Sports recap: Athletics records as hockey struggles continue
Men’s track at the Dr. Sander Invitational
At Columbia University’s Dr. Sander Invitational Feb. 4-5, the men’s track and field team finished sixth out of 21 teams, posting 42.5 points. Senior hurdler Christian Brown broke the Ivy League record for the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.76 seconds, surpassing Joey Daniels’ 1920s record of 7.77 seconds. Junior pole vaulter Sondre Guttormsen broke his personal best and obtained the Ivy League record in the pole vault by clearing a height of 5.75 m.
The Tigers are now ranked No. 7 in the nation, up two spots from last week. They will compete in the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas from February 11-12.
Women’s track at the Dr. Sander Invitational
The women’s track and field team placed seventh out of 23 teams with 38 points at the Dr. Sander Invitational. On Friday, the medley distance relay team of junior Maggie Hock, freshman Adelaide Asante, sophomore Tsion Yared and senior Caroline Timm broke Princeton’s record with a time of 11:11.00 . Yared also enjoyed success on Saturday, as she finished with a time of 2:09.40 in the 800m, breaking her personal best and setting the eighth fastest time in Princeton history.
The Tigers will compete in both the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational and the Rutgers Open on Feb. 11-12.
Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), St. Laurent, Clarkson
The women’s ice hockey team (9–11–4 overall, 7–8–2 CEAC) won 3–2 against RPI (9–18, 5–12) in overtime on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore forward Annie Kuehl scored the first for Princeton early in the first period, giving the Tigers a one-goal advantage. RPI responded with two goals to take the lead, 2-1. Senior forward and captain Shannon Griffin tied the game at two apiece, leading the game into overtime. Junior defender Mariah Keopple secured the victory for the Tigers with a goal three minutes into the extra period.
The team fell to St. Lawrence (14–10–5, 10–5–2) and No. 10 Clarkson (21–6–3, 12–5–1) in their weekend games. The Saints earned a 3-0 shutout victory over the Tigers, and the Golden Knights won 7-1. Junior defenseman Solveig Neunzert scored Princeton’s only goal of the weekend in the third period of the game against Clarkson.
The Tigers next face the Harvard Crimsons in Cambridge on Friday, February 11.
Check out this article for more details on the match against St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
Men’s Ice Hockey vs. RPI, Union
The men’s ice hockey team (6–12–2 on aggregate, 5–7–1 ECAC) picked up an impressive 3–2 win over RPI (12–17–3, 7–9–0) on Friday after- midday. All three of Princeton’s goals came in the second period from three different Tigers, with junior defenseman Pito Walton, sophomore forward Ian Murphy and senior forward Christian O’Neill each finding the back of the net.
On Saturday, Princeton lost 7–3 to Union (10–14–3, 7–8–1). The Tigers trailed by one goal for most of the first period. However, the Dutch completely dominated the ice late in the second period until the end of the game, scoring two unanswered goals in the third period to take the victory.
Princeton will be on the road against Clarkson on February 11.
Check out this article for a full matchup recap against RPI and Union.
Men’s Basketball vs. Cornell, Colombia
On Friday night, the men’s basketball team (16–5 overall, 6–2 Ivy League) lost 88–83 to the Cornell Big Red (12–7, 4–4). The first half saw several lead changes with no team dominating, but Cornell managed to pull ahead late in the half and led the Tigers by six points at intermission. The Tigers came back in the second half, taking an 83–81 lead near the end of regulation, but Cornell closed the game on a 7–0 run. Junior forward Tosan Evbuomwan and senior guard Ethan Wright led the Tigers with 27 and 26 points, respectively.
Saturday’s game against the Columbia Lions (4-16, 1-7) was a whole different story. The Tigers left New York on a high, winning by a score of 85–63. Wright shot above 50 percent in two- and three-point range, adding 27 total points in the Tigers’ winning effort. Senior forward Drew Friberg followed Wright with 17 points.
The Tigers will only play once this weekend, against Dartmouth at the Jadwin Gymnasium on Saturday February 12.
Check out these articles for a full recap of Princeton’s matchups against Cornell and Columbia.
Women’s Basketball vs. Cornell, Colombia
The women’s basketball team (16–4 overall, 8–0 Ivy League) went undefeated in conference following a 75–37 win over the Cornell Big Red (7–12, 2–6) on Friday night. The Tigers were in control throughout, eventually doubling Cornell’s score. Junior guard Grace Stone, senior guard Abby Meyers and junior guard Julia Cunningham all scored in double digits, leading the Tigers with 14, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
In their next league game, the Tigers beat the previously undefeated Columbia Lions (16–4, 7–1) by a score of 57–39. Again, Cunningham, Meyers and Stone led Princeton with 19, 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Like the men’s team, the women will face Dartmouth on December 12; however, the women will travel to New Hampshire for their match.
Check out this article for a full recap of the Tigers’ wins over Cornell and Columbia.
Men’s Volleyball vs. Penn State, Saint Francis
Friday night, men’s volleyball (1-7 overall, 0-2 EIVA) fell to No. 5 Penn State (7-3, 2-0), losing in straight sets in their first conference game of 2022. The Lions won 25-18 in the first set, and although the Tigers found some momentum in the second, they ultimately lost by three points, 25-22. The momentum created in the second set was short-lived as they fell 25-7 in the third and final set. Opposing second hitter James Hartley led the Tigers with nine kills and six digs; Sophomore midfielder Josh Coan added 3 blocks of his own in the loss.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, their Saturday game against Saint Francis (4–4, 2–0) produced similar results with a 3–1 loss. Princeton started strong, claiming a 25-20 victory over the Red Flash in the first set. However, Saint Francis responded strongly in the next set, winning 25-16, a tally that would set the tone for the rest of the game. The Red Flash edged the Tigers in the final two sets with wins by scores of 26–24 and 25–22, respectively.
The Tigers will be on the road against the NJIT in another conference game on Feb. 12.
Julia Nguyen serves as co-editor of the Sports section of The Prince, which typically covers weekend recaps. She can be reached at [email protected] or on instagram at @jt.nguyen.