In another dominating offensive performance by the No. 3
Princeton field hockey team, the Tigers cruised to a 6-0 shutout victory over
Brown Saturday afternoon at Bedford Field. The clean sheet marks third versus
an Ivy opponent and second in as many games for Princeton (11-1, 4-0 Ivy).
Behind a 39-7 shot and 21-5 shot on goal differential, the
Tigers took control early and never let Brown find its footing.
Katie Reinprecht opened up the scoring for Princeton, with
Kelsey Byrne picking up a loose ball and dishing it to an open Reinprecht for a
1-0 lead at 5:58.
It would not take long for the Tigers to double their lead,
as Sydney Kirby connected with Amanda Bird in front of the cage to put
Princeton up 2-0 at 7:44.
Time would elapse until near the end of the first half
before the Tigers would strike again, this time defensive maven Julia
Reinprecht picked up a deflected Molly Goodman shot for her first goal of the
year in the 34th minute.
Following halftime, Brown would earn three consecutive
penalty corners, seeing its best offensive opportunity of the game. A composed
Tiger backline and second half goalie Julia Boyle deflected the Bears' six
shots to maintain the shutout.
Princeton would respond by driving the ball into the Brown
circle. Kathleen Sharkey found an open Allison Evans, who took a touch towards
the cage and shot in her sixth goal of the year from the left side in the 41st minute.
At 47:06, J. Reinprecht served in a penalty corner,
connecting with Kirby. Kirby stopped the ball and Michelle Cesan would take a touch and sail a
pass across the circle to an open J. Reinprecht to tap in her second goal of
Princeton held a 13-2 penalty corner differential in the match.
The Tigers' final goal came on a quick drive from the
forwards. Molly Goodman would take control of the ball and found a sprinting
Teresa Benvenuti, who scored on a long-range pass at 48:04.
The defensive line led by J. Reinprecht, Kelsey Byrne and
Amy Donovan worked seamlessly to prevent Brown from finding many opportunities
in the circle. Goalie Christina Maida had one save in the first half, while
second half keeper Boyle made four.
The Tigers remain at home next weekend, hosting Harvard on
Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12 noon, before facing off with No. 4 UConn the following
afternoon at 1 p.m.