May 22, 2024

By Justin Feil

Mila Trkov has been adjusting to her first year of track and field with the Princeton High girls’ squad.

The freshman took another big step by anchoring two of the Tigers’ highest placing events at the Mercer County Championships on Friday and Saturday at Robbinsville High, the 4×800 and the 4×400 relays. She has toggled between the sprints and the distance group as a runner who can help both relay teams.

“It was definitely really scary because there was like that pressure that now we can score points,” said Trkov. “I was in the relays for the 4×8 and the 4×4 so I didn’t want to let my team down, and you know my group down. So there was definitely some nervousness from that as well as my additional pre-race anxiety.” more

HAVING A BLAST: Hun School baseball player E.J. Balewitz makes contact in the Mercer County Tournament final last Thursday at Trenton Thunder Ballpark as second-seeded Hun defeated top-seeded Lawrence 10-2 to win the title. Senior catcher Balewitz, who blasted a walk-off homer as Hun edged Robbinsville 5-4 in the MCT semis, helped Hun end the season with the Prep A state title as it defeated Lawrenceville 8-7 in the final round of the double-elimination competition last Saturday. The Raiders, who finished the spring with a 20-5 record, became the first team in program history to win the MAPL (Mid-Atlantic Prep League) title, MCT crown, and Prep A championship in the same season. (Photo by Steven Wojtowicz)

By Bill Alden

From May 11-18, the Hun School baseball team faced a playoff gauntlet as it competed in both the Mercer County Tournament and Prep A state tourney.

Rising to the occasion and getting contributions throughout its roster, Hun ran the table, going 3-0 in the MCT on the way to winning its second county crown in three years and 3-0 in the Prep A as it earned its second straight title in the competition. more

LEADING ROLE: Hun School softball player Sam Jolly lays down a bunt in a 2023 game. Last week, sophomore second baseman and leadoff hitter Jolly starred as top-seeded Hun defeated fifth-seeded Lawrenceville 3-0 in the Prep A state semis. Jolly went 2 for 2 with a walk, run, and RBI in the May 14 contest. Two days later, Jolly went 1 for 3 with a run in a losing cause as the Raiders feel 3-2 to third-seeded Pingry in the Prep A final. Hun ended the spring with an 18-3 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Sam Jolly’s uniform was covered with dirt stains after the Hun School softball team defeated visiting Lawrenceville 3-0 in the Prep A state semi last week.

Those stains were badges of honor for Jolly as she sparked the Hun hitting attack from her leadoff spot, going 2 for 2 with a walk, run, and RBI helping the top-seeded Raiders edge the fifth-seeded Big Red. more

May 15, 2024

SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT: Members of the Princeton University softball team show their joy as they greet Allison Ha after she hit a homer against Cornell in a regular season game on May 4. Last Saturday, the Tigers had a lot to celebrate as they edged Harvard 1-0 in a winner-take-all contest in the final round of the double-elimination Ivy League Tournament and earned the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Princeton, now 29-16, will head south to the Louisiana Regional in Lafayette, La., where it will face host Louisiana on May 17 in the opener of the double-elimination competition. The two other teams at the site are Ole Miss and Baylor. (Photo by Steven Wojtowicz)

By Bill Alden

It was a blast that gave the Princeton University softball team a huge lift as it headed into the Ivy League Tournament last week.

With Princeton trailing Cornell in the bottom of the seventh inning in its regular season finale on May 4, Lauren Sablone slammed a three-run walk-off homer that gave the Tigers a 5-4 win. In the wake of the triumph Princeton earned the top seed in the Ivy tournament and the right to host the double elimination competition at the friendly confines of Strubing Field.

“That was one of the top three sports moments I have been a part of, it was unbelievable, it was electric,” said Princeton head coach Lisa Van Ackeren. “There is genuine belief that anything can happen and when you have a moment like that you remember what sports are all about. Nobody knows who is supposed to win and really anything can happen on any given day. I think that gave our team a huge boost of momentum going into the tournament.” more

TOUGH FINISH: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Nate Kabiri gets ready to unload the ball in a game earlier this year. Last Saturday, freshman attacker Kabiri tallied three goals in a losing cause as Princeton fell 16-8 at seventh-seeded Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The loss left the Tigers with a final record of 11-5. (Photo by Steven Wojtowicz)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team hit the field at Maryland last Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the players were drenched by a cloudburst.

Once the game started, Princeton was hit by a deluge of Terp goals as Maryland scored three unanswered goals in the first eight minutes of the game and extended its lead to 9-1 midway through the second quarter. more

LEAD SINGER: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Jason Singer looks to unload the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior attacker Singer scored two goals to help third-seeded PHS edge sixth-seeded Robbinsville 8-7 in a Mercer County Tournament quarterfinal contest. The Tigers, who improved to 10-6 with the win, were slated to face second-seeded Lawrenceville B in the MCT semis on May 14 with the victor advancing to the final on May 16 at Hopewell Valley. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In his first two years at Princeton High, Jason Singer emerged as a versatile performer for the boys’ tennis team, playing third singles, first doubles, and second doubles.

Coming into the spring of his junior year in 2023, though, Singer decided to switch things up athletically and joined the Tiger boys’ lacrosse program.

“I was pretty successful both years in the tennis season but I wanted to come back to lacrosse because I played with Patrick [Kenah] when I was in a middle school,” said Singer. “I just wanted to play more of a team sport.” more

By Bill Alden

After producing a superb regular campaign that saw it go 13-0 in dual match play and win two in-season tournaments, the Princeton High boys’ golf team was primed to defend its title at the Mercer County Tournament.

While continuing to play well, PHS fell just short of a title repeat as it took second with a score of 312, five strokes behind champion Lawrenceville in the event played on May 3 at the Mountain View Golf Course. more

GROUND CONTROL: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Aspen Swanson scoops up the ball off the ground in recent action. Last Thursday, sophomore attacker Swanson scored two goals in a losing cause as fifth-seeded Hun fell 19-4 to top-seeded and eventual champion Lawrenceville in the Mercer County Tournament semifinal. The Raiders, who lost 14-10 to Princeton High last Monday to move to 9-7, hosts Princeton Day School on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team having lost 20-10 to Lawrenceville in a regular season meeting on April 10, Aspen Swanson and her Raider teammates realized they faced a tough test when the rivals met for a rematch last Thursday in the Mercer County Tournament semis.

“We knew this game was going to be a tough one, they are skilled and everything,” said Hun sophomore star attacker Swanson. “We just had to come out with the best mindset that we could. Effort is key here.” more

COOL HAND LUKE: Princeton Day School catcher Luke Haan guards the plate in a game earlier this spring. Junior Haan has been an anchor of the team defensively from the catcher spot and is also hitting .293. PDS, which fell 9-1 to Allentown last Monday to move to 2-15, hosts Trenton Central on May 15, plays at Hightstown on May 17, and then hosts North Plainfield on May 18 and Willingboro on May 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Encouraged by defeating Dunellen 7-5 on May 4 in posting its second win of the season, the Princeton Day School baseball team was looking for a Colonial Valley Conference breakthrough as it hosted WW/P-South last Wednesday.

The game was knotted at 0-0 heading into the second inning before the roof fell in on PDS as WW/P-S pushed across nine runs in the top of the frame. Things went from bad to worse for the Panthers as they fell 23-2 to the Pirates. more

PUSHING BACK: Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse player Matt Whittaker, left, battles to get past a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior attacker Whittaker tallied a goal and two assists as top-seeded PDS topped eighth-seeded Ewing 15-0 in the opening round of the Mercer County Invitational. PDS defeated fourth-seeded WW/P-South 11-3 in the MCI quarters as Whittaker tallied five goals and one assist. The Panthers, now 6-10, will host the winner of the semi between Lawrence-WW/P-North in the MCI final on May 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Matt Whittaker was part of the supporting cast last spring for the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team as it won the Prep B state title and advanced to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Non-Public B state final.

“Last year, I only had half the season, I was a transfer from Lawrence High,” said Whittaker, who tallied 12 goals and 11 assists in 2023. more

May 8, 2024

HOT HAND: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Coulter Mackesy, left, looks to elude a defender in a game earlier this season. Last Sunday, junior attacker Mackesy tallied three goals and four assists to help second-seeded Princeton defeat fourth-seeded Penn 18-11 in the final of the Ivy League Tournament in Ithaca, N.Y. The Tigers, now 11-4 and riding a four-game winning streak, will head to the NCAA tournament where they will play at seventh-seeded Maryland in a first round contest on May 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team got upset 13-12 in mid-April by a mediocre Brown squad, its hopes for any postseason play were put on life support.

“The big thing about the Brown loss is that it put our season at risk, we were at the risk of not even making the Ivy tournament,” said Princeton head coach Matt Madalon. “I think that was the most challenging part of it.”

The Tigers proved to be up to the challenge, ending the regular season with a 15-10 win over Penn on April 20 and a 15-8 victory at Yale a week later to earn a spot in the four-team Ivy League Tournament.

“I think to gain that sense of urgency a little earlier, now we are comfortable playing with it,” said Madalon. “We just understand the expectations, we have been in playoff mode for a while.”

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STILL GOING: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Jami MacDonald, right, heads to goal in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, sophomore attacker MacDonald tallied four goals and two assists as Princeton fell 18-14 to Penn in the Ivy League Tournament semis. The Tigers, now 10-6, will get to play in another tourney as they were named as an at-large selection to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Princeton will face Drexel (13-5) on May 10 in Chestnut Hill, Mass., in an NCAA first round contest. The winner faces second-seeded and host ACC champion Boston College (16-3) on May 12 in the second round. (Photo by Steven Wojtowicz)

By Justin Feil

The announcement last Sunday night of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament helped the Princeton University women’s lacrosse in a number of ways.

It enabled them refocus on another goal ahead, it took away some of the sting of falling 18-14 to Penn in the Ivy League tournament semifinals last Friday, and was heartening after the program missed out on the NCAAs last year.

“This group has worked incredibly hard,” said Tigers head coach Jenn Cook. “To get this opportunity, starting from the end of last year they have really put the work in and really have built relationships on and off field that have really shown on the field, and they have put in the work in order to have this opportunity and all of us are very, very excited.”

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TOUGHING IT OUT: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Sarah Henderson, left, unloads the ball in a game last season. Last Thursday, Henderson, who has bounced back from serious injuries over the years, came up big on her Senior Day, tallying one goal and four assists to help PHS defeat Robbinsville 11-7. Last Monday, Henderson scored a goal as sixth-seeded PHS fell 13-8 to third-seeded Notre Dame in the quarterfinal round of the Mercer County Tournament. The Tigers, now 10-6, host Hun School on May 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Sarah Henderson, making it to her Senior Day for the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team last Thursday proved to be a bit of an ordeal.

During her high school career, Henderson has dealt with serious injuries, suffering a torn ACL and undergoing major foot surgery along the way.

“It is definitely a challenge, me and my teammate Sylvie [LeBouef] have gone through really similar things,” said star attacker Henderson. “We really help support each other. We both play low attack and we talk through it. Like when our knee is hurting or we are having the same struggles with our brace, having to tape it. We are able to talk to each other and that is a really great connection to have because we understand the struggle of it.”

Going through injury struggles has required Henderson to modify her game.

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ON COURSE: Members of the Princeton High girls’ golf team are all smiles as they display the plaque they earned last week for placing first in the Mercer County Tournament at Mercer Oaks West. Pictured, from left, are Kyuyoung Chung, Jackie Zang, Tia Sindhu, Shreya Gaekwad, and Yasna Shahriarian. Last Monday, PHS followed up the county title with a third-place finish in the Central Jersey sectional at Rutgers University Golf Course in Piscataway. The Tigers finished one stroke ahead of Bridgewater-Raritan for the final qualifying spot for the state championships that will be held May 14 at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater.

By Justin Feil

Tia Sindhu elected to cover up the scores when she opened the live scoring app used in high school golf competitions this year. She prefers to write it down on paper, but never does the math until the end.

“When I write it down, I’m not adding my score or anything in my head,” said Sindhu, a member of the Princeton High girls’ golf team. “I just write it down, keep playing with my game, kind of to keep me in the same zone because once I start adding up my score I feel like things go wrong at that point because then I start analyzing and thinking, which is not what you want to do. You just want to stay in the moment and keep playing the best golf that you can.”

The lone senior on the PHS team had no idea how the team had done when she finished her round in the Mercer County Tournament last Thursday at Mercer Oaks West, and it added to her thrill to discover that the Tiger girls’ golf team had repeated as MCT champion, edging runner-up Lawrenceville School by a single stroke.

“It felt amazing and I think it felt even more special this year because it’s my last season playing for Princeton and I really wanted to make the most of it,” said Sindhu. “I feel like all of our girls played so well. I think we were all in the right mindset in the beginning and we were just ready to ready to win this, ready to keep the Mercer County title the second year.”

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RECORD PACE: Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse player Tessa Caputo races upfield in game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, Caputo tallied five goals and four assists as PDS fell 16-15 to Notre Dame. On Monday, Caputo scored seven goals with two assists as fourth-seeded PDS fell 14-11 to fifth-seeded Hun in the quarterfinal round of the Mercer County Tournament. Fairfield University commit Caputo recently broke the program record of 232 career goals and now has 242. The Panthers, now 11-4, are next in action when they play in the Prep B state tournament where they are seeded second and are slated to host third-seeded Morristown-Beard in a semifinal contest on May 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Tessa Caputo has been piling up the milestones this spring in her final season for the Princeton Day School girls’ lacrosse team.

Star attacker and Fairfield University commit Caputo recently broke the program record of 232 goals and now has 242. She also holds the Panther mark in points with 386 as she closes in on joining the 400 club.

While Caputo is proud of those achievements, she is not dwelling on stats.

“It is definitely something fun to look at but at the end of the day, it is not something that I am focused on going into games,” said Caputo. “My mom is all over it, she loves it.”

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By Bill Alden

Charlie Batista tapped the left side of his chest as he was greeted by his Hun School baseball teammates by the dugout after striking out the side in the sixth inning to cap a stellar mound effort against the Hill School (Pa.) last Friday.

Showing heart, senior Batista dug deep in his final inning of work.

“I was thinking coming into that sixth inning, I was getting up there, the most I pitched before this game was like 78,” said Batista. “I got up to 91 pitches. I felt good all the way through. That was a nice way to end.”

Batista produced a nice effort overall, yielding just one hit with eight strikeouts and three walks as Hun prevailed 3-0.

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ON THE BALL: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Allison Lee, right, goes after the ball in recent action. Last Saturday, junior star Lee tallied seven goals and two assists as Stuart fell 14-12 to South Brunswick. The Tartans, who lost 14-5 Hopewell Valley in the Mercer County Invitational last Monday to move to 3-9, host Delaware Valley on May 9 and then play at Princeton Day School on May 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though time was running out on the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team as it trailed South Brunswick by three goals in the waning moments last Saturday, Allison Lee wasn’t about to give up.

Stuart junior star Lee darted into the crease area and fired a shot into the back of the cage with 26.9 second left in the game to tally the final goal of the day as the Tartans fell 14-12.

While Lee was disappointed by the result on a day when Stuart jumped out to a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter, she exemplified the way the Tartans battled to the final horn.

“We got into a really good rhythm at first, we were really focused and into it,” said Lee, who ended up with seven goals and two assists in the defeat.

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May 1, 2024

WELCOME TO JERSEY: New Princeton University men’s hockey head coach Ben Syer, left, is all smiles at his introductory press conference last Friday morning as Princeton Director of Athletics John Mack presented him with a personalized Tiger jersey. Syer comes to Princeton after serving the last 25 years as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac and Cornell. (Photo provided courtesy of Princeton Athletics)

By Bill Alden

Over the last quarter century, Ben Syer has helped torment the Princeton University men’s hockey program as an assistant coach for heated rivals Quinnipiac and Cornell.

Now Syer will be bringing his winning approach south as he was named last week as the 18th head coach of Tiger men’s hockey, succeeding Ron Fogarty who was let go in mid-March.

After scheming to beat Princeton for the last 25 years, Syer is thrilled to now be running the show at Hobey Baker Rink. more

BAT CONTROL: Princeton University softball player Lauren Sablone lays down a bunt in a 2023 game. Last weekend, junior outfielder Sablone was productive with the bat as the Tigers played a three-game set against Brown. Salve wet 4 for 11 with three runs, two RBIs, and one homer. Despite Sablone’s heroics, the Tigers went 1-2 in the set, splitting a doubleheader on Saturday, losing 6-4 in eight innings and then winning 5-4 before getting edged 2-1 on Sunday. Princeton, now 24-13 overall and 12-6 Ivy League, was slated to play as Lehigh on April 30 before resuming Ivy play by hosting Cornell for a doubleheader on May 4 and a single game on May 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Lauren Sablone has figured out how to handle success. Now her Princeton University softball team must do the same.

Junior outfielder Sablone homered and scored the walk-off run on a triple by Julia Dumais last Saturday in the second game of a three-game weekend series against visiting Brown, but that was Princeton’s only win against the Bears as Princeton failed to clinch a spot for the Ivy League tournament. The first-place Tigers, now 24-13 overall and 12-6 Ivy, still have a lead over Harvard and Yale, who have finished their Ivy play with 14-7 marks.

“Even though this weekend didn’t necessarily go our way result-wise, I think it was a good kind of check-in for us that nothing along our path up to this point has been easy,” said Sablone, a 5’8 native of North Reading, Mass. “And it’s just kind of a reminder that it’s not going to get any easier. Things are only going to get harder, and that’s something that we have to be prepared for.” more

TOP SPEED: The Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity 8 churns through the water in a race this spring. The Tiger top boat, which is ranked No. 1 nationally, won the Carnegie Cup last Saturday as it defeated No. 5 Yale and No. 14 Cornell on the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, N.Y. The Tigers covered the 2,000-meter route in a course record time of 5:26.6, breaking the mark set by Syracuse last year at 5:33. Princeton hosts Brown on May 4 on Lake Carnegie in the race for the Content Cup. (Photo by Ed Hewitt – Row2k, provided courtesy of Princeton Athletics)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a 2023 campaign that saw his Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity 8 take third at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta and with three All-Americans returning from that boat, Greg Hughes was cautiously optimistic heading into this spring.

“Last year was a big step forward for us, I think it gave us confidence that we have something positive in motion,” said Princeton men’s heavyweight head coach Hughes, whose All-American trio includes Theo Bell, Marcus Chute, and Nick Taylor. “Any year where you are returning a big chunk of the previous year’s varsity, I think it is important to recognize last year was last year. It is absolutely a new season and you are starting from scratch but I think having some good experience together under pressure is definitely an advantage.” more

NOT FOR THE MEEK: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Andrew McMeekin, left, goes after a face-off in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore McMeekin won 20-of-26 face-offs and scooped up 17 ground balls to help Princeton defeat Yale 15-8 and clinch a spot in the Ivy League Tournament. He was later named the Ivy Defensive Player of the Week. Second-seeded Princeton will have a rematch with third-seeded Yale in one semifinal on May 3 in Ithaca, N.Y. The victor will advance to the final on May 5 to face the winner of the other semi clash between top-seeded Cornell and fourth-seeded Penn. The champion will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Matt Madalon vowed that his Princeton University men’s lacrosse team would put its nose to the grindstone as it prepared to play at Yale last Saturday, knowing that a win would clinch a spot in the Ivy League Tournament.

“We have an opportunity to solidify that,” said Princeton head coach Madalon, whose squad also faced the possibility of getting get shut out of the four-team tourney if it lost to Yale and Brown beat Harvard. “We are going to put all of our effort into these next five days of practice.” more

NO BACKING DOWN: Princeton High boys’ tennis player Melvin Huang hits a backhand last week at the Mercer County Tournament. Senior star Huang won the title at second singles as PHS finished second in the team standings at the event. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

True to form, Princeton High boys’ tennis player Melvin Huang did it the hard way as he took a grueling route to winning the second singles title at the Mercer County Tournament last Thursday.
In the morning, senior star and top-seeded Huang outlasted Shritan Gopu of WW/P-South in a semifinal contest decided by a 7-point match tiebreak as he won 5-7, 7-6, [7-3].

“I wasn’t focused on the final, I was just focusing on every point,” said Huang, known for his relentless work ethic and propensity for grinding out wins. “I tried flattening the ball out a little more, making him take lower. He starts cramping up so that also helped. As I started gathering momentum, I tried to focus on finishing the match. I was getting satisfied getting to 5-all and then getting to a tiebreak.” more

LIGHTING IT UP: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Patrick Kenah runs past a foe in recent action. Last Saturday night, senior star Kenah tallied five goals and six assists to help PHS defeat Notre Dame 21-11 under the lights at Mercer County Community College. The Tigers, who improved to 7-4 with the win, play at Summit on May 4 and at Hightstown on May 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With Saturday night lights shining as the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team faced Notre Dame last weekend at Mercer County Community College, Patrick Kenah and his teammates wanted to put on a show.

“So many people put so much time and work into getting us this venue under the lights,” said PHS senior star attacker Kenah.  more

HITTING MILESTONES: Hun School softball player Lexi Kobryn smacks the ball in a game last season. Senior star and Villanova commit Kobryn recently hit the 500-strikeout and 100-hit marks in her career. She is the first player in program history to have both 500 strikeouts and 100 hits. She is the only Raider with 500 strikeouts and just the second to have 100 hits in addition to Lauren McQuade. Last Wednesday in a 15-0 win over the Hill School (Pa.), Kobryn added to her totals as she had seven strikeouts in a four-inning one-hitter and contributed two hits. Hun, which swept a doubleheader against Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) last Saturday, winning 8-0 and 16-0 to improve to 11-1, plays at Pingry on May 2 and at the Blair Academy on May 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In the last couple of weeks, Lexi Kobryn has cemented her status as one of the greatest players in the proud history of the Hun School softball program.

On April 18 in a 5-0 win over Hightstown, senior righty fireballer Kobryn recorded her 500th career strikeout, the first Hun pitcher to reach that milestone. more

FINAL PUSH: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Ava Olender heads to goal in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star and Tufts University commit Olender tallied four goals and an assist to help Hun defeat the Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 18-9. The Raiders, who topped Hightstown 12-9 last Monday to improve to 7-4, play at Blair Academy in the Prep A state quarterfinals on May 1 and then host Hopewell Valley on May 4. (Photo by Steven Wojtowicz)

By Bill Alden

Ava Olender is bringing a carefree approach this spring into her final campaign for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team.

“I am just letting go this season, I know it is my last one so I am just here to have fun and have the best time,” said senior star Olender. “I want to lift all of my other teammates up and leave a positive impact on the program as a whole on my way out.” more