Men’s basketball vs. George Washington: W 73–52
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Men’s basketball vs. George Washington: W 73–52
In the 2018 fall sports season, a remarkable five Princeton teams earned conference championships. Here, we briefly recap those seasons.
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.
The women’s soccer team (7–2–2 overall, 1–0–1 Ivy League) finished non-conference play this past Tuesday with a game against Bucknell (5–7–1) at home. The Tigers took the lead early, scoring a quick goal in the third minute. The early goal would be the only one of the match as the Tigers’ side held on to edge out the Bison 1–0. This was the eighth victory in 10 all-time meetings between the teams.
Football @ Columbia W 45–10
Football vs. Monmouth W 51–9
The men’s soccer team had a tough start to the 2018 season, losing three out of its first four games. These losses were made especially tough given Princeton’s strong performances in these matches. The Tigers outshot Bradley 15–6 in their 2–1 loss and had five shots in their 1–0 defeat at the hands of Monmouth.
The No. 13 men’s water polo team split the last day of the Princeton Invitational against Air Force and No. 1 UCLA. The Tigers defeated Air Force 15–13 in a tightly contested match before falling to UCLA 17–5. Princeton ended the invitational 3–2, with a second loss to No. 4 Stanford. The Tigers are now 6–2 overall for the season.
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.
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. Princeton then advanced to face the Quakers, edging past Penn 13–10 to claim the tournament title.
In a repeat of the final game of conference play, the women’s lacrosse team will face Columbia (6–9 overall, 3–4 Ivy) in the first game of the Ivy League tournament. The Tigers (10–5, 6–1) beat the Lions this past Saturday to secure their fifth consecutive Ivy title and 14th title overall. Now 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.
Women’s Lacrosse @ Columbia: W 22–16
The women’s lacrosse team dominated Penn in a must-win game with its title hopes on the line. The Tigers (9–5 overall, 5–1 Ivy) defeated the Quakers (11–3, 5–1), 21–8, a record margin which has not been matched since April 2000. With this victory the Tigers move into a tie for the top spot in the Ivy League with Dartmouth (11–3, 5–1) and Penn (11–3, 5–1).
The women’s water polo team ended conference play with a four-game home stand over the weekend. The Tigers faced George Washington, Brown, Harvard, and Bucknell at DeNunzio Pool, winning all four of their matches. The wins doubled Princeton’s winning streak to eight games and helped the Tigers end the regular season with a perfect 8–0 performance in the CWPA. The victories ensured the Orange and Black the first seed in the upcoming CWPA tournament championship, where they will face off against the winner of the Harvard vs. St. Francis game.
The women’s lacrosse team (7–5, 3–1 Ivy) dominated Yale (7–6 overall, 2–3 Ivy) to pick up their third conference win of the season. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 18–4, tying a record for margin of victory that was first set in 1989. It also marks the 11th straight time the Orange and Black have beaten the Bulldogs in their head-to-head matchups. The win puts Princeton third in the Ivy League standings behind Penn (10–2, 4–0 Ivy) and Dartmouth (8–3, 4–1 Ivy).
The men’s volleyball team clinched a playoff berth in EIVA tournament after a historic win over Penn State on Friday, April 13. After starting off what appeared to be a disappointing season, the Tigers managed to string a series of victories when it mattered most to bring themselves into the postseason conversation. With its win over the traditional EIVA powerhouses, Princeton has made sure that its thrilling season will continue.
The women’s lacrosse team took No. 2 Maryland to the wire, building on a strong lead to stay ahead for the first 50 minutes of the game. However, the Terps came back as a free-position attempt with 45.1 seconds left on the clock gave Maryland the opportunity to steal the game. After giving the Terps their largest deficit all season, the Tigers were unable to hold on and were narrowly edged out by Maryland 11–10.
The softball team (5–21 overall, 3–6 Ivy) struggled to find its rhythm early in its match against Monmouth (13–13) on Tuesday. Despite a rally late in the game, the Tigers were unable to cut the deficit as the Hawks ended the game with a 13–7 win.
Men’s Baseball vs. Cornell: W 7–6
Men’s Tennis @ Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU): W 4–3