Champions Corner: Field Hockey News and Updates
The 2012 national champion Princeton field hockey celebrated the program’s first title with its annual banquet to recognize the accomplishments of the team and the graduating Class of 2013.
The Thorp Van Dusen Goodfellow ’41 Field Hockey Award was presented to the Class of 2013. It is awarded to the upperclass player who by her commitment to field hockey, loyalty to the team, high level of skill and competitive spirit has demonstrated a great love of the sport, the team and of Princeton.
“The great Class of 2013 won four Ivy titles and brought the first national Championship in field hockey to Princeton,” said head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn. “This is a class with superior talent but was never driven by ego. They exemplify everything that the Thorp Van Dusen Goodfellow Award is about and I could not have been prouder to present it to all five of our seniors."
The program bestowed the Mari J. Scheulning P07 Award to Dr. Shahrzad Joharifard ’05 and Christina Maida ’14. The annual award honors an alumnae and a current student-athlete for their work serving underprivileged people and communities.
Dr. Joharifard was recognized for her work serving communities in Africa the last eight years while completing her medical degree at Duke. Maida earned the undergraduate honor for her distinguished community service. In addition to her work with the Princeton Varsity Club and Friends of Jaclyn, the Tiger goalie spearheaded the program’s application to join “You Go Girl USA Field Hockey”, where Princeton will receive equipment and support to bring the game to inner-city youth in Trenton.
At the banquet the program also honored Sue Perles '75, Barbara Nemeth P07 and Princeton athletics deputy director Erin McDermott.
Perles served as the program’s Friends of Field Hockey president the past four years and recently stepped down to take over a new role as the CEO of Girls Scouts of Alaska.
"I could not be more grateful for Sue's contributions to our friends group. Under her leadership, we established an active board, governance articles for FOFH, built a brand new astro-turf facility, established a robust career mentoring program and increased friends participation rates. It was an honor to work with such a dynamic, effective leader," said Holmes-Winn.
Nemeth is the mother of former field hockey standout Allison Nemeth ’07. She has been an active supporter and leader in the friend’s group since 2003 and became treasurer in 2010.
"Barb has always been ready and willing to help Princeton Field hockey in any way, shape or form. Her loyalty and generosity have been second to none. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to recognize Barb's impact on Princeton field hockey at our championship banquet."
“Erin, our senior woman administrator, served as the chair of the NCAA Division I field hockey committee. In her time as chair she wowed all of my colleagues and I could not go anywhere without someone telling me how lucky we were to have someone of Erin's quality working so closely with our team. TFH wanted to recognize Erin officially for her role in helping to support our team and more generally field hockey at the national level,” concluded Holmes-Winn.
Reinprechts Go to the White House, Earn Thacher Longsteth Award
It has been a busy spring semester for Julia ’14 and Katie ’13 Reinprecht. The sisters went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and helped guide the U.S. Field Hockey team to a first place finish at the World League Round 2 tournament.
The duo recently was awarded the Thacher Longstreth Award, marking the first time the honor has been presented to more than one person. The award honors the individual from the Philadelphia region whose contributions to athletic life at Princeton mirrored the love and devotion to Princeton that is such an important part of the Thacher Longstreth legacy.
The Reinprechts along with professional, Olympic and Paralympic athletes attended the 135th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn at the White House. The event invited over 30,000 children and the Reinprechts helped teach children ranging from two to 14 some basic field hockey fundamentals.
Princeton will compete in four spring games. They faced Maryland on Apr. 6, before hosting Penn State, Temple and Rutgers on Saturday, Apr. 13. The Tigers will also hold a clinic and 7v7 play day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day.
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