Men’s hockey concluded its improbable run to the ECAC championship with an overtime 2–1 victory over Clarkson on Saturday. Senior forward Max Becker scored the game-winning goal at the 2:37 mark in the overtime period, giving Princeton its first ECAC championship since 2008 and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The top seeded Tigers proved why they were regular season Ivy League champions by dismantling Yale in the tournament semifinal. Now, they await the winner of Harvard vs. Penn in the biggest game of the season.
Princeton has come out firing on all cylinders here in the Ivy League Tournament semifinal, and has given the strong contingent of Orange and Black much to cheer about in the opening half.
This weekend, women’s basketball will travel to Philadelphia to play in the second annual Ivy League Conference Tournament. With an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line, the Tigers will begin the weekend at 6 p.m Saturday against Yale (15–12 overall, 8–6 Ivy) and will advance to the championship game 4 p.m. Sunday with a win.
“They became stars of this team by playing their roles perfectly,” said Head Coach Courtney Banghart of the seniors. “I hope all the classes below them see what leadership is.”
“Our upperclassmen are seasoned veterans and taking a good leadership role,” said head coach Lisa Van Ackeren. “Most of them have been here for two championships, and they know what the expectations are.”
Men’s basketball beat Harvard on Saturday, snapping a three-week losing streak. The Tigers face a steep climb to secure the final spot in the Ivy League Tournament. Before the game, seniors Amir Bell, Aaron Young, Mike LeBlanc, and Alec Brennan were honored in their final game at Jadwin Gymnasium.
Princeton fell to Harvard 72–66 in overtime, the team’s seventh consecutive loss in Ivy League play. Despite leading for most of the game, Princeton was unable to put the Crimson away, as Harvard tied the score near the end of regulation and dominated the overtime period.
Princeton men’s basketball (11–14 overall, 3–7 Ivy) extended its losing streak to six games this weekend, losing road matchups to Cornell (10–13 overall, 4–6 Ivy) 107–101 (3OT) and Columbia (7–16 overall, 4–6 Ivy) 85–60 on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. Here are some themes that emerged over the course of the weekend.
Around the Ivies: Men’s Basketball