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As basketball season inches closer to its conclusion, the Tigers continue to find ways to win and now have an inside track at the Ivy League regular season title and the top seed in the league’s inaugural postseason tournament. Princeton once again swept a weekend double header against Ivy League foes, beating Yale and Brown to win its seventh straight game and fourth on the road. This, combined with a Penn loss to Yale on Saturday, gives the Tigers (7-2) control over their own destiny for the first time this season.
Following a six-game stretch in which it did not suffer a single defeat, the Princeton men’s ice hockey team endured a setback this weekend with consecutive losses to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and No. 7 Union College. The team, playing the never ideal back-to-back road games, competed well in both games, but could not achieve its desired results.
The men’s volleyball team continued its recent string of strong performances with a win over reigning EIVA champions George Mason (5-7 overall, 2-3 EIVA). The Tigers (5-6, 3-1), fresh off a victory over conference rivals NJIT (6-6, 2-2), grabbed their third conference win of the season, putting them tied with Sacred Heart (10-2, 3-1) at the top of the EIVA table.
This past weekend was a big one for the Princeton track and field program, with two major meets occurring on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, members of the Princeton men’s and women’s team track and field teams traveled to participate in the Virginia Tech Challenge. Then on Sunday, the University hosted the annual Princeton Invitational at its home Jadwin Gymnasium.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, the 2016-2017 Ivy League Women’s Swimming Championships came to a close. At the end of the hard-fought four-day venue, Yale took home their seventh Ivy League Title for the first time in twenty years.
Following a successful conclusion of its Ivy League season, including a win over Cornell (8-6 overall, 3-4 Ivy) that set a program record for wins in Ivy League play, the women’s squash team will travel to Hartford, Conn. this Sunday to face Trinity College (13-2) at the Kellner Squash Center. Princeton (11-2, 5-2) is currently ranked No. 4 in the Howe Cup standings, and the Bantams are ranked No. 3. For both teams, this will be the last match of the season before the Howe Cup, the top division of the women’s national championships; accordingly, this match will be important, determining the third seed of those championships.
The Princeton men’s lacrosse team had a difficult season last year, but it is now looking for a fresh start with a new coaching administration and some exciting new additions to the team.
As the indoor track season draws near with the Indoor Heptagonal Championships in less than two weeks, the Princeton track and field teams look towards the spring to continue their success.
It has been quite a year for the women's water polo team. Individuals have seen tremendous success in the water, with senior goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson winning gold in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and being named goalkeeper of the tournament. Now sophomore Lindsey Kelleher and junior Haley Wan were also named as Honorable Mention All-Americans for the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). But the team has also been successful out of the pool, with seven of the players being named to the ACWPC All-Academic Team.
Both the women’s lightweight and open rowing teams set their sights on regional and national championship titles as the beginning of their spring seasons rapidly approach.
After a disappointing season last year, the men’s volleyball team was looking for answers. The Princeton squad struggled at home, limping to a 1-8 home record and a 4-10 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) conference record. Despite a respectable roster and many notable performances from All-EIVA team captain Devin Stearns ‘16, the team managed just four wins amid stiff competition.
How do you top the story that the Tigers gave us last year? Princeton baseball will begin writing the next chapter of their history in just a few short weeks when they take the field in North Carolina.
Princeton softball holds lofty expectations for its upcoming season. Despite last year’s Ivy League championship and advancement into the NCAA tournament, the team has its sights set even higher this year. “Going on to the NCAA (tournament) is special,” said head coach Lisa Van Ackeren, “but once they have it, they want more of it.”