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Men’s ice hockey (6–13–2, 4–9–1 ECAC) capped off Intersession with a road trip through New York, playing at St. Lawrence University (4–21–1) and No. 9 Clarkson University (18–8). Though the Tigers fell in both matches, it was a record-setting weekend for senior forward Ryan Kuffner.
Junior forward Bella Alarie’s 45-point performance in Friday afternoon’s win over Columbia (5–12 overall, 1–3 Ivy League) puts her in impressive company. She set the women’s basketball program record for points and became the second player in Princeton basketball history to score at least that many. The other? Bill Bradley ’65.
This weekend, the No. 5 ranked women’s hockey team (14–3–5 overall, 12–1–3 ECAC) had its unbeaten streak broken at 20 games with a loss to No. 4 Clarkson (13–3–0, 22–5–1). The streak was the longest in program history and the longest in the nation this season. Princeton, which hadn’t lost since October, still leads the ECAC because of its win over Cornell, though both have 27 points. Clarkson is in third with 26 followed by Colgate in fourth with 22, all through 16 games.
Men’s basketball vs Wesley, @ Columbia and @ Cornell: W 91–62, W 55–43, W 70–61 OT
Friday’s win over Columbia (6–11, 1–2 Ivy) wasn’t the prettiest game ever played, but Princeton (11–5, 3–0) will certainly take it.
This week, the No. 4 ranked women’s hockey team (13–2–5, 11–0–3 ECAC) will look to extend its eighteen-game undefeated streak, the longest stretch in program history and longest in the nation this season, at home against Penn State (10–10–5), its last non-conference opponent, on Tuesday, St. Lawrence (12–11–3, 7–5–2) on Friday, and No. 5 Clarkson (20–5–1, 11–3–0) on Saturday. Over 14 games, Princeton leads the ECAC by two points over Cornell and three points over Clarkson. These will be Princeton’s first games this season against St. Lawrence and Clarkson, respectively; wins over both would help move them closer to an ECAC title.
Men’s basketball standout Devin Cannady ’19 has been arrested after he allegedly swung at a Department of Public Safety officer in Wawa early morning on Friday, Jan. 18, according to The Trentonian.
The last time Princeton men’s hockey (currently 6–11–2, 4–7–1 ECAC) beat Harvard (7–5–3, 4–4–2), its senior leaders, including forwards Max Véronneau, Ryan Kuffner, and Alex Riche, weren’t on the team. Friday night, those seniors played a critical role in the team’s 4–2 home win, the first over the Crimson since 2013.
One week after beating Penn (10–6, 0–2 Ivy) in overtime to open Ivy League play, Princeton (9–5, 2–0) defeated the Quakers again, this time at the Palestra in a 62–53 defensive struggle.
Princeton wrestling had never produced a champion at the Chicago-based Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. They left this year’s tournament with two.
This weekend, the No. 5 women’s hockey team (12–2–4 overall, 10–0–2 ECAC) will look to take its sixteen-game unbeaten streak, the longest in program history and longest active in the nation, on the road to No. 4 Cornell (8–1–4, 6–1–1) on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and No. 9 Colgate (11–6–3, 5–2–1) on Saturday at 3 p.m. Cornell currently sits second behind Princeton in the ECAC Hockey Standings with Colgate in fourth. Friday evening’s game against Cornell will have big implications for the national standings, the winner of the Ivy League title, and the winner of the ECAC title.
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.
In response to concerns that the University’s bonfire tradition prioritized the success of the football team over other athletic teams, the University has enacted a new policy. In order to celebrate a bonfire, all varsity athletic teams will need to beat Harvard and Yale in the same year.
While most Princeton students headed home for the holidays and took some much-needed time away from campus, Tiger teams remained in action throughout the break. Here is a recap of some of the notable game results and individual standout performances.
In the final stretch of its Ivy League opener at home against Penn (10–5 overall, 0–1 Ivy), Princeton men’s basketball (8–5, 1–0) couldn’t seem to get out of its own way. First, the Tigers stalled offensively and blew a 59–51 lead in the game’s final minutes as Penn forced overtime. In the overtime period, Princeton missed the front end of a one-and-one twice, allowing Penn to grab a crucial rebound off its own missed free throw and throw the ball out of bounds on an inbounds play.
Depending on how you feel about the transitive property, Princeton (7–5 overall, 0–0 Ivy) may have a claim to be the best team in the country. Saturday, the Tigers pulled off a stunning 67–66 upset against No. 17 Arizona State (9–3), who defeated No. 1 Kansas (11–1) in its previous game.
With a game last week against undefeated St. John’s (9–0) and games over winter break against national powerhouse Duke (9–1) and No. 20 Arizona State (7–1), men’s basketball (4–4, 0–0 Ivy) has lined up a tough non-conference schedule. The team should consider itself lucky. Given the caliber of this year’s Ivy League, it will need all the experience it can get against really strong teams.
Women’s basketball (4–7 overall, 0–0 Ivy) extended their win streak to three on Tuesday night at Monmouth (3–6). The Tigers bested the Hawks 79–47 in junior forward Bella Alarie’s second game back from injury.
In a split weekend for the swimming and diving program, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to New York for meets with the Columbia Lions. The Princeton women narrowly lost in Percy Uris Natatorium on Friday, dropping to 6–1 on the season (4–1 Ivy), and the men continued their unbeaten run on Saturday to climb to 6–0 (4–0 Ivy).
Men’s hockey (3–8–1 overall, 3–4–1 ECAC Hockey) was defeated by Arizona State (12–6) twice this weekend, losing by a score of 4–0 on Friday and 3–2 on Saturday. The losses this weekend extended the Tigers’ losing streak to seven, lowering their overall win percentage to .292.