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It was early in the game and it was just the second Ivy League contest of the season but Holly McGarvie and her teammates on the Princeton University women's lacrosse team knew they had reached a turning point.
For the Princeton University softball team, its annual early-season swing out to California is a vital building block of the season.
"I was sick," said Gengel, a Princeton High senior recalling the competition which was held in Landover, Md. "I had bronchitis and a sinus infection."
Gengel, though, wasn't about to be laid low by illness as she soared to 12'1.5 to take fourth in the meet and earn All-American status.
As Greg Provenzano takes the helm of the Hun School boys' lacrosse program, he is espousing a philosophy of the game which sounds like something out of Bill Parcells' handbook of football coaching.
"We can't have turnovers, we can't force the issue," said new head coach Provenzano, whose predecessor Eric Kemp is now coaching with the Trenton BRIDGE Initiative, a program to bring lacrosse to inner city youths. "We need to play smart and stay composed. Teams are going to make mistakes; the games usually come down to who makes the fewest."
Jill Thomas will tell you that her Princeton Day School girls' lacrosse team is stocked with outstanding athletes.