Led by a well-balanced attack, the No. 9 Princeton field hockey team extended its Ivy League winning ways with a 6-2 victory over Brown Saturday afternoon in Providence, R.I. The victory improves the Tigers to 8-4, 4-0 Ivy on the year and extends the squad’s conference win streak to 17.
In a lopsided offensive match, the Tigers held a 46-4 shot advantage, including a 28-2 on goal differential. Princeton was awarded 16 penalty corners, eight in each half, to Brown’s pair.
Princeton’s national team trio of sophomore Teresa Benvenuti and seniors Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht led the offense with multi-point efforts. Cesan had two goals and an assist, while Reinprecht netted twice and Benvenuti had a goal and two assists.
Despite the Tigers’ flurry of shots, it took them until the 25th minute to capitalize. On their fifth penalty corner of the afternoon, Benvenuti sent in the go-ahead score off assists from Cesan and Annabeth Donovan.
Brown would not see a shot for the remainder of the half, as Princeton doubled its advantage before the break. Cat Caro picked up a Benvenuti deflection to make it 2-0 at 33:34.
Princeton would rely on second half goals, seeing Brown break up its shutout over the final 35. An unrelenting Tiger offense went on to add four more goals to seal the victory.
Reinprecht opened the second period with consecutive goals, scoring the game-winner at the 38:52-minute mark off a rebound.
She pounced again seven minutes later; this time off another successfully executed penalty corner play. Following the serve and stop, Benvenuti dished the ball to an unmarked Reinprecht outside the cage to put Princeton up 4-0 in the 46th minute.
After shutting out their last two Ivy opponents, the Tigers’ string of conference clean sheets ended with a Brown Meghan O’Donnell goal in the 49th minute.
Responding from the Bear strike, Cesan followed Reinprecht’s suit and added consecutive goals of her own. The first came in the 57th minute, as she picked up a Benvenuti deflection.
A minute later, sandwiched between Cesan’s goals was a second from the Bears. Brown only had two shots on target in the match, both from O’Donnell for goals.
Cesan rounded out her five-point outing with a straight on shot to put Princeton comfortably up 6-2 in the 65th minute.
In the cage both Julia Boyle and Christina Maida saw minutes, with Maida earning the victory and improving to 2-1.
Princeton closes out its five-game road swing next weekend at Harvard (Oct. 26) and No. 12 Albany (Oct. 27).