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As the 2017–2018 school year comes to a close, we look back at some of the best moments in Princeton sports this past season. From thrilling overtime victories to personal milestones to NCAA tournament runs, this list highlights the 10 moments that defined Princeton sports this past year.
In the opening match of the NCAA tournament in Lubbock, Texas, women’s tennis came within a point of knocking out No. 19 Illinois University, but fell just short to lose 4–3.
The women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 4 Boston College 16–10 to exit the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Tigers narrowly beat Syracuse in double overtime to clinch a spot in the second round. However, they were unable to overcome the early lead the Eagles built.
Maya Walton looked to make a second straight NCAA national appearance with a successful run in San Francisco. Unfortunately, her and the rest of the Tigers fell just short of their goal, ending their season with high expectations for the future.
With the NCAA women’s tennis bracket released, the Tigers (19–3 overall, 7–0 Ivy) are set to take on No. 19 seed Illinois (21–5) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. With the Tigers currently ranked No. 47 in the ITA and No. 24 in the USTA, they will be heading into a match as an underdog for the first time since March, when they took on then-ITA No. 46 William and Mary (17–9). The Tigers lost that match, and hope to reverse their fortunes against Illinois.
For the ninth time in school history, the Princeton Tigers have clinched the men’s track triple crown.
The women’s lacrosse team defeated Columbia and Penn in the Ivy League Tournament this Friday and Sunday to claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship and their fourth Ivy League Championship. The No. 1 Tigers started the first round of the tournament with a strong performance against the Lions, beating Columbia 17–7. The 10-point margin of victory was the largest in the Ivy League Tournament.
Phenomenal performances by men’s track and field and women’s lacrosse were tempered by anti-climactic ends to the baseball and softball seasons.
More than forty years ago, Princeton Associate Athletic Director Sam Howell ’50 floated the idea of forming a new club sport to baseball coach Eddie Donovan. Just a few months later, the Princeton women’s golf team became a reality. After several decades, the team has grown into one of the premier teams in the Ivy League and a force to be reckoned with at tournaments throughout the Northeast. Their triumphs include back-to-back Ivy League titles this year and last.
“I’ve always wanted to play this game for as long as I can,” Leslie Robinson ’18 said. “I love what I have gotten from it and the person it has helped me become, win or lose. I’ve gained so many friends and they have become my family.”
A promo posted by the New York Liberty on their Twitter page announcing their 34th pick: Leslie Robinson
A look at the first Princeton women's golf varsity team posing with the men's team in their 1991 team photo.
After a perfect 7–0 run through Ivy League play, women’s tennis will head south for the NCAA regionals beginning May 11. They will travel to Lubbock, Texas, where they will begin play facing nationally ranked No. 19 Illinois.
In a repeat of the final game of conference play, the women’s lacrosse team will face Columbia in the first game of the Ivy League tournament as the two teams will fight for a coveted spot in the NCAA tournament. The Princeton side will look for a repeat of its 22–16 victory as it hosts its Ivy League rivals on Sherrerd Field.
Baseball lost to Yale (20–17 overall, 14–4 Ivy) in all three games last weekend, its last at home.
Softball suffered a rough weekend against its matchup versus Penn, ending the weekend with three consecutive losses. On Friday, Princeton battled back-and-forth with the Quakers, eventually losing 12–11. The Saturday matchups were not quite as close; the Tigers lost 9–2 and 3–2 in the first and second games of the doubleheader, respectively.
The Princeton women’s water polo team (23–8) suffered a season-ending heartbreaker this past weekend at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championships at Bucknell University. Defeating the No. 23 Harvard Crimson and the No. 14 Indiana Hoosiers in the first two rounds, the Tigers made it to the championship game, only to fall to their long-time rivals, the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines, 11–8.