Weekend Review: April 14, Alissa Selover , Tom Salotti and Josephine de La Bruyere | Apr 14, 2019
Men’s baseball @ Penn: L 15–9, L 1–0, W 7–2
A seven-run second inning in their third game gave Princeton the win against Penn, ending the weekend 1–2. The first game of the three-game series was a high-scoring game, ending in a 15–9 loss for the Tigers. The seven-run eighth inning gave the Quakers just the scoring leverage they needed to secure the win. During the second game of the series, the score was kept to a low 1–0 in the Quakers’ favor after a sacrifice fly gave them their one point on the scoreboard. During the final game in the series, the Tigers came out victorious against Penn, wrapping up the series with a doubleheader split on Saturday.
Softball @ Penn: W 5–2, W 1–0, L 5–14
The first game of the Princeton and Penn series on Friday sent Princeton to Penn, and by the end of the afternoon, sent Princeton to first place in the Ivy League. After their 5–2 win over the Quakers, the softball team was pushed to the top of the league standings. The series continued with a doubleheader on Saturday. During the first game the Tigers managed to get a point on the board in the eighth inning, where before the game was tied at 0–0. First-year Ali Blanchard dealt a perfect ninth to finish off a 1–0 win on three hits, four walks, and seven Ks. It was Princeton's longest game in 364 days, since a 2–1, 11-inning win at Yale on April 14, 2018. The second game of the doubleheader ended in a tough 14–5 defeat for the Tigers. After being tied for the first two innings, the Quakers scored 13 runs between the third and fourth innings, putting them at a 13–1 advantage before senior Kaylee Grant hit a grand slam, improving the Tigers’ score by four.
Men’s volleyball vs. St. Francis, Penn State: W 3–1, W 3–0
With a 3–1 Friday victory over St. Francis, Princeton avenged its March loss to the Red Flash. The team earned both a regular season title and a chance to host the upcoming EIVA tournament. Junior All-American George Huhmann led in kills and blocks with 16 and six, respectively. Saturday’s faceoff against Penn State was Princeton’s three seniors’ last home game; the Tigers swept the Nittany Lions to give them a proper send-off. Huhmann led again with 11 kills and four blocks. Senior Kendall Ratter just trailed him with nine kills, two blocks, and four aces. All in all, this weekend the Tigers capped off their best regular season in history.
Women’s lacrosse vs. Harvard: W 14–12
A 5–1 run early in the second half powered Princeton to a 14–12 win over Harvard in the team’s final regular season game at Sherrerd Field. Junior Tess D’Orsi scored four goals, bringing her to 37, the most on the team this season, and senior Allie Rogers contributed another three goals and an assist. The Tigers honored members of the NCAA champion 1994 Princeton women’s lacrosse team at halftime and the 2019 senior class after the game. The Tigers have three road games remaining and control their own destiny in the race to host the Ivy League conference tournament.
Men’s lacrosse @ Dartmouth: W 13–4
In their first Ivy League win of the season, Princeton dominated Dartmouth in a game that they couldn’t afford to lose. The Tigers trailed the Big Green twice in the first quarter before pulling ahead to finish it 4–3. The team proceeded to sweep Dartmouth for the rest of the game, scoring 10 and allowing one in the remaining three quarters. Junior attacker Michael Sowers moved into second place in the program’s all-time points record at 235, just 12 behind Kevin Lowe’s “untouchable” record. Sophomore attacker Chris Brown had four goals, making it 25 games in a row with at least one, and senior attacker Emmet Cordrey and junior attacker Phillip Robertson had two each. Sophomore LSM Andrew Song scored again, his third straight game with a goal. The Tigers have two Ivy League matches left, both of which they must win in order to qualify for the playoffs.
Players of the Weekend:
Michael Sowers, Men’s Lacrosse (2020): Sowers had a five-point game on Saturday against Dartmouth, moving him into second place on the all-time point list with 95 goals and 140 assists. He has only played two-thirds of the games that the record holder Kevin Lowe holds and still has a season and more to go.
Allie Rogers, Women’s Lacrosse (2019): On Senior Day, Rogers had three goals and an assist against Harvard. The four points are a season high for the senior. The victory on Saturday saw Rogers’ point total for her career move up to 75 with at least three games to go in the season.