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UPDATED: A Better Looking Princeton Tiger

Boomerangs.  Don't you see them?
Boomerangs. Don't you see them?

Princeton is a lacrosse program rich with tradition.  Before Bill Tierney took over, this wasn’t nearly as true.  Now that he has moved on to Denver, maybe it’s time for a new stamp to be put on the program, and what better way to do that than to deck ‘em out in new uniforms?!?!

Sure, there are lots of other, more important things that would create a new feeling within the program. Like playing run and gun on O, going takeaway heavy on D, scheduling weaker teams and running up the score, recruiting only Canadian geniuses and lots of other stuff that isn’t going to happen.  Princeton has found a good formula and while I expect it to be tweaked, it won’t change wholesale.

Even though the Princeton uniforms didn’t change much over the Tierney years, they did change a bit last year and I have to think that was solely because of a new coach.  So I’ll stick with that.  Their uniforms this past season were a little too boomerangy for me, and while they certainly were modern, they lacked a real sense of tradition… and that’s something a school like Princeton usually tries to embrace.

Boomerangs. Don't you see them?

I actually like the effort to switch it up, I just don’t love the result.  Also, the uniforms looked a little brown. Weird.

Anyway, the look I’m proposing sticks with the Warrior-style numbering.  That’s a constant.  The rest of the uniform has piping, and lots of blocks of color similar to the above effort, but a little less crocodile dundee.  I obviously stuck with Warrior since that relationship seems pretty much carved in Ivy-covered stone.

Similar to the old black jerseys with stripes on the arms. But classier.
Shorts could also be black or white. Warrior should say
Tigers btw.

The Tigers could also add a little grey in there (everybody’s doin’ it!). Looks more “classic”.

And I know it’s blasphemy to even think about trading in the white helmet with the black visor or chin with the P on the side, but I’m doing it.  Tell me this isn’t a sharp lid.  We all know it is.  Maybe as an alternate, at least?

It's diverges from tradition. Maybe tiger stripes on the visor and vent covers?

Black helmets are bad ass.  And they look good with orange.  Eleven years ago when the black and orange of Wayland HS was my hated rival, I couldn’t have said that.  Look Ma, I’m all growns’d up.  Warrior doesn’t yet have a customizer so I went with Cascade for this one.  That would look unreal of a Warrior TII as well.  Matte black anyone?  Done deal.

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Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

16 Comments

  • I think you are missing the mark with the helmet concepts; a lot of emphasis has been placed on decal design rather than tri-color helmet options. So we are seeing more teams go with a 1 color or 2 color (shell & chin) style rather than tri-color (shell, chin, & visorcal).

    Imagine this for a Princeton helmet concept…
    – Orange Shell
    – Black Chin & Chrome Mask

    – In Black outlined in white, plain lettering (similar to Temple’s football helmet) “Princeton” on one side
    – On the opposite side in the same style “Tigers”
    – Solid Black back panel with white edging on top and bottom of panel
    – Player name in White, outlined in orange across the back
    – Orange Visorcal, outlined in Black with player number centered on the front of the visor
    – Solid black mohawk outlined in white with a white “P” outlined in Orange at the base of the mohawk

    Classy, yet different.

  • Unless there is a Warrior option that doesn’t involve 52 different color zones, I don’t think the Princeton unis can achieve the traditional, clean look that they had back in the day. I wouldn’t mind seeing some orange helmets with black chin and a black P decal, but the uniforms are just un-Princeton-like and are a huge step in the wrong direction.

  • some pretty solid ideas right there!
    as we see more focus on decal design, I expect programs like Duke, Princeton, Harvard to go even more basic and classic with special custom tweaks. The leaders are always steps ahead of the followers. I do think you’ll see crazy decals at lower ranked D1 teams though. Some are desperate for an “edge”, whatever it is.

  • How about if they go with the Michigan wings on their helmets, like their football helmets (in black and orange of course). A lot of people don’t know this, but the winged helmet design that Michigan has made famous was actually started at Princeton by Fritz Crisler. He coached there first and took the design with him to Ann Arbor.

    History lesson – a one-stripe version of the winged helmet was first used at Michigan State (ironically) two years before Crisler started using the now standard three stripe version at Princeton.

  • I generally like Duke’s choices in helmets and protective gear, but the one thing holding their look back is those horrendous Brine (Warrior) unis. They are just too busy and kind of cheap looking. I was glad to see a new team holding the trophy on Memorial Day, but I just wish Duke looked better doing it.

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