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This weekend, women’s basketball will travel to Philadelphia to play in the second annual Ivy League Conference Tournament. With an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line, the Tigers will begin the weekend at 6 p.m Saturday against Yale (15–12 overall, 8–6 Ivy) and will advance to the championship game 4 p.m. Sunday with a win. Here are some of the key story lines heading into the most important weekend of the season.
Princeton men’s tennis (11–5) looks to extend its five-game winning streak on Sunday as the Tigers take on the Monmouth University Hawks (3–9) and Temple University Owls (7–3) at Jadwin Gymnasium.
Freshman midfielder Kyla Sears of women’s lacrosse was nervous before the team’s opening match against Temple on Feb. 17. She usually listens to music or braids her hair to calm her nerves before a game, but before the start of the first game of her collegiate career, she relied on her teammates.
Back-to-back games fatigue the best of teams, but the men’s tennis team showed its grit by sweeping the weekend. The Tigers (11–5) topped Binghamton (3–10), Charlotte (7–8), and No. 39 Western Michigan (11–4) in their three-game home stand. Princeton extended its win streak to five games as they look to build momentum heading into Ivy League play at the end of the month.
This past weekend, the men’s lacrosse team (2–2) travelled down to Baltimore, Md. to take on No. 17 Johns Hopkins (2–2). Unfortunately, the game did not go in favor of the Tigers, losing 16–9 to the Blue Jays who pulled away in the second half after a half-time score of 6—5 in favor of Johns Hopkins. On Tuesday, Princeton got a chance to rebound when they hosted the New Jersey Institute of Technology (0–7) at home on Sherrerd Field at the Class of 1952 Stadium. The Tigers responded in strong fashion, beating NJIT 15–8.
Princeton’s track and field teams showed their abilities two weekends ago at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. The men’s team finished first of eight teams and the women’s team finished sixth of the eight teams, creating much excitement for the upcoming outdoor season. Here’s a recap of how the teams did:
From the Ivy League to the Olympic stage, Caroline Park ’11 has continued to play hockey at an elite level. Following her career as a Tiger, Park hoped to continue playing hockey, and she earned a spot on the combined Korean National Team. The Daily Princetonian caught up with Park following the Olympics to learn more about her experience.
Heading into the weekend, the Princeton Tigers were favored in their first-round matchup against the Brown Bears. It took only two days for the Tigers to confirm that prediction, thoroughly dominating the road team and making it look easy.
With the season on the line, the men’s basketball team fell just short of qualifying for the Ivy League Tournament in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Yale. To qualify, the Tigers needed to win both games this weekend and for Harvard to defeat Columbia. While Princeton handily defeated Brown 78–63, the Orange and Black were narrowly outscored in OT with Yale, falling to the Bulldogs 90–94. Penn is the top seed followed by Harvard, Yale, and Cornell.
Playing in its final games of the regular season, the team posted its first triple double in program history courtesy of senior forward Leslie Robinson, honored its seniors, and -- in the meantime -- won the regular season Ivy League conference title and qualified for its second consecutive Ivy League tournament bid. They defeated Brown 79–44 Friday night and Yale 64–53 Saturday to finish alone atop the Ivy League standings with a 12–2 conference record.
Heading into the final weekend of Ivy League hoops, four teams are still in the running for the all-important fourth and final spot in the Ivy League Tournament. This weekend proves to be one of the most exciting finishes in recent Ivy memory, and Princeton is caught in the middle of it. Having trouble wrapping your head around all the possible playoff scenarios in play for the Tigers? The Daily Prince’s very own Owen Tedford ’20 breaks it down case by case and shows us how the Tigers can earn that fourth spot and have a chance to repeat as Ivy League Tournament Champs.
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.
The two-time reigning Ivy League Champion women’s openweight crew are making changes and digging in after a tenth-place team finish at last May’s NCAA Championship on Mercer Lake. Senior Co-Captain Riley MacAulay is excited for racing to begin, and “expect[s] it will be a great season to win [another] Ivy Championship.”
The Princeton heavyweight men’s crew finished last season on a high note, outlasting perennial power California for fourth place in the Varsity 8 at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships hosted on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California. The team’s overall finish was highlighted by the second varsity boat, whose rowers defeated all other East Coast crews in their final race, coming in third behind Washington and California.
Men’s track and field is poised to have an outstanding season. The team is starting its outdoor season coming off a hot win at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Not only was this the Tiger’s fourth consecutive Heps title win, but they won Heps by the largest margin in race history, beating out second place Penn by 68 points. The team also won the cross-country Ivy title and the NCAA mid-Atlantic regional title last fall. At HEPs, Princeton dominated nearly every event, with particularly strong performances in mid-distance, distance, and jumping events. Particularly impressive was the mile, where seniors Garrett O’Toole and Noah Kauppila finished first and second, respectively, within half a second of each other.
The 2018 season has finally arrived for the baseball team, and with it, the chance to prove that 2017 is behind them and that they are ready to compete for an Ivy League title once again.
The softball team begins this season looking to formalize its status as an Ivy League dynasty. The team has won the Ivy League championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons and have their sights set on a third as they embark on the 2018 season.
This past weekend, the men’s lacrosse team (1–1) travelled down to Charlottesville, Virginia, to take on the No. 4 lacrosse team University of Virginia (4–0). Unfortunately, the game did not end up going to No. 20 Princeton; they lost 18–15. However, the Tigers certainly cannot be disappointed with their level of play.
The Princeton women’s water polo team (4–4) kicked off its season at the Arizona State Challenge the weekend of Feb. 2, with interim head coach Rebecca Dorst filling in the big shoes of Luis Nicolao. The team faced four nationally ranked teams: Arizona State, University of California San Diego, Loyola Marymount, and University of Hawaii at Mañoa and finished the weekend 0–4. Recovering from the tough weekend, the Tigers hosted the Princeton Invitational during the weekend of Feb. 17. Finishing the weekend 3–1, the Tigers beat George Washington, Iona, and Villanova, but faced a tough defeat against the Chinese national team.