|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.
||University of Virginia • Charlottesville, Va.
|All-Time Series Record:
||Princeton leads 5-0
||Princeton won 5-1 on Sept. 6, 2003
||Princeton NCAA Championship
||@PUTIGERS l @TigerFH
||Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
||Winner vs. Winner of No. 7 Virginia - No. 14 Iowa
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
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
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
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
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
Undefeated When Scoring First: Princeton has gone 17-0 when
scoring first this season. The Tigers have outscored opponents 86-16 this
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
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.