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Weekend Review, Sept. 30

Football @ Columbia W 45–10

The football team continued their string of strong offensive performances with a 45–10 victory over Columbia in the Ivy League season opener. Senior quarterback and reigning Ivy League Player of the Week John Lovett rushed for a career-high 174 yards and recorded a pair of touchdowns. He also added a pair of TD passes. Sophomore running back Collin Eaddy contributed to the Princeton offense, rushing six times for 102 yards. This win gives the Tigers their first conference win of the season. The victory also avenges a narrow loss to Columbia from last year. 

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Women’s Volleyball vs. Yale W 3–1

Princeton defeated the Bulldogs 3–1 in a rematch of last year’s Ivy League playoff. The win puts the women’s volleyball team atop the Ivy League with Cornell. The Tiger’s top three hitters dominated the offense for Princeton. Junior Maggie O’Connell, sophomore Clare Lenihan, and sophomore Devon Peterkin accounted for 52 of the 67 kills in the victory. The Tigers narrowly edged out the Bulldogs in each of the first two sets. Yale would rally to steal the third, but a strong closeout performance ensured the Princeton side a crucial victory. Next week Princeton will continue their Ivy League campaign away from home, traveling to Dartmouth and Harvard.

Men’s Soccer vs. Dartmouth T 1—1 2OT

The men’s soccer team opened Ivy League action by hosting Dartmouth. The Big Green would put their stamp on the match early with two rapid goals. The quick start meant that Princeton had plenty of time to recover from the deficit. The Princeton side scored two goals in five minutes to close out the first half and even up the game. Despite a strong performance in the second-half, a third game-winning goal alluded the Princeton side. After a tough double overtime match the two teams split the points for a tie.

Women’s Soccer vs. Dartmouth W 0—0

The women’s soccer team opened Ivy League home play last Saturday, taking on Dartmouth at the Class of 1952 Stadium. The Tigers dominated the Big Green with 29 total shots, 10 of which were on goal, but were unable to knock one behind the net, and the two teams concluded the match in a scoreless draw. The team now stands at 6–2–2 overall and 1–0–1 in Ivy League play.

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Men’s Water Polo vs. MIT, Brown, Harvard

The men’s water polo team had jam-packed weekend with matches against MIT, Brown, and Harvard to kick off Northeast Water Polo Conference play. The team crushed MIT in the first match of the weekend on Saturday, outscoring their opponent 14 to 7. The Tigers continued this momentum into the second game of the day with a decisive 16—11 win against Brown. The team, however, fell 12—13 to Harvard in a highly contested match that concluded after two overtime periods. The Tigers are now 9—3 for the season and 2—1 in NWPC play.

Field Hockey vs. Boston University W 3—1

The women’s field hockey team matched up with the Boston University Terriers last Sunday at Bedford Field. Sophomore striker Clara Roth scored the first goal for the Tigers just 80 seconds into the match. Junior striker Taylor Nolan and freshman striker Ali McCarthy added two more goals to the tally to ensure the team’s eighth victory of the season. The team is currently 8—3 overall and 2—0 in Ivy League play.

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Players of the Week

John Lovett - 174 rushing yards, 135 passing yards, 2 TDs

Senior quarterback John Lovett rushed for a career-high 174 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over Columbia. He also recorded 135 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in the win.

Maggie O’Connell - 21 kills, 2 blocks

Junior Maggie O’Connell, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, recorded 21 kills on .441 hitting to help Princeton gain a victory over Yale.

Natalie Grossi – Three-match shutout streak

Junior goalkeeper Natalie Grossi extended her shutout streak to 310 minutes in last Saturday’s match against Dartmouth. The streak also includes the team’s matches against Yale and Drexel. Grossi now stands at 21 career shutouts, inching her way up the Princeton all-time list. She’s just one shutout behind Jordan Rettig ’01 and two behind Kelly O’Dell ’84, who occupy second and first place respectively.

Matt Payne – 10 goals

The senior driver scored ten goals for the men’s water polo team this weekend.

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