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2006 was the last time Princeton won its first two games of the season. It was also the last year the team had gotten off to a start like this one. Defending Powers Field in their first home game of the season, the Tigers (2-0) rocked the visiting Lehigh Mountain Hawks (2-2), rolling to a 52-26 victory. With the victory, they break a four-game losing streak against Lehigh, going back to 2010.
Coming off its first season opener victory in nine years, the football team hopes to carry the momentum of last week’s dominant victory over Lafayette into Saturday’s game against Lehigh. Despite this, the Mountain Hawks’ consistent success over the last few seasons will present a much greater challenge than Lafayette did last week.
This article is part of our 2015 Fall Preview
This article is part of our 2015 Fall Preview
2006. The last year the Princeton football team opened its season with a victory. It seems, however, the Tigers had had enough of this ignominious streak.
With the baseball postseason approaching, the Daily Princetonian thought it might be interesting to look at one of Princeton’s own who is currently influencing the big leagues. We interviewed Mark Shapiro ’89, a former Princeton football player, former general manager and president of the Cleveland Indians, and soon-to-be president of the Toronto Blue Jays. We spoke to him about his career in baseball, what he learned as a student-athlete at Princeton and what he looks for when acquiring MLB players.
A road trip to nearby Chestnut Hill College ended in disappointment for the men of sprint football, as the Tigers fell to the Griffins by a score of 48-13. The game marked the first ever contest for Princeton’s opponents, a program new to the Collegiate Sprint Football League, while the loss marked the 16thstraight season-opening loss for the Orange and Black.
As the Princeton football team prepares for its season opener against Lafayette, one of its players is preparing to be the first of a different sort. This week, junior offensive lineman Mason Darrow became the Princeton football program’s first openly gay player, and one of the few in football, NCAA or professional, as a whole. While having come out to his friends and family his freshman fall, Darrow did not intend to make his story public until earlier this summer.The Daily Princetonian spoke with Darrow about the decision to make his story known, and where he plans to go from here.
This Saturday, Princeton football will travel to Lafayette’s Fisher Stadium to finally begin its 2015 season. In their season opener, the Tigers hope to showcase a wealth of returning experience while also mitigating the graduation of star quarterbacks Quinn Epperly '15 and Connor Michelsen '15.
After being fired following a tumultuous and unsuccessful tenure as head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan has pretty obviously been holing up at Princeton Stadium, about an hour south of his former team’s home stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
We’re quickly approaching your favorite sportswriter’s favorite time of the year, and it doesn’t have that much to do with Christmas (though high on my list is Christmas dinner — the thought of a home-cooked meal has carried me through these last two weeks). December, as some of you may know, is bowl season for college football. Each and every year, some of the best teams in the country were chosen to duke it out in one last game. For two weeks, college football fans across America were treated to an all-you-can-watch bonanza that ultimately culminates in the BCS National Championship in early January. Unlike in most sports, the participants in the championship match were decided not by playoffs but by a selection committee, whose chosen teams would automatically be thrust into the game.
Déjà vu brought fans at Princeton Stadium back to Homecoming one month prior. On that October Saturday, Princeton football (5-5 overall, 4-3 Ivy League) faced a Crimson onslaught and emerged battered and defeated 49-7. This past Saturday, Dartmouth (8-2, 6-1) came to town and, with a similarly overwhelming performance, topped the Tigers by a score of 41-10.
Just one win stood between Princeton and sole possession of the 2013 Ivy League championship. Nothing was guaranteed — nothing ever is on game day — but one could have hardly expected Dartmouth to limit a 50-point-per-game offense to a total of just 24 points. What had been a remarkable season ended on a regrettable note, as the Big Green won 28-24. Although co-champions, the Tigers just missed a perfect conference mark.
Around the Ivies: football
The Tigers (5-4 overall, 4-2 Ivy League) are officially out of Ivy title contention after losing 44-30 to Yale this weekend. While already at a disadvantage, with their fate in Harvard’s hands after a loss on Homecoming weekend, the Tiger loss this weekend ended any hope of recovering to earn a share of the title.
Princeton football (5-3 overall, 4-1 Ivy League) will travel to New Haven, Conn., to face a competitive Yale side, which currently tops the conference in scoring. The Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1), who have won four straight, hold a 74-52-10 all-time lead in the series which stretches back to 1873.
It wasn’t always pretty, but the Tigers (5-3 overall, 4-1 Ivy) got it done when it counted and came out of Saturday’s matchup against Penn with a 22-17 win to keep their hopes of an Ivy title alive. Twenty-two points may not seem like a lot for an offense that has shown explosive potential almost all season, but it was enough in the end as the defense stepped up to frustrate the Penn offense all afternoon.
After being embarrassed on their home field last weekend in the homecoming matchup against Harvard, it was unclear how the Tigers would respond with more than half of their Ivy season left to play. However, the Tigers (4-3 overall, 3-1 Ivy League) showed they had a short memory and displayed their resolve as they put the loss behind them to earn a 38-27 win over Cornell this weekend.
After two consecutive years of dramatic finishes and Roman Wilson ’14 touchdown catches, last year’s Ivy co-champions will go head-to-head this weekend, with the winner remaining in control of his own fate in pursuit of this year’s title. Coming off a 27-16 home victory over Brown, the Tigers (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) look to remain undefeated in the Ivy League when they host Harvard on Saturday for homecoming weekend.
Princeton (3-2 overall, 2-0 Ivy League) started a series of six Ivy League games with a 27-16 home victory over Brown (2-3, 0-2) on Saturday, leaving them tied atop the Ivy League standings with Harvard and Dartmouth with an undefeated 2-0 league record. They improve to 3-2 overall with the win.