The Princeton men’s and women’s hockey teams faced tough losses this past weekend in games that both ended in complete shutouts. The women matched up against Clarkson University and the men’s team faced off against the Brown Bears at home.
Junior Gabi Forrest sprinted across the finish line at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet last Friday in third place, after an incredible kick to the finish. At the 3,500 meter mark of the race, Forrest was in 19th place and few might have guessed that she would end up in third just a few minutes later. The moment she fled by her spectating teammates, one of them asserted, “Oh Gabi’s got this.” Lo and behold, Forrest sprinted through the finish line gunning for the bronze medal — a full 16 places higher than her last marker. Her finishing time of 20:12 was 34 seconds faster than the 20:46 race she ran at the same exact course just a few weeks earlier at the start of the season.
Saturday night was a successful one on both ends of the rink for the Princeton men’s hockey team in their game against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). The Tigers flaunted their team's incredible depth and unity, with thirteen players gaining points, including a few collegiate firsts for some freshmen. The Tigers clutched a 6-2 win and improved to 2-2-1 (1-2-1 ECAC), while the Engineers dropped to 2-5-3 (1-4-1 ECAC).
With the loss of multiple seniors last season, Princeton is looking for key contributors from last season to lead the team, as well as other players — both new and returning — to emerge as stars for the 2018 team. Here are some players to keep your eye on as the season begins.