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Vol. LXIV, No. 15
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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CITY LIMITS: Princeton University men’s lacrosse senior midfielder Scott MacKenzie fights off a check in recent action. Last Saturday, MacKenzie notched a goal but it wasn’t nearly enough as No. 4 Princeton fell 13-4 to third-ranked Syracuse in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic, the first-ever event in the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Princeton Men’s Lax Falters in Big City Classic, Losing to Syracuse in New Meadowlands Opener

Bill Alden

In its first two trips to National Football League venues this spring, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team displayed a grit and efficiency that would impress Bill Belichick.

Facing Johns Hopkins in early March at the Baltimore Ravens’ M and T. Bank Stadium, the Tigers edged the Blue Jays 11-10 in overtime.

A month later, Princeton traveled to Gillette Stadium, the home of Belichick’s New England Patriots, and came away with a 9-7 win over Ivy League rival Brown.

Princeton Native and Lawrenceville Alum Sword Enjoying Double Life for Trinity College Sports

Bill Alden

Payson Sword has earned some rest and relaxation this spring as she completes her second year at Trinity College.

The Princeton native and former standout athlete at the Lawrenceville School needs to kick back a bit after a whirlwind fall and winter which saw her star for both the Trinity field hockey and ice hockey teams.

In field hockey, Sword helped the Bantams go 16-3 and reach the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. Playing at defense, the 5’7 Sword started all 18 games, finishing with seven goals and four assists in earning second-team All-American honors.

Sophomore O’Brien Making Impact as PHS Girls’ Lax Is Showing Balance

Bill Alden

Mason O’Brien and her teammates on the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team found themselves in a dogfight last Wednesday against visiting Allentown.

When Allentown scored two early second half goals to knot the game at 8-8, sophomore attacker O’Brien had a clear idea of what the Little Tigers needed to do to come out on top.

“We expected it to be tough; we knew they were going to come in strong and we had to play our A-game,” said O’Brien. “I think it was whoever wanted it the most was going to win.”

Dudeck Igniting Offense From Leadoff Spot, as Hun School Baseball Rolls to a 5-0 Record

Bill Alden

For David Dudeck and his teammates on the Hun School baseball team, rallying from a four-run deficit to win the season opener against Lawrenceville earlier this month meant much more than a victory over an archrival.

“That’s always a huge game for us,” said sophomore center fielder Dudeck, noting that the Raiders didn’t have many comebacks in 2009 as they went 6-14.

“To start a year like that with a come from behind win was awesome. It really got our momentum going and we have been carrying it ever since.”

Junior Star O’Brien Powering the Attack as PDS Girls’ Lax Looking Formidable

Bill Alden

Carly O’Brien started her junior season on the Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team with a bang, scoring four goals against Peddie in the opener on March 31.

But O’Brien left the field disappointed that day as PDS fell 18-9 to Peddie.

“It was a good wake-up call,” said O’Brien in reflecting on the loss. “We knew that it was one of the better teams and that we have to step up.”

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