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Men’s cross country is running under the radar. Currently, the team stands right on the edge of breaking into the NCAA Top 30 rankings. But the team has its eyes set even higher, aiming for an Ivy League title, a first-place finish in the Mid-Atlantic NCAA Regional Championship, and a top 15 NCAA finish overall.
Starting this Thursday, Princeton will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships for the Northeast division. In the main-draw singles bracket Princeton will be represented by first-year Karl Poling, sophomores Damian Rodriguez and Ryan Seggerman, juniors Payton Holden and Davey Roberts, and senior James Wasserman. First-years Bill Duo and Will Peters will compete in the qualifying singles group. Princeton also has three teams in the main-draw doubles section. Holden and Poling, Rodriguez and Seggerman, and Duo and first-year Justin Barki will play doubles matches beginning Friday.
In their final tune-up before the conference-heavy home stretch of the season, Princeton men’s soccer (6–4–1, 1–0–1 Ivy League) dominated St John’s on paper for most of regulation but were unable to score in the first 90 minutes. It took only two minutes after the start of overtime, however, for junior forward/midfielder Cole Morokhovich to find the back of the net, scoring the first goal of his career and winning the game for the Tigers.
Women’s soccer (7–3–2) heads to Columbia University in New York City on Sunday for a crucial match.
This past weekend was a big one for Princeton field hockey. On Friday night, the Tigers (10–3 overall, 3–0 Ivy) traveled to New York City to take on Columbia (6–4 overall, 2–1 Ivy) under the lights. At halftime, Princeton led by only one goal, but in the second period, the team added three more tallies. The commanding 4–0 win was sophomore striker Clara Roth’s sixth career multi-goal game. For sophomore goalkeeper Grace Brightbill, the game was her collegiate debut, as she stepped into the net to replace junior Grace Baylis for the final 3:54. Princeton is now 21–1 all time against the Lions.
Anyone who has paid attention to the start of the football season has noticed one major trend: Princeton’s offense has been good. For the first few weeks, many of us chalked it up to Princeton playing in a scheme it knew well, going up against a slew of teams that were struggling to find defensive identities. However, now four weeks in, it doesn’t look like the offensive production is a fluke. After dropping 66 points on Lehigh this past weekend — more points than the basketball team scored in 12 of their games last season — it is becoming more and more clear that this offense is the real deal. Beyond that, through the first third of the season, the Princeton offense is not just great, it is also trending in a historic direction.
The women’s volleyball team (1–5 overall, 4–1 Ivy League) had a split weekend as it played Dartmouth (6–9, 2–3) and Harvard (7–7, 2–3), both on the road. The Tigers took the game against Dartmouth in three sets last Friday (25–18, 25–16, 25–17).
Senior Matt Payne tallied 3 goals and 3 assists in the Tigers' loss to Brown on Sunday
This past Saturday, the men’s water polo team (10–6 overall, 3–4 conference) played MIT (5–9, 1–5) and Harvard (13–4, 5–1) at Harvard and took on Brown (11–7, 4–2) at home on Sunday. The Tigers scraped by with a win against the Engineers and then suffered two hard-fought losses to the Crimson and the Bears.
Women’s soccer was defeated by Brown University on Saturday, Oct. 6, giving up a two-goal lead to end up losing 2–3 on Sherrerd Field. A light rain persisted throughout the game, causing slippery conditions and a fast-moving ball.
It was a historic day for Princeton football (4–0 overall, 1–0 Ivy League) in its nonconference finale Saturday afternoon against Lehigh (1–3). Senior quarterback John Lovett accounted for 399 yards of offense, seven different players scored touchdowns, and Princeton scored its most points since 1950 in a blowout 66–7 win.
Tomorrow, Princeton football (3–0, 1–0 Ivy) hosts local rival Lehigh (1–3), last year’s Patriot League winner, in its last nonconference game of the year. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at Powers Field at Princeton Stadium. This will be the Tigers’ last chance to get it right before going into the rest of their conference play where they will strive to win another Ivy League title. This game will also have an important impact on Princeton’s place in the rankings. Princeton entered the AFCA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll last week as #25 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and is up to #23 after its 45–10 win over Columbia. This is the highest Princeton has been since Week 10 of its 2013 Ivy League championship season. The Tigers are also in the “Receiving Votes” portion of the STATS FCS Top 25, where they ranked #22 entering Week 10 in 2013.
Off to a promising 7–2–2 start to the 2018 season, the Tigers return to their home pitch this Saturday to take on Brown. Princeton is coming off of a draw against Dartmouth last weekend and a home victory against Bucknell last Tuesday; Brown has gone 4–6–1 in their season so far.
The women’s soccer team (7–2–2 overall, 1–0–1 Ivy League) finished non-conference play this past Tuesday with a game against Bucknell (5–7–1) at home. The Tigers took the lead early, scoring a quick goal in the third minute. The early goal would be the only one of the match as the Tigers’ side held on to edge out the Bison 1–0. This was the eighth victory in 10 all-time meetings between the teams.
Women’s volleyball (10–4 overall, 3–0 Ivy League) remained undefeated in the Ivy League this season with a pair of commanding wins against Brown (8–5, 1–2) and Yale (8–4, 2–1) this weekend.
Men’s soccer tied Dartmouth 2–2 after two overtime periods Saturday at home in its first game of the Ivy League season. The team is fresh off a 4–4 preseason with wins against University of Delaware, Temple University, Boston University, and Rider University, and losses against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Bradley University, Monmouth University, and Loyola University Maryland.
A 2016 rule change in the Ivy League led to a significant reduction in concussions in conference football games, a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded.
Senior Matt Payne and the rest of the Tigers could not hold on to victory in their 13–12 loss to Harvard.