It took three decades, and a dream.
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It took three decades, and a dream.
An unusual weekend of Ivy League play left Princeton men’s basketball in the same place they started: tied with Yale atop the Ivy League standings with a Valentine’s Day date with the Bulldogs looming.
The 17th ranked women’s tennis team traveled to Chicago this weekend to participate in the ITA Indoor Nationals. With three wins already under their belt, expectations were high surrounding the team heading into the weekend against top competition. After a demoralizing 4–0 defeat to No. 7 NC State on Friday, the Tigers rallied to win their next eight matches, four against Arizona State and another four against No. 6 Pepperdine.
This past weekend, the No. 6 women’s hockey team (19–4–1, 14–3–1 ECAC) played its second to last home weekend of the regular season, hosting Rensselaer (0–29–1, 0–18–0) and Union (5–20–5, 5–10–3). Princeton swept both games by a combined score of 6–1, extending its win streak to five games, and its unbeaten streak in 2020.
Princeton athletics has a knack for being first. Princeton provided four out of the 14 men that competed in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The Princeton football team played in the first collegiate football game, a milestone whose sesquicentennial anniversary was observed last year. The Princeton field hockey team made history in 2012 as the first Ivy League team to win the Division I NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Mary Moan ’97 won the first Ivy League individual title for women’s golf in 1997.
Cornell wrestling has a dynasty. Princeton wrestling has a dream. On Sunday in Jadwin Gymnasium, one will fall — or fall short.
After a pair of convincing victories against Harvard and Dartmouth last week, women’s basketball (15–1, 3–0 Ivy League) welcomes Cornell (9–7, 2–2 Ivy) and Columbia (11–6, 2–2 Ivy) to Jadwin Gymnasium this weekend.
On Dec. 10, Princeton men’s basketball dropped a heartbreaking loss to Monmouth and watched their record drop to 1–7.
No. 2 Princeton women’s squash recorded two wins at home last weekend against no. 4 Yale and Brown, granting them an overall record of 9–1 and an Ivy League record of 4–1.
Over Intersession, while most of campus traveled back home to rest and recuperate after a grueling finals week, the men’s and women’s track and field teams were busy traveling and facing fierce competition all across the Northeast.
Princeton men’s hockey (3–14–4 overall, 1–10–3 conference) faced a tough 5–3 defeat in a home game against No. 1 Cornell (15–2–4, 10–2–2) on Saturday, Feb. 1. Junior defender Mark Paolini, first-year forward Spencer Kersten, and senior forward Liam Grande all scored for the Tigers, with junior defender Matthew Thom tacking on two assists. Princeton scored all of its goals on the man advantage, going 3–5 overall for the game.
The men’s swimming and diving team defeated Yale but came up short against Harvard at the HYP Championships, held at DeNunzio Pool on the night of Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1. Meanwhile, the women’s team prevailed over both the Bulldogs and the Crimson, emerging from the electric two-day meet as undeniable victors.
Here’s how head wrestling coach Chris Ayres would describe his season’s first half: “hard.”
During the 2018 Princeton football season, senior quarterback John Lovett ’19 was a force to be reckoned with. He led the Ivy League in passing touchdowns at 18 and helped his offensive team earn the distinction of the #2 scoring offense in the country. The co-captain led the Tigers to their first perfect season since 1984, concluding the season 10–0.
Last week, the No. 6 women’s hockey team (17–4–1, 12–3–1 ECAC) entered the final push of its season with three road games in five days, played against Quinnipiac (15–10–3, 7–7–2), Yale (13–10–0, 10–6–0), and Brown (3–18–2, 2–13–1). Princeton swept all three games, winning by a combined 9–4 to maintain its position at second in the ECAC standings.
Women’s basketball (15–1, 3–0 Ivy League) posted wins over Dartmouth (7–10, 1–3 Ivy) and Harvard (11–6, 2–2 Ivy) over the weekend to sweep the team’s first Ivy League road trip of the season.
Princeton men’s basketball’s (8—8, 3—0 Ivy League) most complete defensive outing of the season helped propel the Tigers to their third straight Ivy League win.
Senior forwards Bella Alarie and Taylor Baur have participated in many consequential games against Penn during their time at Princeton, including each of the past three Ivy League tournament championships.
The saying goes, “it’s not how you start, but how you finish.” For the Princeton men’s basketball team, these words are becoming more real with each passing game — most recently, a 63–58 win over rival Penn at home.