February 24, 2016

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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

January 6, 2016

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ON THE BALL: Princeton University women’s basketball player Vanessa Smith goes up for the ball last Sunday in Princeton’s 79-55 win over visiting Hampton in its final non-conference game. Junior forward Smith scored 11 points and had three rebounds to help the Tigers improve to 11-3. Defending Ivy League champion Princeton tips off its conference campaign with a game at Penn (9-2) on January 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last season as a top reserve for the Princeton University women’s basketball team, Vanessa Smith averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. more

December 30, 2015

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CAN DO: Princeton University men’s basketball player Devin Cannady dribbles up the floor in recent action. Last week, freshman guard Cannady scored a team-high 17 points to help Princeton defeat Bucknell 89-77. Princeton, which improved to 7-3 with the December 22 win over the Bison, was slated to play at No. 13 Miami on December 29, at Hampton on January 3, and at Norfolk State on January 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In its first three games this season at the friendly confines of Jadwin Gym, the Princeton University men’s basketball team treated its guests roughly, going 3-0 and averaging 90.7 points a game in those wins.

As Princeton prepared to host Bucknell last week, it was determined to keep rolling in its home gym.
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SUPER SAVER: Princeton University women’s water polo player Ashleigh Johnson makes a save in a game this season. Junior goalie Johnson starred as the Tigers won the CWPA crown and took sixth in the NCAA tourney. Johnson went on to help the U.S. national team win the FINA world championship in early August. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In a year that saw such women athletes as tennis player Serena Williams, U.S. women’s soccer star and New Jersey native Carli Lloyd, and mixed martial arts phenom Ronda Rousey dominate the headlines, it is no wonder that female athletes spiced up the local sporting landscape.

During the winter, the Princeton University women’s basketball team thrust itself into the national spotlight as it went 30-0 in the regular season, becoming the first men’s or women’s Ivy League hoops program to accomplish that feat. Coach Courtney Banghart’s squad topped Wisconsin-Green Bay 80-70 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to earn the team’s first-ever win in the national tourney and ended the season at 31-1 after falling to Maryland in the second round. Banghart, for her part, was named United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Women’s Coach of the Year. more

December 23, 2015

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TAKING HOLD: Princeton University wrestler Brett Harner controls a foe in recent action. Junior star and co-captain Harner has been a key performer for the Tigers at 197 pounds as Princeton is continuing its ascension up the ladder of college wrestling. The Tigers recently won the Navy Classic and have been ranked in the Top-25 nationally this season. Princeton is next in action when it competes in the prestigious Midlands Championships from December 29-30 at Northwestern. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Achieving a major breakthrough at the end of last season, the Princeton University wrestling team saw a program-record five performers qualify for the NCAA Championships. more

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MILLER’S TIME: Princeton University men’s basketball player Pete Miller, right, drives to the basket in recent action. Junior forward Miller is second on the Tigers in rebounding with 6.1 game, helping Princeton to a 6-3 star. The Tigers were slated to host Bucknell on December 22 before playing at No. 13 Miami on December 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With senior star Han Brase getting sidelined by a knee injury before the season began, Pete Miller realized that he would have to shoulder more responsibility in the paint for the Princeton University men’s basketball team. more

December 16, 2015

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ELBOW ROOM: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley elbows her way around a foe in recent action. Last Saturday, Wheatley scored 15 points to help Princeton defeat Pitt 61-47. On Monday, after being named Ivy League Player of the Week, she produced another strong effort, scoring 15 points and getting six rebounds to help Princeton top Fordham 55-44. The Tigers, now 9-1, play at Ohio State on December 18 and at Dayton on December 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Alex Wheatley was a force in the paint as the Princeton University women’s basketball team raced out to a 28-2 lead over Pittsburgh last Saturday. more

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MAC ATTACK: Princeton University women’s hockey player Jaimie McDonell battles a foe on the boards in recent action. Last Friday, senior forward and assistant captain McDonell contributed three assists to help the Tigers beat Penn State 4-1. A day later, she scored a goal as the Tigers topped Penn State 3-2 to sweep the two-game set and give Princeton its sixth straight win. McDonell was later named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for her heroics. The Tigers, now 11-4-1 overall, have finished the 2015 portion of their schedule and are back in action when they host Brown on January 1 and Yale a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Princeton University women’s hockey team generated a number of chances in the first period as it hosted Penn State last Friday, it had nothing to show for its industry as the foes were locked in a scoreless stalemate. more