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Christopher Murphy
Associate Sports Editor


A sure thing? A look at how win probability is determined

Ever wonder how statisticians come up with metrics like win probability? In the new series of articles “Beyond the Numbers,” we take a look at some of the most popular and recent analytic trends in the sporting world. We begin with win probability and how once-in-a-generation sporting outcomes seem to occur much more often than we predict. 

No. 5 field hockey drop first home game of season to No. 3 Terrapins

Whether it was fourth-ranked Duke, 13th-ranked Delaware, or even unranked Monmouth, the Tigers’ field hockey team (5–3 overall) has been able to defend its home field throughout the early part of the season. But after their double-overtime thriller against No. 3 Maryland, the fifth-ranked Tigers no longer have a perfect record at home.

Women’s soccer falls to Georgetown in battle of top 25 teams

Facing their second team ranked in the top 25 of the United Coaches Poll, the No. 25-ranked Princeton Tigers fell to No. 10 Georgetown Hoyas 2–1 Thursday evening. The Tigers took the game to overtime following a second-half goal, but after a critical penalty in the first few minutes of overtime, the Hoyas converted, sending the Tigers to their second loss of the season.

A countdown of the top moments in 2017–18 Princeton sports

As the 2017–2018 school year comes to a close, we look back at some of the best moments in Princeton sports this past season. From thrilling overtime victories to personal milestones to NCAA tournament runs, this list highlights the 10 moments that defined Princeton sports this past year. 

Princeton preps for showdown with Illinois

With the NCAA women’s tennis bracket released, the Tigers (19–3 overall, 7–0 Ivy) are set to take on No. 19 seed Illinois (21–5) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. With the Tigers currently ranked No. 47 in the ITA and No. 24 in the USTA, they will be heading into a match as an underdog for the first time since March, when they took on then-ITA No. 46 William and Mary (17–9). The Tigers lost that match, and hope to reverse their fortunes against Illinois.

Looking back at Princeton women's golf and their struggle for varsity status

More than forty years ago, Princeton Associate Athletic Director Sam Howell ’50 floated the idea of forming a new club sport to baseball coach Eddie Donovan. Just a few months later, the Princeton women’s golf team became a reality. After several decades, the team has grown into one of the premier teams in the Ivy League and a force to be reckoned with at tournaments throughout the Northeast. Their triumphs include back-to-back Ivy League titles this year and last.