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Defending National Champs Open Field Hockey NCAAs with Penn State Saturday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/14/2013
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 No. 8 Princeton (13-4, 7-0 Ivy) vs. No. 9 Penn State (13-5, 5-1 Big Ten)
Game Info: NCAA Championship First Round • NCAA Bracket
Date: Saturday, Nov. 16 • 2 p.m.
Location: College Park, Md. • Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex
All-Time Series: Penn State leads 24-8
Princeton records: Home: 4-10; Away: 2-11; Neutral: 2-3
Last Meeting: Penn State won 4-3 on Sept. 15, 2013 at Bedford Field
On Deck: NCAA Championship Quarterfinals vs. Maryland/American
Sunday, Nov. 17 • 2 p.m.
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Game Notes:  Princeton Game Notes • Penn State Game Notes

This Week for the Tigers:
• The 2013 Ivy League champion No. 8 Princeton field hockey team will resume its national title defense this weekend in the NCAA tournament first round.
• The Tigers (13-4, 7-0 Ivy) open the postseason with a rematch versus ninth-ranked Penn State (13-5, 5-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. hosted at Maryland in College Park, Md.

Last Time Out:
• Princeton completed its perfect Ivy League slate with a 5-1 victory over Penn on Nov. 9.
• The Quakers managed to tie things up in the 14th minute, before the Tigers went on to score four unanswered goals to earn the outright league title in a must-win match.

On Deck:
• Princeton’s advancement in the postseason will be dependent on a victory Saturday.
• With a win the Tigers will face the winner of the Maryland – American matchup on Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Follow the Tigers: Live video and stats will be available for this weekend’s NCAA tournament action via GoPrincetonTigers.com. 

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Scouting No. 9 Penn State:
• No. 9 Penn State (13-5, 5-1 Big Ten) enters the NCAA tournament as an at-large bid recipient.
• The Nittany Lions head to Maryland following their semifinal loss to Iowa, 4-3, in the Big Ten Tournament last week.
• PSU enters the postseason led by Taylor Herold’s 18 goals and Laura Gebhart’s 12 assists.
• Lone goalie Kylie Licata has a .703 saves percentage, 64 saves, a 1.43 goals against average and seven shutouts.

All-Time vs. Penn:
• Penn State owns the all-time series versus Princeton 24-8.
• The Nittany Lions hold a 3-2 advantage when playing on a neutral sites, but the series is tied 3-3 in the NCAA tournament. Both sides are tied 2-2 in the first round and 1-1 in the quarterfinals.
• Saturday’s meeting will be a regular season rematch, a 4-3 victory for Penn State on Sept. 15 at Bedford Field.
• PSU jumped out with a 2-0 lead in the first half and Princeton was unable to corral a momentum push to overcome its multi-goal deficit before the end of regulation.
• The loss snapped the Tigers’ 17-game winning streak. 

A Quick Look Ahead:
• With a win over Penn State, Princeton will advance to the quarterfinals to face the winner of the Maryland - American match.
• ACC champion Maryland enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and sits at 20-1, 6-0 ACC.
• The Tigers and Terps have met already this season in College Park. UM employed a midgame three-goal run to earn a 3-1 victory on Oct. 11.
• Maryland owns the all-time series versus Princeton 16-6-1.
• The two met twice last year, including in the NCAA semifinals where the Tigers earned a 3-2 overtime victory.
• No. 18 American (15-5, 6-0 Patriot League) enters the first round after topping Quinnipiac, 3-1, in the NCAA Play-In Game.
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus American, 10-4.
• The Tigers and Eagles have never met in the postseason.
• Princeton earned a 2-0 shutout victory in the last meeting between both sides on Oct. 7, 2012 at Bedford Field. 

Ivy Titles by the Numbers: 9, 18, 19, 22:
• The Tigers once again claimed the outright Ivy League title in 2013 for the second straight season. The program has now won 18 outright league crowns.
• Princeton has clinched at least a share of the last 19 of 20 championships, including the last nine consecutive seasons.
• The Tigers have won 22 Ivy titles over program history.
• No other conference opponent has won more than eight championships.  

NCAA Appearances: Princeton is making its 19th NCAA appearance, including 10th consecutive this weekend.

Princeton Takes Top Postseason Ivy Honors; Seven Tigers Honored:
• For the second consecutive season the Tigers have earned the top Ivy League postseason honors.
Michelle Cesan: Offensive Player of the Year and unanimous First-Team All-Ivy
Julia Reinprecht: Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous First-Team All-Ivy
Annabeth Donovan: co-Rookie of the Year and First-Team All-Ivy
Teresa Benvenuti: First-Team All-Ivy
Allison Evans: Second-Team All-Ivy
Amanda Bird: Honorable Mention All-Ivy
Sydney Kirby: Honorable Mention All-Ivy

Ivy Postseason Honors Records:
Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht have earned four all-league first team honors over their careers.
• Princeton is the only program to have players earn such a feat, with the Class of 2014 duo making it five Tigers in league history.
• Reinprecht, the 2009 Ivy Rookie of the Year, is the third member of her family to earn a top postseason honor. Collectively with her sisters, Katie ‘13 and Sarah ‘09, they have six honors among them.
• Princeton is the only school to have three consecutive Rookies of the Year. The last time it happened prior to this season was 1995-97.
• 2013 marks the sixth consecutive season that Princeton has had at least four first teamers.

Extending Ivy Win Streak:
• The Tigers extended their Ivy League winning streak to 20 to close out the year, a run dating back to Sept. 2011.
• Princeton is only chasing its own record of 24 consecutives victories spanning Oct. 2007-Sept. 2011.
• The Tigers have gone 7-0 in league play eight times over 11th-season head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn’s tenure. 

Another Streak to Track: Princeton currently is riding a seven-game winning streak entering this weekend’s action. 

A Final Streak to Track:
• The Tigers enter the postseason riding a five-game NCAA winning streak.
• Along with winning games spanning the first through championship rounds, Princeton also opened the 2012 tournament with a win in the NCAA Play-In Game.

Cesan’s Earns Second Straight Ivy Player of the Week Honor:
• Senior Michelle Cesan earned her second consecutive Ivy League Player of the Week honor following her five-point performance at Penn last weekend.
• She added a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and an assist.
• The midfielder has scored eight goals over the last seven games, including three game-winners spanning the last four matches. 

Caro Doubles Up Ivy Rookie of the Week Nods:
• Freshman Cat Caro collected her second Ivy Rookie of the Week of the season.
• The striker extended her scoring streak to six consecutive contests with her opening goal versus Penn.
• She picked up a rebound off a penalty corner to send in her eighth goal of the year in the third minute.
• She has three assists over her 17 appearances and when recording at least a point in a match Princeton is 8-0.

Trending Now:
• The Tigers hold advantages over opponents in: scoring, 54-27, shots, 361-129, and penalty corners, 154-59, on the year.
• When scoring first Princeton is 12-0. 

Overtime Success: Princeton is 2-0 in overtime matches this year, most recently topping local rival Rider in extra time, 2-1, on Nov. 3. 

A Closer Look at the Losses:
• All four losses have been to teams ranked currently ranked in the top-9.
• The Tigers are 2-4 versus ranked opponents on the year.
• Princeton has not lost to an unranked opponent since 2011. 

Ivy Leaders:
• Princeton is the top-ranked team in the Ivy League in the following categories:
• Scoring margin (1.56)
• Goals against average (1.56)
• Shots (21.24/game)
• Goals allowed (1.59/game)
Christina Maida is No. 1 in goals against average (1.48) and Anya Gersoff is No. 2 (1.49) 

The National Scene:
• The Tigers move up a spot to No. 8 in this week’s national top-20 poll.
• Princeton remains tabbed No. 5 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. 4 - penalty corners per game (9.06)
• No. 7 - winning percentage (.765)
• No. 11 - goals per game (3.18)
• No. 11 - points per game (8.56)
• No. 12 - scoring average (3.12)
• No. 13 - scoring margin (1.56)
• No. 18 - assists per game (2.29)
Anya Gersoff is ranked No. 9 in goalie win-loss (9-3 (.750)) 

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

Tigers Featured on HBO Real Sports:
• Princeton was featured on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on Oct. 22 for their work with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
• The team adopted seven-year old Carmella Loschiavo, who battled a pediatric brain tumor, finding a very special source of inspiration from the brave little girl.
• If you missed the segment, it will be available on repeats on HBO or OnDemand.


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 helping Team USA to silver at the Pan Am Cup and a 2014 World Cup berth.
• Former assistant coach Nate Franks ’07 is on staff at USA Field Hockey.

A Look at Last Year...A Year to Remember:
• Princeton won its first-ever national championship, 3-2, versus then-No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 18, 2012.
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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