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Vol. LXIII, No. 9
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
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BITTER END: Princeton University women’s ice hockey defenseman Katherine Dineen races up the ice in recent action. Last weekend, senior star Dineen saw her career end on a bitter note as the third-place Princeton got swept 2-0 by No. 6 Rensselaer in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series. The Tigers fell 2-1 in double overtime on Friday before dropping a 1-0 decision on Saturday. Dineen, a multiple All-Ivy League and All-ECACH performer, will go down as one of the greatest defensemen in the program’s history.

Unable to Find Rhythm Against Rensselaer, PU Women’s Hockey Falls in ECACH Quarters

Bill Alden

Sasha Sherry stands 6’0 and is a tower of power for the Princeton University women’s hockey team.

But early last Saturday evening, Sherry was left slumped on the ice at Baker Rink on all fours, exhausted and distraught after the Tigers fell 1-0 to Rensselaer to get swept in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series.

Displaying Offensive Flair, Stingy Defense, PU Men’s Lax Upends John Hopkins 14-8

Bill Alden

Last February, the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team quickly found out it was in over its head as it faced Johns Hopkins in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at Baltimore’s M & T Bank Stadium.

The Tigers trailed 8-0 in the second quarter before getting on the scoreboard and were down 10-1 at halftime.

PHS Boys’ Hoops Falls in MCT Semis, Heads to Point Pleasant for State Opener

Bill Alden

In the early going last Wednesday, it looked like the Princeton High boys’ basketball team might get blown out by Pennington as the squads met in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals.

Early in the second quarter, second-seeded PHS trailed No. 3 Pennington 17-6 and looked out of synch.

But showing the scrappiness that has made them one of the top teams in the area, the Little Tigers caught up with the Red Raiders and took a 20-19 lead into halftime.

Senior Standout MacKenzie Battles to the End but PHS Boys’ Swimmers Falls in State Semis

Bill Alden

Most of the time, Sean MacKenzie doesn’t pause to reflect when he is standing in the starting blocks before the start of a swimming race.

But that wasn’t the case last week as Princeton High senior boys’ swimming star MacKenzie prepared to do the anchor leg in the 400-meter freestyle relay in the final event of the Little Tigers’ Public B state semifinal clash against Mountain Lakes.

Couch Gives Her All for Hun Girls’ Hoops but Raiders Fall Again to Peddie in Preps

Bill Alden

As Cyndra Couch and her teammates on the Hun School girls’ basketball team took the court last Wednesday for the state Prep A championship game at 12-time champion Peddie, there was no reason to hold anything back.

“We had nothing to lose so we just wanted to leave everything out on the court,” said senior forward Couch. “We came out and we wanted to play aggressive.”

The 5’11 Couch certainly achieved that goal. From the opening tipoff, Couch was a thorn in Peddie’s side, relentlessly driving to the basket and hitting shots from a variety of angles.

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