Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekend Review

TigerBlog got a pizza the other night.

It was a large pie, with onions, roasted red peppers and mushrooms. Not bad, right?

He ordered it and got it right out of the oven. Then he drove a very short distance to eat it.

It was good. And then, when he got into his car again more than 24 hours later, it still smelled like the onions on the pizza.

What's up with that? Still, he'll go sight unseen that it smelled better than either of his kids' cars, so there is that.

Speaking of food, TigerBlog had laugh out loud at this tweet from former Princeton football player Ross Tucker:

He's right, you know. In a diner, you can never, ever go wrong with ordering breakfast, day or night. And the pancake/omelette combination never lets you down.

The best part about Twitter, of course, is the ability to have former Princeton athletes who have become media superstars and have nearly 200,000 followers tell you about their food choices.

And in-game highlights.

For instance, there was Princeton's win over Michigan in women's water polo yesterday. See for yourself:

That was Chelsea Johnson, the younger sister of Ashleigh Johnson, the Olympic gold medalist who played for the Tigers and graduated last year. 

This year, Princeton is under the direction of interim head coach Becca Dorst. Whoever was coaching the Tigers this year was going to be faced with the tough task of the first season without Ashleigh Johnson, but Dorst has handled it well.

In fact, the Tigers were ranked 15th heading into this weekend and now figure to move up a bit after first beating No. 12 Hartwick 14-12 and then No. 9 Michigan 8-7 on Johnson's goal in the second OT.

Michigan had won 20 straight prior to that.

The Tigers end the regular season this weekend with four games, two each Saturday and Sunday, including one Sunday at 10:30 against Harvard that can be seen on ESPNU.

The water polo wins were part of a busy weekend in Princeton Athletics that had several highlights.

Among the others were the two wins from the women's tennis team, which is now 3-0 in the league heading into matches next week at Yale and Brown and then, in two weeks, home against Harvard and Dartmouth. Right now, Harvard is the only other unbeaten in the league, also at 3-0.

There was a lot of rowing going on Saturday, and Princeton did very well.

The women's lightweights defeated Harvard to win the Class of 1999 Cup. The women's open defeated all four of its Ivy opponents.

The heavyweight men defeated Penn and Columbia to win the Childs Cup in advance of a trip to Harvard this coming weekend. The men's lightweights, ranked No. 2, won as well and have a big weekend coming up as well, with No. 1 Cornell in town.

The baseball team did what TB figures it needs to do. It won two of three more, this time against Brown.

As TB said last week, there's no way to know in this new Ivy format of three games against each team exactly how many wins it's going to take to finish in the top two to advance to the Ivy League championship series. TB does figure that 14 should put you in the, um, ballpark, as it were.

So far it seems to holding up, since every team in the league has at least two losses. It figures to be a pretty tight race to the finish.

Oh, there was hockey. Not Princeton hockey per se, but some great news about Princeton hockey players.

Eric Robinson, who was the captain of the Tigers' 2018 ECAC championship team, made his NHL debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In addition, Ryan Kuffner and Max Veronneau were both named second-team All-Americas, after a season that included that ECAC title and the NCAA tournament berth. Veronneau led Division I in assists per game and was second in points per game after finishing with 17 goals and 38 assists for 55 points. Kuffner had 29 goals and 23 assists, finishing second in Division I in goals per game.

What else happened this weekend? Well, there was the lacrosse, but TigerBlog will get into that tomorrow.

As a bit of an advanced notice, tomorrow is a game day for both the men (at Siena) and the women (home against Maryland) after both got wins this past weekend.

Oh, and both teams had things happen this past weekend that had never happened before.

TB will keep you hanging on that until tomorrow ...

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