Princeton was well represented at the 2013 Women’s National Championship from May 23-29 in Norfolk, Va. The six-day tournament was held at a very familiar place for the Tigers – Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Sports Complex where they won the program’s first national championship, 3-2, over North Carolina on Nov. 18, 2012.
Team New Jersey featured eight Princetonians, including seven returners in: Cassidy Arner ’15, Kelsey Byrne ’14, Michelle Cesan ’14, Allison Evans ’15, Kate Ferrara ’16, Sydney Kirby ’15, Julia Reinprecht ’14 and Katie Reinprecht ’13. The squad was headed up by Tiger head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn and assisted by Princeton assistant Mike Pallister and Temple head coach Amanda Janney.
Rounding out the 10 Princeton representatives were Teresa Benvenuti ’16, a member of the U.S. U21 National Team, and Kathleen Sharkey ’13 of Team Pennsylvania.
Sharkey’s Pennsylvania team finished runner up, while New Jersey concluded in third place after defeating Benvenuti’s U21s.
The tournament concluded with U.S. Field Hockey National Team head coach Craig Parnham announcing the 30-player roster. Current national team members Cesan, Sharkey and the Reinprecht sisters were renamed to the team, while rising sophomore Benvenuti was announced as one of nine newcomers to make their debut with the senior team.
“This week has afforded me the opportunity to see players and assess them equally,” said Parnham. “It has been great to meet a number of new coaches and we are pleased to have had a thorough look at the players. The selection process has been ongoing throughout the week, including discussions and dialogue with coaches, daily meetings, and assessing and reassessing the players.”
The athletes selected to the team will report immediately to Rutgers to begin preparations for the International Hockey Federation’s World League Semifinal in London, June 22-30. Parnham anticipates selecting the 18-player roster for the World Cup qualifying event the week of June 3rd.