Benvenuti’s Hat Trick Key in Field Hockey’s 7-1 Win at Dartmouth
Sophomore Teresa Benvenuti recorded her first career hat trick to guide the No. 6 Princeton field hockey team to a 7-1 victory over Dartmouth on the road to open Ivy League play Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Tigers to 4-1, 1-0 Ivy as they head to No. 5 Syracuse (6-1, 0-1 ACC) for a Sunday 3 p.m. meeting live on ESPN3.
Benvenuti put Princeton up 1-0 two minutes into the match and added insurance goals in the second half, including converting on a penalty stroke in the 45th minute. The defender is 2-0 all-time in strokes, making her first in the NCAA semifinals versus Maryland in overtime last year.
Caro made her first career assist versus the Big Green and she went on to finish with a pair.
Dartmouth, the only Ivy opponent to score against the Tigers in 2012, prevented Princeton from earning the clean sheet by scoring on its first shot on goal in the 20th minute off a penalty corner.
That would be the closest the score would be for the remainder of the match, as the Tigers went on to score four unanswered goals in the second half.
Princeton held advantages in shots, 24-5, shots on goal, 16-3, and corners, 13-3. Tiger goalkeeper Anya Gersoff (2-0) made two saves in her complete game victory to Dartmouth’s nine.