Defensive back Mandela Sheaffer ’13 during the 33–6 win at Columbia.
Defensive back Mandela Sheaffer ’13 during the 33–6 win at Columbia.

After opening the year with two close losses, FOOTBALL thrashed Columbia 33–6 on the road Sept. 29, ending a nine-game losing streak that dated back to the 2011 season. Princeton’s defense allowed just 39 rushing yards, recorded five sacks, and intercepted Columbia quarterback Sean Brackett twice in the fourth quarter. The Tigers continued their winning ways at Lafayette Oct. 6, beating the Leopards 35–14. Akil Sharp ’13 ran for two touchdowns in the game.

Led by Lydia Rudnick ’13 and Kendall Peterkin ’16, WOMEN’S ­VOLLEYBALL opened Ivy League play with three straight road wins. Princeton squeaked past Penn 3–2 Sept. 22, then beat Harvard and Dartmouth the following weekend to stay tied with Yale atop the conference.

MEN’S SOCCER won its Ivy opener in thrilling fashion, as Cameron Porter ’15 scored in sudden-death overtime to beat Dartmouth 2-1 at Princeton’s Roberts Stadium Sept. 29. Thomas Sanner ’16 netted the Tigers’ first goal of the game and then set up Porter’s, giving Sanner his fifth assist of the season, a league high.

Thanks to two goals in a four-minute span by Lauren Lazo ’15, WOMEN’S SOCCER defeated Dartmouth 2–1 Sept. 29 for its fourth straight victory. The Tigers improved to 2–0 in conference play, on the heels of an overtime victory at Yale the previous week.