PRINCETON (10/30/11) - The Princeton field hockey team defeated Cornell 6-1 on Sunday afternoon to keep pace with Yale in the race for the 2011 Ivy League field hockey championship. Both teams now enter the final Ivy game of the season with identical 5-1 records.
Princeton needed to wait a day to move back into the tie with Yale after Saturday's game with Cornell was postponed because of snow. Twenty-four hours later the field was plowed and the Tigers and Big Red played under sunny skies with piles of snow along the sidelines.
Princeton controlled play form the onset but only converted once on 10 shots in the opening half of play. The goal that gave Princeton a 1-0 lead came from Amy Donovan in the 13th minute and was her first collegiate goal. Following the insert on a corner, Donovan deflected an Allison Evans shot into the Cornell goal.
The Tigers broke the game open in the second half, but not before Cornell took advantage of its only corner. The goal came in the 44th minute from Mallory Bannon, who scored on the rebound of a Brittany Thompson shot.
The tie didn't last long though and Princeton regained the lead with two goals in the 47th minute. First Kelsey Byrne got her third of the year deflected an Amanda Bird corner shot over the Cornell goalkeeper and then Sydney Kirby scored her eighth on a one-timer off a feed from Alyssa Pyros.
Princeton would add three more goals in the win. May-Ying Medalia scored her first collegiate goal with an assist from Evans, and Bird scored her sixth and seventh to close out the win. The first was a direct corner with assists going to Donovan and Charlotte Krause and the second came on a penalty corner as Bird carried the ball in before shooting and Erin Jennings assisted.
Princeton outshot Cornell 20-3 and had nine corners to one for the Big Red. Christina Maida made one save in the Princeton goal while Cornell's Alex Botte made six.
Princeton improved to 8-7 overall and 5-1 in the league with the win. The Tigers visit Penn in the regular-season finale next Friday night.