November 1, 2023

HANDS ON: Princeton University women’s basketball player Ellie Mitchell, right, guards a Penn player last season. Senior star Mitchell, the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year in 2022 and 2023, is looking to diversify her offensive game as she heads into her final campaign for the Tigers. Princeton tips off its 2023-24 campaign by hosting Duquesne on November 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In the last two years, the Princeton University women’s basketball team has come excruciatingly close to making the NCAA Sweet 16.

Last season, Princeton fell 63-56 at Utah in the second round of the NCAA tourney and it got edged 56-55 at Indiana at the same stage of the 2022 March Madness.

As the Tigers head into the 2023-24 campaign, Princeton senior forward Ellie Mitchell acknowledged that getting over that hump is a goal, even if it is on the back burner as the Tigers prepare to tip off their 2023-24 campaign by hosting Duquesne on November 6.

“Day to day, we focus on the little things, the little pieces that get us in that position,” said Mitchell, the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year in 2022 and 2023, who averaged 5.8 points and 11.3 rebounds a game last winter as the Tigers went 24-6 overall and 12-2 Ivy League. “We know that once we earn it, we are excited. We are confident, we can break into that Sweet 16 this year. It is our year.” more

COOL HAND LUKE: Princeton University star receiver Luke Colella races upfield in recent action. Last Saturday, junior Colella made three receptions for 44 yards with a 33-yard touchdown catch to help Princeton defeat Cornell 14-3. The Tigers are now 4-3 overall and 3-1 Ivy League and tied with Harvard atop the league standings. They will look to stay in first place when they play at Dartmouth (3-4 overall, 2-2 Ivy) on November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming into its matchup last Saturday at Cornell, the Princeton University football team sensed that it could produce some big plays against a stingy Big Red defense.

“They really have a high volume of different things that they do, it puts an onus on you,” said Princeton head coach Bob Surace. “You just have to give them a lot of stuff as well. We went into the game thinking if we do that, we may have a few opportunities.”

Sure enough, Princeton seized opportunity as quarterback Blake Stenstrom hit wide receiver Tamatoa Falatea with a 77-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter as the Tigers went ahead 7-0. After the Big Red narrowed the gap to 7-3 with a second quarter field goal, Stenstrom rifled a 33-yard scoring strike to Luke Colella in the waning seconds of the half to put Princeton ahead 14-3 at intermission. more

MURPHY’S LAW: Princeton University men’s hockey player Ian Murphy controls the puck in a game last season. Senior forward Murphy figures to trigger the Tiger offense this season after leading Princeton in scoring last year with 30 points on 15 goals and 15 assists. The Tigers start their 2023-24 season by playing at Harvard on November 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Bouncing back from a rough start last winter, the Princeton University men’s hockey team caught fire in the middle of the season.

Putting together a 9-6 stretch after losing six of its first eight games, Princeton posted a number of notable wins in that span, including victories over Colorado College, RIT, No. 12 Providence, Clarkson, and Dartmouth. An injury to star goalie Ethan Pearson hampered the Tigers down the stretch, but they were still able to defeat Union in the first round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs on the way to a 13-19 final record.

As Princeton head coach Ron Fogarty looks ahead to the 2023-24 campaign, he believes his returning players can build on that solid stretch heading into this winter. more

STANDING TAL: Princeton University field hockey player Talia Schenck, left, goes after the ball in recent action. Last Friday, sophomore star Schenck, a former Lawrence High standout, scored a goal to help Princeton defeat Yale 2-1 in overtime in a winner-take-all game for the fourth and final spot for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. The Tigers, now 7-8 overall and 5-2 Ivy, are seeded third in the tourney and will face second-seeded Cornell at Harvard on November 3 in a semifinal contest. The victor will advance to the final on November 5 against the winner of the Harvard-Penn semifinal with the champion earning the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Talia Schenck and the Princeton University field hockey team have been through ups and downs.

Last Friday was definitely a high note.

Schenck scored the first goal of the game for the Tigers who went on to win a must-win game, 2-1, in overtime at Yale on a goal by Bridget Murphy. The winner of the game earned the fourth and final spot for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament, while the loser’s season was finished. The champion of the tournament will receive the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA tournament.

“We’re really excited to rewrite what’s happened this Ivy season because we want more for ourselves than to be third,” said Schenck, a sophomore who starred at nearby Lawrence High before coming to Princeton. “We’re excited to have another chance to prove ourselves. That’s what’s so great about having the Ivy tournament introduced this year.” more

October 25, 2023

DEFENSIVE STAND: Princeton University football players, from left, linebacker Ozzie Nicholas, defensive back Jackson Fischer, and linebacker Liam Johnson celebrate after a stop in recent action. Last Saturday, the Tiger defense came up big as Princeton edged previously undefeated Harvard 21-14. The Tigers, now 3-3 overall and 2-1 Ivy League, moved into a five-way tie for first place in the league standings. Princeton will play at Cornell (3-3 overall, 2-1 Ivy) on October 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a disappointing 28-27 overtime loss at Brown that dropped it to 2-3 and hosting an undefeated, high-powered Harvard squad, the Princeton University football team underwent some soul-searching last week.

“We got together after that last loss, a game we should not have lost, a game where we made some critical errors and we showed up this whole week,” said Princeton senior star linebacker and co-captain Ozzie Nicholas. “We worked really hard. We worked hard on the culture. We worked hard on the scheme. Guys were locked in this week.”

In looking to stymie a Crimson squad that came into Saturday averaging 41.2 points a game, the Tigers stuck with a basic scheme.

“Our game plan was to do our base defense, our game plan was to fight and just play every snap like we have the whole season,” said Nicholas. “We play great defense and we just decided to do it today. That was our base defense and that is just what we do.” more

SAVING GRACE: Princeton University women’s hockey goalie Uma Corniea makes a save in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman Corniea made 17 saves to help Princeton defeat Brown 2-0 and improve to 3-1 overall and 1-1 ECAC Hockey. It marked Corniea’s second shutout in three appearances this season. The Tigers play at St. Lawrence on October 27 and at Clarkson on October 28. (Photo by Shelley Szwast, provided courtesy of Princeton Athletics)

By Bill Alden

As freshman Uma Corniea has emerged as the starting goalie this season for the Princeton University women’s hockey team, she has focused on getting up to speed at the college level.

Last Friday, as Princeton hosted No. 5 Yale in its ECAC Hockey opener at Hobey Baker Rink, Corniea got a trial by fire.

“The pace is so fast, I am just really honored to be able to play,” said Corniea. “We have two other incredible goalies (Jennifer Olnowich, Taylor Hyland). It is just really a blessing and super fun. Everyone was super ready to go; everything is a lot quicker than I’m used to.”

Yale got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 2-0 lead with 13:22 left in the second period. more

October 18, 2023

MAD GOOD: Princeton University women’s soccer player Madison Curry, right, goes after the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior defender Curry helped Princeton earn a 1-1 tie at Harvard last Saturday. The Tigers, now 8-2-3 overall and 3-1-1 Ivy League, play at Dartmouth on October 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Madison Curry would love to extend her college soccer career into December when the NCAA Women’s College Cup culminates in Cary, N.C.

Curry’s return from a gap year for her senior season at Princeton University this fall is one reason the Tigers are aiming that high.

“You see how much it means to her,” said Princeton head coach Sean Driscoll. “It was a major void not having her last year. She just brings a whole different drive.” more

FAST CARR: Princeton University running back Jiggie Carr, right, looks for daylight in a 2022 game. Last Saturday at Brown, junior Carr rushed for 88 yards in 13 carries, including a 53-yard TD run, but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 28-27 in overtime to the Bears. The Tigers, now 2-3 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, host No. 17 Harvard (5-0 overall, 2-0 Ivy) on October 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Parity has been the story of the Ivy League football so far this season. Of the eight Ivy games played in 2023, seven have been decided by one score.

Two weeks ago, Princeton was on the right side of that trend, edging Columbia 10-7. Last Saturday, though, the Tigers came up short in latest league nail-biter, falling 28-27 in overtime at Brown, moving to 2-3 overall and 1-1 Ivy.

Princeton head coach Bob Surace knows that his squad has to be more precise to thrive in a league where things are on a razor’s edge. more

STICKING TOGETHER: The quartet, from left, of midfielder Ryan Ambler, head coach Chris Bates, assistant coach Brian Kavanagh, and midfielder Tom Schreiber show off the trophy they earned after helping the Archers win the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) championship in late September. All four have ties to the Princeton University men’s lacrosse program as Ambler ’16, Schreiber ’14, and Kavanagh ’14 played for the Tigers while Bates served as the head coach of the team from 2010-16. (Photo provided courtesy of the PLL)

By Phil Shore

Down by one goal in the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) championship game on September 24 with two seconds remaining, Waterdogs midfielder Jake Carraway unleashed a two-point shot that was deflected by Archers goalie Brett Dobson and went out of bounds with 0.6 seconds remaining. Waterdogs attackman Michael Sowers picked up the ball and tried to throw a desperation pass to the crease, but the horn blew signaling the end of the game and a 15-14 win for the Archers.

A relieved Archers assistant coach Brian Kavanagh turned and hugged head coach Chris Bates, the man who not only first brought him on staff as a 26-year-old but recruited him and coached him for the Princeton University men’s lax team. He then turned and hugged fellow assistant coach Tony Resch — who was Bates’s teammate with the Major Indoor Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings in the early 1990s — when, out of the corner of his eye, he saw Archers midfielder and team captain Tom Schreiber, his classmate at Princeton, dumping the cooler of Gatorade over Bates’ head. more

October 11, 2023

BREAKING OUT: Princeton University football player AJ Barber races upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted Lafayette. Junior receiver Barber made seven receptions for a career-high 156 yards against the Leopards but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell 12-9. Princeton, now 2-2 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, starts its Ivy stretch drive by playing at Brown (2-2 overall, 0-1 Ivy) on October 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

AJ Barber got an inspirational message from a gridiron legend before he took the field for the Princeton University football against visiting Lafayette last Saturday.

Barber, the son of former NFL All-Pro and New York Giants star running back Tiki Barber, heard from his father as usual.

“Every single game he texts me saying good luck, I love you and I really appreciate that,” said junior receiver Barber. “I know he believes in me.”

Barber justified that belief against Lafayette, producing a career game, making seven receptions for a personal-best 156 yards in a losing cause as the Tigers fell 12-9 to the Leopards before a crowd of 4,059 at Princeton Stadium. more

MURPHY’S LAW: Princeton University field hockey player Bridget Murphy battles an opponent for the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior Murphy tallied a goal to force overtime as Princeton hosted Penn but the Tigers ultimately fell 3-2 to the Quakers in the second extra period. Princeton rebounded with a 2-0 win over Brown two days later and then lost 2-0 to No. 12 Syracuse last Sunday. The Tigers, now 5-7 overall and 3-1 Ivy League, host Harvard (9-3 overall, 4-0 Ivy) on October 14 in a critical Ivy contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Bridget Murphy’s debut for the Princeton University field hockey team in 2021 lasted only six seconds.

Murphy, then a sophomore, took a blast on the foot on the first play against North Carolina in the season opener, suffering a bruised foot, dislocated fibula, and torn muscle. Showing tenacity, Murphy made it back to the field weeks later.

Rising through the ranks, Murphy was a key reserve for the Tigers last year and has emerged as a star in her senior campaign.

Murphy has enjoyed taking a leading role this fall. more

MAKING HIS POINT: Princeton University men’s soccer player Danny Ittycheria, right, celebrates after a goal in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, sophomore forward Ittycheria tallied two goals to help Princeton defeat Columbia 4-0. The Tigers, now 4-4-1 overall and 1-1-1 Ivy League, were slated to play at Seton Hall on October 10 before resuming Ivy action with a game at Cornell on October 14. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Danny Ittycheria has worried less about himself and more about the team in his second season with the Princeton University men’s soccer team.

The result has the sophomore forward making a bigger impact for the Tigers.

Ittycheria scored twice in a game for the second time this season to help Princeton defeat Columbia, 4-0, Saturday in an Ivy League matchup. The win helped Princeton improve to 4-4-1 overall, 1-1-1 in Ivy League play. more

October 4, 2023

DRIVE TIME: Princeton University quarterback Blake Stenstrom fires a pass in a game last year. Last Friday night, senior Stenstrom engineered a 20-play, 81-yard fourth quarter drive against visiting Columbia that related in the game-winning touchdown as Princeton prevailed 10-7. The Tigers, now 2-1 overall and 1-0 Ivy League, host Lafayette (4-1) on October 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Princeton University quarterback Blake Stenstrom could have hung his head when he threw a screen pass that was picked off and returned for a touchdown by a Columbia defender last Friday night as Princeton found itself trailing 7-3 in the third quarter.

“That was a tough one because it was kind of a weird play in football, it doesn’t happen very often,” said senior star Stenstrom. “It was so sudden, they were up. All of the offensive coaches always talk about next play mentality so that was the thought right away — next play, just move on.” more

GOING WEST: Princeton University men’s water polo goalie West Temkin winces as he makes a save in action last season. Last weekend, Temkin helped Princeton go 3-0 in Northeast Water Polo Conference action as the No. 6 Tigers defeated No. 20 Harvard, 17-11, and MIT, 14-7, on Saturday before topping No. 18 Brown, 15-9, a day later. Princeton, now 14-2, plays at LIU and Iona on October 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

West Temkin made history with the USA Men’s Junior National water polo team last summer.

He would like to make more as part of the Princeton University men’s water polo squad. Following a strong freshman year that ended when Princeton was eliminated in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals by No. 1 USC to end a program-record 27-win season, the sophomore goalkeeper is aiming higher. more

September 27, 2023

RUNNING INTO TROUBLE: Princeton University running back John Volker races upfield in a 2021 game. Last Saturday against visiting Bryant, junior star Volker rushed for a career-high 149 yards, his first 100-yard game for the Tigers, and one touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as Princeton squandered a late lead in falling 16-13 to the Bulldogs in overtime. The Tigers, now 1-1, host Columbia (1-1) in their Ivy League opener on September 29 under the lights. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With John Volker rumbling through the rain and wind last Saturday afternoon, the Princeton University football team built a 13-3 lead early in the fourth quarter against Bryant in a soggy Princeton Stadium.

Junior running back Volker ran for a 49-yard touchdown in the second quarter and went over 100 yards rushing for the first time in his career as Princeton appeared on the verge of going 2-0.

“I saw Jalen Travis get a really good block there, I was just following him,” said Volker, reflecting on his TD jaunt late in the second quarter as the Tigers went ahead 6-0. “I made a good read off of his block and then just sprinted to the end zone.” more

NO ORDINARY JOE: Joe Dubuque, left, and Chris Ayres display their intensity during a Princeton University wrestling match. Dubuque, a longtime Princeton assistant coach, will be taking the helm of the program from previous head coach Ayres, who departed for Stanford earlier this month to guide the Cardinal wrestling team. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

The success of the Princeton University wrestling team has opened up opportunities for Joe Dubuque to head a Division I program.

The New Jersey native who chose to remain for 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Princeton, was named the new Tiger head coach on September 19 to replace previous coach Chris Ayres who departed for Stanford on September 11 after 17 years at the helm of the program.

“This is definitely my dream job to be able to work at the No. 1 academic institution in the country, while also doing it in my home state is something that’s very special to me,” said Dubuque, 41. “I think me being named head coach just validates everything I’ve been doing for the past 16 years of my career, which has led me to this point. Like anything, there were ups and downs in my career, but everything has put me into a position where I can continue to get better and then had the opportunity to be mentored by Chris. It validates everything that I’ve been doing and all the work and sacrifice that I’ve been making to get me to this point.” more

September 20, 2023

TOUGHING IT OUT: Princeton University running back John Volker battles for some extra yardage in a 2022 game. Last Saturday, senior Volker rushed for a game-high 91 yards and a touchdown as Princeton defeated the University of San Diego 23-12 in its season opener. The Tigers are hosting Bryant (1-2) on September 23 in their home opener. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

By some metrics, it would appear that the Princeton University football team endured a long afternoon when it opened its 2023 season by playing at the University of San Diego last Saturday afternoon.

“If I check with the analytics people, we lost the turnover battle 2-0, we lost the penalty battle, I think we had 40 more yards in penalties, and we didn’t finish drives,” said Princeton head coach Bob Surace. “All of those are things the analytics people say you have got to focus on. They would have said we lost the game by 20 points.”

But playing with intensity and executing when it counted, Princeton was able to grind out a 23-12 win over the Toreros before  a crowd of 1,191 at Torero Stadium.

“I was just saying to Mike Willis (Tiger offensive coordinator), ‘If you watch the film, most of the plays were really good,’” said Surace. “That is very encouraging. You watch it play to play and there are so many good things that you would have thought you have won by 20 points.”

Heading to California last week, the Tigers were chomping at the bit to get started after going through an arduous fall camp. more

MAC ATTACK: Princeton University women’s soccer player Heather MacNab gets ready to toss the ball into play in recent action. Last Sunday, junior forward MacNab tallied a goal and an assist to help Princeton defeat Quinnipiac 4-2. The Tigers, now 5-1-1, host Cornell on September 23 in their Ivy League opener before playing at Lafayette on September 26. (Photo provided courtesy of Princeton Athletics)

By Justin Feil

Heather MacNab did not want to rest on the high of the biggest win of the season for the Princeton University women’s soccer team.

With Princeton coming off a 3-2 win over No. 10 Georgetown last Thursday evening, junior forward MacNab scored her first goal of the season and added an assist to help the Tigers post a 4-2 win over Quinnipiac last Sunday.

McNab was one of four different goal scorers for Princeton, who improved to 5-1-1 heading into the Ivy League portion of the schedule which starts when Princeton hosts Cornell on September 23.

“We have a lot of momentum going forward,” said MacNab. “We do have a big chip on our shoulder. I think we had a lot to give last season that we didn’t fully give so I think we have a lot to prove to ourselves just in terms of being able to compete in such a competitive league. We know we’re really good and able to compete with the best in the nation so it’s very important that we remain locked in and ready to fight and compete and dominate the Ivy League.” more

September 13, 2023

CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Princeton University quarterback Blake Stenstrom fires a pass in action last fall. Senior star Stenstrom, a second-team All-Ivy League selection in 2022 after passing for 2,742 yards and 16 touchdowns, will be looking to get his final campaign off to a good start when Princeton plays at the University of San Diego on September 16 in its season opener. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After roaring out to an 8-0 start last fall, the Princeton University football team faltered down the stretch, losing nail biters to Yale and Penn in its final two games to see its Ivy League title hopes dashed.

Looking ahead to the 2023 campaign which starts when the Tigers play at the University of San Diego on September 16, Princeton head coach Bob Surace doesn’t see any hangover from that staggering finish. more

September 6, 2023

STANDING TALL: Princeton University football star offensive lineman Jalen Travis catches his breath between plays in a game last year. The 6’9, 315-pound Travis has emerged as a force at tackle for Princeton, earning 2022 second-team All-Ivy League honors as a junior and getting named to the 2024 Senior Bowl Watchlist and East-West Shrine Bowl 1000 list heading into this fall. Travis and the Tigers kick off the 2023 campaign by playing at the University of San Diego on September 16. (Photo by Sideline Photos, provided courtesy of Princeton Athletics)

By Bill Alden

As Jalen Travis headed into high school in 2016, it looked like his athletic future would center on basketball.

One of his older brothers, Reid, played hoops at Stanford and Kentucky and is currently playing pro ball overseas while another older brother, Jonah, starred for the Harvard men’s basketball team.

But as Travis went through DeLaSalle High in Minneapolis, Minn., he grew into a standout offensive lineman in football, earning first-team All-State and Minnesota All-Star honors as a senior. That success had Travis turning his focus to someday playing in the NFL.

Attracting attention from major college football programs, including getting an offer from local Big 10 power University of Minnesota, Travis decided that heading to Princeton and the Ivy League was his best option on and off the field.

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August 30, 2023

TORRID START: Princeton University women’s soccer player Pietra Tordin prepares to unload the ball last Sunday against La Salle. Sophomore forward Tordin tallied a goal and two assists in the contest to help the Tigers win 5-0 and improve to 2-0. Tordin, who scored two goals in a 3-0 win over Monmouth in the season opener on Friday, was later named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. In upcoming action, Princeton hosts Rutgers on August 31 and Army West Point on September 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Coming off a superb debut season for the Princeton University women’s soccer team which saw her win the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Pietra Tordin is feeling a heightened comfort level on the field this year.

“I already know a lot of the girls very well so I think the chemistry is starting to click in,” said forward Tordin, a 5’6 native of Doral, Fla. “It is just getting to know the personnel of the team and knowing how to work with them and work around their skill sets as much as possible.”

Last weekend, Tordin clicked as Princeton opened its 2023 campaign by topping Monmouth 3-0 last Friday and then defeated La Salle 5-0 on Sunday. Tordin scored two goals in the opener and added a goal and two assists in the win over the Explorers. more

HARRY SITUATION: Princeton University men’s soccer player Harry Roberts heads upfield in a game last season. Junior Roberts brings versatility to the Tigers as he can play both forward and defender. Princeton opens its 2023 season by hosting Rutgers on September 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton University men’s soccer team heads into the 2023 season, it is facing some stern tests from the get-go.

“I think we have the hardest schedule we have ever had — we have six teams in the preseason Top 20 on our schedule,” said Princeton head coach Jim Barlow, whose team hosts Rutgers on September 1 and Duke on September 4 to get the season underway. “We start off with the defending Big 10 champs and the No 4 team in the country on Monday.”

With the Ivy League holding its inaugural postseason tournament this year that will include the top four finishers in the league standings with victor earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Barlow is hoping that the gauntlet of tough foes will steel his squad for the Ivy League battles ahead. more

AMAZING GRACE: Princeton University field hockey player Grace Schulze, left, controls the ball in a game last fall. Senior forward Schulze, who tallied six goals and 10 assists in 2022, figures to be a key offensive catalyst for the Tigers this fall. Princeton, ranked No. 10 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) preseason poll, opens its 2023 campaign by facing Louisville on September 1 and the University of North Carolina on September 3, with both games to be played at Ellen Vagelos Field in Philadelphia. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

The Princeton University field hockey team will feature a new look when they take on Louisville on Friday in Philadelphia.

The Tigers have to replace nine starters led by a group of seniors, including 2022 third-leading scorer Sammy Popper (9 goals, 2 assists), that graduated after helping Princeton go 13-5, win the Ivy League and reach the NCAA tournament. Princeton will also be without last year’s top scorer Beth Yeager (12 goals, 8 assists), the 2022 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, who is playing with the United States team that is working toward Olympic qualification.  more

SUMMER CAMP: Princeton University women’s hockey player Kate Monihan controls the puck in a 2022 game. Earlier this month, senior defender and team co-captain Monihan skated at the Team USA camp for the U.S. Collegiate Women’s Select Team at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., as part of the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For Kate Monihan, playing for the U.S. U18 women’s team in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship in Japan was a critical step in her hockey development.

“The things I learned there I came home and immediately brought to my high school team (Lawrenceville School),” said Monihan, who helped the U.S. win a silver medal at the competition. “It was things like moving the puck more quickly in the defensive zone from our defenders to our forwards and different strategies. When you are the U18 team, you are coached by college coaches. I had the opportunity to bring college level knowledge and experience to my high school team and that actually ended up being one of our best seasons at Lawrenceville.” more

August 23, 2023

ON THE BALL: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jen Estes looks to control the ball in a game last season. Senior midfielder and co-captain Estes is primed for a big final season for the Tigers. Princeton kicks off its 2023 campaign by hosting Monmouth on August 25. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

The first-ever Ivy League tournament is a big carrot waiting at the end of the regular season this fall for the Princeton University women’s soccer team.

To get there, the Tigers will have to finish among the top four Ivy teams after they navigate a challenging schedule that begins with the non-conference portion this week. Princeton will get its 2023 campaign underway by hosting Monmouth on August 25 on Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium, one of four straight at home to open the year. They turn around and host La Salle two days later.

“We have a very tough schedule, and it should prepare us for conference play,” said Princeton head coach Sean Driscoll. “We’re putting ourselves in a position to play against teams that are going to challenge us and hopefully prepare us. That’s why it’s considered one of the Top 20 non-conference schedules in the country. We’ll learn a lot about ourselves.” more