Rich sports soil at Princeton

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Maya Lawrence, a 2002 Princeton graduate, helped the United States capture the bronze medal in team epee at the London Olympics.

Turn the clock all the way back to Oct. 22, 1746, and you land on the day that Princeton University was founded. Originally known as the College of New Jersey, it became Princeton University in 1896 after it moved from Elizabeth to Newark and then, finally, to Princeton. You don’t have to turn the clock back nearly as far to find women making statements on athletic fields. The Tigers, in fact, won the 2013 NCAA title in women’s fencing. In 2012, they became the first Ivy League school to win the NCAA field hockey championship. That followed national championships in 1994, 2002 and 2003 in women’s lacrosse. Individually, several Princeton athletes represented the United States at the London Olympics, including bronze medalists Maya Lawrence and Susie Scanlan in fencing; Michelle Cesan, Julia Reinprecht and Katie Reinprecht in field hockey; and Sara Hendershot, Caroline Lind and Gevvie Stone in rowing.