ANN ARBOR, Mich. ? In the week leading up to the men's hockey team's contest against No. 3 Michigan Friday night, numerous factors why Princeton (18-11-7) could not win were raised: the amazing play of Wolverine goalie Marty Turco, the high-powered Michigan offense, the rabid Michigan fans at Yost Ice Arena.But in the end none of this mattered and the only thing that would defeat the sixth-seeded Tigers was themselves.In many ways the loss was a fitting finish to the season that wouldn't end.
This weekend it all has to come together for the softball team.After notching a .500 record in its first three tournaments of the season, Princeton (7-7) hosts the Princeton Invitational, the Tigers home opener, this weekend.. Robert Morris, Boston College and Hofstra ? the No.
The No. 3 men's lacrosse team enters tomorrow's game against Yale (1-3) with a record of 3-1. But when Princeton walks onto the turf at 1952 Stadium tomorrow, its record might as well be 0-0.The Tigers view the lacrosse season in three parts: the early season schedule against traditional non-conference powers, the Ivy League slate and, most importantly, the postseason.Last Saturday Princeton finished the first part of its season with a 13-5 drubbing of Penn State.
Marty Turco has come a long way since he played his first game as a Wolverine.In his Michigan debut in the 1994 Blue-White game, Turco gave up eight goals,and many fans left wondering whether Turco could fill the shoes of his predecessor, Steve Shields, who had recorded more victories than any other goaltender in NCAA history.Michigan coach Red Berenson didn't like what he saw from his freshman goaltender that night either, and in the Wolverines' first game he started senior netminder Al Loges."Marty did not look good in the Blue-White game," Berenson said.
The women's lacrosse team's early-season schedule has been full of tough opponents. During the first week of the regular season, Princeton defeated three teams of national prominence, the margins of victory becoming increasingly narrow with each game.One can only imagine, then, the relief the Tigers felt as they cruised through the second half of their 17-1 demolition of Columbia yesterday in New York, the game's final minutes proving to be nothing more than a formality.Unlike the game against Georgetown, Princeton (4-0 overall, 1-0 Ivy League) needed no help from the posts as its trio of goaltenders ? sophomore Laura Field, junior Amber Mettler and sophomore Michelle Leong ? had little trouble shutting down the Lions' attack. EverestThe Tigers could also have survived without a huge game from junior midfielder Cristi Samaras, but Princeton was more than happy to have its top scorer in peak form.
After a successful indoor season in which both the men's and women's track and field teams won the Heptagonal Championships ? a feat last accomplished in 1981 ? the Tigers hope to produce similar results this spring.In order to prepare for the Ivy League outdoor season, Princeton traveled down to Florida International University in Miami this past weekend for the Adidas Invitational.The trip was the Tigers' first outdoor track and field competition of the season, and individuals fared well.The women took four first places and eight second places, while the men also had four top finishes and two seconds.In the 1,500 meters, junior Betsy Packard and sophomore Sarah Hendricks finished first and second, respectively, and sophomore Karen O'Neil ran the 3,000 in 10 minutes, 49.52 seconds, good for second place. In the airIn the field events, sophomore Shawneequa Callier topped her competition with a leap of 1.78 meters in the high jump, while junior Cecily Wilson triumphed in the long jump with classmate Aiyanna Burton right behind.On the men's side, several All-Ivy selections from the indoor season surfaced in the Florida sun looking up to form.Junior Justin Niedzialek finished second in the 5,000 with a time of 15:08.90, while sophomore Mich-ael Spence managed a fourth-place finish in the same event.Junior Dan Shimooka captured the top spot in the pole vault and junior Royce Reed was the top finisher in the javelin throw.
Playing against new opponents and at new sites produces a sense of experimentation.On its recent West Coast excursion, the men's golf team found itself able to play consistently on championship courses.
Following the men's lacrosse team's 9-7 loss to Virginia March 7, head coach Bill Tierney spoke of a forthcoming "rededication of Princeton lacrosse." Considering that the Virginia game was the Tigers' first loss in almost two years, there was no need for Princeton to undergo a complete overhaul.Tierney, however, sensed that certain changes needed to be made, and his major adjustment involved the faceoff specialists.
After five long months of winter, the men's tennis team emerged from its hibernation deep inside Jadwin Gym to once again return outdoors.Over spring break the Tigers travelled to someplace warm ? sunny California ? to escape the wintertime blues.The trip was not meant for relaxation.
It is often said that the posts are a goaltender's best friend. If sophomore netminder Laura Field didn't already believe in this adage, she certainly does now.With time running out in women's lacrosse's 6-5 victory over Georgetown Saturday, Princeton was on its heels.
With the loss of several key players from last season, the softball team headed to South Carolina with several questions to answer.How would the team respond to the loss of arguably the greatest hitter in Princeton history, Mandy Pfeiffer '97.