Tigers Lead NJ HP Team to USA Field Hockey National Championship
Princeton head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn coached the team and had five of her current Princeton players on the squad. Rising seniors Rachel Neufeld, Alyssa Pyros, Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey were on the team, along with rising juniors Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht. Rachel Dawson, an assistant coach at Princeton last season was also on the NJ team and current assistant coach Nate Franks served as the team's video coordinator for the tournament.
The New Jersey team went 4-1 in the five-game round robin and matched up with the South High Performance Team in Friday's final. New Jersey took the final game by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Sharkey was the tournament's leading scorer andwas named the Player of the Game in Friday's final.
Sharkey, Cesan and the Reinprechts were named to the U.S. Senior National Team following the tournament, along with Maren Ford '06, who played for the California team in the tournament, and Dawson. The group will train with the National Team as it builds up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Sharkey and Cesan were both recognized by National Team Head Coach Lee Bodimeade in USA Field Hockey's press release announcing the National Team roster.
Bodimeade said of Sharkey: “Sharkey being the leading goal scorer at the tournament proves that she can play at the senior level. And of Cesan: “The most significant selection of the tournament, was adding Michelle Cesan to the Champions Challenge traveling squad. Cesan has been on our radar for some time now and we were happy with her performance here and how her game has developed.”
Cesan and both Reinprechts will travel to the Champions Challenge in Dublin, Ireland, June 18-26. Training will begin at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista on June 2.
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