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No. 3 Field Hockey to Play Yale; Host Fellow Unbeaten No. 2 Syracuse

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 09/19/2012
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Amanda Bird and the Tigers look to remain unbeaten this weekend.
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No. 3 Princeton (6-0, 1-0 Ivy) at Yale (2-3, 1-0 Ivy)
Game Info: Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12 noon
Location: New Haven, Conn.
All-Time Series Record: Princeton leads 36-2-3
Last Meeting: Sept. 24, 2011; Princeton won 3-2

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No. 3 Princeton (6-0, 1-0 Ivy) vs. No. 2 Syracuse (7-0)
Game Info: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.
Location: Bedford Field, Princeton, N.J.
All-Time Series Record: Princeton leads 11-4
Last Meeting: Sept. 18, 2011; Syracuse won 5-0

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This Week for the Tigers: The No. 3 Princeton field hockey team heads to New Haven, Conn. next for a Saturday, Sept. 22 match at Yale (2-3, 1-0 Ivy). Game time is slate for 12 noon. The following afternoon, the Tigers will face one of their biggest tests of the year, as No. 2 Syracuse (7-0), travels to Bedford Field for a 2 p.m. game.

Last Time Out: The Tigers remained perfect on the year, dropping both Dartmouth and Delaware to extend their winning streak to 6-0. In its Ivy opener on Sept. 15, Princeton defeated the Big Green 4-1. The following day, the Tiger offense was explosive, as the squad dominated Delaware, 10-2.

On Deck: Princeton returns to Ivy action with a day trip to New York City to square off with Columbia on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

Follow the Tigers: Live video and stats will be available for all Princeton home games at GoPrincetonTigers.com. Live stats will also be available from Penn State on Thursday.

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Scouting Yale: Yale (2-3, 1-0 Ivy) hosts the Tigers following its 3-0 loss to then-No. 5 UConn, 3-0, on the road on Sept. 16. The Bulldogs did open their Ivy slate with a 2-1 overtime victory at Harvard on Sept. 15.

Yale's offense is led by Mary Beth Barham's two goals. Three other Bulldogs have record a goal apiece, while Gabrielle Garcia is the squad's assist leader with two.

In the cage, Emily Cain has played all 593 minutes and has 44 saves. She sports a 2.63 goals against average and has conceded 11 goals against.

Tigers All-Time vs. Yale: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Yale 36-2-3, having not lost to the Bulldogs since 1977.

Yale did keep pace with the Tigers in the last meeting between the Ivy foes, but Princeton managed to outlast the Bulldogs and earn a 3-2 victory in Princeton on Sept. 24, 2011.

Scouting No. 2 Syracuse: Fellow unbeaten No. 2 Syracuse (7-0) heads to Princeton for a clash between the top-three teams in the nation.

The Orange have defeated three ranked opponents on the year, including then-No. 2 North Carolina (1-0 OT), then-No. 24 New Hampshire (3-2) and then-No. 12 Boston U (2-0).

Nearly every Syracuse player has scored a goal over the first seven matches, with Lauren Brooks leading the team with six goals. Liz McInerney has a team-high six assists.

In goal, Leann Stiver (7-0) has a 0.78 goals against average, 16 saves, five goals against and three shutouts, while Jess Jecko has come in and played in three games. She has a 1.44 goals against average, one save and a goal against.

Tigers All-Time vs. Syracuse: Princeton leads the all-time series versus Syracuse 11-4, with Princeton holding a 6-2 record when playing at home.

In their last meeting, the Tigers were shutout 5-0 by the Orange on Sept. 18, 2011 in Syracuse.

Staying Perfect: Princeton improved to 6-0 to stay perfect on the year behind solid wins this past weekend. This year the Tigers have defeated three teams currently ranked in the national top-25 poll.

Offensive Trailblazers: Kathleen Sharkey currently leads the nation in points (31) and goals per game (2.17), and is No. 6 in assists per game (0.86). Katie Reinprecht leads the nation in assists per game (1.33), is No. 7 in points per game (2.67) and No. 41 in goals per game. Michelle Cesan is No. 43 in points per game (1.67) and tied with K. Reinprecht at No. 41 in goals per game.

Julia Reinprecht is No. 8 in assists per game (0.80) and freshman Teresa Benvenuti is No. 41 in the same category (0.50). Goalie Christina Maida is No. 27 in goals against average (1.63).

No. 3 in the Nation: The Tigers are ranked No 3 in the nation, moving down from second last week. Princeton earned 896 points, including eight first-place votes.

Princeton has defeated three ranked opponents already this season and have No. 2 Syracuse and No. 4 Maryland on deck still.

Tigers Sweep Weekly Honors: The Princeton field hockey team swept the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week awards, as Kathleen Sharkey claimed her second Player of the Week award this season (Sept. 4) and the seventh of her career while Teresa Benvenuti was named Rookie of the Week.

Sharkey registered 13 points on five goals and three assists, including a pair of game-winners over the weekend. Benvenuti finished the week with a goal and three assists for five points. She tallied her first collegiate point with an assist in her team's 4-1 win over Dartmouth, then scored her first career goal in the Tigers' win over Delaware, while also tallying two assists.

Kirby Heads to Junior Pan Ams: Sophomore Sydney Kirby is one of 18 players on the U.S. Junior National Team competing at the Junior Pan American Games from Sept. 10-22. The U.S. is in Pool B with Chile, Jamaica, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

In Team USA's tournament-opening game, Kirby had a pair of goals as the U.S. shutout Venezuela 9-0 on Sept. 10. The squad then topped Paraguay, 8-0, the following evening.

The Captains: Seniors Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey and junior Julia Reinprecht will serve as field hockey's tri-captains in 2012.

Sharkey Tops All-Time Scoring Record: Kathleen Sharkey is now first all-time in career goals scored with 82 and second all-time in career points with 196 in program history.

On the year, she has 13 goals, five assists and 31 points. Four of her goals this season have been game-winners.

Welcome Back: This year Princeton returns 17 letterwinners, including the return four veterans who spent the last year playing with the U.S. Senior National Team in Michelle Cesan, Julia Reinprecht, Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey. The Tigers also welcome six freshmen to the lineup this fall.

Beautiful Bedford: In 2012 the Tiger field hockey program will call the newly constructed Bedford Field home, a state-of-the-art turf facility. Bedford features an optimal playing surface in artificial turf and a built-in watering system. There are currently 1,200 seats, with room for additional temporary seating.

Return of National Team Quartet: After spending the past year-and-a-half training and playing with the U.S. Senior National Team, juniors Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht, and seniors Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey return to the pitch. During their time with Team USA, the squad won gold at the Pan Am Games.

Both Reinprecht sisters were then named to the 16-player London Summer Olympics roster, with the duo contributing significantly in their Olympic debut. Cesan was also named one of two alternates to the Games.

A Decade Under Holmes-Winn: Head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn is entering her 10th season at the helm of the Tiger field hockey program. During that span Princeton boasts a 110-56-0 overall record and .663 winning percentage. The Tigers have won eight Ivy League titles under Holmes-Winn's tutelage, including the last seven consecutive championships.

Joining Holmes-Winn on the sidelines for her 10th season is assistant coach Melisa Meccage, and both Nate Franks '07 and Mike Pallister are entering their second seasons working under Holmes-Winn.

Experienced Rookies: The six-player incoming freshman class boasts a talented group. Each member of the Class of 2016 has youth national team experience, including Teresa Benvenuti who was named to the U.S. Women's Development Squad this past spring.

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