November 3, 2021

RISING SPEKTOR: Hun School girls’ soccer player Olivia Spektor boots the ball in recent action. Last Monday, Spektor helped Hun defeat Lawrenceville 2-1 to improve to 11-4-2. Top-seeded Hun hosts second-seeded Pennington (15-2-2) in the state Prep A title game on November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In late September, the Hun School girls’ soccer team turned a lot of heads when it edged perennial power Pennington 1-0.

Gaining confidence from its first victory over its nemesis since 2014 when it topped Pennington 2-0 in the state Prep A title game, Hun emerged as one of the top sides in the area.

The Raiders advanced to the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals where they suffered a tough 1-0 loss in overtime to Princeton High on October 23. Four days later, Hun bounced back from that setback, defeating Kent Place 1-0 in the state Prep A semifinals.

As a result, top-seeded Hun earned a rematch with second-seeded Pennington and will host its rival in the Prep A final on November 3.

“We love the competitive challenge of playing the best teams,” said Hun head coach Jenn Barrett.

“Obviously they have improved over the season and they have done very, very well. We want to play them, we look forward to playing them, we want to prove that our win was solid, and we can do it again.”

Over the last 10 days, Hun has faced plenty of challenges, In addition to the games against PHS and Kent Place, the Raiders lost 1-0 to Delaware Valley on October 28, tied the Peddie School 2-2 last Saturday, and then edged the Lawrenceville School 2-1 last Monday. more

FORD TOUGH: Stuart Country Day School field hockey goalie Audrey Blandford kicks away a shot in a game this season. Last Wednesday, senior star Blandford made eight saves in a losing cause as top-seeded Stuart fell 1-0 to second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep B title game. The Tartans finished the fall with a 11-4-2 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Audrey Blandford was under fire as the top-seeded Stuart Country Day School field hockey team hosted second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) in the state Prep B title game last Wednesday.

With MKA controlling possession in the first half and generating a number of scoring opportunities, Stuart senior goalie Blandford had to keep on her toes.

“They passed really well and really fast,” said Blandford. “They had their sticks down.”

After MKA broke through with a goal in the second quarter, Blandford and the Stuart defense held the fort from there, but the Tartans couldn’t find the back of the cage as they fell 1-0 and ended the  season with a final record of 11-4-2.

“We played so well today,” said Blandford, who made eight saves in the contest. “I was getting into a rhythm.”

In the second half, Stuart tried to get into a rhythm, getting plenty of possession in the third quarter. In the waning moments of the contest, the Tartans had MKA on its heels, generating two corners and nearly scoring.

“We really kept pushing the right sideline and we kept getting so close every time,” said Blandford. more

October 27, 2021

Heart to Hearth was at the Rockingham State Historic Site in Kingston on Saturday to show how it’s done from start to finish. Visitors observed the ongoing process throughout the day and helped with the stirring. Participants share what they learned at the event in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photo by Weronika A. Plohn)

By Anne Levin

At its meeting Monday night, Princeton Council voted to introduce an ordinance enabling the acquisition of the largest remaining tract of undeveloped land in Princeton. The 153-acre parcel, which has frontage on Province Line and Cherry Valley roads, will be preserved instead of turned into a housing development.

The municipality recently announced its agreement with Bryce Thompson and Lanwin Development Corporation to buy the parcel for $8.775 million. Private donations, grants, and nonprofit partners from the New Jersey Green Acres program and Mercer County’s Open Space program, as well as monies from the municipal open space tax trust fund, are paying for the purchase.

The acquisition saves some 4,000 trees that form part of an old-growth forest of oak, beech, and hickory trees that would have been destroyed. “Instead, those trees will continue to sequester an estimated 340 megatons of carbon annually, to help prevent flooding on Cherry Valley Road, and to provide habitat for songbirds and many other species,” wrote Wendy Mager, president of the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), in a message.

FOPOS, The Watershed Institute, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and the Ridgeview Conservancy were involved in a collaboration with the municipality, led by Councilmembers Eve Niedergang and Mia Sacks, and Municipal Administrator Bernie Hvozdovic. The acquisition is part of  “Princeton’s Emerald Necklace,” an initiative that aims to connect open spaces throughout the town and provide greater access to a more diverse group of community members. more

By Anne Levin

An ordinance banning the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers during summer and winter months was adopted unanimously by Princeton Council Monday night, capping 10 months of deliberations by several individuals, boards, commissions, and nonprofits involved in the effort.

In a meeting that stretched longer than five hours, Council also heard testimony on the proposed rezoning of two parcels on the campus of The Hun School, and an application by Claridge Wine and Liquor to transfer its liquor license to the former location of Landau’s at 102 Nassau Street, where it would relocate. No final decisions were made on either proposal.

Council also introduced an ordinance enabling the acquisition of a major parcel of open space (see accompanying story).

Princeton was one of nine cities to be awarded a $55,000 Partners for Places grant last December to support work with the landscaping community to adopt practices that protect the health of both the landscapers and the environment. Work on developing an ordinance has been underway since then. Sustainable Princeton, Quiet Princeton, the Princeton Environmental Commission, and the Board of Health have been part of the effort, which was led by Councilmember Eve Niedergang.

“This is an attempt to achieve an environmentally sustainable goal while simultaneously focusing on social justice and racial equity,” Niedergang said. “It’s been a long haul, but we’re here, and I think our project partners are happy to be here and excited about the outcome of moving this forward.” more

By Donald Gilpin

In-person early voting, continuing through Sunday, October 31, was already in its third day on Monday at Princeton’s designated early voting location at the Princeton Shopping Center (PSC) to the left of the Bagel Nook.

Foot traffic was light on Monday afternoon, but the five poll workers on duty reported that the turnout had been steady, that voters had mostly been coming in waves, and that they all seemed to appreciate the comfort, security, and the leisurely pace of the spacious location in the PSC, as well as the new voting machines using digital technology. Early voting will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Early voters can visit the PSC site or any of the seven other early voting sites in the county.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law in March making New Jersey the latest of dozens of states to have early in-person voting at centralized locations. Mail-in voting has also begun, and voters can still cast ballots the traditional way at the usual polling places on Election Day, November 2, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked and mailed by November 2; placed in the drop boxes at 400 Witherspoon Street or at the Princeton University Wawa/Dinky Station at 152 Alexander Street by November 2; or delivered to the county’s Board of Elections Office by 8 p.m. on November 2. Visit vote.nj.gov, “Elections” at mercercounty.org, or call (877) NJ-VOTER for more information.

In Princeton, there are contested elections for governor, state Senate, general Assembly, Mercer County surrogate, Mercer County Board of Commissioners, and Princeton Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education (BOE). Also on the ballot are three public questions and an uncontested race for two seats on Princeton Council. more

HONORING THE DEAD: The holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has become a colorful tradition at the Arts Council of Princeton. Several free community events are planned for this year’s commemoration.

By Anne Levin

There are some who consider Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican version of Halloween. But the two autumn observances —  Halloween on October 31, Dia de los Muertos on November 1 and 2 — couldn’t vary more in spirit.

While they share a theme of death, Halloween is all about mischief–making, grisliness, darkness, and of course, sweet treats. The Mexican holiday is a joyous celebration of life and death, honoring those who have passed with vibrantly colored costumes, parties, parades, and offerings.

Marking the holiday has become a tradition at the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP). This year’s commemorations have grown in scope.

“The Arts Council of Princeton is honored to have hosted our community’s Dia de los Muertos celebrations for more than 20 years,” said ACP Artistic Director Maria Evans in a press release. “This year is extra special. We’ve expanded our offerings to include something for everyone — all ages, interests, and backgrounds.” more

“GENIUS GRANT” WINNER: Historian and writer Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a Princeton University African American studies professor, has been awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship for her “powerful critiques of the political and economic forces underlying racial inequality.” (Photo courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

By Donald Gilpin

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, historian, writer, and Princeton University professor of African American studies, has been awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as a “genius grant.” 

The prestigious award, bestowed this year on 25 scientists, artists, and scholars from across the country for their exceptional creativity, past accomplishments, and future potential, includes $625,000 in grants over a five-year period, funds that the recipients are free to spend however they want.

The MacArthur Foundation noted Taylor’s “powerful critiques of the political and economic forces underlying racial inequality” and her analysis of “the role of social movements in transforming society.”

Eddie Glaude Jr., Princeton University African American studies professor and department chair, stated, “What wonderful news! This award rightly recognizes Professor Taylor’s pathbreaking scholarship that has shaped our understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement and redefined how we think about the history of housing policy in this country.”

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber emphasized Taylor’s “bold and original scholarship [that] has established her as one of America’s most influential commentators on questions of race and social justice.”   

Taylor has written extensively on race and politics, Black social movements and organizing, and radical activism and politics. “Taylor brings her experiences as an activist and organizer for housing rights to her scholarship, combining deep understanding of the concrete manifestations of inequality — such as substandard housing, over-policing, and high unemployment — with fine-grained analysis and historical research,” according to the 2021 MacArthur Fellows Program. more

By Donald Gilpin

The mood at last Thursday’s October 21 Princeton Planning Board (PPB) meeting was celebratory, as University representatives, PPB, and community members discussed  Princeton University’s updated Prospect Avenue plans. It was a striking contrast to the contentious atmosphere that had predominated in three previous meetings and many hours of hearings over the past four months.

“I’m incredibly thrilled,” said PPB and Princeton Council member Mia Sacks. “Words escape me. How important it is for us in Princeton to find ways to hear one another and listen and to find compromise in areas that were divided and to set a counterpoint to all the division in our country. I’m so glad that we were able to do it in this situation. It’s so important for town and gown to engage in dialogue, to engage with each other, to hear one another and to find compromise.”

PPB chair Louise Wilson agreed. “I too did a happy dance when I saw this revised plan,” she said. “It’s an elegant solution.”  She went on to thank members of the municipal staff and others who had helped to bring about the resolution. ”I am very grateful,” she added. “I was losing a lot of sleep. I know a lot of people were. This was really tough.”

Until last week the University had not been able to make significant compromises in its plans to provide room for the entrance to its planned Environmental Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (ES+SEAS) complex by demolishing three Queen Anne Victorian houses and moving the former Court Clubhouse building at 91 Prospect into their place on the north side of Prospect Avenue.  more

By Stuart Mitchner

Feeling blue, in need of a lift, I drive downtown with Abbey Road on the stereo. I’m listening to “Here Comes the Sun,” the song hospitals played to celebrate survivors of the virus and the caregivers who saw them through. In just over three minutes, the Beatles have blitzed the blues. So have various Halloween yardscapes, the usual cobweb-curtained display of skeletons, tombstones, ghosts, witches and ravens, good dark fun, fear dressed up in jack ‘o lantern orange and gold for the kids and the big kids the adults are supposed to be “somewhere deep down inside.”

Halloween has the big kid inside me thinking outlandish thoughts, like a paranormal birthday party for the Born on October 27th Club, featuring a poetry slam with the ghosts of Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath; the ghost of Erasmus reading from In Praise of Folly; a lecture on etiquette by the ghost of Emily Post; and a musical remake of Psycho, with the Minister of Silly Walks John Cleese as Norman Bates and the ex-president’s ex Marla Maples as Marion Crane. The problem is the main event, the stabbing in the shower, which surely even Stephen Sondheim couldn’t set to music. There’s only one director who could pull that off, and you’d still have to rewrite the film, put the Slayer in the shower, make Norman a vampire, and have Joss Whedon writing the words and the music, the way he did for “Once More, with Feeling,” the all-singing seventh episode from the sixth season of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), which is on every list of the best episodes in television history. As far as that goes, Whedon’s Buffy routinely makes similar lists of the greatest television shows ever. more

By Nancy Plum

This season, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) has been putting its toes into the waters of live performance slowly, presenting concerts in select halls in the state while maintaining an online presence. The Orchestra will be returning live to Princeton after the first of the year, but area audiences were able to enjoy a high-quality digital performance by the Orchestra players last week. Led by Music Director Xian Zhang and joined by superstar violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Larisa Martínez, NJSO launched an online concert of three composer prodigies: Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Henryk Wieniawski.

Violinist Bell was a prodigy himself, debuting with The Philadelphia Orchestra at age 14 and setting concert stages ablaze ever since with virtuosic technique and passionate musical expressionism. Bell and his wife, soprano Larisa Martínez, were a musical power couple during the last 18 months of the pandemic, exploring new arrangements of existing repertoire and creating imaginative digital content. In the NJSO concert, recorded at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in May 2021 and launched last Wednesday night, Bell and Martínez joined the Orchestra for two elegant concert arias by Mendelssohn and Mozart.

Mendelssohn’s concert aria “Ah, ritorna, età dell’oro,” was part of a commission of Mendelssohn from the Philharmonic Society of London and was published after the composer’s death. Composed in the “scena and aria” form popular at the time, Mendelssohn’s work features a soprano conveying the text with violin obbligato. Mendelssohn often composed two melodic paths in the same piece, bringing them together toward the end, and this work was no exception. Against a subtle orchestral accompaniment, Bell began the violin part with grace and sensitivity. Singing from memory, Martínez performed expressively in a clear soprano tone, with an especially light and translucent top register well matched by the violin. The text, beginning with “Return, golden age, to the abandoned earth,” certainly has a connection to these times, and Martínez well captured both the words and Mendelssohn’s refined classical roots.  more

WHAT WASHINGTON HEARD: The Practitioners of Musick will play music favored by George Washington in a virtual concert from Rockingham State Historic Site, his final wartime headquarters, on Saturday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, November 20 at 7 p.m., the Rockingham Association presents The Practitioners of Musick in a virtual program, “Nothing More Agreeable — Music in the Washington Family.”

In a document dated June 4, 1777, General George Washington wrote, “Nothing is more agreeable and ornamental than good music.” The Practitioners concert, with commentary, will explore the work of three select generations of the extended Washington family. more

Tickets are now on sale for the 22nd annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, which will be held November 7-21. All films will be available in the Virtual Cinema and five film screenings will be presented in person at Rutgers Cinema and the Princeton Garden Theatre.

The festival features award-winning international films from the United States, Israel, Germany, and Switzerland as well as online discussions with filmmakers, scholars, and special guests. Virtual film tickets are $11, and an all-access pass is available for $95.

Some films have a limited time frame for online viewing, and some are limited by geographic location. Tickets for in-person screenings must be ordered online through the theaters and will be available November 7. Campus screenings are free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. All guests must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in theaters. more

“EAR WIGGLER”: Conceptual artist Jesse Stecklow’s site-responsive works will be featured in “Components in the Air / Jesse Stecklow,” on view November 6 through January 2 at the Princeton University Art Museum’s Art@Bainbridge gallery at 158 Nassau Street.

From air samplers that record the microclimate to scale replicas of the rooms at Bainbridge House that spin on the quarter hour, Jesse Stecklow’s work investigates the ways in which both atmospheric and built surroundings affect our perceptions.

In “Components in the Air / Jesse Stecklow,”  the Los Angeles-based artist explores the processes of perception and creativity through site-responsive installations at the Princeton University Art Museum’s Art@Bainbridge gallery, located in a restored 18th-century home.

The exhibition, on view November 6 through January 2, brings together works from five of the artist’s series — some newly commissioned — that interweave imagery, motion, and sound to heighten visitors’ attention to the ways in which our personal associations, memories, and perspectives shape our experiences of space.

These installations engage both the macro and the particular, examining broad networks that govern environmental conditions, such as the American reliance on corn byproducts; systems of play, as in his series of anagrams; and a recollection of his grandfather’s ability to wiggle his ears.  more

“STILLNESS / MOTION”: “Lighthouse Keeper’s House” by Debbie Pisacreta, above, and “In Motion” by Jane Adriance, below, are featured in their dual art exhibition, on view November 4 through December 5 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville.

Artists Jane Adriance and Debbie Pisacreta will exhibit paintings in an art exhibition entitled “Stillness / Motion,” running November 4 through December 5 at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville.  An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.

“I find it thrilling to have this title for our exhibit,” said Adriance. “The contrast of stillness and motion seems to enhance and clarify each of our perspectives. The beauty of stillness in the paintings by Debbie, juxtaposed with my paintings of movement, captures and communicates our ability to look from many points of view. This contrast seems to make our perspectives richer, deeper, and clearer. Come dance or meditate or both.”  more

“BUST OF SHEILA JOHNSON BRUTSCH” Alec Miller’s  1937 limewood work of Robert Wood Johnson’s daughter is now on view at Morven Museum & Garden on Stockton Street.

Morven Museum & Garden was recently gifted a small bust of Sheila Johnson Brutsch (Robert Wood Johnson’s daughter) as a child. “Commissioned by Maggi and Robert Johnson in 1937, this portrait bust of their 3-year-old daughter gives a glimpse of what Sheila would have looked like during her childhood living at Morven,” said Elizabeth Allan, Morven’s curator and deputy director.

The bust is on a Johnson desk and reflects the sweet relationship between father and daughter. Through oral histories it is known that the two shared breakfast together nearly every day during their tenure at Morven.  more

FITNESS AND FUN: “We are distinguished by offering a variety of fitness programs and small class size in the safest environment possible. We are a female-owned business, and we strive to offer both personal attention and a sense of community.” Shown, from left, are Sandra Wang, Sandi Della Rocca, and Marci Resnick, owners of inMotion Fitness and Wellness. They are enthusiastic about introducing clients to their new studio.

By Jean Stratton

inMotion Fitness and Wellness is guaranteed to keep you moving!

Offering personal training, group fitness, and wellness services, it has a program for everyone’s level of ability and enough variety to keep you motivated.

“I really enjoy seeing someone take that first step on a new path for their fitness and wellness,” says Sandi Della Rocca, one of the center’s owners. “We encourage one small sustainable change at a time. It takes patience, but when clients see improvements in their fitness, they are encouraged and motivated to continue. It’s one step at a time.”

Opened in September at Suite F-50, 29 Emmons Drive, inMotion is also owned by Sandra Wang and Marci Resnick. Wang oversees the center’s finances and operations, and Resnick provides services as a certified coach, trainer, and instructor. more

EXTRA SPECIAL: Princeton University football players Jeremiah Tyler, left, and Cole Aubrey celebrate after sacking Harvard quarterback Jake Smith last Saturday. Senior linebacker Tyler led the defensive charge with 12 tackles as Princeton outlasted visiting Harvard in a clash of undefeated teams, winning 18-16 in five overtimes. In the win over the Crimson, Tyler had 12 tackles, 10 solo, leading all tacklers. He also picked up two pass break ups and 1.5 tackles for loss. The Tigers, now 6-0 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, play at Cornell (1-5 overall, 0-3 Ivy) on October 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After the Princeton University football team outlasted Harvard 18-16 in a five-overtime thriller last Saturday, Jeremiah Tyler invoked a higher power.

“First of all I just want to thank God. He is good, he is good,” said Princeton senior star linebacker and co-captain Tyler.

The showdown of undefeated rivals before a throng of 10,033 at Princeton Stadium under gray skies turned into football marathon that tested the spirit of players and fans alike.

Over 60 minutes of regulation, the foes engaged in a rugged, take-no-prisoners defensive battle that saw them knotted in a 13-13 stalemate, requiring overtime to decide the matter.

The extra session turned into a roller coaster of emotions. The teams traded field goals in the first two possessions. Princeton, ranked No. 17 nationally, was poised to win when a Jeffery Sexton field goal was blocked. The overtime then went into alternating two-point conversion attempts and 16th-ranked Harvard appeared to secure the win when it converted after the Tigers had failed on their first two point attempt.

The Crimson players streamed on the field to celebrate, but the score was negated after an official review concluded that Princeton head coach Bob Surace had called timeout prior to the snap. With another chance, Harvard again appeared to score, but an offensive pass interference call wiped that out and Princeton held on the next try. more

FIRING AWAY: Princeton University field hockey player Gabby Andretta fires the ball upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior defender Andretta spearheaded a strong performance in a lost cause as 14th-ranked Princeton fell 2-1 to 12th-ranked Harvard in a game decided on penalty strokes after the teams tied 1-1 through 60 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. The Tigers, who moved to 8-6 overall and 4-1 Ivy League, play at Brown on October 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Knotted in a 1-1 tie at Harvard in an Ivy League showdown last Saturday, the Princeton University field hockey team made adjustments in the fourth quarter and threw everything it could into overtime.

But the 14th-ranked Tigers could not score a game-winner before ultimately falling 2-1 to the 12th-ranked Crimson on penalty strokes.

Harvard converted its first three strokes while Princeton’s first three strokes were all stopped.

“We’re not particularly strong at them,” said Tiger head coach Carla Tagliente.

“It’s not like we haven’t trained them. We have, but what I’ve seen out of us at practice, we haven’t shown that we’re really good. I wasn’t really confident going into it. We were pushing everything we could going into overtime to try to get the result before that happened.”

It is the first time in six years under Tagliente that a game has gone to a shootout following two scoreless overtimes. Princeton’s loss in a battle of Ivy League unbeatens makes the postseason a long shot. Princeton saw its five-game winning streak snapped as Harvard improved to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the Ivies while the Tigers slipped to 8-6 overall, 4-1 in Ivy play. more

SHARPSHOOTER: Princeton University women’s hockey player Maggie Connors fires a shot in a 2019 game. Junior forward Connors figures to be the go-to-goal scorer for Princeton as it gets back in action after its 2020-21 campaign was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. The Tigers will head north to start the season, playing at Yale on October 29 and at Brown on October 30.   (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton University women’s hockey team was last in action in March 2020, it rode a high-powered offense for its first ECAC Hockey championship and was poised for a big run in the NCAA tournament.

Princeton averaged 3.7 goals a game that winter and set a program record for wins as it went 26-6-1, only to see the season abruptly halted due to the pandemic. Subsequently, the 2020-21 campaign was canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

With the Tigers returning to the ice this weekend with games at Yale (2-0) on October 29 and at Brown (0-1-1) on October 30, it will bringing a gritty mindset.

“It is a very different team and we have to have a different personality; we are going to have a little bit of a different style of play,” said Princeton head coach Cara Morey. more

ON POINT: Princeton University men’s hockey player Christian O’Neill heads up the ice in a 2019 game. Senior forward and alternate captain O’Neill is looking for a big final season with the Tigers. Princeton, which had its 2020-21 season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, returns to action by playing at Army West Point in its season opener on October 30.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton University men’s hockey team has hit the ice to get back in action after the 2020-21 season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, Ron Fogarty is seeing a heightened intensity from his players.

“The enthusiasm and the appreciation is evident with our guys, just how they are at the rink and how the practices are,” said Princeton head coach Fogarty, who guided the Tigers to a 6-20-5 record in 2019-20 and a sweep of Dartmouth in a best-of-the ECAC Hockey opening round playoff series before the season was halted due to the pandemic. “They are full of emotion. It has been great.”

With Princeton playing at Army West Point (1-5-1) in its season opener on October 30, the Tiger players will be looking to translate that emotion into success on the ice.

“Everyone is working so hard because they understand this is one of the biggest years,” said Fogarty.

“You have an opportunity to step in and play a different role or gain a scoring role or goaltending or defense.”

With senior defenseman Matthew Thom (three goals and six assists in 2019-20) serving as team captain and senior forwards Luke Keenan  (seven goals, 11 assists) and Christian O’Neill (five goals, five assists) assuming the alternate captain roles, Fogarty likes how the team is coming together.

“We have 10 seniors, it is a big group; Thom, Keenan, and McNeill have done a tremendous job of bringing two classes together to be part of the team,” said Fogarty. more

ROCKING ROBIN: Princeton High girls’ cross country junior star Robin Roth heads to the finish line at the Mercer County championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Roth placed second individually in the girls’ varsity race to help PHS take the team title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Robin Roth didn’t feel particularly confident as she got ready to compete for the Princeton High girls’ cross country team at the Mercer County championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park.

“Coming into today, it was ‘hopefully I don’t cry.’ It has not been my week,” said PHS junior star Roth.

“There is a lot of stress with this because Lawrenceville is so good. Freshman year we were supposed to win, it was supposed be really close between us and Allentown and we got fourth and that was a big thing for us. We had a lot of pressure in the county meet.”

Overcoming those doubts, Roth ended up having a great day, placing second individually in a time of 19:10.89 over the 5,000-meter course. Roth’s heroics helped PHS win the team title as it posted a score of 57 with Lawrenceville placing second at 85. She was followed closely by junior teammate Lucy Kreipke, who posted a time of 19:26.86, with Tiger sophomore Kyleigh Tangen coming in sixth in 19:30.54.

“I felt so good, I was in the back woods and I was wow, I am doing this,” said Roth.

“I feel good, I am running fast. This course plays to my strength because there is that downhill in the middle. I usually get engaged in the middle when I put my head down and I am jogging but with the downhill and all of the people, I feel pressure to still run.” more

PHOTO FINISH: Princeton High boys’ cross county star Andrew Kenny, right, edges Shaurya Srivastava of WW/P-South at the Mercer County cross country championship meet last Friday at Washington Crossing Park. Kenny finished fifth individually to lead the way for PHS as it placed second in the team standings, one point behind champion WW/P-North. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Andrew Kenny came to the starting line of the boys’ varsity race at the Mercer County cross country championship meet last Friday afternoon with his right calf wrapped in pink tape.

While Princeton High junior star Kenny had tweaked his calf just days before the meet, that didn’t keep him from assuming his frontrunner role for the Tigers.

Kenny clocked a time of 15:54.47 over the 5,000-meter course at Washington Crossing Park to take fifth individually.

“Even though my calf was burning for almost the whole time, I pushed through,” said Kenny. “I still raced amazing, it was a PR.”

Even though the PHS squad pushed hard collectively, it fell just short of winning the team title, losing by one point to WW/P-North, 52-53. Junior Zachary Deng was the next finisher for the Tigers, taking eighth in 16:28.47. Senior Kento Nakaya placed 12th in 16:35.14 with junior Marty Brophy finishing 13th in 16:41.95.

In reflecting on his race, Kenny said the course was suited to him.

“My start and my downhills I am really strong at so I really worked those two downhills,” said Kenny. more

FINISHING TOUCH: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Sophia Lis displays some fancy footwork last Monday as third-seeded PHS played second-seeded Hopewell Valley in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. Senior star and Lehigh-bound Lis scored a goal but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell 3-1. PHS, now 15-2, is next in action when it starts play next week in the state tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Sophia Lis is determined to make the most out her final postseason run with the Princeton High girls’ soccer team.

“I want to stay on this team for as long as possible,” said senior star and Lehigh-bound Lis. “It has been so great, it has been such a fun year.”

Last Thursday, Lis had a lot of fun, tallying two goals and four assists as third-seeded PHS defeated 14th-seeded Ewing 7-0 in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament.

“We have been looking forward to the MCTs starting and the states,” said Lis. “It is great to be here and already off to a good start.”

The Tigers showed great balance in the win as Casey Serxner tallied two goals and two assist with Holly Howes scoring two goals and Megan Rougas chipping in one goal and an assist.

“We have really been working in practices a lot,” said Lis. “I feel like we have the chemistry off the field, that is really showing on the field. We have done so many dinners, we just went to Conte’s and a whole group dinner there. Everyone is such great friends, we all want each other to score.”

Lis displayed her connection with sophomore Serxner, assisting on her two goals as PHS jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

“We know each other well from playing together last year,” said Lis. “I am really glad that is showing off this year.”

After assisting on the first three goals of the game, Lis found the back of the net with 22:11 left in the first half. In the second half, she got her second goal of the contest with 30:00 left in regulation. more

THRILLING FINALE: Princeton Day School field hockey player Ally Antonacci, right, battles a Lawrence High player for the ball in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Thursday night. Senior star Antonacci tallied a goal and an assist in the contest as third-seeded PDS fell 5-4 in overtime to fourth-seeded Lawrence. The Panthers, who fell to 13-4 with the defeat, are next in action when they compete in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public North sectional where they are seeded fourth and will host fifth-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in quarterfinal contest on November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton Day School field hockey team played at Lawrence High in late September, it turned out to be one of the most dramatic games of the fall.

Playing under the lights, a scrappy PDS squad upset previously undefeated Lawrence 4-3 on a fourth quarter goal by Lily Ryan in the September 24 contest.

Last Thursday night, the foes met again on the same field in the Mercer County Tournament final and they outdid themselves, producing a championship game for the ages.

The third-seeded Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the fourth-seeded Cardinals on goals by Jadyn Huff and Tessa Caputo. After Lawrence responded with a goal from Princeton University-bound superstar Talia Schenck, who recently set the state record for goals in a season as she passed the 100 mark, the Panthers took to a 3-1 lead at halftime on a second goal by Caputo with eight seconds left in the second quarter.

“It was a good start,” said Farlow. “It was come out aggressive, play possession and play our game, that is the whole game plan.”

In the third quarter, Schenck scored two goals to even the game at 3-3. With 21 seconds left in the fourth, Schenck found the back of the cage to make it 4-3, seemingly closing the deal. more