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No. 9 Field Hockey Ready for Final Home Weekend, Senior Day

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 10/30/2013
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 No. 9 Princeton (10-4, 5-0 Ivy) vs. Cornell (9-6, 3-2 Ivy)
Game Info: Saturday, Nov. 2 • 12 noon
Location: Bedford FieldCampus MapsParking
All-Time Series: Princeton leads 26-5-3
Princeton records: Home: 14-2-1; Away: 12-3-2
Last Meeting: Princeton won 5-0 on Oct. 27, 2012 in Ithaca, N.Y.
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Game Notes:  Princeton Game NotesCornell Game Notes
 No. 9 Princeton (10-4, 5-0 Ivy) vs. Rider (12-5, 4-1 MAAC)
Game Info: Sunday, Nov. 3 • 1 p.m.
Location: Bedford Field • Campus Maps • Parking
All-Time Series: Princeton leads 7-1-1
Princeton records: Home: 4-1-1; Away: 2-0; Neutral: 1-0
Last Meeting: Princeton won 1-0 in double overtime in NCAA Play-In Game on Nov. 8, 2012 in Princeton, N.J.
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This Week for the Tigers:
• The Ivy League-leading No. 9 Princeton field hockey team  (10-4, 5-0 Ivy) concludes the home slate this weekend with a pair of matches.
• Cornell (9-6, 3-2 Ivy) heads to Bedford Field for a Saturday, Nov. 2 meeting at 12 noon, marking the Tigers’ second-to-last Ivy contest of the year.
• Senior Day will be the next afternoon at 1 p.m. versus local rival Rider (12-5) at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out:
• The Tigers closed out their five-game road swing with a pair of wins, opening the weekend with a 3-1 victory at Harvard on Oct. 26.
• The next day, Princeton defeated its second nationally ranked opponent in then-No. 15 Albany, 5-3.

On Deck: Princeton closes out the regular season at Penn on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. in Philadelphia.

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Scouting Cornell:
• Cornell (9-6, 3-2 Ivy) is coming off a near upset and overtime loss to then-No. 3 Syracuse, 3-2, snapping the Big Red’s six-game winning streak.
• Cornell’s offense is led by Katy Weeks’ seven goals and six assists for 20 points.
• Marisa Siergiiej has a team-high nine goals on the year, ranking seventh in the Ivy League.
• Carolyn Horner (6-3) serves as the team’s primary goalkeeper. She has 49 saves, a .710 saves percentage, 20 goals against and a 2.58 goals against average.

All-Time vs. Cornell:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Cornell, 26-5-3, including a 14-2-1 advantage at home.
• En route to their perfect 7-0 Ivy season, the Tigers defeated the Big Red 5-0 on Oct. 27, 2012 in their last meeting in Ithaca, N.Y.
• The match saw five different goal scorers, with Sydney Kirby notching both a goal and an assist and Michelle Cesan dishing a pair of assists.

Scouting Rider:
• Rider heads to Princeton riding a three-game winning streak and sits at 12-5, 4-1 MAAC.
• The Broncs will face Monmouth on Friday before playing the Tigers.
• Rider is outscoring opponents 45-23; however the Broncs have only faced one ranked team - then-No. 18 Drexel in a 2-1 loss on Sept. 25.
• Sandra Penas has nine goals and 13 assists for a team-leading 31 points over 17 games.
• Joelle Prettyman (12-5) has played all but 30 minutes for the Broncs in goal, tallying 60 saves, a .741 saves percentage, 21 goals against and a 1.21 goals against average.

All-Time vs. Rider:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Rider, 7-1-1, including a 4-1-1 advantage at home.
• In their last meeting, the Tigers earned a 1-0 double overtime victory over Rider in the NCAA Play-In Game on Nov. 8, 2012 in Princeton.
• Despite holding a 17-9 shot advantage, it took until the second overtime for the Tigers to advance to the NCAA First Round off a Sydney Kirby penalty corner goal from Alyssa Pyros ’12.

Senior Day Sunday:
• Prior to Sunday’s meeting with Rider, Princeton will hold its annual Senior Day ceremony honoring the Class of 2014.
• The six-player member of the graduating senior class is: Amanda Bird, Kelsey Byrne, Michelle Cesan, Christina Maida, Allegra Mango and Julia Reinprecht.

Caro Earns First Ivy Rookie of the Week Honor:
Cat Caro was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the first time in her career.
• She is coming off a three-goal and one assist weekend, including scoring twice in the first half at then-No. 15 Albany on Oct. 27. Her second goal marked the game-winner.
• On the year she has five goals and three assists over 14 games, including 12 starts.

Extending Ivy Win Streak:
• The Tigers enter Saturday’s meeting with Cornell riding an 18-game Ivy League winning streak.
• Princeton has gone 7-0 in league play seven times over 11th-season head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn’s tenure.

Trending Now:
• The Tigers hold advantages over opponents in: scoring, 43-25, shots, 268-111, and penalty corners, 121-48, on the year.
• When scoring first Princeton is 9-0.

A Closer Look at the Losses:
• All four losses have been to teams ranked currently ranked in the top-10.
• The Tigers are 2-4 versus ranked opponents on the year.
• Princeton has not lost to an unranked opponent since 2011.

Another Streak to Track: Princeton currently is riding a four-game winning streak entering this weekend’s action.

Sole Possession:
• Princeton owns sole possession of first place in the Ivy League at 5-0 with two games left in conference slate.
• Penn dropped to second place after suffering a 4-3 overtime loss at Columbia on Oct. 18.
• The Tigers and Quakers will square off in the regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. in Philadelphia.

Ivy Leaders:
• Princeton is the top-ranked team in the Ivy League in the following categories:
• Goals against average (1.76)
• Shots (19.14/game)
• Goals allowed (25 goals and 1.79/game)
Teresa Benvenuti is No. 1 in shots/game (5.00)
Christina Maida is No. 1 in goals against average (1.59); Anya Gersoff is No. 2 (1.72)

Multi-Goal Games:
• Five different Tigers have recorded multi-goal games this year.
Teresa Benvenuti leads the way with two, including a team-best three-goal game at Dartmouth on Sept. 21.

The National Scene:
• The Tigers remained tabbed No. 9 in this week’s national top-20 poll for the third consecutive week.
• Princeton is also ranked No. 9 in this week’s RPI poll. It is the only Ivy team in the top-25.
• As a team, the Tigers are tabbed in the top-20 in the following national statistical categories:
• No. 6 - penalty corners per game (8.64)
• No. 14 - goals per game (3.07)
• No. 14 - scoring average (3.03)
• No. 16 - points per game (8.50)
• No. 17 - assists per game (2.36)
• No. 18 - winning percentage (.714)
Michelle Cesan is ranked No. 12 in assists per game (0.62)
Teresa Benvenuti is ranked No. 20 in assists per game (0.58) 

The Captains: Seniors Kelsey Byrne, Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht will serve as tri-captains in 2013.

Tigers Featured on HBO Real Sports:
• Princeton was featured on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on Oct. 22 for their work with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
• The team adopted seven-year old Carmela Loschiavo, who battled a pediatric brain tumor, finding a very special source of inspiration from the brave little girl.
• If you missed the segment, it will be available on repeats on HBO or OnDemand. 

Beautiful Bedford:
• Bedford, a state-of-the-art turf facility, features an optimal playing surface in artificial turf and a built-in watering system.
• There are currently 1,572 seats, with room for additional temporary seating.

National Team News:
Julia Reinprecht ’14, a 2012 London Summer Olympian, competed with the U.S. Senior National Team at the World League Semifinals in London this summer.
Michelle Cesan ’14, a 2012 London Summer Olympics alternate, is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team.
Teresa Benvenuti ’16 was named to the U.S. Senior National Team this spring. She competed with the U21s at the Junior World Cup in Aug. 2013.
• Alums Katie Reinprecht ’13 and Kathleen Sharkey ’13 are also members of the senior national team, most recently being named to the U.S. Pan Am Cup roster and helping Team USA to silver and a 2014 World Cup berth.
• Former assistant coach Nate Franks ’07 is on staff at USA Field Hockey.

Williamson Joins Coaching Staff:
David Williamson joined the Tiger coaching staff as the team’s goalkeeping coach in 2013.
• He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Ulster.
• He previously worked at Monmouth, Kent State, the Irish Hockey and U.S. Field Hockey associations.

A Look at Last Year...A Year to Remember:
• Princeton won its first-ever national championship, 3-2, versus then-No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 18, 2012.
Katie Reinprecht ’13 was named Princeton’s first Honda Award Winner, along with garnering NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year and Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Kathleen Sharkey ’13 led the nation in scoring and was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year.
Teresa Benvenuti ’16 earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors.
• 10 Tigers were named All-Ivy and All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team selections.
• Five players earned All-America accolades.
Kristen Holmes-Winn was named the NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.

 

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