LAKE PLACID, N.Y. ? A season of disappointment, a tournament of impossibility, but in the end, a celebration of the unbelievable ? a championship.In the arena where 18 years ago another underdog hockey team leaped into the national spotlight by winning a game in which no one gave them a chance, the men's hockey team (18-10-7 overall, 7-9-6 Eastern College Athletic Conference) defeated Clarkson (23-8-3, 16-4-2), 5-4, in double overtime to capture the ECAC tournament and earning Princeton an automatic bid to its first-ever NCAA tournament.Just 42 seconds into the second overtime, junior forward Syl Apps scooped up a loose puck in front of the Princeton bench and went on a solo breakaway down the ice with two Golden Knight defenders in pursuit. Game-winnerFrom the left side of the net, Apps flipped a shot over Clarkson goalie Dan Murphy's left shoulder.
The glass slipper just didn't fit, as the women's hockey team was unable to pull a second straight upset in its would-be Cin-derella run through the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships.After downing second-seeded Northeastern, 3-2, March 7, the seventh-seeded Tigers (12-16-2 overall, 8-13-1 ECAC) were unable to knock off top-ranked New Hampshire, March 14, falling to the Wildcats, 7-2, in Boston.This time, Princeton was overwhelmed by a very good UNH (29-4-3, 18-1-3) team.
In his final season for the Tigers, and in possibly his final year playing baseball, senior Michael Hazen looks back among his many baseball memories, and without hesitation recalls his greatest moment ? winning the Ivy League championship at Clarke Field two years ago."I don't have any stories of winning a game in the ninth inning with a home run or anything," Hazen says.
With wins over No. 5 Utah and No. 19 New Mexico last week, Nevada-Las Vegas was probably the last school the men's basketball team wanted to play in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Nevertheless, Princeton (26-1 overall, 14-0 Ivy League) will take on UNLV (20-12, 7-7 Western Athletic Conference) tonight in Hartford, Conn.
Women's water polo has yet to gain the recognition of women's swimming or basketball in America. Many of us may remember Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken's "Got Milk" commercial or WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes' eponymous shoes.