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No. 9 Field Hockey's Road Swing Opens with No. 1 Maryland and Delaware

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Highlights: FH vs. Columbia - 10/7/13
 No. 9 Princeton (6-3, 3-0 Ivy) at No. 1 Maryland (12-0)
Game Info: Friday, Oct. 11 • 6 p.m.
Location: College Park, Md.
All-Time Series: Maryland leads 16-6-1. 
Princeton records: Home: 4-7-1; Away: 2-8; Neutral: 1-1
Last Meeting: Princeton won 3-2 (OT) in NCAA semifinals on Nov. 16, 2012
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Game Notes:  Princeton Game NotesMaryland Game Notes
 No. 9 Princeton (6-3, 3-0 Ivy) at Delaware (8-3)
Game Info: Sunday, Oct. 13 • 1 p.m.
Location: Newark, Del.
All-Time Series: Tied 11-11-3
Princeton records: Home 7-5-1; Away: 4-5-1; Neutral: 0-1-1
Last Meeting: Princeton won 10-2 on Sept. 16, 2012 at Bedford Field
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This Week for the Tigers:
• The No. 9 Princeton field hockey team opens its five-game road swing on Friday, Oct. 11 at No. 1 Maryland (12-0) at 6 p.m. in College Park. The match marks the fifth ranked team Princeton has faced this season, including third top-five.
• Two days later, the Tigers will take a trip to Newark, Del. to square off with the Delaware Blue Hens (8-3) at 1 p.m. 

Last Time Out:
• Princeton improved to 6-3, 3-0 Ivy with a 5-0 shutout victory over Columbia on Oct. 4.
• Junior Cassidy Arner scored twice, her first goals of the season, including the game-winner 24 seconds into the game.
• Freshman Cat Caro scored her first career goal and Allison Evans added a pair to round out the Tigers scoring drives. 

On Deck: Princeton’s road swing takes them to Brown on Saturday, Oct. 19 for a lone match at 12 noon.

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Scouting No. 1 Maryland:
• No. 1 Maryland enters this week’s meeting at 12-0, 3-0 ACC.
• The Terps are coming off a 6-0 win over Hofstra on Oct. 8
• 11 different players have recorded mutli-goals on the year, with Jill Witmer and Anna Dessoye’s 10 and seven, respectively leading the way.
• Natalie Hunter (10-0) has served as UM’s primary goalkeeper, tallying 38 saves, a .792 goals against average, 10 goals against and a 1.08 goals against average over 11 games played. 

All-Time vs. Maryland:
• Maryland owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 16-6-1, including an 8-2 advantage at home.
• The Tigers went 2-0 versus the Terps in 2012, topping UM during the regular season, 3-2, on Oct. 2 at Bedford Field.
• In a rematch in the NCAA semifinals on Nov. 16, Princeton again earned a 3-2 victory but had to battle into overtime. Kathleen Sharkey ’13 put Princeton up 2-1 in the first half, but Ali McEvoy knotted the game in the 56th minute off a penalty stroke. Deadlocked the game went into overtime and Teresa Benvenuti ’16 converted on a Tiger stroke in the 76th minute to send the Tigers to the national championship game.

Scouting Delaware:
• Delaware (8-3, 2-0 CAA) enters this weekend’s action riding a two-game winning streak.
• The Blue Hens will host Towson on Friday, Oct. 11 before facing Princeton.
• Michaela Patzner paces Delaware’s offense with 10 goals over 11 appearances, including going 3-for-3 in penalty strokes.
• Sarah Scher serves as the Blue Hens’ lone goaltender, amassing 54 saves, a .730 saves percentage, 20 goals against, a 1.81 goals against average and two shutouts. 

All-Time vs. Delaware:
• Princeton and Delaware are tied in the all-time series, 11-11-3; however the Blue Hens have a 5-4-1 advantage when playing at home.
• In their last meeting, Princeton earned a dominating 10-2 victory over Delaware on Sept. 16, 2012 at Bedford Field.
Kathleen Sharkey ’13 had a hat trick, while Katie Reinprecht ’13 and Michelle Cesan ’14 both added a pair each.

Arner Named Ivy Player of the Week:
• Junior Cassidy Arner earned her first career Ivy League Player of the Week honor.
• After moving into the midfield, she scored the game-winning goal 24 seconds in and added an insurance goal late in the half versus Columbia on Oct. 4.
• It was her first career multi-goal performance.

Extending Ivy Win Streak:
• The Tigers extended their Ivy League winning streak to 16 consecutive victories following last week’s 5-0 win over Columbia.
• Princeton has gone 7-0 in league play seven times over 11th-season head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn’s tenure. 

The Ivy Race:
• The top spot in the Ivy League is still being held by both Penn and Princeton at 3-0.
• The two squads will faceoff in the regular season finale on Nov. 9. 

Multi-Goal Games:
Cassidy Arner, Teresa Benvenuti and Allison Evans each have recorded multi-goal scoring games.
• Benvenuti had a hat trick at Dartmouth on Sept. 21 and a pair of goals versus Fairfield on Sept. 7.
• Arner had her first career multi-score effort last week versus Columbia.
• Evans has scored two goals in games versus Dartmouth and Columbia.

Career Firsts:
• Junior Cassidy Arner scored her first goal of the season 24 seconds into the match, adding a second later in the half for her first multi-goal game of her career.
• Seven minutes into the game, freshman Cat Caro notched her first career goal picking up a deflection outside the cage.

A Closer Look at the Losses:
• All three losses have been to teams ranked No. 13 or higher at the time of the meeting.
• The Tigers are 1-3 versus ranked opponents on the year.
• Princeton has not lost to an unranked opponent since 2011.

Picking Up Points:
• Following her two-goal effort versus Columbia on Oct. 4, Allison Evans leads the offense with 17 points.
• She has a team-best seven goals over nine games, along with three assists.

The National Scene:
• The Tigers moved up two places from No. 11 to 9 in this week’s national top-20 poll.
• Princeton is ranked No. 9 in this week’s RPI poll. It is the only Ivy team in the top-30.
• As a team, the Tigers are tabbed in the top-20 in the following national statistical categories:
• No. 8 - penalty corners per game (8.89)
• No. 12 - assists per game (2.67)
• No. 16 - points per game (8.44)
• No. 17 - goals per game (2.89)
• No. 18 - scoring average (2.82)
• No. 19 - scoring margin (1.19)

Reinprecht ‘13 and Sharkey ‘13 Win Silver at Pan Am Cup:
Katie Reinprecht ’13 and Kathleen Sharkey ’13, members of the U.S. Field Hockey National Team, helped Team USA earn a berth to the 2014 World Cup following a successful silver medal finish at the Pan American Cup in Mendoza, Argentina.
• The U.S. went 3-0 in group play and defeated Canada 4-0 in the semifinals.
• Team USA finished in second place with a 1-0 loss to host-Argentina to earn silver.
• Reinprecht tallied four goals and Sharkey had three over the tournament.
• Former Princeton assistant and current U.S. assistant coach Nate Franks ‘07 added to the Tiger representation at the tournament.

The Captains: Seniors Kelsey Byrne, Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht will serve as tri-captains in 2013.

Beautiful Bedford:
• Bedford, a state-of-the-art turf facility, features an optimal playing surface in artificial turf and a built-in watering system.
• There are currently 1,572 seats, with room for additional temporary seating.

National Team News:
Julia Reinprecht ‘14, a 2012 London Summer Olympian, competed with the U.S. Senior National Team at the World League Semifinals in London this summer.
Michelle Cesan ‘14, a 2012 London Summer Olympics alternate, is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team.
Teresa Benvenuti ‘16 was named to the U.S. Senior National Team this spring. She competed with the U21s at the Junior World Cup in Aug. 2013.
• Alums Katie Reinprecht ‘13 and Kathleen Sharkey ‘13 are also members of the senior national team, most recently being named to the U.S. Pan Am Cup roster.
• Former assistant coach Nate Franks ‘07 is on staff at USA Field Hockey.

Williamson Joins Coaching Staff:
David Williamson joined the Tiger coaching staff as the team’s goalkeeping coach in 2013.
• He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Ulster.
• He previously worked at Monmouth, Kent State, the Irish Hockey and U.S. Field Hockey associations.

A Look at Last Year:
Katie Reinprecht ‘13 was named Princeton’s first Honda Award Winner, along with garnering NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year and Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Kathleen Sharkey ‘13 led the nation in scoring and was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year.
Teresa Benvenuti ‘16 earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors.
• 10 Tigers were named All-Ivy and All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team selections.
• Five players earned All-America accolades.
Kristen Holmes-Winn was named the NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.

 

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