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Julia Reinprecht and the Tigers host American this Sunday.
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No. 4 Field Hockey to Play 4 The Cure Sunday vs. American

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 10/04/2012
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No. 4 Princeton (9-1, 3-0 Ivy) vs. American (4-7, 0-1 Patriot)
Game Info: Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.
Location: Bedford Field, Princeton, N.J.
All-Time Series Record: Princeton leads 9-4
Last Meeting: Sept. 4, 2011; American won 2-0

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This Week for the Tigers: The No. 4 Princeton field hockey team (9-1, 3-0 Ivy) remains at home this weekend, hosting American (4-7, 0-1 Patriot) on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. at Bedford Field. The game marks the program's annual Play 4 the Cure benefitting breast cancer awareness.

Last Time Out: In their third game versus a top-five opponent, the Tigers outlasted No. 5 Maryland, 3-2, on Oct. 2 at home behind a Sydney Kirby golden goal in the 50th minute.

Prior to Princeton's thriller versus Maryland, they sealed its stance in first place in the Ivy League behind an 8-0 shutout victory at Columbia on Sept. 28.

On Deck: The Tigers' five-game homestand extends over the next two weeks, with Brown (Oct. 13), Harvard (Oct. 20) and UConn (Oct. 21) traveling to Bedford Field.

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Scouting American: American (4-7, 0-1 Patriot) is coming off a 2-1 victory over Monmouth, snapping a two-game skid. The Eagles did enter the year ranked No. 25 in the national preseason poll, but subsequently fell out following week one action.

Shelly Montgomery leads the Eagle offense with five goals and two assists and Gina Hoffman is the squad's assist leader with four.

Defensively, Ashley Dalisera (3-7) has started 10 games in goal, tallying a 2.06 goals against average, 52 saves and 21 goals against. Stephanie Burry (1-0) has played in two games, starting one and has a 1.51 goals against average.

Tigers All-Time vs. American: Princeton owns the all-time series versus American, 9-4. The Tigers have lost in their last two meetings with the Eagles, including a most recent 2-0 loss in D.C. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Play 4 the Cure: Sunday's game marks the Tigers' annual Play 4 the Cure game. Princeton will be selling t-shirts with proceeds benefiting breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.

Leaders of the Pack: Following Princeton's 8-0 rout at Columbia, the Tigers took over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League. Princeton is the only undefeated team in the league and leads the league in nearly every statistical category.

In the Top-Five: Princeton remains ranked in the top-five the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll for the week of Oct. 1. The Tigers slip a spot to No. 4 with 877 points, the lowest the team has been all year.

Ranked Opponents: The Tigers have played six teams that are currently nationally ranked, going 5-1. No. 22 Richmond was not ranked when they played at Bedford, but earned a place in the top-25 the following week.

Princeton's lone blemish came at the hands of the current No. 1 team in the country Syracuse, 2-0, on Sept. 23.

Offensive Trailblazers: Kathleen Sharkey still leads the nation in points per game (4.50) and goals per game (2.00), and is No. 31 in assists per game (0.56). Katie Reinprecht is No. 2 in the nation in assists per game (1.22) and No. 15 in points per game (2.11). Her younger sister Julia Reinprecht is No. 12 in assists per game (0.75), while goalie Christina Maida is No. 17 in goals against average (1.46).

Kirby, U.S. U21 National Team Win Bronze: Sophomore Sydney Kirby and the U.S. Field Hockey Junior National Team have qualified for the Junior World Cup following the squad's third place finish at the Pan American Junior Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico. Team USA defeated Chile, 2-1, en route to the bronze medal.

Kirby had two goals during the preliminary round, as the U.S. finished second in its pool play.

The Captains: Seniors Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey and junior Julia Reinprecht will serve as field hockey's tri-captains in 2012.

Sharkey Tops All-Time Scoring Record: Kathleen Sharkey is now first all-time in career goals scored with 87 and career points with 205 in program history. She has scored at least one goal in eight of Princeton's games thus far, including six multi-goal games, scoring three goals or more on four occasions.

Welcome Back: This year Princeton returns 17 letterwinners, including the return four veterans who spent the last year playing with the U.S. Senior National Team in Michelle Cesan, Julia Reinprecht, Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey. The Tigers also welcome six freshmen to the lineup this fall.

Beautiful Bedford: In 2012 the Tiger field hockey program will call the newly constructed Bedford Field home, a state-of-the-art turf facility. Bedford features an optimal playing surface in artificial turf and a built-in watering system. There are currently 1,200 seats, with room for additional temporary seating.

Return of National Team Quartet: After spending the past year-and-a-half training and playing with the U.S. Senior National Team, juniors Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht, and seniors Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey return to the pitch. During their time with Team USA, the squad won gold at the Pan Am Games.

Both Reinprecht sisters were then named to the 16-player London Summer Olympics roster, with the duo contributing significantly in their Olympic debut. Cesan was also named one of two alternates to the Games.

A Decade Under Holmes-Winn: Head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn is entering her 10th season at the helm of the Tiger field hockey program. During that span Princeton boasts a 110-56-0 overall record and .663 winning percentage. The Tigers have won eight Ivy League titles under Holmes-Winn's tutelage, including the last seven consecutive championships.

Joining Holmes-Winn on the sidelines for her 10th season is assistant coach Melisa Meccage, and both Nate Franks '07 and Mike Pallister are entering their second season working under Holmes-Winn.

Experienced Rookies: The six-player incoming freshman class boasts a talented group. Each member of the Class of 2016 has youth national team experience, including Teresa Benvenuti who was named to the U.S. Women's Development Squad this past spring.







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