• GoPrincetonTigers.Tv Princeton Store Tickets
  • Donate Live Events Live Stats
Sharkey Hat Trick Headlines No. 4 Field Hockey's 5-2 Victory at No. 5 Duke
Files available Send this article to a friend Print RSS
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 08/31/2012
Box Score: Princeton 5, Duke 2 Box Score: Princeton 5, Duke 2

Led by a Kathleen Sharkey hat trick, the No. 4 Princeton field hockey team defeated No. 5 Duke 5-2 in its 2012 season-opener in Durham, N.C. Friday evening. In a battle between top-five squads, the Tigers (1-0) took control early and managed to deflect momentum surges by the Blue Devils (1-2) throughout the 70-minute contest to open the year on a winning note.

Senior Sharkey's three-goal evening came all on penalty corners set up by junior Julia Reinprecht and senior Katie Reinprecht. The trio, who had missed 2011 due to training with the U.S. National Team, returned to the lineup in dominating fashion.

Four minutes into action Julia found sister Katie to set up Sharkey's first goal to lift the Tigers to a 1-0 lead.

Princeton would earn four more penalty corners, but it was Duke's offense that managed to square things up at the 25-minute mark off a penalty corner. Brenna Rescigno found the back of the net off of Mary Nielsen and Paula Heimbach assists.

After relinquishing their lead, the Tigers retook control just before halftime. Sharkey not only would score three times on five shots, but also had an assist in the game. She sent in a cross from the left side to a driving Allison Evans, who then redirected the ball to send it past Duke goalie Lauren Blazing at 30:31.

Up 2-1, Princeton remained in control and added to its budding lead in the second half. For the second time, the Reinprecht sisters set up a penalty corner opportunity and Sharkey converted to provide the Tigers with a two-goal lead at 43:30.

They would connect one more time before the end of regulation.

The Blue Devils were not to be counted out, as they sailed in three consecutive shots before making it a 3-2 game off an Emmie Le Marchand goal in the 50th minute. Following a save from Princeton goalie Christina Maida, Le Marchand was able to score on a rebounded shot.

As they had done all evening, the Tigers responded with a goal of their own. This time on a Charlotte Krause penalty stroke goal at 56:29 to hold a 4-2 advantage, but Princeton was not done yet.

For the third time in the game the Tigers converted on a penalty corner, with both Reinprecht sisters again setting up Sharkey's goal in the 68th minute.

Princeton held a 20-8 shot differential on Duke and goalie Maida had three saves in her complete game performance.

In the game, four freshmen made their collegiate debut, with Teresa Benvenuti starting and making five shots, and Maddie CopelandKate Ferrara and Debi-Michelle Jantzen seeing minutes off the bench.

The Tigers head next to No. 13 Wake Forest (1-1) for a Sunday, Sept. 2 showdown at 1 p.m. at Kentner Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

 

Back
ETAPVCFriends Groups
Free VideosTiger BlogMore Headlines

TigerBlog , the official blog of Princeton Athletics.

July 11, 2014 - The 11th Of July
Tags: General

July 10, 2014 - The Real World Championships Begin
Tags: Lacrosse

July 9, 2014 - Blowout
Tags: World Cup

July 8, 2014 - Fun In The Pool
Tags: World Cup

July 7, 2014 - Hot Dogging
Tags: soccer, basketball

May 15, 2014 TigerCast
Rowers Will Gillis (heavyweights) and Ed Northrop (lightweights)...
May 8, 2014 TigerCast
Molly Higgins and Adam Bragg join TigerCast to discuss the...
May 1, 2014 TigerCast
Junior Erin McMunn joined the latest edition of TigerCast to...
Field Hockey Camp
Robert Wood Johnson
Hyatt Slider

Sports Camps
PNC Bank
Tyco Community Spotlight
   
   
Athlete of the Week
Presented by Coach USA
Returns Sept. 8
National Champions
Julia Ratcliffe Wins Title
Championship Streak Now 43
Princeton Sports Properties
Official Corporate Partners
Join the Princeton Corporate Partner Team
Sports Tickets
Proud Partner of Princeton Athletics
Buy and sell college and pro sports tickets
Email Updates
Don't Miss a Minute of the Action
Sign up to receive exclusive Princeton Tiger email updates