Men’s basketball vs Wesley, @ Columbia and @ Cornell: W 91–62, W 55–43, W 70–61 OT
Men’s basketball won all three of its games over Intersession, including two Ivy League matches, to remain in first place in the conference. On the first weekend of the break the Tigers rolled Wesley College 91–62, the first meeting between the two schools. On the following Friday the team headed to Columbia University in New York City, where they defeated the Lions 55–43. The Tigers then overcame the Big Red in overtime at Cornell University the next day, winning 70–61. The Tigers led 56–51 with 3:11 to go in the game, but could not score over the final minutes, allowing Cornell to tie the game at 56 and send the game into overtime. Princeton outplayed Cornell in the following period, 14–5, and won the game.
Women’s basketball @ Columbia and Cornell: W 79–64, W 75–46
Junior forward Bella Alarie carried her team to a pair of Ivy League wins on the road this weekend. Friday at Columbia, she set a program record with 45 points on 20 field goals, becoming the first Princeton basketball player since Bill Bradley to score 45 in a game. She scored 21 the next day and added 10 rebounds as Princeton cruised by Cornell and improved to 2–1 in Ivy play after dropping its opener against Penn in early January.
Men’s hockey @ St. Lawrence and No. 10 Clarkson: L 3–2, L 3–1
Once again, men’s hockey found itself on the losing end of narrow contests this weekend, dropping games at St. Lawrence and No. 10 Clarkson. In both games, Princeton and its opponent were tied going into the second intermission, only for the opponent to score the game-winning goal in the third period. One bright spot came in the Clarkson game when senior forward Ryan Kuffner scored his 68th career goal, making him Princeton’s all-time leading scorer.
Women’s hockey vs. Penn State, St. Lawrence, and No. 5 Clarkson: W 4–2, W 4–3 OT, L 3–1
After a program record 20 games, women’s hockey’s unbeaten streak finally came to an end Saturday afternoon against Clarkson. Princeton outshot Clarkson 36–20 but still endured its first loss since October. Before that, the team earned wins over Penn State, in longtime Princeton head coach and current Penn State coach Jeff Kampersal’s ’92 return to Baker Rink, and over St. Lawrence in overtime. Princeton is now tied with Cornell atop the ECAC standings.
Wrestling vs. Harvard and Brown, @ Rutgers: W 31–12, W 25–20, L 19–18
No. 20 wrestling began the weekend with victories over Harvard and Brown. Competing in place of resting Matthew Kolodzik at 149, first-year Josh Breeding logged his first-ever dual win against the Crimson. Travis Stefanik, Quincy Monday, Patrick Glory, Kevin Parker, and Patrick Brucki joined Breeding in contributing to Princeton’s 31–12 win. Just hours later, Princeton trounced Brown 25–10, with Jonathan Gomez, Marshall Keller, Stefanik, Brucki, Glory, and Kolodzik scoring crucial points. On Sunday, the team traveled to No. 18 Rutgers for one of the most electrifying meets of the season. Dale Tiongson, Parker, and Stefanik appeared in three consecutive overtime matches. Glory, Brucki, and Keller emerged victorious from tough battles. And in a shocking turn of events, No. 1 Matthew Kolodzik suffered his first loss of the season to No. 2 Anthony Ashnault. Rutgers walked away from the day with a 19–18 win.
Players of the Week
Bella Alarie, women’s basketball
The junior forward had 66 points over two games this weekend, including a program record 45 against Columbia
Ryan Kuffner, men’s hockey
Kuffner scored two goals this weekend, including the 68th of his career to break the Princeton all-time record