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Led by senior captains Camille Sullivan and Abby Finkelston, the reigning Ivy League champion women’s lacrosse team is hoping to continue the momentum from last spring’s successful season to reclaim its conference title and clinch a spot in the NCAA Final Four.
Kicking off their season with interim head coach Rebecca Dorst filling in the big shoes of Luis Nicolao, the Princeton women’s water polo team (4–4) kicked off its season at the Arizona State Challenge the weekend of Feb. 2.
“Our upperclassmen are seasoned veterans and taking a good leadership role,” said head coach Lisa Van Ackeren. “Most of them have been here for two championships, and they know what the expectations are.”
In a recent trend that features an increasing number of athletes choosing prestigious academic institutions over traditional athletic powerhouses, the University has found itself two high profile recruits in many sports recently. Next year, University students will get to watch Jaelin Llewellyn, a four-star point guard from Canada. Llewellyn turned down many major programs, including Wake Forest University, where his father played, and University of Virginia, currently the top-ranked program in the country. He has much to offer the University, both on and off the court.
A last-minute swoop from seventeen-time national champions the University of Alabama wasn’t enough to ward off high school football sensation from the University.
It has been nearly three months since the men’s rugby team last competed on the pitch. But this Friday, the long wait will finally be over, as the Tigers prepare to take on the Georgetown Hoyas in Princeton’s first match of the spring season.
The women’s basketball team split its weekend matches against Dartmouth and Harvard to maintain its top spot in the Ivy League standings. The Tigers defeated Big Green to start the weekend, but fell to the Crimson, ending their seven-game winning streak in the Ivy League.
Men’s basketball beat Harvard on Saturday, snapping a three-week losing streak. The Tigers face a steep climb to secure the final spot in the Ivy League Tournament. Before the game, seniors Amir Bell, Aaron Young, Mike LeBlanc, and Alec Brennan were honored in their final game at Jadwin Gymnasium.
The men’s swimming and diving team finished second in the Ivy League Championships, held between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24. While the Tigers were competitive throughout the competition, they were unable to muster a comeback against Harvard, the eventual champions. However, the Tigers showed great potential as there were plenty of standout performances over the four days.
The Winter Olympics, hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea, officially closed on Saturday night. The United States finished fourth in the medal count, with 23 medals, well behind Norway’s first place at 39. But for many Olympians such as Caroline Park ’11, the journey is about much more than winning a medal.
Princeton fell to Harvard 72–66 in overtime, the team’s seventh consecutive loss in Ivy League play. Despite leading for most of the game, Princeton was unable to put the Crimson away, as Harvard tied the score near the end of regulation and dominated the overtime period.
A new Ivy League football schedule has the Tigers facing off against Brown on homecoming weekend. The new schedule will feature games between regional rivals on the final weekend of the season.
The women’s lacrosse team defeated Temple in its season opener, 17–4. First-year defender Mary Murphy’s strong performance earned her recognition as Ivy League Defender of the Week.
As the Ivy League women’s basketball season draws closer to its conclusion, much still remains to be decided for the Ancient Eight. Princeton remains firmly entrenched in the top five of the league, looking to clinch a spot in the top 4 this weekend. Elsewhere, teams jockey for tournament seeding as three teams currently sit tied for two spots. Finally, the league’s bottom teams look to use these last few weeks to make some noise and end their season on a positive note albeit with some upsets.
Last Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team played its first game of the season, and it was a very exciting start. No. 18 Princeton came out on top 9–8 in a double overtime win against Monmouth. This was the first time that these two teams have ever played, mainly because the Hawks’ men’s lacrosse program is only five years old.
Princeton men’s basketball (11–14 overall, 3–7 Ivy) extended its losing streak to six games this weekend, losing road matchups to Cornell (10–13 overall, 4–6 Ivy) 107–101 (3OT) and Columbia (7–16 overall, 4–6 Ivy) 85–60 on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. Here are some themes that emerged over the course of the weekend.
Around the Ivies: Men’s Basketball
The Tigers — leaders of the Ivy League — took care of business this weekend with consecutive road victories at Cornell and Columbia, the league’s current seventh and eighth place teams.
The women’s swimming team defied expectations, posting 1,301 points in the Ivy League Championships. The team made a strong push under first-year head coach Bret Lundgaard, improving markedly from their 1,024 points from last season.