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Weekend Review: Oct. 20, 2019

Men’s soccer vs. Columbia: W 2–1

Men’s soccer notched a crucial win on Saturday at home vs. Columbia. The Tigers were up 2–0 by the end of the first half, with goals from junior defender Richard Wolf — his first at Princeton — and junior midfielder and forward Kevin O’Toole. Columbia was able to sneak one past senior keeper Jacob Schachner in the 79th minute, but a save from the goalie in the 85th minute stopped the Lions from tying the game, and Princeton won 2–1. The team, now 1–1–1, will take on Harvard next weekend in Cambridge. At this point, every game is a must-win for the team if it is to win a repeat Ivy League title this season.


Women’s soccer vs. Columbia: T 1–1 (2 OT)

Senior forward Abby Givens opened the scoring in the 21st minute with an assist from junior midfielder Olivia Kane in Saturday’s game against Columbia at Roberts Stadium. After Columbia scored, right after the second half began, the two teams battled it out — through the end of regulation and two overtime periods — only to draw 1–1 at the final whistle. This was the Tigers’ fourth overtime game of the season. Now sitting at 1–2–1, Princeton heads to Harvard next Saturday for their third-to-last game of the regular season.

Field hockey @ Brown, Boston University: W 6–0, W 3–1

No. 8 Princeton field hockey (10–4, 4–0 Ivy) extended its winning streak to seven games this Sunday with a 6–0 win at Brown and a 3–1 win at BU. Princeton started extremely quickly, scoring its first goal 90 seconds into the game and scoring four goals in the first nine minutes. Junior striker Clara Roth scored three goals to pick up a hat trick, and sophomore striker Ali McCarthy added another two goals. Against BU, Roth scored twice, and first-year midfielder Sammy Popper scored once; Princeton didn’t allow a goal until late in the fourth quarter of the 3–1 win.

Men’s water polo @ No. 16 Fordham: L 11–10

No. 16 Fordham put an end to No. 18 Princeton men’s water polo (10–10, 4–1 NWPC) four-game winning streak in an 11–10 thriller on Saturday. The Rams took control of the contest from the beginning, netting the game’s first three goals. Things fell apart for the Tigers from there; by eight minutes in, they’d tied the score, but Fordham never let them accumulate more than a one-point lead. Princeton trailed 5–6 at halftime and maintained a one-point deficit for much of the second half. They never mustered up the offensive strength to push past Fordham’s tight defense. Sophomore attacker Keller Maloney led scoring with five goals; he and the rest of Princeton’s squad will have the chance to redeem themselves in a matchup at the unranked San Jose State next weekend.


Women’s volleyball @ Harvard, Dartmouth: W 3–0, W 3–0

Princeton women’s volleyball (10–6, 6–1 Ivy) went 2–0 on the road this weekend after sweeping both Harvard and Dartmouth in 3–0 matches. Senior outside hitter Natasha Skov had a total of 27 kills this weekend with senior outside and right side hitter Devon Peterkin and senior right side hitter Maggie O’Connell right behind her at 20 kills each. Senior setter Jessie Harris led the offense with 82 assists over the two matches, and sophomore libero Cameron Dames added 33 digs. Princeton is currently on a four-game winning streak, with three of those matches being 3–0 sweeps.

Players of the Weekend

Jacob Birmelin, football (2021): Birmelin caught 12 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns in Princeton’s 65–22 win over Brown.

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Clara Roth, field hockey (2021): Roth put up a hat trick to lead Princeton past Brown on Saturday and scored another two goals in Princeton’s win over Boston University on Sunday.