This past weekend, men’s hockey suffered two losses in a doubleheader against ECAC rival Quinnipiac.
This weekend, a few of the Tigers will contend at the Fasttrack Season Opener in Staten Island. The majority of the team will compete for the first time this season at home in Princeton’s New Year Invitational on the following Saturday, Dec. 8.
Contributing to a weekend full of Tiger athletics victories, cross country concluded its season at the NCAA championships in Madison, Wis. Women’s cross country finished 21st in the nation, and men’s finished 22nd.
Both men’s and women’s cross country will travel to Madison for the NCAA championships this weekend.
After a tough workout, long run, or stellar race, men’s cross country head coach Jason Vigilante often repeats a phrase to his team: “We’re right where we want to be.” Going into the Heptagonal Championship, this sentiment holds up.
“[The Penn State Invitational] gives us confidence going into Heps. We finished with one of the smallest spreads in the field,” said senior Allie Klimkiewicz. The Tigers also had a stellar showing at the Lakefront Invitational in Chicago, capturing first. Klimkiewicz described the Chicago win as an “unexpected confidence boost.”
Men’s cross country is running under the radar — no pun intended. Currently, the team stands right on the edge of breaking into the NCAA Top 30 rankings. But the team has its eyes set high, aiming for an Ivy League title, a first-place finish in the Mid-Atlantic NCAA Regional Championship, and a top 15 NCAA finish overall.
Men’s soccer (4–4 overall) is gearing up for its first Ivy League matchup this Saturday at 1 p.m., home against Dartmouth (2–4–2). The Tigers are vying for the Ivy League title, and every game counts: the team with the best conference record wins the title and ensures an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Starting his third season, head women’s cross country coach Brad Hunt hopes to lead his team to an Ivy League title. Things look promising for the Tigers: after taking first at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton annual matchup, women’s cross country is off to a speedy start. Hunt has recruited two powerhouse underclassmen classes, and the team possesses depth, experience, as well as strong leadership from its nine seniors.
Softball suffered a rough weekend against its matchup versus Penn, ending the weekend with three consecutive losses. On Friday, Princeton battled back-and-forth with the Quakers, eventually losing 12–11. The Saturday matchups were not quite as close; the Tigers lost 9–2 and 3–2 in the first and second games of the doubleheader, respectively.