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The men’s soccer team pulled out another clutch performance in a thrilling overtime win against Ivy League rival Penn. The Tigers now stand atop the league tables with a shot at the Ivy League title and the league’s automatic NCAA bid. In their way is Columbia — the Lions are one point back in second place heading into the final conference match of the season, making for a heated title race.
Princeton men’s hockey (1–1–1) began ECAC action this weekend with a win over Dartmouth on Friday and a draw with Harvard on Saturday. The Tigers, who are currently ranked 18th in the country, defeated Dartmouth 7–1 in Hanover, aided by a four-point performance from senior forward Alex Riche. Senior forward Ryan Kuffner and senior defender Joshua Teves also delivered impressive performances, each recording three points. Teves, who currently has 70 career points, moved into second place on the all-time scoring list for Princeton defenders with his performance on Saturday. Only Cliff Abrecht sits above him, with 101 points scored from 1982 to 1986.
It’s an exciting time to be a Princeton football fan. Last Saturday, Nov. 3, the Tigers took down Dartmouth 14–9 in a thrilling showdown of unbeaten teams. This Saturday, Princeton plays Yale for a chance to earn a bonfire and secure at least a share of the Ivy League title. Here’s a list of takeaways from the Dartmouth game and things to think about before the Yale game.
Women’s soccer (11–3–2 overall, 5–1–1 Ivy) edged out Penn (13–2–1 overall, 5–1–1 Ivy) on Saturday 1–0, earning the Tigers the title of co-champion of the Ivy League and securing a berth to the NCAA Division I Tournament. This is the second year in a row that the team has won the conference and advanced to the tournament.
The women’s volleyball team showed their strength over their Ivy League competitors this past weekend, facing Columbia on Friday and Cornell on Saturday and settling the weekend 2–0.
On Saturday, No. 5 Princeton field hockey (13–4, 6–1 Ivy) finished up its regular season schedule with a 3–2 comeback win over the Penn Quakers. It was also Senior Day for the Class of 2019. The team honored seniors Nicole Catalino, Jane Donio-Enscoe, Annabeth Donovan, Sarah Holland, Casey Swezey, Sophia Tornetta, and Elise Wong prior to the match.
After its road trip to Madison, Wis., to take on the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers, Princeton women’s ice hockey came home for four games over the past two weekends against Ivy League opponents. The Tigers (3–2–1 overall, 3–0–1 Ivy League) were unbeaten in these four games — beating Yale (0–4, 0–4), Brown (5–2, 2–2), and Dartmouth (1–4, 0–3) and tying Harvard (2–3–1, 1–1—1). In its three victories, Princeton outscored its opponents 15–4, scoring at least four goals in all three games and conceding an average of 1.33.
The Princeton Tigers (8–0 overall, 5–0 Ivy League) defeated the previously unbeaten Dartmouth Big Green (7–1, 4–1) 14–9 Saturday afternoon at Powers Field.
No. 17 Princeton’s (7–0 overall, 4–0 Ivy League) game Saturday against Cornell (3–4, 2–2) had the appearance of a classic “trap” game for the undefeated Tigers. Sandwiched in Princeton’s schedule between a hard-fought win against rival Harvard (3–4, 1–3) and a looming showdown against fellow Ivy unbeaten No. 20 Dartmouth (7–0, 4–0), Cornell entered the weekend playing better than their 3–3 record indicated, with losses against strong FCS opponents and stellar performances in recent weeks. It became quickly evident that Princeton would not fall for the trap. Instead, spectators saw the biggest blowout in a Princeton season full of lopsided wins. On a cold, rainy day, Princeton’s defense forced three interceptions in just the first quarter, its offense scored 45 first-half points, and the Tigers cruised to a 66–0 win.
After a tough workout, long run, or stellar race, men’s cross country head coach Jason Vigilante often repeats a phrase to his team: “We’re right where we want to be.” Going into the Heptagonal Championship, this sentiment holds up.
Capturing the 2018 Heptagonal Championships title on Oct. 27 is not far-fetched for this year’s women’s cross country roster. The team has worked its way into the national NCAA rankings, currently standing at No. 30. The only other Ivy League team nationally ranked is No. 20 Columbia; Yale and Dartmouth received votes, but are not ranked.
This past weekend, the women’s volleyball team (14–5, 7–1) remained undefeated at home. The Tigers faced Penn (5–14, 2–6) for the second time this season in a 3–0 (25–16, 25–16, 26–19) win. During this match, the Tigers had three players reach double-digit kills. Juniors Devon Peterkin and Maggie O’Connell each had 11 kills while sophomore Alexa Underwood also played a strong role for the offense with 10 kills. Defensively, the Tigers didn’t give in to the Quakers, with Peterkin leading the way with nine digs, while freshman Cameron Dames added eight. Junior Jessie Harris continued to set up the offense with 40 assists in this match, keeping her spot as the Ivy League leader in assists.
The undefeated football team (6–0, 3–0 Ivy) will face Cornell (3–3, 2–1) in its return to Powers Field at Princeton Stadium tomorrow afternoon. The Tigers are coming off a 29–21 win over Harvard (3–3, 1–2 Ivy) in which senior quarterback John Lovett threw for 207 yards and senior running back Charlie Volker recorded two rushing touchdowns. The victory was Princeton’s first real test in a season that includes five blowout wins.
In a dramatic clash of two Ivy League titans, No. 4 Princeton field hockey (11–4 overall, 4–1 Ivy League) fell 3–1 to No. 9 Harvard (13–1, 5–0) on Saturday afternoon in a matchup that decided the 2018 Ivy League field hockey champion.
For many fans of professional sports, being able to go the championship game is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they can only hope for. Being able to play in the championship is a pipe dream; forget about winning it. Yet for Princeton alumnus Chris Young, these experiences are all part of the job.
This past weekend, the women’s hockey team (0–2) travelled to Madison, Wis. to take on No. 2 Wisconsin (8–0) on Friday and Sunday. In Friday’s game, the Badgers jumped out to an early 3–1 lead after the first period. The Tigers fought back to have the game finish 4–3. Princeton was unable to get an extra attacker on at the end of the third period to help get the tying goal in. Princeton’s goals were scored by senior forward and co-captain Karlie Lund, junior forward Carly Bullock, and sophomore forward Annie MacDonald.
Men’s soccer crushed Harvard University at home on Saturday, Oct. 20, 3–0. This weekend’s win continues the Tigers’s undefeated season and puts them in first place in the Ivy League.
On Saturday, No. 18 Princeton (6–0 overall, 3–0 Ivy) faced an unfamiliar challenge this season: a close game. Princeton entered the game with an undefeated record and 43.4-point average margin of victory but needed all 60 minutes to put away Harvard (3–3, 1–2) in a 29–21 victory in Cambridge, Mass.
Both teams earned tournament victories to close out the fall season.
Every team hopes to close their season out on a high note. For both the men’s and women’s golf teams, their fall season went out with a bang.