The No. 2 Princeton field hockey team will open the 2012
NCAA Championship with No. 15 Drexel on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the first round. The Tigers are the
second seed in the tournament and head to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. for the opening
Princeton is coming off its 6-0 blanking of No. 13 Lafayette
Tuesday afternoon to improve to 17-1 entering this weekend's match. The Tigers
have defeated eight teams currently nationally ranked, including topping five
programs that have advanced to the NCAA Championship.
The program enters NCAAs led by the national goals and
points per game leader Kathleen Sharkey. The senior striker had a hat
trick and an assist versus Lafayette, improving her season totals to
32 goals and seven assists for 71 points. Allison Evans is the team's
second-leading scorer with 11 goals, while Katie Reinprecht serves as
Princeton's assist leader with 15. In goal, Christina Maida is 14-1 and has a
1.07 goals against average, 44 saves and 14 goals against.
The Tigers and Drexel have met five times in program
history, with Princeton owning the all-time series record, 5-0. Both sides have
not faced each other in nearly a decade during the regular season and in their
last meeting the Tigers bested the Dragons, 5-1, on Sept. 6, 2003 in Princeton.
The squads did meet in 2010 in a preseason scrimmage, with the Tigers earning a
Drexel's offense is headlined by Amanda Fleischut's 11 goals
and eight assists for 30 points over 21 games. On the defensive end, Jantien
Gunter has served as the Dragon's lone goalkeeper this year. She's tallied a
1.52 goals against average, 116 saves, 32 goals against and six shutouts.