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The Tigers' quest for a national crown begins Tuesday vs. Lafayette in the NCAA Play-In Game.
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No. 2 Field Hockey to Square Off with No. 12 Lafayette in NCAA Play-In Game

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/04/2012
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No. 2 Princeton (16-1, 7-0 Ivy) vs. No. 12 Lafayette (16-1, 6-0 Patriot)
  Game Info:
Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.
New York, N.Y.             
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 14-11
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 11-1 on Sept. 13, 1997
Game Notes:
Princeton vs. Lafayette
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This Week for the Tigers: Coming off winning the outright 2012 Ivy League championship, the No. 2 Princeton field hockey team will open postseason play this Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the NCAA Play-In Game versus No. 12 Lafayette (16-1, 6-0 Patriot League). The game will be played at 1 p.m. at Columbia in New York City.

Last Time Out: The Tigers (16-1, 7-0 Ivy) are coming off winning its eighth consecutive Ivy League title and first outright championship since 2010, following its 7-0 victory versus Penn on Nov. 3. Kathleen Sharkey had four goals and Allison Evans recorded her first career hat trick in the winning effort.

On Deck: Princeton's advancement in the NCAA Championship will be dependent on the results of the Play-In Game.

Follow the Tigers: Live video and stats will be available for all Princeton home games at GoPrincetonTigers.com. Live stats will be available from Columbia via GoPrincetonTigers.com for the Play-In Game.

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Scouting No. 12 Lafayette: No. 12 Lafayette has won consecutive Patriot League championships and enters Tuesday's meeting riding a 16-1, 6-0 Patriot record.

Deanna Dicroce is one of three Leopards scoring in double figures, leading the offense with 16 goals and 15 assists for 47 points. Haley Keenan and Jenna Seybert follow with 10 goals apiece, while Emily Valeo is the squad's assist leader with 17.

Jessica Deutsch has started all 17 games in goal for Lafayette, tallying a 1.04 goals against average, 47 saves and 17 goals against.

Tigers All-Time vs. Lafayette: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Lafayette, 14-11. The two programs have not met since 1997, when the Tigers handed the Leopards an 11-1 loss on Sept. 13 in Princeton.

Outright Ivy Champs: The Tigers have won the outright 2012 Ivy League title after going undefeated in conference play for the fourth time in five years and 15th overall. Princeton has won at least a share of the last eight consecutive Ivy League titles, winning its first outright championship since 2010. The Tigers have won 21 Ivy titles in program history, bringing home the conference crown 18 of the last 19 seasons.

Dominating the League: Princeton only conceded one goal throughout Ivy League play in 2012, tallying six shutout victories. Since giving up the lone goal in their conference opener to Dartmouth, the Tigers have played 420 scoreless minutes versus conference foes. Princeton outscored Ivy opponents 45-1.

Tigers in NCAA Play-In Games: Princeton is 3-1 all-time in NCAA Play-In Games, winning in its last two consecutive matches.

Tuesday's game versus Lafayette will be the first meeting between both programs in the postseason.

NCAA Championship History: Princeton is 17-16 all-time in NCAA play, earning berths in the last eight consecutive seasons. The Tigers have advanced to the Final Four five times over program history, including a pair of appearances in the championship game. Princeton has never won an NCAA Championship.

Sharkey Named Ivy Player of the Week: On Oct. 30, Kathleen Sharkey earned her third Ivy League Player of the Week honor of the season after scoring a pair game-winning goals versus Harvard and Virginia.

She is first all-time in career goals scored with 98 and career points with 224 in program history.

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: In the Oct. 30 NCAA DI national stats, Kathleen Sharkey continued to lead the nation in points per game (3.76) and goals per game (1.71). Katie Reinprecht was No. 4 in the nation in assists per game (0.82) and No. 32 in points per game (1.65). Her younger sister Julia Reinprecht was to No. 12 in assists per game (0.60), while Teresa Benvenuti cracked into the rankings in defensive saves (3.0) at No. 27. Goalie Christina Maida is No. 8 in goals against average (1.16) and No. 33 in saves percentage (0.736).

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 in her 10th season at the helm of the Tiger field hockey program. During that span Princeton boasts a 126-57 overall record and .689 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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