The No. 2 Princeton field hockey team extended its winning
ways by defeating Ivy rival Dartmouth, 4-1, to improve to 5-0 on the year. The
Tigers saw contributions throughout the lineup on a gritty defensive-minded afternoon
at Bedford Field.
Senior tri-captain Kathleen Sharkey continued to add to her
offensive numbers Saturday, tallying a pair of goals and an assist, while
classmate and fellow captain Katie Reinprecht had a pair of assists.
In the game, Princeton held a 27-5 shot differential over
Dartmouth, in addition to a 13-4 advantage on penalty corners. The Tigers sent
in 15 shots in the first half, seeing return on only one in the sixth minute of
play. Kelsey Byrne served in a penalty corner and found Reinprecht at the top
of the circle, who put a touch on the ball and found an open Sharkey to give
Princeton a 1-0 lead.
Following halftime, the Tigers remained in control of the
game and saw their offense take off. At 38:54, Sharkey grabbed a deflected shot
and found Michelle Cesan to put in the eventual game-winner.
Less than two minutes later, in a very similar scenario,
freshman Teresa Benvenuti picked up a loose deflected ball and dished her first
career assist to Sharkey to improve Princeton's lead to 3-0 at 40:17.
The Tigers were not done yet, as for the third time in the
half, Princeton managed to take control of a deflected ball inside the circle.
This time Reinprecht picked up the ball bouncing off Dartmouth's goalie Jenna
Stearns and passed it to Molly Goodman. Goodman was able to put away her first
goal of the year at 51:01.
The Big Green did manage to break up goalie Christina Maida
and the Tiger defense's clean sheet with a goal in the 58th minute. Janine
Leger sent in a penalty corner and Lisa Masini was there to finish.
Maida finished with a save, while Dartmouth's Stearns had
The Tigers return to the pitch tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 16 to
face Delaware at 1 p.m.