July 2, 2003: Sports
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By Lindsay Kramer
Photo: From left: Seniors Hannah Foster, Sarah Small, Rachael Becker, Whitney Miller, Alex Fiore, and Kelly Sosa celebrate their 2003 national title. The Tigers are the second Division I womens lacrosse team to repeat as champions. (Bevery Schaefer)
The 2003 Princeton womens lacrosse team pushed the success of its 2002 national championship season into the background this year, adopting the motto Nothing to defend. Much to go after. In one impressive May weekend in Syracuse, the Tigers got it all.
The Ivy League champions defeated No. 1 Loyola 53 in a national semifinal May 16 and then edged Virginia 87 in overtime May 18 to win a second straight N.C.A.A. title.
All season, we werent thinking, Lets get back to the final. We were thinking, Lets take care of every game, said defender Katie Norbury 04. We really needed to unite. I feel like Rocky. To pull through this season with so much hard work, no team deserves it more than we do.
All-American midfielder Theresa Sherry 04 delivered the national title-winning goal with 1 minute, 29 seconds left in the second of two three-minute overtime periods. It was Sherrys third goal of the day, a wondrous, dancing routine in which she cut left, spliced her way between three Virginia defenders, and whistled a shot past the goalie.
That was my moment. I was trying to take care of the team, said Sherry, who was bruised yet unbowed after a weekend of physical play.
The game, in a sense, mirrored the season for Princeton, which began 13. Virginia raced out to a 30 lead in the opening minutes before Tiger coach Chris Sailer called a time out to settle her team. Sherry then responded with two quick goals and further calmed her teams nerves. Still, the Cavaliers looked solid with a 43 halftime edge.
I was a little nervous after that first half. We were not looking like a championship team, said Sailer, who won her third national title at Princeton and earned 2003 Coach of the Year honors from Inside Lacrosse magazine. We knew we had to create [offensively]. I told them at halftime, the defense was awesome, but the defense wasnt going to win the game for us.
Perhaps, but the Tiger defenders came close. With Virginia clinging to a 76 lead and trying to run out the clock, a stick check by All-American midfielder Alex Fiore 03 forced a turnover with 1:51 remaining in the game. Twelve seconds later, attacker Whitney Miller 03, who also made the All-America team, scored from eight yards out to tie the game.
Fiores tenacity typified the overall defense. All-American midfielder Elizabeth Pillion 05 helped shut out Virginias scoring machine Lauren Aumiller. Defender Rachael Becker 03, who was named the tournament M.V.P., shut down Virginias Amy Appelt twice in one-on-one charges with the game tied in the closing seconds of regulation. Becker, a three-time first team All-American, earned the 2003 Tewaaraton Trophy, the Heisman Trophy of lacrosse, which goes to the nations most outstanding male and female college lacrosse players. Sherry, Pillion, and goalie Sarah Kolodner 05 were also named to the all-tournament team.
The 2003 Tigers finished 164, which tied Princetons 1994 national championship squad for the second-highest win total in program history. But this years Tigers penned their own ending to a new chapter in the history of Princeton lacrosse, one both unique and familiar.
Its obviously really hard to win one, but to come back and win two says a lot about Chris and our program, Becker said. Its unbelievable. I know in 20 years, Ill be able to say I won a championship in my junior and senior years. Theres no better way to go out than this. I couldnt ask for a better story.
Lindsay Kramer covers professional hockey and high school and college sports for The Post-Standard in Syracuse.
(Photo: bill allen 79/nj sportaction )
Womens lightweight crew celebrated its fifth straight national title May 31 after beating Harvard in the finals of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships. Back row, from left: Rachel Henderson 05, Eileen Crawford 03, Lu Lu 04, Melissa Renny 03, Sarah Skinner 05, Julia Straus 05. Front row, from left: Jennifer Carter 03, Amelia Robertson 04, Laurie Dean 03, and coach Heather Smith. Not pictured, Alison Barnes 05 and Lillian Tomaskovic 05. The mens freshman heavyweight boat also won an I.R.A. national title.
Mens lax falls to Syracuse
By David Marcus 92
The Princeton mens lacrosse team looked primed for another national title run after its eighth straight win, a 179 victory at Cornell April 19. Attackmen Jason Doneger 05 and Sean Hartofilis 03 were feasting off pinpoint feeds from Ryan Boyle 04, and goalie Julian Gould 03 had saved 60 percent of the shots hed faced.
Then the roof caved in. In a 65 double overtime win over Loyola, Drew Casino 04 and Owen Daly 03 were sidelined with injuries that kept them out of the next four games. Their injuries, combined with that of Ricky Schultz 04, and a one-game suspension of Hartofilis, contributed to a 136 loss to Dartmouth April 26.
Rebounding from their worst Ivy League loss since 1989, the Tigers beat Brown 113 May 3 to earn a split of the Ivy title with Cornell and Dartmouth, and opened the N.C.A.A. tournament with a 16-10 win over Albany May 10. But Boyle, already nursing a pulled hamstring, hurt the other one against Albany. The injury proved costly in a 155 N.C.A.A. quarterfinal loss to Syracuse May 17. Boyle, the first-team All-American who normally runs the offense, was too hobbled to do it against the Orangemen.
First-team All-American defenseman Damien Davis 03, had held Syracuse attackman Michael Powell arguably the best player in the country scoreless in an 1110 Princeton win in March. But Powell collected four goals and three assists in the rematch.
After Princetons 114 season, coach Bill Tierney put his teams efforts in perspective. We won our ninth straight Ivy League title, and we lost to a team that went to its 21st straight Final Four, he said. There are a lot of people who would love to be in our spot, and were going to keep setting our sights high.
David Marcus 92 writes frequently for PAW.
Baseball, softball reach regionals
Photo: Melissa Finley 05 (Bevery Schaefer)
Although Princetons 2003 Ivy League champion baseball and softball teams lost in the first round of their respective N.C.A.A. regional tournaments in May, both squads put scares into nationally ranked opponents.
The softball team faced 19th-ranked South Carolina in Arizona May 15. Princeton led 72 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, thanks to three hits from Kristin Lueke 05 and home runs from Kristin Del Calvo 04 and Ivy League Player of the Year Melissa Finley 05. Ivy League Rookie of the Year Erin Snyder 06 pitched six strong innings, but in the seventh inning South Carolina scored six runs, including a three-run home run that ended the game at 87.
Unable to rebound from the heartbreaking defeat, the Tigers lost 60 to Boston College the following day. But Lueke, whose team finished 24211, said, Seeing that we could play with a team like South Carolina, and that were a young team says a lot about where well be next year.
Baseballs postseason appearance sent the Tigers to Alabama, where Princeton met 17th-ranked Auburn May 30. Ryan Quillian 03 pitched strongly, keeping his team within a run, 21, heading into the bottom of the fifth. But the Tigers could only muster one more run, and Auburn won 52.
Princeton played well the following day against Clemson, rallying three times to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Leadoff hitter and second baseman Steve Young 04 sparked Princeton with two hits and two runs batted in before Clemson won 76 in 10 innings.
What separates a good season from a great season is winning the Ivy League championship and going to the N.C.A.A. tournament . . . its an experience theyll be talking about at Reunions for years, said head coach Scott Bradley.
Mens tennis player Darius Craton 06 was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and Trevor Smith 03 was named the leagues Sportsman of the Year and first team All-Ivy. Craton and the doubles team of Josh Burman 05 and Tim Kofol 04 made the leagues second team.
Womens tenniss Kavitha Krishnamurthy 03 was named first team All-Ivy along with Neha Uberoi 06, who also won the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award. Both players were also selected to the leagues first team in doubles.
Three outdoor track and field stars performed well enough at the N.C.A.A. East Regional in Fairfax, Virginia, May 3031 to advance to the N.C.A.A. championships in Sacramento June 1117. Josh McCaughey 04 earned his way with a distance of 199' 9" in the hammer throw. Tristan Colangelo 04 qualified by placing fifth in the men's steeplechase with a time of 8:50.85, and Emily Kroshus 04 received an at-large bid in the 10,000 meters.
Baseball pitcher Thomas Pauly 04 was selected in the second round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Pauly, who led the Tigers pitching staff with a 62 record and a 1.46 E.R.A., was the 51st pick overall. If Pauly signs with the Reds, he would be ineligible to play for the Tigers next season. He likely would return to school in the fall to complete his senior years academic work, head baseball coach Scott Bradley said.
Mens lacrosse defenseman Damien Davis 03, a first-team All-American who started every game while at Prince-ton, was chosen by the Boston Cannons in the second round of the 2003 Major League Lacrosse draft.