April 4, 2018

LEADING THE WAY: Princeton University baseball player Chris Davis follows through on a swing in action last weekend. Sophomore outfielder and lead-off hitter Davis starred as Princeton won two out of three games against visiting Cornell to open Ivy League play. Davis went 6-for-15 in the three-game set, knocking in the game-winning run in a 7-6 win on Sunday. The Tigers, now 5-11 overall and 2-1 Ivy, host Monmouth on April 5 before heading to Brown for a three-game set with a doubleheader on April 7 and a single game on April 8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Chris Davis has displayed an ability to bounce back in emerging as a star this spring for the Princeton University baseball team.

Last year, Davis saw his freshman campaign cut short by injury after eight appearances, rupturing his spleen against the University of Maryland in mid-March to get sidelined for the rest of the spring. more

SEEING IT THROUGH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Tess D’Orsi races to goal in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore midfielder D’Orsi tallied five goals in a losing cause as a second-half Princeton rally fell short in a 17-16 loss to No. 12 Syracuse. On Saturday, D’Orsi chipped in a goal and an assist to help the Tigers bounce back with a 15-6 win at Delaware. Princeton, now 5-4 overall, plays at Harvard on April 7 before hosting No. 3 Maryland on April 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tess D’Orsi wasn’t overly concerned when the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team found itself trailing 12th-ranked Syracuse 9-5 at the half last Thursday evening.

“Our coaches believed in us and every single one of us knew we had it in us to have a comeback,” said sophomore star midfielder D’Orsi, reflecting on a recent stretch which saw that Princeton rally from a 6-1 deficit for a 13-12 win over Penn State on March 19 and fought back after trailing 13-6 in the second half before falling 15-12 to Dartmouth on March 24. more

March 28, 2018

PARTING SHOT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Matt Nelson heads up the ice in a game this season. Last Saturday, senior defenseman Nelson scored a goal in a losing cause as fourth-seeded Princeton fell 4-2 to top-seeded Ohio State in the NCAA Midwest regional semifinals. The loss left the Tigers with a final record of 19-13-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When Matt Nelson and David Hallisey joined the Princeton University men’s hockey team four years ago, things were pretty bleak.

The Tigers posted a 4-23-3 record in their freshman campaign in 2014-15 and then went 5-23-3 the next winter. more

CORE VALUE: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Annie Cory heads upfield against Dartmouth last Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Cory tallied a career-high three goals against the Big Green but it wasn’t enough as Princeton lost 15-12. The Tigers, now 4-3 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, host No. 12 Syracuse (6-4) on March 29 before playing at Delaware on March 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Starting last week with a bang, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team produced a dramatic comeback at Penn State, rallying from a 9-5 second half deficit to pull out a 13-12 victory.

“That was really a great win from being down and really fighting back” said Princeton head coach Chris Sailer, reflecting on the March 19 contest. more

PINNING IT DOWN: Princeton University wrestler Matthew Kolodzik pins Columbia’s Jacob Macalolooy at 149 pounds in a regular season match. Sophomore Kolodzik solidified his status as one of the greatest wrestlers in Princeton history over the last month, winning his second straight EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) title and then placing third in 149 pounds at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Matthew Kolodzik enjoyed a landmark debut campaign for the Princeton University wrestling team in 2016-17, going 30-4 and taking seventh at 141 pounds in the NCAA Championships to become the first freshman in program history to earn All-American honors. more

March 21, 2018

CRAZY EIGHTS: Princeton University men’s hockey player Josh Teves controls the puck in ECAC Hockey playoff action. Last weekend at the ECACH Final 4 in Lake Placid, N.Y., junior defenseman Teves starred as seventh-seeded Princeton defeated top-seeded Cornell 4-1 in the semis and then edged third-seeded Clarkson 2-1 in overtime in the title game. It marked the third straight decade that the program won an ECACH title during a year ending in 8 as the 1998 and 2008 squads also accomplished the feat. Princeton, now 19-12-4 overall, is headed to the NCAA tournament. The Tigers will be playing in the Midwest Regional in Allentown, Pa. where they are seeded fourth and will face top-seeded Ohio State on Saturday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s hockey team entered the ECAC Hockey Final 4 last weekend at Lake Placid, N.Y. as the lowest remaining seed in the competition, Josh Teves didn’t view the Tigers as underdogs.

“We have obviously been doing well in the playoffs and before that,” said junior defenseman Teves, reflecting on the team’s surge which saw it go 4-0 in the playoffs, outscoring Brown and Union by a total of 23-8 the first two rounds. more

TOUGH FINISH: Princeton University women’s basketball player Abby Meyers drives to the basket in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, freshman Meyers scored a team-high 13 points in a losing cause as 12th-seeded Princeton fell 77-57 to fifth-seeded Maryland in Raleigh, N.C. in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 24-6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the 12th-seeded Princeton University women’s basketball team only trailed fifth-seeded Maryland 31-26 at halftime in a first round NCAA tournament game last Friday in Raleigh, N.C., Courtney Banghart saw red flags on the horizon. more

RILED UP: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Riley Thompson unloads the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior midfielder and tri-captain Thompson tallied two goals and two assists in a losing cause as Princeton fell 14-7 to visiting Penn in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Princeton, now 3-3 overall and 0-1 Ivy, plays at No. 6 Yale (5-1 overall, 1-0 Ivy) on March 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In the first few weeks of the 2018 season, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team has demonstrated a flair for drama, pulling out two nail-biter wins over local rivals.

The Tigers opened the campaign by edging Monmouth 9-8 in double overtime on February 17. Three weeks later, Princeton trailed Rutgers 14-10 early in the fourth quarter and rallied to win 15-14 in the first overtime. more

March 20, 2018

GLAD TO HELP: Princeton University men’s basketball player Will Gladson puts up a shot in a game this season. Sophomore forward Gladson ended an injury-plagued season on a personal high note as he scored a career-high 16 points in a 94-90 overtime loss at Yale in the season finale on March 3. Gladson figures to be a key performer in the future as the Tigers will look to bounce back from a tough 2017-18 campaign that saw them go 13-16 overall and 5-9 Ivy League. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After the the Princeton University men’s basketball team pulled out a 79-73 overtime win against Yale on February 2, it appeared to be on track to challenge for another Ivy League title as it improved to 3-1 in conference play.

But the next night against Brown, Princeton squandered a four point lead with 36 seconds left in regulation on the way to a 102-100 loss in overtime. That defeat sent the Tigers into a tailspin as they lost their next six Ivy contests. more

March 14, 2018

FIRE ON ICE: Members of the Princeton University men’s hockey team celebrate a goal during their sweep of Brown in a best-of-three ECAC hockey first round series earlier this month. The seventh-seeded Tigers kept rolling last weekend, sweeping second-seeded Union 2-0 in best-of-three quarterfinal matchup. Princeton, now 17-12-4, plays top-seeded and No. 2 Cornell (25-4-2) in the semis on March 16 in Lake Placid, N.Y. with the victor advancing to the title game on March 17 to face the winner of the Clarkson-Harvard semi. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having gone 0-17-3 in its last 20 games against Union, including 0-2 this season, the Princeton University men’s hockey team seemed overmatched as it faced the Dutchmen in an ECAC Hockey best-of-three quarterfinal series last weekend.

But Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty wasn’t concerned about that history with his seventh-seeded Tigers having gone 9-2-1 in their last 12 games coming into the clash with second-seeded and No. 16 Union. more

DANCE PARTY: Members of the Princeton University women’s basketball team celebrate at Triumph Brewing Company last Monday after learning their assignment for the upcoming NCAA tournament. The Tigers, now 24-5, are seeded 12th and will face fifth-seeded Maryland, 25-7, in Raleigh, N.C. on March 16 in the Kansas City bracket. It is the seventh trip to the Big Dance in the last nine years for the Tigers, who beat Penn 63-34 in the Ivy League tournament championship game last Sunday to earn the league’s automatic bid to the tourney. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University women’s basketball team rolled to the Ivy League regular season title, that didn’t guarantee the Tigers a spot in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Instead, the Tigers had to go to Philadelphia and survive a two-game gauntlet at the Ivy League postseason tourney to earn the league’s automatic bid to the Big Dance. more

SHOOTING STAR: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Austin Sims fires a shot in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star midfielder and co-captain Sims scored five goals, including the game-tying and game-winning goal as Princeton rallied from a four-goal deficit to beat Rutgers 15-14 in overtime. The Tigers, now 3-2, open Ivy League play by hosting Penn (3-3) on March 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Austin Sims and his teammates on the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team weren’t about to hit the panic button even though they found themselves trailing Rutgers 14-10 with 9:58 remaining in the fourth quarter last Saturday at Class of 1952 Stadium. more

March 7, 2018

BEARING DOWN: Princeton University men’s hockey Max Veronneau heads up the ice last weekend as Princeton battled Brown in an ECAC Hockey best-of-three first round playoff series. Junior forward Veronneau starred as the seventh-seeded Tigers dominated the 10th-seeded Bears, winning 8-2 on Friday and 7-1 a night later. Veronneau hit the 100-point mark in his college career with an assist on Princeton’s second goal in Saturday’s contest. The Tigers, now 15-12-4 overall, play at second place Union (21-13-2 overall) in a best-of-three quarterfinal series starting on March 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Max Veronneau was in the middle of making milestone moments as the Princeton University men’s hockey team hosted Brown in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey first round playoff series last weekend.

On Friday, junior star forward Veronneau helped Ryan Kuffner score the 100th point of his career, burying a feed from his classmate and linemate in the back of the net late in the second period as Kuffner tallied the 100th point of his Princeton career with the assist. The goal gave the Tigers a 5-2 lead and they never looked back on the way to an 8-2 victory. more

JERSEY GUY: Princeton University men’s hockey player Joe Grabowski controls the puck last weekend as seventh-seeded Princeton hosted 10th-seeded Brown in an ECAC Hockey best-of-three first round playoff series. Senior defenseman and captain Grabowski, a native of nearby Lawrenceville, enjoyed a memorable final weekend at Hobey Baker Rink as the Tigers swept the series, defeating the Bears 8-2 on Friday and 7-1 a night later. Princeton, now 15-12-4 overall, plays at second place Union (21-13-2 overall) in a best-of-three quarterfinal series starting on March 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University men’s hockey team, Joe Grabowski and Eric Robinson have proven to be two local kids who made good.

Defenseman Grabowski, a native of nearby Lawrenceville and forward Robinson, who hails from Bellmawr in Camden County, have emerged as stars on the ice and team leaders, with both serving as captain. more

LES IS MORE: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson puts up a shot last Friday against visiting Brown. Senior forward Robinson produced a historic performance in a 79-44 win over the Bears, scoring 10 points with 15 rebounds and 10 assists to achieve the first triple-double in Princeton history. A night later in her Jadwin Gym finale, Robinson contributed nine points and six rebounds as Princeton topped Yale 64-53 to finish the regular season at 22-5 overall and 12-2 Ivy and clinch the outright league title. The Tigers will now compete in the Ivy postseason tournament in Philadelphia for the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA tourney. Princeton is seeded first and will face fourth-seeded Yale on March 10 in the semifinals. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As Leslie Robinson took the court at Jadwin Gym last Friday evening to start her final home weekend for the Princeton University women’s basketball team, her mind was racing. more

February 28, 2018

MAC ATTACK: Princeton University women’s hockey player Annie MacDonald, right, battles a foe in a game this season. Last weekend, freshman forward MacDonald starred as sixth-seeded Princeton played at third-seeded and No. 5 Cornell in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series. MacDonald had an assist in a 2-1 loss in Game 1 on Friday and then scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 as Princeton rallied for a 5-4 victory in overtime. A shorthanded Tiger squad fell 4-0 to the Big Red in the decisive third game to end the winter at 14-14-4 overall. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With her Princeton University women’s hockey team having gone 7-2 down the homestretch of the regular season, Cara Morey believed the Tigers would strike fear into anyone they faced in the ECAC Hockey playoffs.

When Princeton finished sixth in the league standings to earn a shot at third-seeded and No. 5 Cornell in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series, Morey liked the matchup. more

CAVALIER APPROACH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kathryn Hallett, right, gets stymied by two University of Virginia players last Saturday. Junior midfielder Hallett scored three goals in the contest but it wasn’t enough as Virginia prevailed 14-10. The Tigers, who moved to 1-1 with the setback to the Cavaliers, were slated to play at Lehigh on February 27 and then open their Ivy League campaign with a game at Brown on March 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team committed 12 turnovers in the first half against visiting Virginia last Saturday, the contest was a nail-biter heading into intermission.

Sparked by three goals from junior midfielder Kathryn Hallett with sophomore star Tess D’Orsi chipping in a goal and assist, the Tigers trailed only 7-6 despite their sloppy play. more

RINGING TRUE: Princeton University men’s basketball player Amir Bell dribbles the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior guard Bell enjoyed a special finale at Jadwin Gym, reaching the 1,000-point mark in his career as Princeton rolled to a 64-47 win over Dartmouth. The Tigers, now 12-15 overall and 4-8 Ivy League, play at Brown on March 2 and at Yale on March 3 still in the running for a spot in the upcoming Ivy postseason tournament, which includes the top four teams in the regular season standings. Princeton stands one game out of fourth place heading into the final weekend of the regular season as it trails Cornell (11-14 overall, 5-7 Ivy) and Columbia (8-17 overall, 5-7 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As Amir Bell came off the court at Jadwin Gym for the final time in his career with the Princeton University men’s basketball team last Saturday, he was showered with an avalanche of affection.

Many in the crowd of 2,754 on hand for the program’s annual Senior Night rose to give Bell a standing ovation as he left the game against Dartmouth with 2:42 remaining and Princeton on the way to a 64-47 win as it broke a seven-game losing streak, improving to 12-15 overall and 4-8 Ivy League. more

February 21, 2018

ABBY ROAD: Princeton University women’s basketball player Abby Meyers heads to the hoop in recent action. Last week, freshman guard Meyers scored 17 points to help Princeton defeat Penn 60-40. Last Saturday, she chipped in 12 as the Tigers rolled to 74-46 win at Columbia. Princeton, now 19-4 overall and 9-1 Ivy League, plays at Dartmouth on February 23 and at Harvard on February 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Abby Meyers has experienced some growing pains this winter in her freshman season with the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

The highly touted Meyers, who scored more than 1,700 points for Walt Whitman High (Md.), went through some ups and downs over the first few months of her debut campaign, scoring 13 points against Davidson in her third game but then being held scoreless in wins over St. Joseph’s on December 20 and Penn on January 6. more

MEMORABLE DEBUT: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Chris Brown heads upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted Monmouth in the season opener. Freshman attackman Brown made a superb college debut, contributing two goals and three assists as Princeton pulled out a 9-8 win in double overtime. The 18th-ranked Tigers play at No. 6 Virginia (2-0) on February 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In the early stages of his debut for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team, Chris Brown struggled to get in a rhythm.

Freshman attackman Brown and and the Princeton offense couldn’t find the back of the net as the Tigers and visiting Monmouth were knotted in a scoreless stalemate late in the first quarter last Saturday in the season opener for both squads.

“We had our shots and the goalie, give him credit, made some great saves in the beginning,” said Brown. more

BECK AND CALL: Princeton University men’s hockey player Max Becker heads up the ice in a game this season. Senior forward Becker and his classmates played their final regular season home games at Hobey Baker Rink last weekend, winning 7-2 against Rensselaer on Friday and then falling 4-1 to Union a night later. Princeton, now 12-12-3 overall and 9-10-1 ECAC Hockey, wraps up regular season action by playing at Clarkson on February 23 and at St. Lawrence on February 24. The Tigers are currently tied for seventh in the ECACH standings and in position to host a first round playoff series over the weekend of March 2-4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

The 1998 and 2008 Princeton University men’s hockey ECAC Hockey championship squads were honored at Hobey Baker Rink last Saturday evening.

Players from the storied teams were introduced after the first and second periods as Princeton hosted Union in its regular season home finale, drawing large ovations from the crowd of 2,271 that braved a snowstorm to be on hand. more

February 14, 2018

STICKING WITH IT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kiersten Falck, left, goes after the puck in a game this season. Last Saturday, senior captain and star forward Falck contributed an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 3-2 to No. 8 St. Lawrence in overtime. The Tigers, now 11-12-4 overall and 9-10-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Yale on February 16 and at Brown on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Kiersten Falck, getting honored on her Senior Night last Saturday as the Princeton University women’s hockey team hosted St. Lawrence was a bit surreal.

“I remember our seniors, when it was their senior night and I was a freshman, just how exciting it was for them and how excited we were for them,” said senior captain and star forward Falck, a 5’5 native of Ham Lake, Minn. “Now, in the blink of an eye, I am sharing the same spot three years later.” more

RECORD PACE: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Michael Sowers heads to goal in a game last year during a record-breaking freshman campaign which saw him score a program single-season record of 82 points on 41 goals and 41 assists. Star attackman Sowers will look to pick up where he left off as Princeton opens its 2018 season by hosting Monmouth on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last spring, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team showed marked progress in Matt Madalon’s first full season at the helm of the program.

The Tigers went 9-6 and reached the Ivy League tournament semifinals in 2017 after going 5-8 the year before with no postseason appearance. more

GIFT OF GAB: Princeton University women’s basketball player Gabrielle Rush puts up a shot in recent action. Last Friday, junior guard Rush scored a career-high 19 points to help Princeton defeat Harvard 80-47. The Tigers, who topped Dartmouth 82-63 a night later to improve to 16-4 overall and 6-1 Ivy, were slated to host Penn on February 13 before playing at Cornell on February 16 and at Columbia on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Gabrielle Rush relishes her role as a key substitute for the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

“I think of myself as the spark off the bench, whether things are going bad or not or if we are losing or winning,” said Rush.

“Coming in off the bench, I have had a chance to watch for a few minutes, which I think is a real advantage. I can see how they are playing on defense and how they might be guarding me. On offense, I see what I need to do that is not being done or what I continue to be doing that is being done.” more

MIDDLE OF THE ACTION: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Camille Sullivan looks to unload the ball in a game last spring. The Tigers are relying on senior co-captain Sullivan to provide production and leadership in the midfield this season. The Tigers open their 2018 season when they play at Temple on February 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With Olivia Hompe triggering the attack and Ellie DeGarmo anchoring the defense, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team has been a dominant force in the Ivy League over the last four years.

The Tigers won or shared the Ivy crown every season over that span with attacker Hompe ending up as the program’s all-time scoring leader with 282 points and a two-time All-American and netminder DeGarmo emerging as a two-time All-American and the national goalie of the year in 2016. more