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While most Princeton students were enjoying the first weekend of spring break, sophomore Declan Farmer was up to something a bit more exciting — leading Team USA to a gold medal in sled hockey at the 2018 Winter Paralympics. Farmer was the star in the dramatic 2–1 U.S. victory in the gold medal game against Canada, scoring the tying goal with just 38 seconds left in the third period and notching the game winner three and a half minutes into the sudden death overtime period.
Do you believe in miracles?
No matter what Yale seemed to do on defense, there was a Tiger player with an answer. Whether it was Leslie Robinson down low, Carlie Littlefield from deep, or Bella Alarie from all over the floor, the Bulldogs could do nothing but watch as the Tigers surged into the Ivy League Tournament final.
Princeton has come out firing on all cylinders here in the Ivy League Tournament semifinal, and has given the strong contingent of Orange and Black much to cheer about in the opening half.
This weekend, women’s basketball will travel to Philadelphia to play in the second annual Ivy League Conference Tournament. With an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line, the Tigers will begin the weekend at 6 p.m Saturday against Yale (15–12 overall, 8–6 Ivy) and will advance to the championship game 4 p.m. Sunday with a win. Here are some of the key story lines heading into the most important weekend of the season.
Playing in its final games of the regular season, the team posted its first triple double in program history courtesy of senior forward Leslie Robinson, honored its seniors, and -- in the meantime -- won the regular season Ivy League conference title and qualified for its second consecutive Ivy League tournament bid. They defeated Brown 79–44 Friday night and Yale 64–53 Saturday to finish alone atop the Ivy League standings with a 12–2 conference record.
The softball team begins this season looking to formalize its status as an Ivy League dynasty. The team has won the Ivy League championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of the past two seasons and have their sights set on a third as they embark on the 2018 season.
Men’s basketball (12–15 overall, 4–8 Ivy) split a pair of games at home this weekend, losing to Harvard (15–12, 10–2), 72–66, in overtime on Saturday before defeating Dartmouth (6–19, 2–10), 64-47.
In front of a raucous Jadwin crowd, with its season on the line, men’s basketball came up short once again.
Around the Ivies: Men’s Basketball
Princeton men’s basketball (11–14 overall, 3–7 Ivy) extended its losing streak to six games this weekend, losing road matchups to Cornell (10–13 overall, 4–6 Ivy) 107–101 (3OT) and Columbia (7–16 overall, 4–6 Ivy) 85–60 on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. Here are some themes that emerged over the course of the weekend.
In a matchup between two teams tied atop the Ivy League standings, the women’s basketball team made a strong statement Tuesday night with a 60–40 win against Penn in front of a home crowd at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Tigers dominated on both ends of the court throughout, taking an early lead and never allowing Penn back into the game. With the win, Princeton moves into sole control of first place in the Ivy League.
Halfway through its Ivy League conference schedule, Princeton men’s basketball has found itself in a rut.
Princeton wrestling traveled to New England this weekend to kick off their Ivy League conference schedule with matches against Harvard and Brown. The team split the decisions, earning a 21-16 win against Harvard but falling 17-15 to Brown.
Playing its final home game of the semester, Princeton men’s basketball (3–6) earned a much-needed non-conference win over Monmouth (3–8) on Tuesday night. Princeton scored the final nine points of the game to cap off a 69–58 victory.
Continuing its tough non-conference schedule, Princeton traveled to the nation’s capital Wednesday night to face George Washington University. The Tigers kept the game competitive throughout, but ultimately fell 71-60, a story that has become a theme of the early season.
Eight months after winning the inaugural Ivy League Championship in Philadelphia, Princeton Men’s Basketball returned to the City of Brotherly Love to face St. Joseph’s in its 3rd non-conference game of the season. This time, however, the Tigers failed to come away with a win, falling 71-58.
With 67 combined points, over 1,000 yards of total offense, and no shortage of big plays, Saturday’s Princeton-Yale game was as exciting as could be expected for a matchup between the Ivy League’s two best offenses. For the fourth time this season, however, Princeton wound up on the losing side of a thrilling game, falling 35-31 at home to Yale. The Bulldogs overcame a 17-point deficit in the first half to deny Princeton what would have been its first bonfire since 2013.
Over Fall Break, Princeton Football played a pair of thrilling games against Ivy League foes Cornell and Penn. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were on the losing end of each game, falling 29-28 and 38-35 to Cornell and Penn, respectively.
In a nationally televised Friday night game, Princeton football routed Harvard 52–17 on the road, showing the wide audience present why the team deserves to be taken seriously. Senior quarterback Chad Kanoff was highly efficient, not throwing an incompletion until the third quarter, and the defense kept Harvard off the scoreboard for much of the game.