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At the beginning of its season, the Princeton men’s ice hockey team set out with the goal of earning home ice for the first round of the ECAC playoffs. The team accomplished that this weekend by securing a seventh place finish in the conference with convincing home wins over Yale and Brown.
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.
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.”
The Princeton men’s ice hockey team kept busy over intersession, traveling to Philadelphia for a non-conference matchup against Penn State, as well as continuing conference play with games against Yale and Brown. The team enjoyed a successful stretch, with an upset victory over No. 4 Penn State and a win and a tie against Yale and Brown, respectively.
After a brief winter break, Princeton Men's Ice Hockey travelled to New England this weekend to resume its season with road games against conference opponents Dartmouth and Harvard. The team was looking to continue its momentum from a successful December, in which it posted a 5-2 record, but got off to a suboptimal start by dropping both games.
After both teams emerged victorious in their season finales, the Princeton and Penn football teams were awarded the honor of Ivy League co-champions. While this obviously represents a major accomplishment for both teams, it also presents several conundrums. Does a team celebrate a tie for the conference championship with the same vigor as it would an outright win? Were players and fans even aware that a tie was a possibility, or did they make the same mistake as Donovan McNabb in 2008, who admitted that he didn’t realize an NFL game could end in a tie? (“I hate to see what happens in the Super Bowl… you have to settle with a tie,” he remarked). Anyways, ties are no fun, so in this article, we will explore whether Princeton or Penn is the “true” Ivy League champion.
Down 5-3 with less than 10 minutes left to play in the third period against RPI, the Princeton men’s hockey team (3-7-1 overall, 1-6-1 ECAC Hockey) was faced with the possibility of a downright disastrous weekend. Having been thrashed 7-3 the night before to skillful conference opponent Union College (10-3-2, 6-1-1), Princeton was at risk of dropping a game against an RPI squad residing at the bottom of the ECAC standings and lacking Princeton’s talent. However, Princeton refused to concede the game without a fight and ultimately emerged with an enthralling 6-5 overtime victory.
Princeton Men’s Ice Hockey traveled to northern Minnesota this weekend and earned its first two wins of the season in a pair of impressive performances against No. 10 Bemidji State University.
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.
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.
Despite a somewhat rocky start, Princeton Men’s Hockey remains optimistic for a successful season. Though the team has posted a record of 0-4-1 through five regular season games, it is confident that its quality of performance will lead to wins later in the year. “I’m happy with the way we’ve played,” said senior captain Ryan Siiro. “The outcomes aren’t there yet, but the team has definitely played well.”
The Princeton Tigers will continue their Ivy League schedule over the next two weeks, facing Cornell (3-3, 1-2 Ivy) this Saturday and Penn (4-2, 3-0 Ivy) on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Following a successful three-game road trip, the Princeton Tigers (3-1, 1-0 Ivy) will return home this Saturday to face the Brown Bears (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) in a critical Ivy League matchup.