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From l to r: Kathleen Sharkey, Katie Reinprecht and Teresa Benvenuti
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Field Hockey Sweeps Ivy Top Postseason Honors, 10 Tigers Recognized

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/07/2012
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Coming off capturing its 21st Ivy League title, 10 members of the Princeton field hockey team earned postseason Ivy accolades, including a Tiger sweep of the top three honors. Seniors Kathleen Sharkey and Katie Reinprecht earned unanimous Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year accolades, respectively, and Teresa Benvenuti was voted Rookie of the Year. This is the 12th time Princeton has swept the Ivy League's top honors.

Senior Sharkey was the unanimous Offensive Player of the Year after pacing the Tigers with a national-best 32 goals over 18 games. The tri-captain earns her third top league honor, having been named the 2010 Player of the Year and 2008 Rookie of the Year. Sharkey also became a four-time First-Team All-Ivy selection, as a unanimous first team recipient in 2012. In addition to being the national leader in goals per game, she was the national leader in points per game with 71.

A two-time Ivy Player of the Year, Reinprecht is the second player in Ivy history to earn Defensive Player of the year honors. The midfielder also earned her fourth consecutive First-Team All-Ivy accolade as a unanimous choice. Entering the NCAA First Round this weekend, Reinprecht has dished a team-best 15 assists and scored eight goals for 31 points on the year.

Benvenuti was voted Rookie of the Year, marking the second consecutive season a Princeton player has earned the accolade. The midfielder also was named to the First-Team All-Ivy following her outstanding freshman campaign. A two-time Ivy Rookie of the Week honoree, Benvenuti had five goals, including a game-winner, and five assists for 13 points on the year. She was the lone newcomer to start all 18 games and led the squad with four defensive saves.

Joining the trio on the first team, were juniors Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht. A three-time First-Team All-Ivy selection, Cesan started 17 games, tallying eight goals, including a pair of game-winners, and eight assists for 24 points on the year. Classmate J. Reinprecht was a constant force at central defender for the Tigers and earns her third consecutive first team nod. The Princeton back was part of eight shutouts over 17 games played. She dished 10 assists, for second-best on the team, and scored a pair of goals for 14 points on the year.

Taking home second team accolades were sophomores Allison Evans and Sydney Kirby, both All-Ivy selections a year ago. Evans, the 2011 Ivy Rookie of the Year, was the Tigers' second-leading scorer with 11 goals. She also added five assists for 27 points on the year over 18 starts. Midfielder Kirby, who missed five games this season due to U.S. U21 National Team duties, made five goals, including the game-winner versus then-No. 5 Maryland, and three assists for 13 points in 13 games.

Rounding out Princeton's 2012 honorees were a trio of All-Ivy Honorable Mention selections in senior Amy Donovan and juniors Amanda Bird and Kelsey Byrne. A three-time All-Ivy honoree, Donovan is coming off a stellar senior campaign at outside defender. The lone back to start all 18 games, Donovan was a key contributor in all eight Princeton shutouts this season.

Midfielder Bird nabs her third straight postseason Ivy honor. The Tiger wing served as a key cog in counterattacks and tallied four goals and an assist for nine points, along with a defensive save this season. Outside defender Byrne earns her first career conference honor. She played in all 18 games, starting 14 and tallying three assists on the year. Like Donovan, Byrne was an integral part in the Tigers' shutting down opposing offensives on the backline.

No. 2 Princeton (17-1, 7-0) now heads to Charlottesville, Va. for the NCAA Championship First Round versus No. 15 Drexel. First stroke is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton (Sr., F) *

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Katie Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M) *

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (Fr., M)

All-Ivy First Team (13)^
Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Sr., F)*
Ali Savage, Dartmouth (So., F) *
Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton (Sr. F) *
Katie Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M) *
Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Jr., M)
Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Jr., B)
Katie DeSandis, Columbia (Sr., B)
Gabby Kozlowski, Columbia (Sr., F)
Mary Beth Barham, Yale (Sr., B)
Lisa Masini, Dartmouth (Sr., M)
Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (Fr., M)
Erica Borgo, Yale (Jr., M)
Olivia Quaglia, Dartmouth (Jr., B)
Carolyn Horner, Cornell (Jr., GK)

All-Ivy Second Team (13)^
MaryRose Croddick, Penn (So., B)
Allison Evans, Princeton (So., F)
Caitlyn Rea, Harvard (So., M)
Sydney Kirby, Princeton (So., F)
Paige Simmons, Columbia (Sr., M)
Maya Herm, Dartmouth (Sr., M/F)
Julie Tahan, Penn (Jr., M)
Marisa Seirgiej, Cornell (Fr., B)
Bridget DeSandis, Columbia (Sr., B)
Clayton Christus, Brown (So., F)
Nicole Wells, Yale (Fr., M)
Kim Goh, Harvard (Sr., B)
Shannon McSweeney, Brown (So., GK)

All-Ivy Honorable Mention
Meghan O'Donnell, Brown (So., F)
Sarah Hasson, Penn (Sr., F)
Alexis Miller, Brown (Fr., M)
Genna Collins, Cornell (Sr., M)
Ann Di Pastina, Cornell (So., M)
Elizabeth Hitti, Penn (Fr., M)
Amanda Bird, Princeton (Jr., M)
Amy Donovan, Princeton (Sr., B)
Kelsey Byrne, Princeton (Jr., B)

*-Unanimous selection
^ - due to ties in the voting, the first and second All-Ivy teams were expanded from 11
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