Welcome back, Tigers! Here's all you missed in sports while we were away.
The University Department of Athletics announced on Monday that it was adding three new sports to its list of Division I sports: curling, mini golf, and Madden. All three sports will have a men’s and women’s division, increasing the number of men’s sports to 21 and women’s sports to 20.
The Princeton football team has declared themselves 2017 National Champions. Despite finishing with a 5-5 record and not playing in the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football’s highest tier, the team believes it has a legitimate claim to the title.
The women’s basketball team closed out 2017 in style with a dominating performance over the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers at Jadwin Gymnasium on Saturday. The Tigers (10-3) earned the impressive 77-40 victory to close out the year with a four-game win streak and wins in seven of their last eight games.
After having their conference opener against UPenn postponed due to the snow, the Tigers dropped the rescheduled game this afternoon 76–70. The loss puts the Tigers (7–8) below .500 and delivers a big — albeit early — blow to the Tigers’ Ivy League performance. In a game against teams looking to challenge Harvard and Yale for Ivy League supremacy, chalk round one up to the other guys.
The Tigers (11–3) defeated the Quakers by a score of 70–55. With the win, the Tigers earned their sixth victory in a row and won against UPenn for the first time in their last six attempts. In this rematch between the teams that finished first and second, UPenn and Princeton respectively, the Tigers rewrote the narrative that everyone was expecting; defeating the Quakers at the Palestra will be considered a big upset by many people in the coming days, who predicted UPenn as the runaway Ivy League favorite.
The Tigers victory over the Warriors concluded a 12 day, 10,500 mile road trip. They wrap up their non-conference schedule with a 7-7 record and now have a long week and a half off before kicking off their Ivy League season against Penn with a showdown in the Palestra.
As 2017 winds down, The Daily Princetonian looks back at all of the highs and lows from the last year of Princeton sports. From a trip to the Big Dance, to a player that wears both Tiger and U.S. national team uniforms, to a disappointing end to a promising season start to a wild double overtime victory to extend a streak of success, we take you through the recap of every sport this past year. Join us in remembering all of the season highlights, record breaking moments and close the book on an entertaining and wild 2017.
Princeton’s newest soccer team is venturing out beyond the Orange Bubble and breaking the mold of traditional sports teams on campus. And, it’s taking the University by storm with a 400 percent membership increase since its inception in September.