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Vol. LXIII, No. 24
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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LOOK OUT WORLD: Holly McGarvie heads to goal this spring in her final season for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team. McGarvie, who was a first-team All-American and the Co-Ivy League Player of the Year this spring, is currently in Prague, Czech Republic playing for the U.S. National team in the 2009 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.

McGarvie Showed Love for Game in PU Career, Now on World Stage for U.S. Women’s Lacrosse

Bill Alden

Playing two sports at Princeton University and keeping up with the school’s academic load is a daunting challenge.

The never-ending cycle of workouts, practices, and games combined with classes, homework, and a thesis senior year is a grind not unlike working two 40-hour-a week jobs simultaneously.

But for Holly McGarvie, the love of simply playing games sustained her through a four-year marathon of playing field hockey and lacrosse at Princeton.

Tierney Has Mixed Feelings as He Leaves PU Lax; but His Legacy Will Serve as a Beacon for Tigers

Bill Alden

Cruising in a plane at 35,000 feet heading from the Rocky Mountains to New Jersey earlier this month, Bill Tierney decided to embark on a journey that will cap his legendary career.

The Hall of Fame Princeton University men’s lacrosse coach was returning from a trip to Colorado where he was wined and dined as the University of Denver tried to convince him to take over its program and he needed the solitude to make up his mind.

“I had a long plane ride home,” recalled Tierney. “I got a chance to look at the big picture without everyone pounding on me.”

Hard Work Pays Off at National Regattaas MJRC Women’s Open 4 Finishes 2nd

Bill Alden

Sean McCourt was cautiously optimistic about the prospects of his Mercer Junior Rowing Club (MJRC) women’s open four as it headed into the USRowing Youth National Championships last week.

“I thought things were clicking but all the boats there are fast,” said MJRC head coach McCourt.

“They are all regional champs or medal winners so you don’t know where you stand until you line up.”

PHS Boys’ Track Team Made Strides but Still Looking for Breakthrough

Bill Alden

For the Princeton High boys’ track team, its performance at the NJSIAA Group III Central Jersey sectional meet in late May accurately reflected its season.

PHS had some superb individual performances at the competition but didn’t threaten for the team title.

“I thought there were some true improvements and some marginal improvements,” said Little Tiger head coach John Woodside reflecting on the sectionals where his athletes took 14th in the team standings.

Northwestern, North Carolina Take PGSA Titles Before Rain Dampens Championship Saturday

Bill Alden

Red, white, and blue bunting hung from the fences down the foul lines at Field 1 in the corner of Community Park last Saturday and excitement was in the air.

It was the annual Championship Saturday for the Princeton Girls Softball Association (PGSA) and a quadruple-header was on tap.

In the opening game of the day, the Michigan Wolverines and Northwestern Wildcats hit the field at 9 a.m. to duel for the rookie division (7 and 8 year old players) title.

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