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For the second consecutive year, the Princeton women’s softball team has won the Ivy League Championship, earning the team a coveted spot in the NCAA tournament. The team made quick work of Harvard this year, sweeping the Crimson in a doubleheader at 1895 Field.
At the beginning of the season, the Princeton women’s softball team identified its major goal as defending the Ivy League title and winning at least once in the NCAA tournament. Princeton will have the chance to secure one of those objectives this weekend, as they face Harvard in the Ivy League Championship Series for the second consecutive year with the conference title and an NCAA tournament bid on the line. Though playing this season’s series in the friendly confines of Class of 1895 Field, the Tigers will hope for a repeat of last year’s outcome, in which they defeated Harvard in two out of three games.
In the penultimate weekend of their regular season, the Princeton softball clinched the Ivy League South Division and a spot in the Ivy League championship series after winning three out of four games against Columbia.
Fifty years after winning an Ivy League Championship, the 1967 Princeton men’s lacrosse team will return to campus this weekend to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In that season in 1967, the team rebounded from an 0-4 start to post an undefeated record through Ivy League play, ultimately earning Princeton’s first outright Ivy League Championship in four years. Team manager John DeYoung ’67 still recalls vividly the “smiles of the faces of the guys on the bus back from Ithaca,” after Princeton’s victory over an until-then-undefeated Cornell team, a matchup that sealed the Tigers’ title. A half century later, the team’s tight camaraderie has hardly waned. “Talking to these guys, it’s like we just got back on campus after the trip to Ithaca,” said DeYoung. In fact, a remarkable 28 out of 40 team members will return for the reunion to celebrate the team’s accomplishments then and since.
Princeton softball travelled to New England this weekend for a string of games against two opponents in the Ivy League North Division, Harvard and Dartmouth. Coming off an opening weekend to Ivy League play in which the team emerged undefeated, Princeton protected its first-place position in the conference. The team dropped both games of its Saturday doubleheader against Dartmouth, but rebounded well on Sunday, winning twice against Harvard.
Princeton softball made a strong claim as to why it is the team to beat in the Ivy League by going undefeated this weekend, boasting a pair of wins against Brown and Yale. The team won both close and lopsided games over the course of the weekend and asserted its dominance on offense and defense.
Since the beginning of its season on May 3, the Princeton women’s softball team has worked through a hectic schedule, playing 18 games over the course of just three weeks. Disadvantaged with less practice and game experience than many of its early opponents, the team began its season slowly, but has responded in strong fashion to post a 7-11 overall record as of March 26. This weekend, the team will transition into Ivy League play, beginning with a pair of home doubleheaders against Brown and Yale.
The Princeton women’s basketball team’s season came to an unfortunate end this afternoon after the team suffered a defeat in the Ivy League Tournament final against
top-seeded Penn. Despite fighting valiantly, Princeton came up short against a
strong Penn team playing in its home arena, losing 57-48.
Playing a de facto road game at the Palestra, Princeton is trailing Penn 29-18 at halftime of the Ivy League Women’s Tournament Final.
Hopefully the Princeton fans and players like to dance, because the Tigers just punched their ticket to the biggest one in the nation.
At halftime of the inaugural Ivy League men’s basketball final, Princeton held a narrow 31-29 lead over Yale in a tightly-contested defensive battle with a bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
Princeton’s overtime victory over Penn this afternoon in the semifinal of the inaugural Ivy League Men’s Basketball Tournament serves as an excellent example of why so many argued for an Ivy League tournament in the first place. Despite never holding a lead in regulation, the Tigers mounted an incredible comeback in a thrilling game to secure a 72-64 win. Coach Mitch Henderson ’98 agrees. “I thought it was a terrific basketball game,” he said.
The Princeton men’s ice hockey season this year can be viewed as one long comeback. Situated in the cellar of the ECAC for much of the beginning of the season, the team clawed its way back in order to earn a No. 7 seed and home ice for the first round of the conference tournament. However, this feat pales in comparison to the comeback pulled by the team in this weekend’s three-game playoff series against Colgate. Literally a second from elimination, Princeton fought back to win the series and advance in the tournament.
At the beginning of its season, the Princeton men’s ice hockey team set out with the goal of earning home ice for the first round of the ECAC playoffs. The team accomplished that this weekend by securing a seventh place finish in the conference with convincing home wins over Yale and Brown.
Following a six-game stretch in which it did not suffer a single defeat, the Princeton men’s ice hockey team endured a setback this weekend with consecutive losses to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and No. 7 Union College. The team, playing the never ideal back-to-back road games, competed well in both games, but could not achieve its desired results.
Princeton softball holds lofty expectations for its upcoming season. Despite last year’s Ivy League championship and advancement into the NCAA tournament, the team has its sights set even higher this year. “Going on to the NCAA (tournament) is special,” said head coach Lisa Van Ackeren, “but once they have it, they want more of it.”
The Princeton men’s ice hockey team kept busy over intersession, traveling to Philadelphia for a non-conference matchup against Penn State, as well as continuing conference play with games against Yale and Brown. The team enjoyed a successful stretch, with an upset victory over No. 4 Penn State and a win and a tie against Yale and Brown, respectively.
After a brief winter break, Princeton Men's Ice Hockey travelled to New England this weekend to resume its season with road games against conference opponents Dartmouth and Harvard. The team was looking to continue its momentum from a successful December, in which it posted a 5-2 record, but got off to a suboptimal start by dropping both games.
After both teams emerged victorious in their season finales, the Princeton and Penn football teams were awarded the honor of Ivy League co-champions. While this obviously represents a major accomplishment for both teams, it also presents several conundrums. Does a team celebrate a tie for the conference championship with the same vigor as it would an outright win? Were players and fans even aware that a tie was a possibility, or did they make the same mistake as Donovan McNabb in 2008, who admitted that he didn’t realize an NFL game could end in a tie? (“I hate to see what happens in the Super Bowl… you have to settle with a tie,” he remarked). Anyways, ties are no fun, so in this article, we will explore whether Princeton or Penn is the “true” Ivy League champion.
Down 5-3 with less than 10 minutes left to play in the third period against RPI, the Princeton men’s hockey team (3-7-1 overall, 1-6-1 ECAC Hockey) was faced with the possibility of a downright disastrous weekend. Having been thrashed 7-3 the night before to skillful conference opponent Union College (10-3-2, 6-1-1), Princeton was at risk of dropping a game against an RPI squad residing at the bottom of the ECAC standings and lacking Princeton’s talent. However, Princeton refused to concede the game without a fight and ultimately emerged with an enthralling 6-5 overtime victory.