Baseball @ Columbia L 2–0 , W 10–5, and W 7–6
The baseball team accomplished one of their season goals this weekend by defeating Columbia two games to one. Having been almost entirely unsuccessful against the Lions in past seasons, the Tigers were able to snag their first series win against Columbia since 2011. Despite being shut out in Saturday's first match, the Tigers averaged more than five runs per game in the series and used that offense to power their way to a series win on Sunday. In the rubber match, the Tigers rallied from down 4–1 in the early innings with a five run seventh inning, highlighted by sophomore David Harding’s two run double into the gap. The Lions were not done, scoring two in the bottom of the ninth to trail 7–6, but freshman Jake Boone saved the day with a crucial second out on the runner heading to third, allowing the Tigers to close out the game. The series win moves the Tigers into the third spot in the Ivy League; up next for Princeton is a busy six-game week with home series against Harvard and Yale.
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Cornell W 15–10
The No. 19 Tigers punched their ticket to the Ivy League Tournament with a win on Saturday against the Big Red. The Tigers celebrated their seniors before the game, then rallied in the second half after trailing in the first with five straight goals. Freshman goalie Sam Fish — winner of last week’s Ivy League women’s lacrosse player of the week honors — made 12 saves to earn the win for the Orange and Black. The Tigers improve to 7–5 in Ivy League play and face Penn on Wednesday in a showdown for the Ivy League Title.
Men’s Lacrosse @ Harvard W 15–10
In a must-win game for the Tigers to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Tigers did what they needed to do by earning a crucial win over Harvard Saturday afternoon. Princeton’s biggest hero was sophomore backup goaltender Jon Levine. Levine kept the Tigers in front with some huge fourth quarter stops, allowing the Tigers to maintain and extend their lead in the final minutes of the game. On the offensive side, sophomore attacker Michael Sowers and senior midfielder Austin Sims combined for 10 goals, providing much needed firepower throughout the game. The Tigers are now 2–3 in league play and can clinch a spot in the Ivy Tournament this upcoming weekend with a win at home against Cornell and a Dartmouth upset over Brown.
Women’s Rugby vs. Columbia W
Teaming up with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the men’s and women’s rugby team hosted the annual Rickerson Cup, raising over $400,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The women took on Columbia in a four game rugby sevens series. Each team won two matches, but the Princeton women took home the trophy winning by score differential. The key game for the Tigers was the third match where they overpowered the Lions 50–0; all of the other games were low scoring defensive battles. Every Tiger on the roster competed during the tournament, with some key contributions coming from freshman Coco Wallace, and freshman Sydney Hsu. Up next for the Tigers is a trip to Annapolis to take on the Naval Academy where they will hope to qualify for nationals with a win.
Men’s Rugby vs. Seton Hall W 51–14
At the Rickerson Cup, the men’s team defeated Seton Hall 51–14. In a high scoring contest between two talented teams, the Tigers emerged victorious, giving the seniors their fourth straight State Championship in as many attempts. Key contributors were junior Aaron Bargotta, who scored a try and multiple conversions, junior Freddy Hertan, who scored two tries, and junior Christian Kazanowski, who won man of the match honors with his superb defensive play. The Tigers will conclude their spring season with a match against Villanova this Saturday.
Notable Individual Performances:
Freshman Annabelle Chang (Women’s Golf)
The women’s golf team clinched the Ivy League Tournament Title this weekend after storming back with a late Sunday charge. Of the individual players competing for the Tigers, freshman Annabelle Chang led the way finishing all alone in second place overall. Chang finished with a third round 73 to finish +8 for the Tournament and gave the Tigers an opportunity to take the crown by winning the first playoff hole.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jon Levine (Men’s Lacrosse)
Levine played for only 1:28 in the men’s win over Harvard, but came up huge in that time with two saves on two incredible Harvard shots. At the time trailing only by a single goal, the Crimson could have taken the lead had it not been for the heroics of Levine. Levine’s performance reminds us that how no matter who starts for the team, everyone has a non-zero chance of play time and ought to be as prepared as Levine was for their time to shine.