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Vol. LXIV, No. 20
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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EXIT WOUND: Princeton University men’s lacrosse senior attacker Rob Engelke gets poked by a defender in Princeton’s 8-5 loss to Notre Dame last Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Engelke scored two goals in his final appearance for the sixth-seeded Tigers, who squandered a chance to be at home for the NCAA quarterfinals by virtue of their early exit from the tourney.

PU Men’s Lax Runs Out of Late Magic; Falling to Notre Dame in NCAA Opener

Bill Alden

Although the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team trailed Notre Dame 6-5 going into the fourth quarter last Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the Tigers had the Fighting Irish just where they wanted them.

After all, the Tigers have owned the fourth quarter this spring, outscoring their foes 50-33 overall in the final period during the regular season.

Along the way, Princeton produced late rallies in wins over Penn, Yale, Rutgers, and Cornell, the latter coming just last week in the Ivy League Tournament championship game.

This time, though, the sixth-seeded Tigers couldn’t pull off any late magic as a gritty Notre Dame squad utilized stifling defense and deliberate offense to outscore Princeton 2-0 over the last 15 minutes to earn an 8-5 win before a crowd of 3,305 at Class of 1952 Stadium.

PU Heavyweights Surge to 2nd at Easterns While Tiger Men’s Lightweights Defend Title

Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s heavyweight first varsity crew hadn’t won a race since early April, Greg Hughes saw his top boat as a title contender last weekend at the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Sprints.

“We had some learning to do and everyone knew it,” said head coach Hughes.

“It was pretty apparent in our league that while we had lost some races, the racing was tight and we were in the mix. We knew we weren’t out of it.”

Senior Ace Fuhrman Overcomes Rocky Start, Pitching Gritty PDS Baseball to Prep B Crown

Bill Alden

Jim Fuhrman is the ace of the pitching staff for the Princeton Day School baseball team but he didn’t look like a star in the first inning of the state Prep B championship game last Thursday evening.

The senior righthander struggled to find the strike zone, giving up two runs to Rutgers Prep in the top of the first at the Diamond Nation complex in Flemington.

Fuhrman, though, wasn’t fazed by trailing early as the Panthers have made a habit of overcoming deficits this spring.

With Shannon Making Closing Statement, PDS Girls’ Lax Finally Wins MCT Crown

Bill Alden

Caitlin Shannon started her final week on the Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team with a bang.

Celebrating her 18th birthday in style, the senior attacker scored the game-winning goal in overtime as sixth-seeded PDS upended No. 3 and two-time defending champion Oak Knoll 8-7 in overtime in the state Prep A semifinals on May 10.

A day later in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals, Shannon gave the Panthers a big lift, scoring three goals as PDS rallied from a 7-2 halftime deficit to stun No. 2 and 3-time defending champion Hopewell Valley 11-10 in overtime.

Senior Star Curnan Overcomes Adversity, as Stuart Lax Makes MCT, Prep B Finals

Bill Alden

Amanda Curnan knows something about bouncing back from adversity.

After missing the entire 2009 season for the Stuart Country Day lacrosse team due to an ACL injury, Curnan has returned with a vengeance this spring.

The savvy Curnan has helped trigger Stuart’s high-powered offense as the Tartans have emerged as one of the top teams in the area.

For Curnan, the chance to be back in the action has been special.

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