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Less than a month separates the men’s and women’s tennis team from a return to Ivy League play. While both sides have been competing since September, conference play and the ensuing NCAA tournament will undoubtedly add a degree of intensity as the season progresses. Both the men’s and women’s teams have shown strong performances so far, promising an exciting and competitive 2018 campaign.
Getting to know the University’s next basketball star
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.
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. Despite the loss, Princeton still managed to secure a spot in the upcoming Ivy League tournament. It must beat either Brown or Yale in one of its two upcoming games to enter as the top seed.
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.
Men’s basketball (12–15 overall, 4–8 Ivy) split a pair of games at home this weekend, losing to Harvard (15–12, 10–2), 72–66, in overtime on Saturday before defeating Dartmouth (6–19, 2–10), 64-47.
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.
Men’s basketball @ Dartmouth: W 64–47
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.
In front of a raucous Jadwin crowd, with its season on the line, men’s basketball came up short once again.
The women’s lacrosse team opened its spring season against Temple (2–2 overall) last Saturday, clinching its first victory,17–4. The Tigers now sit at No. 9 in the IWCLA poll and No. 12 in the Cascade Media poll.
Instead of facing one of the normal age-old rivals Harvard or Yale, the football team will play Brown in next year’s homecoming matchup and end the season playing regional rival Penn. The decision comes after modifications to the Ivy League football schedule announced in mid-December 2017. This conflicts with the traditional schedule for the Tigers. What many alumni have expressed concern about however, is that Princeton will play both the Bulldogs and the Crimson away.
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. Despite its short history, Monmouth has had tremendous success, including a MAAC championship and NCAA tournament appearance last year.
Around the Ivies: Men’s Basketball
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.
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. Despite strong performances, the Tigers fell to both Harvard and Yale for another third-place finish. The Crimson took the top spot with 1,616 points.
Many times following an emotional victory, we hear of top teams falling victim to “trap games,” games against inferior opponents that may be overlooked. Princeton women’s basketball faced two potential trap games this weekend, but made sure to dominate those opponents, just like they dominated Penn last Tuesday.
This weekend, Princeton basketball will be racking up miles, with the men’s and women’s teams going on the road together. The men’s team (11–12, 3–5 Ivy) will be going to Cornell (9–12, 3–5) and Columbia (6–15, 3–5) on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. The women (17–4, 7–1 Ivy) will also be playing against the Big Red (6–15, 2–6) and the Lions (7–16, 1–7) on Friday and Saturday night respectively. This weekend will be pivotal for both teams as they make their final pushes for the Ivy League standings. Each team has four only games left after this weekend.
This weekend, from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, the Princeton women’s water polo team (0–4) will be hosting the Princeton Invitational at DeNunzio Pool. The last time that the Tigers hosted this invitational was in the 2016 season, when they faced two different teams (Cal Baptist and Cal Lutheran) and two returning teams (Villanova and Iona). During this three-day invitational, Princeton will play host to a variety of teams, including the Chinese National Team, George Washington, Iona, Wagner, Harvard, Bucknell, Marist, and Villanova.