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Home Finale vs. Penn, Senior Day This Saturday for No. 2 Field Hockey

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 11/01/2012
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
L to R: Amy Donovan, Molly Goodman, Charlotte Krause, Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey.
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No. 2 Princeton (15-1, 6-0 Ivy) vs. Penn (9-7, 3-3 Ivy)
  Game Info:
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m.
  Location:
Bedford Field, Princeton, N.J.             
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 22-15-3
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 3-0 on Nov. 4, 2011
Game Notes:
Princeton vs. Penn
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On Deck: NCAA Play-In Game vs. TBD

This Week for the Tigers:  Riding an eight-game winning streak, the No. 2 Princeton field hockey team will look to extend its winning ways and go perfect in Ivy League play this weekend versus Penn (9-7, 3-3 Ivy). The Tigers take on the Quakers on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. and prior to the home finale match the program will recognize the senior class.

Last Time Out: Princeton (15-1, 6-0 Ivy) clinched a share of the 2012 Ivy League title behind its 5-0 victory at Cornell on Oct. 27.  The following afternoon, the Tigers outlasted No. 7 Virginia, 2-1, on the road. Kathleen Sharkey scored both game-winners on the weekend.

On Deck: Princeton will now face the winner of the Patriot League in the NCAA Play-In Game on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. The game will be played at Columbia in New York City due to NCAA regulations prohibiting postseason play in the state of New Jersey. Any updates about site and time will be posted on GoPrincetonTigers.com

The Play-In Game was predetermined prior to the year to be between the Ivy League and Patriot League winners.

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Get Connected: Are you following Princeton on Facebook and Twitter? Follow the athletics department at Facebook.com/PrincetonAthletics and Twitter.com/PUTIGERS. Connect with the Tiger Field Hockey team at Facebook.com/TigerFH or Twitter.com/TigerFH.

Scouting Penn: The final Ivy League contest of 2012 features a 9-7 Penn team. The Quakers currently are 3-3 in conference play following their 2-1 overtime win over Brown on Oct. 28.

Sarah Hasson leads the offense with eight goals and six assists, while Julie Tahan follows with eight goals and four assists.

Defensively, Carly Sokach has been the lone goalie for the Quakers this year. She has a 2.67 goals against average, 107 saves, a shutout and 44 goals against.

Tigers All-Time vs. Penn: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Penn, 22-15-3, including defeating the Quakers in the last seven meetings. The Tigers have shutout Penn over the last four matches, topping them with a 3-0 victory last season on Nov. 4 in Philadelphia.

Ivy Champs...Again!: The Tigers have won at least a share of the last eight consecutive Ivy League titles, bringing home the championship 17 of the last 18 seasons. Princeton will look to win the outright title this weekend versus Penn.

Thanks for the Memories: Saturday's match marks the final home game for the Class of 2013: Amy Donovan, Molly Goodman, Charlotte Krause, Katie Reinprecht and Kathleen Sharkey. Prior to game time, Princeton will host its annual Senior Day ceremony.

Five and Counting: Princeton has shutout its last five Ivy League opponents, marking 350 shutout minutes versus conference foes.

The Tigers have six shutouts on the season.

Sharkey Named Ivy Player of the Week: Kathleen Sharkey earned her third Ivy League Player of the Week honor of the season after scoring both game-winning goals this past weekend for the Tigers.

She is first all-time in career goals scored with 94 and career points with 216 in program history.

Leaders of the Pack: The Tigers are in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League. Princeton is the only undefeated team in the league and leads the conference in nearly every statistical category.

With a win this weekend versus Penn, Princeton wins the outright Ivy League title.

Holding Down Second: Princeton remains ranked No. 2 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll for the week of Oct. 30 with 821 points and six first-place votes. The Tigers have been ranked second four times this year, including the past three weeks. Princeton has not been ranked lower than No. 4 all season.

Ranked Opponents: The Tigers have played seven teams that currently or were formally nationally ranked, going 7-1. No. 16 Richmond was not ranked when they played at Bedford, but earned a place in the top-25 the following week.

Princeton's lone blemish came at the hands of the then-No. 2 team in the country Syracuse, 2-0, on Sept. 23.

RPI: Along with being the lone Ivy team nationally ranked, Princeton is also the only conference affiliate in the top-20 in RPI. The Tigers are No. 2 in the Oct. 30 poll.

Tiger Trailblazers: Kathleen Sharkey continues to lead the nation in points per game (3.50) and goals per game (1.56). Katie Reinprecht moves to No. 4 in the nation in assists per game (0.88) and No. 32 in points per game (1.75). Her younger sister Julia Reinprecht improves to No. 12 in assists per game (0.67), while Teresa Benvenuti cracks into the rankings in defensive saves (3.0) at No. 27. Goalie Christina Maida is No. 8 in goals against average (1.21) and No. 33 in saves percentage (0.731).

In the nation, Princeton is ranked No. 2 in: scoring average, goals per game, scoring margin, assists per game and points per game. The Tigers are No. 3 in goals against average and winning percentage, No. 4 in shutouts per game, No. 7 in penalty corners per game and No. 8 in saves percentage.

Kirby, U.S. U21 National Team Win Bronze: Sophomore Sydney Kirby and the U.S. Field Hockey Junior National Team have qualified for the Junior World Cup following the squad's third place finish at the Pan American Junior Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico. Team USA defeated Chile, 2-1, en route to the bronze medal.

Kirby had two goals during the preliminary round, as the U.S. finished second in its pool play.

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

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 season 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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