In its most dominating performance of the season, the No. 2
Princeton field hockey team defeated Delaware, 10-2, Sunday afternoon at
Bedford Field. Six different Tigers got in on the scoring game, as Princeton
improved to 6-0, 1-0 Ivy on the year.
Kathleen Sharkey had three goals, scoring at the 2:08, 6:21
and 21:26-minute marks. The senior tri-captain also notched a pair of assists,
as she contributed to Princeton's first five goals.
Both Michelle Cesan and Katie Reinprecht each had pair of
goals apiece, with Cesan tallying two assists and Reinprecht recording one. Freshmen
Teresa Benvenuti and Maddie Copeland each scored their first career goals, and
Benvenuti dished two assists and classmate Kate Ferrara had her first career assist,
Up 1-0 behind a third minute Sharkey goal, she turned around
and dished the ball to an oncoming Cesan for 2-0 lead at 5:39. Sharkey then
would score again off a Cesan assist three minutes later. Both Sharkey and
Allison Evans would connect and find an open Reinprecht in front of the goal to
quickly make it a 4-0 game at 13:40.
Sharkey notched her hat trick in the 22nd minute, but
Delaware would respond and break up the Tigers' clean sheet with a goal five
Benvenuti responded with an unassisted goal, picking up a
loose ball and driving it into the net at 31:12. Ferrara then sent the ball
inside the circle to Reinprecht at 34:07 to close out the half with a 7-1 lead.
Following halftime, Stephanie Goldberg sent in her first assist
of the season to Cesan from the top of the circle at 37:45. Delaware added its
second goal, before Princeton concluded the game with two more goals from
Amanda Bird and Copeland.
Princeton held the shot advantage, 24-11, but both sides had
six penalty corners each.
In goal, junior Christina Maida had a pair of saves over 35
minutes of work in the first half. Freshman Anya Gersoff made her collegiate
debut in the cage in the second half and had a pair
The Tigers next head to Yale for Saturday, Sept. 22 game at
12 noon. The following day Princeton will face Syracuse, who is also ranked No.
2 in the nation, at 2 p.m.