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No. 11 Field Hockey to Host Play 4 the Cure, Columbia Friday

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 10/03/2013
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The Tigers are hosting their annual Play 4 the Cure game this Friday vs. Columbia at 6 p.m.
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 No. 11 Princeton (5-3, 2-0 Ivy) vs. Columbia (3-5, 1-1 Ivy)
Game Info: Friday, Oct. 4 • 6 p.m.
Location: Bedford Field • Princeton, N.J.
All-Time Series: Princeton leads 16-0; H: 7-0; A: 9-0
Last Meeting: Princeton won 8-0 on Sept. 28, 2012 in New York, N.Y.
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This Week for the Tigers:
• The No. 11  Princeton field hockey team  (5-3, 2-0 Ivy) hosts its annual Play 4 the Cure match this Friday, Oct. 4 versus Columbia (3-5, 1-1 Ivy) at 6 p.m.
• The lone contest marks the first time this season the Tigers only play one game over a weekend.

Last Time Out:
• The Tigers remained undefeated in Ivy League play, topping Yale 2-0 on Sept. 27.
Allison Evans scored the game-winner in the 24th minute on an unassisted drive into the circle and Julia Reinprecht added an insurance goal off an Amanda Bird penalty corner pass in the 56th minute.
• Two days later versus then-No. 3 UConn, the Tigers put up a strong defensive effort versus the 2012 Final Four participant. After 62 scoreless minutes, Roisin Upton sent in the deciding strike to lift the Huskies to a 1-0 victory.

On Deck: Princeton hits the road for a five-game road swing beginning at current No. 1 Maryland on Friday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.

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Scouting Columbia:
• Columbia (3-5, 1-1 Ivy) enters this week’s action riding a three-game losing skid.
• The Lions suffered consecutive one-goal losses at Cornell, 3-2, and Fairfield, 4-3, on the road last weekend.
• Columbia is 0-2 versus ranked teams, falling by three or more goals in both games.
• Katie Ruesterholz headlines to the offense with nine goals over eight matches.
• Kimberly Pianucci (3-5) has been the team’s primary goalkeeper, tallying 62 saves, a .721 saves percentage, 24 goals against and a 3.14 goals against average.

All-Time vs. Columbia:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Columbia, 16-0, including a 7-0 record at home.
• The Tigers defeated the Lions, 8-0, on Sept. 28, 2012 on the road. 
Allison Evans and Kathleen Sharkey had two goals apiece, as Princeton outshot Columbia 28-8.

Play 4 the Cure:
• Princeton is hosting its annual Play 4 the Cure Friday, raising funds for breast cancer research and awareness of the importance of early detection.
• Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.

Extending Ivy Win Streak:
• The Tigers extended their Ivy League winning streak to 15 consecutive victories following last week’s 2-0 win over Yale.
• Princeton has gone 7-0 in league play seven times over 11th-season head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn’s tenure.

The National Scene:
• The Tigers slipped a place from No. 10 to 11 in this week’s national top-20 poll.
• As a team, the Tigers are tabbed in the top-20 in the following national statistical categories:
• No. 8 - penalty corners per game (8.88)
• No. 11 - assist per game (2.63)
• No. 19 - points per game (7.88)

A Closer Look at the Losses:
• All three losses have been to teams ranked No. 13 or higher at the time of the meeting.
• Princeton has not lost to an unranked opponent since 2011.

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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