As they have done throughout the Ivy slate, the No. 2 Princeton field hockey team jumped out early and shutdown its opponent. Behind a 5-0 victory over Cornell Saturday afternoon in Ithaca, N.Y., the Tigers earned their fifth consecutive conference shutout win and a share of its eighth straight Ivy League title.
After peppering in four consecutive shots, the Tigers connected on their first penalty corner opportunity. Off a Julia Reinprecht feed to Sydney Kirby, the nation's points and goals per game leader Kathleen Sharkey lifted the Orange and Black to a 1-0 advantage at 7:38.
From that point forward Princeton remained in control, fanning off the Big Red attackers from entering its circle.
Reinprecht and Kirby came together again in the 25th minute to add to the Tigers' lead. Again on a Princeton penalty corner, Reinprecht sent in the ball to Kirby, who sailed it in past Cornell's backline to make it a 2-0 match.
As the period neared expiration, the Big Red moved the ball into the Princeton circle. Marisa Sirgiej sent in Cornell's lone shot of the half at 30:47, but freshman Teresa Benvenuti was there with the defensive save to preserve the Tigers' clean sheet entering halftime.
Julia Boyle (3-0) earned the start in the match and played the first half. In the second period, Christina Maida took over keeper duties and recorded three saves.
As Maida and the defensive line deflected Cornell's strikers, the Princeton offense added to its lead.
At the 52:02-minute mark, Katie Reinprecht redirected a penalty corner pass from Michelle Cesan to improve the Tigers' lead to 3-0.
Princeton wrapped up the match with a pair of goals over the final five minutes. Kirby dished a pass to Maddie Copeland outside the cage, who lifted the ball in the air towards the crossbar. The ball hit the bar and then fell into the goal for Copeland's fifth goal of the year at 66:16.
The game concluded with Stephanie Goldberg picking up a loose ball in front of the goal and sending it in 36 seconds before the end of regulation.
Princeton held advantages in shots, 25-18, shots on goal, 18-4, and penalty corners, 9-2, while Cornell tallied a 13-4 differential in saves.
The Tigers (14-1, 6-0 Ivy) head next to No. 7 Virginia for a Monday, Oct. 29 meeting with the Cavaliers to conclude the regular season road schedule. Match time is slated for 4 p.m. Due to the impending inclement weather, any game updates will be posted on GoPrincetonTigers.com.