last Saturday evening to trail for the first time in 2015, the Princeton University football team was unfazed. more

September 30, 2015

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TOP OF THE PODIUM: Princeton University fencer Katharine Holmes celebrates after winning the gold medal in the individual epee this summer at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Holmes, who has taken a leave of absence from Princeton to maximize her chances of making the U.S. squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, also helped the U.S. to the team epee gold at the Pan Am Games. (Photo Courtesy of the Holmes Family)

Having entered Princeton University in the fall of 2011, Katharine Holmes was scheduled to graduate this past June. more

Heading west earlier this month for its annual swing to California, the Princeton University men’s water polo team hit some turbulence.

The Tigers went 3-2, suffering a 14-6 loss to No. 8 University of California, Irvine and a 10-7 defeat to 10th-ranked University of California, Davis while posting a 12-7 win over Santa Clara, a 14-6 victory over Redlands, and 12-9 triumph over University of California, San Diego.

In assessing the trip, Princeton head coach Luis Nicolao saw plenty of positives as his team tested itself against some of the top programs in the country.

“Overall, I thought it was pretty good for us,” said Nicolao. “I still consider it part of our preseason even though we had some big games. It is a chance to see where we are and play some games that don’t really factor in our league standings but at the same time could factor in the end of the year, depending on what happens if we do well. We ran out of gas at the end against Davis.”

Starting Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern play last Friday at Johns Hopkins, Princeton came through at the end as it pulled out a 17-15 overtime victory against the Blue Jays after trailing 12-10 entering the fourth quarter.

“It is just one of those games you always know is going to be crazy; it was Saturday night at 8 p.m. and they had a great crowd for it,” said Nicolao, noting that the Johns Hopkins pool has a shallow end.

“It was a typical game at that facility; it was just back and forth, we are very fortunate to get out with a win and that is what I told the guys, we found a way to win,  let’s get out of here.”

The Tigers are fortunate to have senior star Thomas Nelson, who matched a career-best with six goals in the victory over Hopkins and now has a team-high 33 goals on the season.

“Tommy is a great player; he  has always been a tough competitor,” asserted Nicolao.

“He is one of those guys that you know game in, game out, he is going to compete. He may not have the best game of the day but you can expect Tommy to compete every time he is in the water.”

A day later, Princeton competed well at George Washington, jumping out to a 4-2 lead on the way to a 14-9 victory as Nelson and freshman Ryan Wilson scored four goals apiece with freshman Michael Swart and junior Jovan Jeremic each chipping in two goals.

“I think it helps to get that first shallow game; you come back the next game and you know what to expect a little more,” said Nicolao, whose team improved to 9-3 overall and 2-0 CWPA with the victory.

“We were able to get an early lead and that helped not worry about mistakes and just go out and play.”

The play of newcomers Wilson (21 goals in 2015) and Swart (21 goals) has been a big help to the Tigers.

“We have three freshmen who can really help us,” said Nicolao. “Matt Payne (6 goals) is out with illness, he will be back soon. Swart and Wilson have been really good. That freshman class is going to help us all year. They are really great players, they are intense. They love to play and love to compete. It has made us a little deeper than last year. I think it will help us a lot that we have more guys who can score.”

Sophomore Jordan Colina has emerged as another key scoring threat for 11th-ranked Princeton, having tallied 24 goals and eight assists so far.

“Jordan is a solid, smart player who always finds himself in the right place at the right time for goals,” said Nicolao.

“He moves very well. You throw him in with the three freshmen, we can really swim teams. We have a lot of speed. I think Jordan can have a great year.”

With Princeton falling just short of the CWPA title and a bid to the NCAA tournament last year with a 7-6 loss to Brown in the championship game, Nicolao believes the Tigers can take the next step this season.

“We have a great team, the guys get along very well,” said Nicolao, whose squad is next in action when it plays at Bucknell on October 10.

“It is a long ride. I think we are going to be there at the end. It is just a matter of who gets those breaks in the last weekend. I think last year is going to help us keep motivated and hungry. We have to play well to win this thing.”

September 23, 2015

Nico Hurtado sees himself as a facilitator for the Princeton University men’s soccer team.

“I am just trying to be the playmaker, trying to set guys up with my passing and hopefully get some goals later on,” said Hurtado, a 5’11, 160-pound senior midfielder from Key Biscayne, Fla. more

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A-GAME: Princeton University women’s soccer players Mimi Asom, left, and Haley Chow celebrate after a goal in a 6-0 win against Howard in late August. Last Sunday, freshman forward Asom scored a golden goal in overtime to give Princeton a 2-1 win over 23rd-ranked William and Mary. She was later named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for her heroics. The Tigers, now 5-3, start Ivy play by hosting Yale on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Mimi Asom, making the jump to college soccer has kept her on the move.

“I have never really been a player before this who just goes and goes; I have always been more of a pick my moment player,” said Asom, a freshman forward on the Princeton University women’s soccer team. more

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FAST START: Princeton University football player Dre Nelson speeds upfield in a 2014 game. Last Saturday, senior running back Nelson rushed for 116 yards on eight carries with one touchdown to help Princeton roll to a 40-7 win at Lafayette in its season opener. It was the Tigers’ first opening day win since 2006 when it edged Lehigh 14-10. Princeton hosts Lehigh (2-1) on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Locked in a scoreless tie at Lafayette after the first quarter last Saturday, it looked like the Princeton University football team could be facing another rocky opening night as it kicked off its 2015 campaign.

Having lost eight straight openers, Princeton has struggled coming out of the gate, fighting an uphill battle as it takes on teams like Lafayette, who had two games under its belt. more

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FINISHING TOUCH: Princeton University field hockey player Maddie Copeland prepares to send the ball up the field in recent action. Last Sunday, senior striker Copeland, a former Stuart Country Day and Peddie School standout, scored three goals to help Princeton defeat American University 5-1. The Tigers, who improved to 2-3 with the win, were slated to play at Maryland on September 22 before starting Ivy League play with a game at Dartmouth on September 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite having not scored a goal in the first four games of the season for the Princeton University field hockey team, Maddie Copeland was primed to make an impact as the Tigers hosted American University last Sunday. more

September 16, 2015

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EARLY SALVO: Princeton University women’s soccer player Natalie Larkin, right, controls the ball in a 2014 game. Last Sunday, sophomore midfielder Larkin scored a goal 12 minutes into the contest to get Princeton rolling as it topped Villanova 3-1. The Tigers, now 3-3, host LaSalle on September 16 and William and Mary on September 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting Delaware last Thursday evening, the Princeton University women’s soccer team dug an early hole, surrendering a goal less than five minutes into the contest. more

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THREE’S COMPANY: Princeton University quarterbacks, from left, sophomore John Lovett, junior Chad Kanoff, and senior Kedric Bostic pose together during the program’s media day earlier this month. The trio are competing for playing time and each figures to see action this fall. Princeton, which went 5-5 overall and 4-3 Ivy League last fall, kicks off its 2015 campaign when it plays at Lafayette (0-2) on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Slipping to fourth place in the Ivy League standings last fall after sharing the title in 2013 with Harvard, the Princeton University football team headed to Asia this spring to begin a hoped-for climb up the league standings. more

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HAPPY CAMPERS: Princeton University football senior co-captains, Matt Arends, left, and Seth DeValve enjoy a light moment as the players took a break from preseason camp earlier this month for the program’s media day. Arends is moving to outside linebacker from safety this fall as the Tigers look to shore up their defense after giving up 28.7 points a game in 2014 in going 5-5 overall and 4-3 Ivy League. The Tigers open their 2015 season by playing at Lafayette on September 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Matt Arends found a home in the secondary during his first three years with the Princeton University football team. more

September 9, 2015

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BIG BEN: Princeton University men’s soccer goalie Ben Hummel stretches out to thwart a foe in a game last season. Last Friday,  6’6 Hummel stood tall, making two saves as Princeton rallied to beat St. John’s 2-1 in its season opener. In upcoming action, the Tigers head south to play at Florida Gulf Coast University on September 10 and at Florida International on September 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University men’s soccer team hit the field at St. John’s last Friday evening in its season opener, the players were anxious to see where they stood. more

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SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton University field hockey player Sophia Tornetta, left, goes after the ball in action this weekend as the Tigers got their season underway. Freshman striker Tornetta notched Princeton’s first goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to second-ranked North Carolina on Friday and chipped in an assist and scored on a penalty stroke as No. 15 Princeton fell 4-3 to No. 9 Virginia two days later. The Tigers play at Bucknell on September 12 and at Delaware a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Sophia Tornetta didn’t waste any time making an impact in her first weekend playing for the Princeton University field hockey team. more

September 2, 2015

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FLYING START: Princeton University women’s soccer player Vanessa Gregoire, right, soars over a Howard player last Friday night in the 2015 season opener for the Tigers. Sophomore midfielder Gregoire contributed a goal and an assist in the contest as Princeton rolled to a 6-0 win over the Bison in the debut of new Tiger head coach Sean Driscoll. Two days later, Gregoire contributed two assists as Princeton topped Fordham 2-1. Gregoire was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her productive weekend. The Tigers will look to keep on the winning track as they host Rutgers on September 3 and Duquesne on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Vanessa Gregoire, the season opener for the Princeton University women’s soccer team last Friday night against visiting Howard had been on her mind for a while. more

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CAT EYES: Princeton University field hockey player Cat Caro tracks down a ball in a game last fall. Junior star Caro figures to be a key player for the Tigers this fall as they go after their 11th straight Ivy League title. The 15th-ranked Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting No. 2 North Carolina (2-0) on September 4 and No. 9 Virginia (2-0) on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After stumbling to a 3-9 start in 2014 the Princeton University field hockey team is determined to hit the ground running this fall. more

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PAN AM FLIGHT: Ashley Higginson races through a curve during her illustrious Princeton University track career. Higginson, a 2011 Princeton alum, recently took gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Higginson, who also graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark this summer, is turning her focus to making the U.S. Olympic team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

On one hand, Ashley Higginson was disappointed to finish fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. outdoor nationals earlier this summer, missing a spot in the World Championships by two places.

But Higginson, a 2011 Princeton University alum who earned All-American honors in the steeplechase and the indoor 3,000 during her Tiger career, gained some important lessons from the experience. more

August 26, 2015

TOUR OF ITALY: T.J. Bray unloads the ball during his career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team. Bray, a 2014 Princeton alum who scored 1,024 points in his Tiger career and was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, is headed back to Italy for a second season of pro ball. After playing for Pallacanestro Trapani last year in Italy’s A2 Gold division, Bray has signed with another team in the league, A.S. Junior Casale.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

TOUR OF ITALY: T.J. Bray unloads the ball during his career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team. Bray, a 2014 Princeton alum who scored 1,024 points in his Tiger career and was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, is headed back to Italy for a second season of pro ball. After playing for Pallacanestro Trapani last year in Italy’s A2 Gold division, Bray has signed with another team in the league, A.S. Junior Casale. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After mastering a famed system during a stellar career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team, T.J. Bray had to change gears when he went to Italy to play pro hoops for Pallacanestro Trapani last season in the country’s A2 Gold division.

“The coach ran a system that was the opposite of the Princeton offense,” said Bray a 2014 Princeton alum who scored 1,024 points in his career and was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior. more

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough boots the ball upfield in a game last fall. Junior captain McDonough, a native of Monmouth Beach, N.J, figures to help the Tigers in the midfield and on the back line this season. The Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting Howard on August 28 in the first game under new head coach Sean Driscoll.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough boots the ball upfield in a game last fall. Junior captain McDonough, a native of Monmouth Beach, N.J, figures to help the Tigers in the midfield and on the back line this season. The Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting Howard on August 28 in the first game under new head coach Sean Driscoll. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

New Princeton University women’s soccer head coach Sean Driscoll and his staff put out the welcome mat for their players as they arrived on campus last week. more

SCORING MACHINE: Tom Schreiber races upfield in 2014 during his senior season for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team. Schreiber, who holds Princeton records for career goals, assists, and points in a career by a midfielder, finished his second campaign with the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Building on his success at Princeton, Schreiber scored 60 points this summer on 30 goals and 30 assists to help the Machine make the MLL semifinals. He was tied for the league lead in assists and was named as a first-team All-MLL performer at midfield.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

SCORING MACHINE: Tom Schreiber races upfield in 2014 during his senior season for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team. Schreiber, who holds Princeton records for career goals, assists, and points in a career by a midfielder, finished his second campaign with the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Building on his success at Princeton, Schreiber scored 60 points this summer on 30 goals and 30 assists to help the Machine make the MLL semifinals. He was tied for the league lead in assists and was named as a first-team All-MLL performer at midfield. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tom Schreiber was thrown into the fire when he joined the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) in the spring of 2014 shortly after wrapping up his record-breaking career with the Princeton University men’s program.  more

GOLDEN MOMENT: Katie Reinprecht looks for an opening in action for the U.S. women’s national field hockey team. Last month, former Princeton field hockey standout Reinprecht ’13 helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Midfielder Reinprecht scored a goal in the team’s 2-1 win over Argentina in the final. The goal came on an assist from Reinprecht’s younger sister, Julia, a star defender for the U.S. and a former Tiger standout herself.(Photo Courtesy of USA Field Hockey/Yuchen Nie)

GOLDEN MOMENT: Katie Reinprecht looks for an opening in action for the U.S. women’s national field hockey team. Last month, former Princeton field hockey standout Reinprecht ’13 helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Midfielder Reinprecht scored a goal in the team’s 2-1 win over Argentina in the final. The goal came on an assist from Reinprecht’s younger sister, Julia, a star defender for the U.S. and a former Tiger standout herself. (Photo Courtesy of USA Field Hockey/Yuchen Nie)

After the U.S. women’s national field hockey team took fourth at the World Cup last fall, Katie Reinprecht and her teammates on the squad viewed themselves in a new light. more

August 19, 2015
CHASING GREATNESS: Donn Cabral heads to victory in the 3000-meter steeplechase in the 2012 NCAA outdoor championships during his senior season with the Princeton University men’s track team. In late June, Cabral set a personal record of 8:13.37 in the steeplechase as he took second at the U.S. outdoor nationals. As a result of that finish, he will be competing for the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships which are taking place in Beijing from August 22-30. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

 

Donn Cabral emerged as a rising star on the international track scene in 2012.

Cabral culminated his legendary Princeton University career by winning the NCAA outdoor championships title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase that June and then two months later he placed eighth in the event at the London Summer Olympics. more