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Vol. LXII, No. 25
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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WORLD CLASS: Princeton University women’s hockey star defenseman Sasha Sherry heads up the ice in action this past season. Sherry, who helped Team USA earn a gold medal in the Under-18 World Championship last January, is heading up to Lake Placid, N.Y. next week to take part in a try-out camp for the U.S. Women’s Under-22 select team. Sherry was a second team-All ECAC Hockey selection and a member of the league’s All-Rookie team this past winter in her freshman season with the Tigers.

Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey Star Sherry Taking Another Step Up International Ladder

Bill Alden

Sasha Sherry knows what it’s like to excel on ice hockey’s international stage.

Last January, the Princeton University women’s hockey defenseman helped Team USA earn a gold medal in the Under-18 World Championships in Calgary, Alberta.

This week, Sherry will take another step in her international career as she heads up to Lake Placid, N.Y. to take part in a try-out camp for the U.S. Women’s Under-22 select team.

Princeton’s Sailer Gets Surprise Package, Stunned by Selection to Lax Hall of Fame

Bill Alden

Chris Sailer came home a few weeks ago to find a Federal Express package unexpectedly lying on her doorstep.

Upon opening it, the longtime Princeton University women’s lacrosse head coach learned she had received a surprise package some 22 years in the making — the notification of her selection into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

“I didn’t have any idea I was being considered; it was a total surprise,” recalled Sailer, who has posted a 282-96 record in her 22 years at Princeton and will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on November 10 in Hunt Valley, Md.

Former PHS Boys’ Lacrosse Star Murphy Perseveres to Become Captain at Providence

Bill Alden

Bennett Murphy realized he was a long shot when he tried out for the Providence College men’s lacrosse team in the fall of 2003.

While the former Princeton High star stood 6’4 and boasted a high school resume that included more than 100 career goals, Murphy knew he wasn’t Providence head coach Chris Burdick’s cup of tea.

“I knew the coach was not typically into my type of player,” said Murphy, who wasn’t recruited by Providence and was trying to make the team as a walk-on. “He likes quicker, shorter attackers; I’m the opposite of that.”

Stuart Lax Star Passano, PDS Tennis’ Holland Earn Nod as Town Topics Spring Standouts

Bill Alden

Caroline Passano started the spring struggling with a leg injury, hampering her ability to trigger the offense for the Stuart Country Day lacrosse team.

The Tartans seemed out of synch in the earlier going as junior midfielder Passano worked through the pain.

As the season went into the second week of April, Passano was back at full speed and Stuart hit its stride.

PHS Girls’ Lax Made Big Strides; Late-Season Surge Built Confidence

Bill Alden

It doesn’t happen often but every once in a while a team puts it all together for one game.

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