April 9, 2003: Sports
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Tiger vs. Tiger in squash final
From left, national champion Yasser El-Halaby 06, coach Bob Callahan 77, and runner-up Will Evans 03. (Beverly Schaefer)
When the last two players faced off in the mens 2003 intercollegiate squash singles champion-ship March 2 at Trinity College, both were wearing Princetons orange and black. No one could have been happier than Tiger coach Bob Callahan 77.
It was the first time in four months that I was able to relax and just watch a squash match, knowing that no matter who won it was going to be for Princeton, said Callahan, whose team won its third Ivy League title in four years. The Tigers finished second to Trinity in the national team finals for the second year in a row after a 63 loss in Jadwin Gym February 23.
The two Tigers paired in the singles final were freshman phenomenon Yasser El-Halaby and team captain Will Evans 03, one of four seniors who finished their collegiate squash careers this season.
El-Halaby lived up to his favorable preseason billing by beating Evans 30, despite battling the flu the week before the tournament. He had not hit a ball since the prior weekends team championships. That was a dark little secret we kept to ourselves, Callahan said.
If there is one person that I wouldnt have minded losing to, it was Will Evans. Not only is he my captain, but he is also one of my best friends here, said El-Halaby, who came to Princeton from Egypt in the fall. Unfortunately were losing four seniors who were basically the momentum that drove this team.
Together, Evans, David Yik 03, Dan Rutherford 03, and Eric Pearson 03 finished with a record of 924 at Princeton. Evans defeated the defending national champion, Trinitys Bernardo Samper, 32 in the semifinal to set up the championship versus El-Halaby.
Callahan knows that next year he faces the hurdle of trying to replace his seniors, but we just want to enjoy this year right now, he said.
The womens hockey team finished its most successful season in program history with a 42 loss to Dartmouth in the semifinals of the E.C.A.C. Champion-ships March 15. The Tigers (2094) featured All-Ivy forward and U.S. Olympian Andrea Kilbourne 03, All-E.C.A.C. defender Annamarie Holmes 03, leading scorer Gretchen Anderson 04, and All-Ivy goalie Megan Van Beusekom 04. Kilbourne and Anderson were selected to play for the U.S. national team at the Womens World Championships in Beijing this month.
Womens swimming (90) posted its fifth consecutive unbeaten season en route to the teams fourth straight Ivy League title. The Tigers defeated Harvard 799633 in Princeton March 1.
There was no March Madness for mens basketball (1611, 104 Ivy). The teams seven-year streak of post-season appearances ended when it failed to earn a bid to the N.I.T.
Womens basketballs (919, 410 Ivy) Becky Brown 06 earned a spot on the 2003 Ivy League All-Rookie team, and Maureen Lane 03 made the All-Ivy second team.
Cornell snatched the 2003 Indoor Heptagonals title from the five-time defending champion Princeton mens indoor track and field team last month by staying two places ahead of the Tigers in the final race. Among the winners for Princeton were Jonathan Bell 03 (3000m, 8:16.41) and the 4x800 team (Edmund Zysik 03, David Dean 03, Jonathan Kieliszak 04, Josh Kauke 04).
Wrestlings Greg Parker 03, a 2002 N.C.A.A. finalist at 174 pounds, won his second E.I.W.A. title March 7. Parker (234), who is wrestling at 184 pounds this year, earned a bid to the N.C.A.A. championships in Kansas City.
Womens lacrosse (12) opened the season with a 156 win over Lafayette, but the defending national champions followed up with losses to Loyola, 98, and the University of Virginia, 138.
In Mens lacrosse (12) Ryan Boyle 04s career-high nine points led the Tigers to an 185 win over No. 12 Hofstra March 15. It was the first time that a Princeton player had at least nine points in a game since Jesse Hubbard 98 did it three times in 1996.