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Tri-captain Julia Reinprecht and the Tigers travel to Virginia to open the NCAA Tournament this weekend.
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No. 2 Field Hockey Heads to Virginia to Open NCAAs, Play No. 15 Drexel

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/07/2012
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2012 NCAA Championship First & Second Rounds 
No. 2 Princeton (17-1, 7-0 Ivy) vs. No. 15 Drexel (15-6, 5-2 CAA)
  Game Info:
First Round • Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
  Location:
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Va.          
All-Time Series Record: 
Princeton leads 5-0
Last Meeting:
Princeton won 5-1 on Sept. 6, 2003
Game Notes:
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Second Round: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
  Winner vs. Winner of No. 7 Virginia - No. 14 Iowa
Tournament Field: NCAA Bracket

 

This Week for the Tigers: The 2012 Ivy League champion No. 2 Princeton field hockey team will head to Charlottesville, Va. for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championship. The Tigers (17-1, 7-0 Ivy) open the tournament with No. 15 Drexel (15-6, 5-2 CAA) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m., followed by Charlottesville regional host No. 7 Virginia taking on No. 14 Iowa at 2:30 p.m. The winners of the Princeton-Drexel and Virginia-Iowa matches will square off in the second round the following afternoon at 2 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Tigers blanked No. 13 Lafayette in the NCAA Play-In Game on Nov. 6 in New York City. Kathleen Sharkey scored three goals, while Katie Reinprecht notched a pair of assists and a goal in Princeton's eighth shutout victory of the year.

Due to NCAA rules prohibiting postseason play in the state of New Jersey, the match was played at Columbia, but is considered a Princeton home contest.

On Deck: Princeton's advancement in the NCAA Championship will be dependent on the results of the opening rounds at the Charlottesville regional. The Final Four will be hosted at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. from Nov. 16-18.

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Scouting No. 15 Drexel: No. 15 Drexel enters the NCAA Tournament after winning its first-ever Colonial Athletic Association conference crown. The Dragons are 15-6, 5-2 CAA entering the first round and are coming off a 2-1 victory over Northeastern to earn their conference automatic berth.

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.

Tigers All-Time vs. Drexel: Princeton owns the all-time series versus Lafayette, 5-0. Both sides have not faced each other in nearly a decade during the regular season, with the Tigers besting the Dragons, 5-1, on Sept. 6, 2003 in Princeton in their last meeting. The squads did meet in 2010 in a preseason scrimmage, with the Tigers earning a 5-3 victory.

Looking Ahead: With a first round victory, Princeton will face the winner of the No. 7 Virginia - No. 14 Iowa matchup. The Tigers have already faced the Cavaliers this season, handing UVA a 2-1 defeat in Charlottesville on Oct. 28. Princeton is 4-4 all-time versus Virginia, with both sides meeting only once in the postseason. The Cavaliers ended the Tigers' season with a 4-2 victory on Nov. 14, 2010 in the quarterfinals.

Princeton has only faced Iowa once in program history, dropping the Hawkeyes, 5-4 in overtime, in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Nov. 17, 1996. Both current Tiger head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn and assistant coach Melisa Meccage were members of the Hawkeye field hockey team at that time.

Outright Ivy Champs: The Tigers have won the outright 2012 Ivy League title after going undefeated 7-0 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.

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.

The Tigers are 4-1 all-time in NCAA Play-In Games, winning in its last three consecutive matches to earn berths into the tournament.

Tigers Sweep Ivy Top Honors, 10 Players Honored: 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.

Sharkey, Reinprecht, Benvenuti, Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht collected First-Team All-Ivy honors, while Allison Evans and Sydney Kirby picked up second team accolades. Rounding out the Tiger honorees was a trio of honorable mention selections in Amanda Bird, Kelsey Byrne and Amy Donovan.

Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll: Princeton remains ranked No. 2 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Poll for the week of Nov. 5 with 733 points and a first-place vote. The Tigers have been second-ranked five times this year, including the past four weeks. Princeton has not been ranked lower than No. 4 all season.

RPI: Along with being the lone Ivy team nationally ranked, Princeton is also the only conference affiliate in the top-25 in RPI. The Tigers are No. 2 in the Nov. 6 poll.

Ranked Opponents: The Tigers are 8-1 this season versus team that are currently nationally ranked. No. 19 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.

Versus the Tournament Field: Princeton is 5-1 versus teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Tiger Trailblazers: In the Nov. 5 NCAA DI national stats, senior Kathleen Sharkey continues to lead the nation in points per game (3.94) and goals per game (1.78). Classmate Katie Reinprecht moved to No. 6 in the nation in assists per game (0.83) and No. 29 in points per game (1.72). Her younger sister Julia Reinprecht is ranked No. 19 in assists per game (0.59), while freshman Teresa Benvenuti cracked into the rankings in defensive saves (4.0) at No. 11. Goalie Christina Maida is No. 4 in goals against average (1.07) and No. 14 in saves percentage (0.759).

Princeton leads the nation in scoring average, goals against average, scoring margin and points per game. The Tigers are No. 2 in goals per game, shutouts per game and assists per game. Princeton is No. 3 in winning percentage, No. 6 save percentage, No. 7 in penalty corners per game and No. 40 defensive saves.

Undefeated When Scoring First: Princeton has gone 17-0 when scoring first this season. The Tigers have outscored opponents 86-16 this season.

Sharkey Tabbed Ivy Player of the Week: Kathleen Sharkey was named Ivy League Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, it was announced Nov. 6. Sharkey scored three goals in Princeton's 7-0 victory over Penn on Nov. 3 en route to her fourth weekly honor this season and ninth overall.

She is first all-time in Princeton history in career goals with 101 and points with 231.

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 127-57 overall record and .690 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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