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Actions may come and go, but words will never die.
Just days into the new year, the University made a huge splash in the news. This time, the athletic department took center stage. Princeton Athletics announced the official addition of men’s curling to its D1 repertoire. Making into reality what was joked about just a year ago, the University has pulled the trigger on the new team, hoping to capitalize on the interest drawn to the sport from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The addition brings the total number of Tiger teams to 36. With 19 men’s teams compared to 17 women’s teams, the University also fulfills its goal of bending Title IX requirements as far as possible without being investigated by the NCAA.
The Tigers certainly went down swinging, but unfortunately, a penalty kick effort for the ages was not enough to overcome Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Last season, a showdown in the ECAC quarterfinals saw the Tigers (3–0–1 ECAC Hockey, 3–1–1 overall) down their conference foe Union (3–3–0, 7–3–1) as part of a miraculous run to the ECAC tournament title. Looking to extract revenge against Princeton, the No. 12 Dutchmen were turned away once again by the Tigers after junior defenseman Derek Topatigh scored in overtime to give Princeton a 4–3 win.
On a cold, windy, and even snowy Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Princeton picked off Yale — literally — to clinch a share of the 2018 Ivy League title and the first bonfire since 2013. Three Princeton players rushed for more than 100 yards, the defense forced four interceptions, and Princeton cruised to a 59–43 win over Yale, the highest score ever for the two teams in their historic rivalry.
At the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT, football is one half away from its first bonfire since 2013. Princeton (8–0, 5–0 Ivy) leads Yale (5–3, 3–2) at halftime 42–14.
Last season the Tigers proved they were the best of the Ivy League. With only two conference losses, the women’s basketball team capped its domination of the league with a 63–34 victory over Penn, suffocating the Quakers on defense and snatching the Ivy League trophy from them.
The NCAA’s most equally matched league is set for another tightly contested year as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and even Penn get set to compete for the top spot in the Ivy League.
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.
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.
Anyone who has paid attention to the start of the football season has noticed one major trend: Princeton’s offense has been good. For the first few weeks, many of us chalked it up to Princeton playing in a scheme it knew well, going up against a slew of teams that were struggling to find defensive identities. However, now four weeks in, it doesn’t look like the offensive production is a fluke. After dropping 66 points on Lehigh this past weekend — more points than the basketball team scored in 12 of their games last season — it is becoming more and more clear that this offense is the real deal. Beyond that, through the first third of the season, the Princeton offense is not just great, it is also trending in a historic direction.
For three-and-a-half quarters, it looked like the Tigers (9–3 overall, 2–1 conference) were well on their way to acing their biggest test of the season to date. The men’s water polo team was just a few minutes away from extracting revenge against the Crimson (11–3, 3–0), who downed the Tigers in a heartbreaking NWPC Championship game last season and taking the lead in this year’s NWPC standings.
The Daily Princetonian Sports is excited to announce a new article series, “Beyond the Numbers.” This series will take in-depth looks at various topics related to sports analytics and sports science. In the first installment of this series, we investigate what goes into determining in-game winning percentage — or win probability — and what we can do to make it more accurate.
Last season, the men’s water polo team was led by a man who boasted a winning percentage of over .700, nine Southern titles, four Eastern Crowns, went to four NCAA Tournaments and — to top it all off — was the NCAA coach of the year in 2004.
Whether it was fourth-ranked Duke (6–2 overall), 13th-ranked Delaware (4–4 overall), or even unranked Monmouth (3–5 overall), the Tigers’ field hockey team (5–3 overall) has been able to defend its home field throughout the early part of the season. But after their double-overtime thriller against No. 3 Maryland (9–0 overall), the fifth-ranked Tigers no longer have a perfect record at home.
Facing their second team ranked in the top 25 of the United Coaches Poll, the No. 25-ranked Princeton Tigers fell to No. 10 Georgetown Hoyas 2–1 Thursday evening. The Tigers took the game to overtime following a second-half goal, but after a critical penalty in the first few minutes of overtime, the Hoyas converted, sending the Tigers to their second loss of the season.
The 2017–18 academic year gave Tiger fans their fair share of memorable sports moments. From incredible comebacks to heartbreaking losses, from breakout performances by freshmen to career milestones attained by seniors, this year gave us plenty of unforgettable moments across Princeton sports. And as this year comes to an end, The Daily Princetonian takes a look back at some of the best memories from this season and counts down the top 10 moments of Princeton sports.
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.
Men’s track and field @ Franklin Field: 1st Place in Outdoor Ivy Heps