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Weekly recap: Women’s lacrosse sees historic individual effort, men’s lacrosse continues dominance, track and field teams continue to push school records

<h5>Men’s lacrosse won both of its games last week.</h5>
<h6>Courtesy of Shelley M. Szwast/GoPrincetonTigers.</h6>
Men’s lacrosse won both of its games last week.
Courtesy of Shelley M. Szwast/GoPrincetonTigers.

Men’s lacrosse vs. Marist, Boston University 

In a series of home games last week, No. 3 men’s lacrosse (8–2 overall, 2–1 Ivy League) defeated both unranked Marist (3–7, 2–1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) and No. 13 Boston University (BU) (8–3, 5–0 Patriot League). On Tuesday evening, the Tigers asserted their dominance over the Marist Red Foxes in an 18–7 win. Junior attack Christian Ronda led Princeton in scoring with four goals, two of which were off assists from senior attack Chris Brown. With both an explosive offense and a controlling defense, the Tigers ensured that the win would be theirs. 

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Check out this article for a full recap of Tuesday’s win.

Saturday’s game against BU saw similar results in favor of the Tigers with a 12–7 victory. Senior midfielder Luke Crimmins opened the scoring within the first quarter to give Princeton a one-goal advantage. Twenty-one seconds later, the Terriers answered with a goal of their own. A 2–0 run in the second quarter gave BU their only lead of the game — a lead that was quickly stripped away from them with goals from Ronda and junior attack Alex Slusher. The Tigers’ impressive offense emerged from a dominant defense. Senior defenseman George Baughan caused three turnovers and won eight ground balls to give Princeton crucial possessions. A 5–0 run from Princeton in the second half gave the Tigers yet another top-20 win. 

Next, the Tigers will host Dartmouth on Saturday, April 16 on Sherrerd Field for a League game. 

Women’s lacrosse vs. Brown

The No. 12 women’s lacrosse team (7–2 overall, 2–0 Ivy League) took on unranked Brown (5–5, 2–2) and won 18–6. The Tigers opened the first quarter with a 7–0 run, netting more goals in 13 minutes than the Brown Bears would be able to in 60 minutes. Senior attack Kyla Sears scored seven goals  —  a new career high. Sears is also now ranked third all-time in program history for most goals in one game. Eight other Tigers scored to secure the victory for Princeton. 

Check out this article for a full recap of the Tigers’ win against Brown. 

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The Tigers will next host No. 8 Maryland on Sherrerd Field Wednesday, April 13. 

Women’s track and field at Miami Hurricane Invitational 

The women’s track and field team saw ten new top-10 school records this past weekend at the Miami Hurricane Invitational on April 8–9. First-year thrower Siniru Iheoma earned third all-time with a distance of 48.86 meters in the discus. Sophomore sprinter and jumper Nia Mosby also found herself third all-time in the 200 meter with a time of 24.06 seconds. Additionally, Mosby and junior sprinter and jumper Olivia Hee tied for eighth all-time in the 100 meters, both running 12.05. Sophomore jumper SJ Cohen placed fifth all-time in the pole vault at a height of 3.92m. Senior thrower Jalah Morris went sixth in the shot-put, throwing 13.96m. Junior hurdler and sprinter Arianna Smith ran the 400 meter hurdles at a time of 59.69 for sixth all-time. In the 800 meters, senior distance runner Caroline Timm also earned sixth with an impressive time of 2:07.08. A team composed of sophomore sprinters Casey Burton, Brianna Mponzi, Harlowe Brumett-Dunn, and senior sprinter Grace Lanouette in the 4x100m relay tied for seventh all-time with a time of 46.71. Brummet-Dunn also earned 10th all time in the 100m with a time of 12.07. 

The Tigers will host the Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver Stadium this coming weekend on Friday and Saturday, April 15–16. 

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Men’s track and field at Mason Spring Invitational 

At the Mason Spring Invitational on Saturday, April 9, the No. 8 men’s track and field team earned two new top-10 program records. Senior sprinter Michael Phillippy placed sixth all-time in the 400m with a time of 46.75 seconds. Additionally, junior hurdler Jovan Aigbekaen placed seventh all-time in the 110m hurdles, coming in at a time of 14.38. 

Next, Princeton will be hosting the Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend on April 15–16. 

Women’s water polo vs. Harvard, Michigan, Brown 

On Saturday, April 9, the No. 21 women’s water polo team (19–9 overall, 8–4 Collegiate Water Polo Association) fell to both No. 19 Harvard (20–6, 8–3) and No. 7 Michigan (24–8, 12–0). In a hard-fought first battle of the day against the Harvard Crimson, the two teams went into double overtime before the Tigers lost 12–11. Princeton took an early lead with two consecutive goals from first-year center Jovana Sekulic, but a 4–0 run from Harvard gave them the advantage. Towards the end of regulation, the Tigers were behind 8–6. Two goals from first-year utility Kayla Yelensky brought the teams into the first of two periods of overtime. In the second, Harvard would take the game-winning goal. 

The following matchup against the Michigan Wolverines saw a 16–6 loss for the Tigers. Despite trailing by three goals leading into halftime, the Tigers were not able to close the gap. A 9–2 run from the Wolverines in the second half gave Michigan the victory. Sophomore utility Meera Burghardt and Yelensky led the Tigers in scoring with two goals each. 

The Sunday, April 10 game against Brown (23–12, 7–4) saw more favorable results for the Tigers with a 10–6 win. Princeton started strong with an early two goal lead courtesy of Sekulic and junior attacker and utility Laura Larkin. Although the Brown Bears would tie the game at five-all, the Tigers pulled ahead with four goals in the third quarter. With these goals, the Tigers claimed a victory over the Bears. 

Next, the Tigers will be attending the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship tournament on April 22–24. 

Julia Nguyen is a co-head editor for the Sports section at the ‘Prince’ who usually covers the weekend recaps. She can be reached at trucn@princeton.edu or on Instagram at @jt.nguyen.

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