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
Last Meeting: Sept. 24, 2011; Princeton won 3-2
No. 3 Princeton (6-0, 1-0 Ivy) vs. No.
2 Syracuse (7-0)
Game Info: Sunday,
Sept. 23 at 2 p.m.
Field, Princeton, N.J.
All-Time Series Record: Princeton
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.
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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
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
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
Tigers All-Time vs. Syracuse: Princeton leads the all-time
series versus Syracuse 11-4, with Princeton holding a 6-2 record when playing
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
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
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
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.