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Princeton Field Hockey’s Cinderella story ended Friday night against Delaware in a close 3-2 match up. The Tigers had beaten Penn State and Virginia in the previous two rounds to make it to the NCAA Final Four weekend. Had they moved on, they would have faced UNC for the chance to win a national championship.
The Princeton Tigers (8-2, 6-1 Ivy League) overcame Dartmouth (4-6, 1-6 Ivy League) this Saturday to clinch a share of their first Ivy League title since 2013.
Though a cursory glance at the Ivy League standings will reveal that Princeton (7-2, 5-1 Ivy) should be considered the favorite against Dartmouth (4-5, 1-5 Ivy), the Tigers hope to avoid complacency as they prepare for their season finale at home this Saturday. Saturday’s game has massive implications for Princeton, as it finds itself in a three-way tie for first place with Penn and Harvard with a single game left to play. If all three teams manage to win their season finales, the Ivy League will have three-way-champs for the second year in a row. While it is impossible to downplay the magnitude of these stakes for a Princeton team that last won an Ivy League title in 2013, the team must not let the possibility of a conference championship distract it from executing against a Dartmouth team looking to play the role of spoiler.
Princeton women’s squash are looking to open their season with a bang, taking on Stanford, Franklin & Marshall, and George Washington universities at home this weekend.
Ever since that first fateful 1869 football game, Princeton and Rutgers University, the flagship state university of New Jersey, have traveled down quite different paths. One is a private, liberal-arts oriented university, the other a sprawling public research institution and a member of the Big 10, one of the largest athletic conferences in the United States. But this Saturday, any differences between the two universities will be forgotten on the wrestling mat, as the two prepare for quite possibly the largest collegiate sporting event in New Jersey history. In the aptly-named “Battle of the Birthplace,” the Tigers will take on the No. 10 Scarlet Knights in High Point Solutions stadium before an estimated crowd of 15,000 people.
Women’s basketball had an early hiccup in their opening weekend of the season. The Tigers, projected to excel in this season with a core group of freshman, lost their first two games of the season to Rider and George Washington.
The Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey Team (4-3-1, 2-3-1 ECAC) battled back-to-back against two major Ivy League rivals this weekend, Harvard (1-3-0, 1-3-0 ECAC) and Dartmouth (1-5-0, 1-4-0 ECAC). The team had a thrilling victory in overtime on Friday, Nov. 11, against Harvard in Cambridge, but did not achieve the success it wanted on Saturday, Nov. 12, against the Big Green.
The men’s cross country team finished in third at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional at Penn State this past Friday just missing a qualifying position for the NCAA Championships. The fall season concluded after the same race on the women’s side after an eighth-place finish.
The men and women’s track and field teams are scheduled to kick off the indoor winter season on Dec. 2 at the Metro Holiday Meet in Staten Island. While the men are aiming to tackle long-time rival Cornell for the Ivy League title, the women are ready to take on the Ivy League, armed with an entirely new coaching staff and the return of two accomplished athletes.
Fresh off of a team training trip to Greece and riding the momentum from a 12-4 season, Princeton Women’s Squash look to replicate their success from last year, boasting seven clean 9-0 sweeps and reaching a national ranking of 3.
The 2016 Tigers have a big task on their hands. Their mission: to continue the success of the previous seasons and cement a legacy of their own.
Last year, the Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey Team had one of their most successful seasons in program history. The Tigers captured the Ivy League Championship title and went to the NCAA tournament for the first time in ten years and for the second time ever. After losing in the quarterfinals to No. 3 Minnesota, the team hopes to not only get an NCAA bid once again, but make it even further in the tournament. Senior defender Kelsey Koelzer commented, “Last year ended with PWIH’s second appearance in the NCAA tournament and that is obviously a goal for this year as well. Having the experience of playing at that level is definitely something that pushes us to reach the same levels this year and even go beyond.”
The stars aligned for Princeton football this weekend, as the Tigers (7-2, 5-1 Ivy ) thrashed Yale 31-3 while Penn topped Harvard in overtime. These results have catapulted the Tigers to a three-way tie for first place in the Ivy League, and Princeton now controls its destiny in-conference.
After a remarkable comeback against Cornell in the fifth set, the women’s volleyball team has earned the outright Ivy League title and a bid to the NCAA tournament. This title marks Princeton’s 17th Ivy League championship and their first back-to-back victory since 1999-2000.
Following two enormous upsets over No. 6 Penn State and No. 7 Virginia, Princeton field hockey became the victorious underdog of the collegiate field hockey world this past weekend. On Saturday alone, the Tigers shocked the NCAA community with a 2-1 first-round victory over powerhouse Penn State. Then, on Sunday, the Tigers repeated their success with a 3-2 upset over Virginia. This Friday, Princeton will take on the University of Delaware for the penultimate game of the tournament.
Many Princetonians may be familiar with the legendary first collegiate football matchup between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869. However, fewer are probably aware of an equally significant and historic matchup between the two schools: the first ever collegiate ultimate frisbee game in 1972, which Rutgers won 29-27. 44 years later, Princeton still boasts a proud men’s Frisbee program known as ‘Clockwork Orange.’ Consisting of both an A-team and a developmental B-team, Clockwork has competed at the Division-I level since 2014.
Freshman Gaby Pollner has already made her mark on the Women’s Tennis team, racking up decisive singles and doubles wins in the Fall. Ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 13 in the nation before she came to Princeton, Pollner will be sure to replicate this success as the team goes into its spring season. Pollner sat down with the Daily Princetonian to talk all things tennis, from pump up songs to post match celebrations.
A monumental sporting event is taking place in New York City this month. No, dear reader, I refer not to the start of the season for my beloved New York Knicks (though who couldn’t fall in love with the lovable Latvian string bean known as Kristaps Porzingis?). I’m actually talking about the World Chess Championships, hosted in the Big Apple, and it features two of the brightest stars of this generation, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin.
Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey (3-2-1, 1-2-1 ECAC) began the weekend as an undefeated team, but fell down in their rankings as they lost to both No. 6 St. Lawrence (8-0-1, 3-0-0 ECAC) on Friday Nov. 4 and Clarkson (8-3-1, 4-0-0 ECAC) on Saturday Nov. 5 at Hobey Baker Rink.