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Top five sports headlines of 2010

1. Women’s basketball sprints into history
Princeton’s five starters — along with a deep, versatile bench — enjoyed unprecedented success, including team records for scoring average (70.7 points per game), wins (26), and longest winning streak (21 games). Most importantly, Princeton earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament… Read more
2. Cross country wins Ivies, finishes strong at NCAAs
Donn Cabral ’12 won the Ivy Heps with the second-fastest time in meet history, headlining a Princeton victory and a sweep of this year’s team and individual honors. Earlier, the Tiger women, led by champion Alex Banfich ’12, earned their fifth straight Ivy title. Both teams would go on to top-15 finishes at the NCAA Championships… Read more
3. Men’s soccer makes history with Ivy sweep
Beginning with a 3–1 win over Richmond, the Tigers won 12 consecutive contests, the longest single-season winning streak in team history. By beating Yale in November, Princeton completed the program’s first perfect Ivy season… Read more

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Sports shorts: Fall Ivy updates

Donn Cabral ’12 (PAW)

By the time Donn Cabral ’12, right, reached the final stretch of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships Oct. 29, he was the clear frontrunner, leading Harvard’s Dan Chenoweth by about 10 seconds. Cabral crossed the finish line in 24:03.8, and within a minute, four teammates had followed in the top 13, ensuring a team victory for MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY and a Princeton sweep at Heps.

Earlier in the day, WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY won its fifth straight Ivy title, led by individual champion Alex Banfich ’12, the second woman to break the 17-minute barrier at Heps. Five Tiger women finished in the top 11.
Princeton added to its list of Ivy championships Oct. 30 when the FIELD HOCKEY team clinched at least a share of the league title by holding off Cornell in a 3-2 win in Ithaca. The Tigers are 6-0 in Ivy play with one game remaining, vs. Penn Nov. 5.
WOMEN’S SOCCER also earned an important win in Ithaca Oct. 30, topping the Big Red in overtime on a

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Alumni bloggers capture World Cup buzz

If you’ve watched any games from this year’s World Cup, you’ve probably heard the hum of vuvuzelas, the long plastic stadium horns favored by South African fans and visitors alike. For the past few weeks, a handful of alumni soccer fans have been contributing their own sort of buzz on the blog Yankee Vuvuzela, a creation of two former Princeton soccer players: occasional PAW contributor Giles Morris ’97 and classmate Jeff Plunkett ’97.

Morris and Plunkett played for U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley ’80 when Bradley was at Princeton, and they have recruited former teammates John Talbott ’94, Tyson Hom ’95, and Lee Topar ’95 to chip in thoughts about Bradley’s coaching style and the U.S. team’s World Cup run. Former Princeton basketball star Mitch Henderson ’98, an avid soccer fan, also is a contributor.

The blog’s authors provide opinions, analysis, and humor — some of it self-deprecating. Morris’ bio, for example, recounts how Bradley responded to a defensive misstep in a game against Seton Hall:

“After the game, Coach Bradley told Giles he lacked competitive maturity and benched him for the rest of the season. Giles did not let that affect their relationship, however, visiting Bradley’s open office hours frequently to contribute to the running philosophical discourse on the beautiful game with comments like, ‘Some players are better in games than in practice,’ and ‘I see myself in the mold of a Finidi George [the former Ajax midfielder].’ Needless to say Coach Bradley was not shaken from his own philosophical foundation and pressed Giles to obtain skills like tackling, shooting, and passing.”

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Sports shorts: Princeton in the pros

Alumni of Princeton’s athletic teams are playing key roles in a trio of professional championships this month.

At the men’s soccer World Cup in South Africa, head coach BOB BRADLEY ’80 and assistant coach JESSE MARSCH ’96 will lead the U.S. national team, which opens play against England June 12. The team came to Princeton’s campus in late May for its final stateside training camp, choosing a venue that has multiple alumni connections. Princeton’s soccer facility — Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium — carries the names of two players Bradley coached during his time with the Tigers, Tom Roberts ’85 and the late Rob Myslik ’90.

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Names in the news


With a 98-0 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Denny Chin ’75 as a justice on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit April 22. [New York Times]

Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson ’83, the brother of Michelle Obama ’85, discussed his new book, A Game of Character, with Stephen Colbert. [Colbert Report]

Jennifer Weiner ’91 is touring with fellow authors Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, and others in a series of charity concerts by the Rock Bottom Remainders. [Wall Street Journal]

Former Princeton soccer coach Bob Bradley ’80 will be back on campus May 17-23 to coach the U.S. men’s national team as it trains for the 2010 World Cup. The practices, to be held at Roberts Stadium, will not be open to the public. [ESPN]

Men’s soccer earns NCAA bid

By Brittany Urick ’10

i-afb992907ef41cf27734ed5266dccd95-wb_sports.jpgA 4-0 trouncing of Yale Nov. 13 helped the MEN’S SOCCER team punch its ticket for Princeton’s first NCAA tournament appearance in eight years. Sophomore forward Antoine Hoppenot stole the show thanks to a hard-earned hat trick, but the win, which was televised before a national audience on Fox Soccer Channel, can be attributed to a solid defensive effort, impressive control of the midfield, and an unrelenting offensive onslaught that involved every player on the field. The Tiger teamwork, a product of veteran leadership and talented youth, has been a hallmark of Princeton throughout the season.

The Tigers began the year with high hopes, posting a perfect 4-0 record in their first four matches. Princeton hit a slump toward the end of September, however, and dropped two Ivy League contests to Dartmouth and Brown. The skid stopped when a 3-0 home victory over Columbia on Oct. 17 renewed Princeton’s confidence. One week later, the Tigers earned arguably their most remarkable win of the season when they defeated then-No. 11 Harvard, 2-1, in a double-overtime game in Cambridge.

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