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The Princeton men’s tennis team begins Ivy League play this weekend with matches against Brown on Saturday and Yale on Sunday. With a strong and now seasoned starting cast, the team is poised to capture its first Ivy League Championship since the 1988 season.
We’re already well into the season for the baseball teams of the Ivy League. With league play just around the corner, we take a look at how teams across the Ancient 8 have positioned themselves so far in the standings.
The Princeton Women’s Lacrosse team (5-2, 2-0 Ivy League) played in a thrilling match against Ivy League rival the Harvard Crimson (5-3, 1-1 Ivy League) in Cambridge, Mass on Saturday.
The Princeton Tigers (2-5, 0-2 Ivy League) played like an entirely different team from the one that suffered a 20-10 drubbing at the hands of Penn. They nevertheless fell short against No. 3-ranked Yale by a heartbreaking score of 11-10.
The Princeton women’s tennis team (9-7 overall, 1-0 Ivy League) ushered in Ivy League play with a 5-2 victory against Penn (7-6, 0-1) on Saturday. The win extends the Tigers’ streak to three consecutive victories and sets an optimistic precedent for the six remaining games against each of the Ivy League teams.
The Princeton men’s and women’s fencing teams capped their seasons with impressive performances in this weekend’s NCAA championships at Brandeis University. For the sixth year in a row, Princeton placed in the top four in the tournament, taking home an NCAA trophy. After a weekend of tenacious competition, the Tigers clawed their way up to a third-place finish, just outperforming St. John’s University. Ohio State University narrowly finished ahead of the Tigers with a score of 167-160, while the Columbia Lions won their second straight title with 174 points.
This past weekend, the Princeton men’s baseball team (6-10 overall, 0-0 Ivy League) traveled to Annapolis to take on the United States Naval Academy (18-6-1) in a four-game series. The Tigers dropped two back-to-back games in their first doubleheader against the Midshipmen on Saturday before splitting a pair of games on Sunday to finish the overall contest with a 1-3 record.
The Princeton softball team (5-17 overall) can breathe a sigh of relief, having finally winning a game in the month of March. The Tigers claimed their season home opener with two victories over Colgate (3-14 overall) on Saturday, winning the first by a score of 7-4 and the second, 9-6.
After months of buildup, Princeton’s men's and women's crew teams finally had a chance to test their mettle on the water this weekend at the opening of the dual meet season. Both the heavy- and lightweight men’s teams were victorious against strong opponents whom they were nevertheless expected to beat, while each of the women’s teams fell to some of the toughest competition they will face all year.
After a heart-breaking loss at home earlier in the week, the men’s volleyball team traveled to Newark to close their home-and-home series against the New Jersey Institute of Technology. While the Tigers managed to clinch a tight first set, 25-23, the Highlanders found their rhythm and won the match with 25-20, 25-29 and 25-21 wins.
Nobody quite saw it coming. Following a shaky start to the season, the stage was set for the Tigers (2-4 overall, 0-1 Ivy League) to claw their way back into contention with an early conference win on their home field. That script would not play out. On the opening day of Ivy League play, the Penn Quakers (4-2, 1-0) routed men’s lacrosse by a score of 20-10. Saturday’s contest saw eight members of the visiting team score, four of whom tallied hat tricks.
The Princeton men’s tennis team finished off its spring break by traveling to sunny San Diego to compete in the USD/SDSU Mission Valley Spring Classic. Facing stiff competition from a host of highly ranked ITA opponents, the team fared well, defeating No. 26 University of Memphis on Thursday afternoon before falling to No. 8 Texas Tech University on Friday and No. 34 University of San Diego on Saturday.
As we make our way into late March, the women’s lacrosse season is beginning to hit its stride. No teams in the Ivy League have broken away from the pack so far, with few intra-league games having taken place so far. Nevertheless, the race to the top in the Ancient is, as always, shaping up to be an exciting one.
Cornell Big Red(5-0 overall, 2-0 Ivy League): you can’t ask for a better start than perfection, especially for a team that is hungry for a tournament appearance after finishing third last year. Resounding wins against Yale and Columbia have certainly set a strong tone for the season. The Big Red certainly have their strong defense to thank – they’ve allowed a league low 6.4 goals per game to start the year.
Penn Quakers(6-1, 1-0): Still smarting their second place finish last year (losing the Ivy League crown to Princeton), this Penn team has come out looking like they have something to prove. They are ranked 14thin the NCAA, and have already picked up a victory over another ranked team (#17 Towson).
Princeton Tigers(4-2, 1-0): After a strong showing in the 2015 postseason, the Tigers have come out back and ready for more. Ranked #11 in the NCAA (the best of any Ivy League team), the Tigers have already accomplished what could be a season highlight – taking down the University of Virginia (then ranked #4) at the Class of 1952 Stadium. Moreover, their only losses on the season have come on the road against top-ranked teams: University of Notre Dame (currently #40) and Penn State (currently #9). They’ve been finding the back of the net well, at 12 goals per game – due in no small part to the play of junior midfielder Olivia Hompe, who is second in the league in goals per game.
Harvard Crimson(4-2, 1-0): Speaking of strong offenses, hats off to Harvard for starting the 2016 campaign on the right foot. They’ve been scoring at a league best 12.88 goals per game. Like Princeton, their only losses have been at the hands of top teams, Stanford and Syracuse University.
Yale Bulldogs(4-4, 1-1): A team that has finished in the middle of the Ivy League for the past four seasons has certainly started out this year the same way. No signature wins or losses dot the Bulldogs’ season so far, but they have the opportunity to push their way up the conference rankings as they face 3 straight games in New Haven before hitting the road once more.
Dartmouth Big Green(4-2, 0-1): Despite their loss to the Tigers to start the season, the Big Green need not despair as they look toward the rest of the season. Indeed, their other loss came on the road against the University of Florida, currently ranked #2 in the nation. Indeed, through all of their games, they’ve been lifted by the excellent scoring from midfielder Jaclyn Leto, who leads the Ancient 8 in goals at 23.
Columbia Lions(4-4, 0-2): After last year’s last place finish, the Lions have not come out the gates in league play the way they wanted. They took a bruising loss to Harvard at home, and fell to Cornell in Ithaca. They’ve allowed the most goals per game of any team in the Ivy League – nearly 11 per contest, a mark they will have to shore up if they want any chance of staying afloat in a competitive Ivy League.Brown (4-3, 0-2): An 0-2 start to league play is certainly not the way the Bears wanted to come out. They can, however, take pride in a strong defensive showing to start the season, having let in the second fewest goals per game among the Ivies so far. Their match against Cornell at homethis Saturdaywill be crucial as they try to put themselves back onto the right track in the league race.
Princeton’s men and women’s fencing teams will travel to Brandeis University in Massachusetts to compete in the NCAA Championships beginning Thursday. The Tigers are sending 12 athletes, the maximum number permitted by the organization, and are one of only four teams to have 12 fencers qualify for the tournament.
This spring break, the women’s tennis team (8-7 overall) traveled to Texas for three matches before conference play begins on Saturday. The Princeton squad returned from its trip having suffered one loss and grabbed two close wins. The Tigers’ sole loss came from the University of Texas, who defeated them 5-2. However, the Orange and Black would rebound to end the trip on a high note with wins over the University of Houston and Rice University.
Despite a strong team showing and several promising performances from underclassmen, the Princeton softball team (3-17, 0-0 Ivy League) failed to garner a win at the San Diego State Invitational this past weekend, falling just short in its five games against a strong field.
After starting the season with a 2-6 record, the Princeton baseball team (5-7 overall) was in need of victories heading into a four-game stretch against Georgetown (10-10 overall) last week. Despite a 10th-inning loss to the Hoyas on Thursday, the Tigers ultimately proved their dominance and agility with three victories on Friday and Sunday.
This past Friday and Saturday, the women’s water polo team continued their season in California, taking part in the annual Loyola Marymount University Invitational. The Tigers started competition strong with two wins over Azusa Pacific University and Whittier College. Princeton fell on the second day of competition to hosts Loyola Marymount in a heartbreaking 6-7 loss.
What a season it has been for the Princeton Tigers men’s wrestling team.
In an upset-filled March Madness, it seemed for much of the first-round matchup that Princeton (11th seed) would pull off the upset against West Virginia University (6). Despite valiant offensive and defensive efforts by the Tigers, WVU eked out a 74-65 win.