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Softball meets dynamic duo from Harvard in key contest

Then the softball team takes the diamond at 1895 Field tomorrow it will face a dual threat from Harvard in sophomore hitting sensation Deborah Abeles and current Ivy League Pitcher of the Week Tasha Cupp.Princeton (18-2 overall, 2-2 Ivy) must shut down Abeles and find a way to solve Cupp in order to defeat Harvard (18-17, 4-0) and keep any hope of winning the Ivy championship alive."(Harvard is) definitely one of our top competitors in the league," senior pitcher Alyssa Smith said.A shortstop and the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second consecutive time, Abeles has batted 15 for 27 for the past six games, with a .556 average.

SPORTS | 04/16/1998


All-Ivy in football, Whaling also quietly excels for men's lacrosse

Senior midfielder Mark Whaling has already won four Ivy League championships in his career at Princeton and will win a fifth if the men's lacrosse team can sweep its remaining three league contests.And no, Whaling is not violating any NCAA rules.While most members of the lacrosse team play fall ball and develop team chemistry throughout the autumn months, Whaling is chasing quarterbacks and batting down passes.

SPORTS | 04/14/1998

Men's tennis beats Army for sixth win in row

There's no place like home, at least for the men's tennis team.Entering yesterday's match with Army, Princeton's last home loss was March 7 against Penn State.By winning five of six singles matches, the Tigers (10-6 overall, 5-1 Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association) won their sixth consecutive match, downing the Black Knights yesterday, 6-1, at Lenz Tennis Center.

SPORTS | 04/14/1998

Heavy, lightweights row to victory for m. crew

Men's heavyweight crew dominated the competition the first two weeks of the young season. The first varsity boat defeated its opponents, Navy and Rutgers, by an average of 15 seconds.Saturday, Penn brought the Tigers back to reality.Competing in the nation's oldest intercollegiate cup race, the Childs Cup, on the Harlem River against Columbia and Penn, Princeton found itself eight seats behind Penn after the race's initial 500 meters.The Tigers (4-0 overall, 2-0 Ivy League) responded like the crew that went undefeated in the Ivy League last season, however, over the race's last 1500 meters, to claim their fifth consecutive cup.

SPORTS | 04/13/1998

Men's golf tears up course, defeats tough Yale, Harvard

At age 58, Jack Nicklaus was able to use his extensive knowledge of Augusta National to shoot a surprising 68 Sunday, and finish sixth at the Masters, outdistancing the likes of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie.For the men's golf team, the challenge also lay in conquering familiar terrain, as it faced off against Harvard and Yale at its home course, Springdale Golf Club, this weekend.Saturday, the Tigers called upon their wealth of experience to outpace the Elis by 11 strokes, 368-379.

SPORTS | 04/13/1998

Women's track falls to Penn, tops Yale; Reed sets 400-meter record

A cursory glance at the final score reveals a blowout. But a closer look at Saturday's women's track and field tri-meet against Penn and Yale at Weaver Stadium shows encouraging results for Princeton in its first Ivy League competition of the spring season.Without senior Nicole Harrison, who was finishing her thesis, and unable to challenge the Quakers' bevy of field athletes, the Tigers placed second to Penn, 99-54.

SPORTS | 04/13/1998

Women's crew bests Big Red, Harvard in showdown

High hopes and lofty goals are often difficult to live up to, but in the case of Princeton women's crew, all of its preseason expectations seem well within reach.Travelling to Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday for an important Ivy League regatta, both the lightweight and open teams performed exceptionally well, capturing important victories over Cornell and Radcliffe.The open crew entered the race with strong momentum from last week's victory over Rutgers on Lake Carnegie, and used it to its advantage against both the Big Red and the Crimson.The first varsity eight (2-1) bested both rival opponents, turning in a time of seven minutes, 6.5 seconds to 7:12.5 for Radcliffe and 7:27.0 for Cornell. Strong finishAfter jumping out to a slight lead in the first 500 meters of the course, Princeton began to pull away as the race wore on, finishing with a commanding six-second victory.Three out of the remaining four Tiger boats won with equal ease, as only the first novice eight stumbled, losing to Radcliffe 6:48.5 to 6:55.6.Despite the disappointment of not sweeping the regatta, the results reveal much about the steady improvement of all five boats."We have made great strides already this season," said open head coach Lori Dauphiny.

SPORTS | 04/13/1998