Princeton WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY has been one of the nation’s top 25 teams in each of the last five years, and this season’s Tigers, shown above at the Old Nassau Run Sept. 13, appear primed for another strong finish. Princeton, led by Megan Brandeland ’09, swept the top six spots in a dominant win over Harvard and Yale Sept. 27. The team returned its top seven runners from 2007, including Liz Costello ’10, the Ivy individual champion, and Christy Johnson ’10, an All-American last season. It also added standout freshman Alex Banfich, the fourth-place finisher in the H-Y-P meet. Princeton’s women and men, both reigning Ivy champions, will defend their titles at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships Oct. 31 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
FIELD HOCKEY won four consecutive games from Sept. 20 to Sept. 28,
beating two ranked opponents (Penn State and Albany) and two Ivy foes (Dartmouth and Yale). The Tigers opened the year 7-1 despite playing just one of their first eight games at home.
With wins over Johns Hopkins and Navy Sept. 27 and George Washington Sept. 28, MEN’S WATER POLO extended its winning streak to five games. Goalie Mike Merlone ’10 saved 11 shots in the Tigers’ 7-3 victory over Navy in Annapolis.
WOMEN’S SOCCER beat Yale, 1–0, in its Ivy opener Sept. 27. Lauren Whatley ’11 scored the lone goal, and the Princeton defense shut out its third opponent in a four-game stretch. In MEN’S SOCCER, Ben Burton ’11 scored one goal and assisted on another as Princeton edged Fairleigh Dickinson, 2–1, Sept. 28.