On Saturday, the Tigers hosted the 2018 Ivy League Championship on West Windsor Fields in the warmest weather of the year so far.
The Tigers were hot coming off of two victories in the first two pool rounds over Penn and Yale, rendering both teams scoreless (27-0 and 50-0, respectively). Both matches were great team wins as tries were shared amongst captain Jessica Lu, Alexis Rysewyk, Alicia Wang, Felicia Saravo and rookies Coco Wallace, Sydney Hsu and Sarah Dillender.
In the third round, the Tigers looked warmed-up and ready to take on perennial powerhouse Dartmouth. But within the first half, they suffered huge losses when scrum half Felicia Saravo exited the game with a broken collarbone, shortly followed by prop Billie Anna Runions with two broken bones in her right wrist.
The Tigers held the Big Green for most of the first half, but ultimately their efforts were not quite enough to stop a 12-0 lead going into the second. Dartmouth took the match 31-5, with the only try awarded to Sydney Hsu in the final minute.
In the semifinal against Harvard, the Crimson came out strong also with a 12-0 lead at halftime. With two starters out, the Tigers put up a tough fight against a physically superior Harvard team. Jessica Lu scored the sole Princeton try with the final score 24-7.
In a rematch from the fall 15s season, the Tigers then battled Brown for 3rd place. Both teams fought neck and neck for ball possession in the first half. After striking early with a one-try lead scored by Sydney Hsu, Brown responded to tie up the score going into halftime. In the second half, both teams came out strong again with one try each, but Princeton missed a conversion and were thus down 14-12. With just about 2 minutes left to play and nursing a problematic shoulder, Jessica Lu dotted it to give the Tigers the lead and ultimately, the win for 3rd place with a final score of 19-14. Lu was named tournament MVP along with Dartmouth’s Frankie Sands and Hsu was awarded Princeton’s Player of the Match.