March 27, 2002: Sports
Sports Web Exclusives! The Varsity Typewriter column
The Palestra was the end of the road for Prince-ton mens basketball on March 7. It wasnt Penn who killed the Tigers NCAA tournament hopes, though, but Yale, who drubbed Princeton 7660 in a playoff game forced by the Ivy Leagues first-ever three-way tie for the conference title. Yale played Penn on March 9 to decide who was to get the leagues automatic NCAA tournament bid, while the Tigers were hoping for an NIT bid.
Princeton could have won the league title outright on
March 5, but lost to Penn, 6448, in the regular seasons final
Lacrosse season got off to a bad start during the first weekend of March as the defending NCAA mens lacrosse champions lost to Johns Hopkins, 85, on the road and the women dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Georgetown at home, 1513.
Juniors Jesse Gage and Garth Fealey put on a show at the Mens swimming and diving EISL Championships (March 23) to help Princeton rally past host Harvard on the final day of competition. Fealey broke Richard Korhammer 89s 13-year-old record in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Gage eclipsed his own mark in the 100-yard butterfly. Gage also swam with the 400-yard freestyle relay team that edged Harvard to seel the victory for the Tigers.
For the first time in three years, the national intercollegiate mens squash individual champion will not be wearing Orange and Black. Trinitys Bernardo Samper defeated Princetons Will Evans 03 (69, 95, 90, 91) on March 3 at Jadwin Gym to take the national title.
Princeton Director of Athletics Gary Walters 67 was named to the NCAA Division I mens basketball committee and mens basketball coach John Thompson III 88 was selected to the Division I mens basketball rules committee.
years have passed since a pair of British graduate students launched the
Princeton Rugby Club in 1931. And although the game has not changed much
still 15 players per side, no pads, no blocking, no forward passes
the mens and womens rugby teams have taken the Orange
and Black to new levels in recent years. Both clubs run almost
entirely by the students swept the Eastern Penn Rugby Union titles
This month, both clubs will have home field advantage on the path to what has become their annual march to national championship contention. On March 30, Princeton will be the center of the collegiate rugby world as 24 mens and womens teams from the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union scrum, ruck, and maul their way across Princetons rugby pitches. The winners and top finishers will get slots in the national playoffs.
The mens team is working on a return to the clubs glory days of the 1950s and 1960s. Not only did the Tiger A-side (think varsity) win the EPRU championship last semester, the B-side (jayvee) did, too. A-side scrum half and team captain Guneet Banga 02 said the teams recent recruiting efforts have paid off. Weve gotten to a certain level and we want to keep building, he said.
While Princetons mens and womens teams are usually physically smaller than their opponents, they make up for it by focusing on strategy and quickness, which means going over tapes and becoming students of a game that was foreign to most players before they arrived on campus.
Rugby is a serious sport at Princeton, said Richard Lopacki, a coach for the mens club, who has played or coached in Europe and the U.S. for more than 20 years. Its now more than just rugby, its a true club. It belongs to the students and you see the leadership that comes from the students.