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Title Defense Begins This Weekend for Field Hockey, Host Duke & Fairfield

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 09/04/2013
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No. 3 Princeton (21-1, 7-0 Ivy in 2012) • Game Notes
Opponent:  No. 10 Duke (2-0) Fairfield (1-0)
Game Info: Friday, Sept. 6 •
6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7 •
4 p.m.

Bedford Field

Bedford Field 

All-Time Series: Princeton leads 4-2;
H: 2-1; A: 2-1
First meeting in program history
Last Meeting:  Princeton won 5-2 at Duke on
Aug. 31, 2012
Live Media: Live Stats Live Video ($) @PUTIGERS l @TigerFH

This Week for the Tigers:
• The reigning national champion Princeton field hockey team returns to the pitch to open 2013 with No. 10 Duke (2-0) and Fairfield (1-0) this weekend at Bedford Field.
• The Tigers’ season opener is set for Friday, Sept. 6 versus the Blue Devils at 6 p.m.
• The Stags head to Bedford the next day for a 4 p.m. meeting.

Last Time Out:
• The Tigers are coming off a historic season, winning the program’s first national championship, 3-2, over then-No. 1 North Carolina and finishing the year at 21-1, 7-0 Ivy.
• Princeton also won its 21st Ivy League championship, going undefeated in league play for the fourth time in five years and 15th time overall.
• Princeton has won at least a share of the last eight consecutive Ivy League titles, bringing home the conference crown 18 of the last 19 seasons.

Follow the Tigers: Live video and stats will be available for all Princeton home games at GoPrincetonTigers.com.

Get Connected:
• Are you following Princeton on social media? Follow the athletics department at Facebook.com/PrincetonAthletics, Twitter.com/PUTIGERS, Vine.com/PUTIGERS and Instagram.com/PrincetonAthletics.
• Connect with the Tiger Field Hockey team at Facebook.com/TigerFH and Twitter.com/TigerFH.

A Look at Last Year:
Katie Reinprecht ‘13 was named Princeton’s first Honda Award Winner, along with garnering NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year and Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Kathleen Sharkey ‘13 led the nation in scoring and was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year.
Teresa Benvenuti ‘16 earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors.
• 10 Tigers were named All-Ivy and All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team selections.
• Five players earned All-America accolades.
Kristen Holmes-Winn was named the NFHCA and Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year.

Scouting Duke:
• Duke opened the year at home going 2-0. The Blue Devils defeated Indiana, 4-0, on Aug. 30 and No. 17 Drexel, 4-1, on Sept. 1.
• Heather Morris leads the offense with three goals over two outings off the bench.
• Abby Beltrani is the team’s assist leader with three.
• In goal, Lauren Blazing has allowed only one goal and made five saves in 140:00 minutes. She owns a 0.50 goals against average and .833 saves percentage.

 All-Time vs. Duke:
• Princeton is 4-2 all-time versus Duke, including going 2-1 at home.
• In their last meeting, the Tigers defeated the Blue Devils 5-2 on Aug. 31, 2012 to open the year on the road.

Scouting Fairfield:
• Fairfield is coming off a 2-1 victory on the road at Lehigh on Aug. 30 to kick off the year.
• Felicitas Heinen and Kaitlyn Taddeo have been credited with a goal apiece, with Taddeo’s serving as the game-winner off the bench.
• Goalkeeper Caitlin Bennett has four saves, along with a 1.29 goals against average and .800 saves percentage.

All-Time vs. Fairfield: This will be the first meeting in program history between Princeton and Fairfield.

Friends of Jaclyn: 
Join the field hockey program in recognizing the Friends of Jaclyn foundation at Friday's game, as the team honors their adopted little sister Carmela and her family at the match.
• Alex and Ani Bangle Bar will be there selling bangles with proceeds benefitting Friends of Jaclyn.

14 and Counting: Princeton has won its last 14 consecutive games entering this weekend’s action.

Dominating the League:
• In 2012 Princeton only conceded one goal throughout Ivy League play, tallying six shutout victories.
• The Tigers played 420 scoreless minutes versus conference foes, outscoring Ivy opponents 45-1.

The Captains: Seniors Kelsey Byrne, Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht will serve as tri-captains in 2013.

Beautiful Bedford:
• Bedford, a state-of-the-art turf facility, features an optimal playing surface and a built-in watering system.
• There are currently 1,572 seats, with room for additional temporary seating.

National Team News:
Julia Reinprecht ‘14, a 2012 London Summer Olympian, competed with the U.S. Senior National Team at the World League Semifinals in London this summer.
Michelle Cesan ‘14, a 2012 London Summer Olympics alternate, is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team.
Teresa Benvenuti ‘16 was named to the U.S. Senior National Team this spring. She competed with the U21s at the Junior World Cup in Aug. 2013.
• Alums Katie Reinprecht ‘13 and Kathleen Sharkey ‘13 are also members of the senior national team.
• Former assistant coach Nate Franks ‘07 is on staff at USA Field Hockey.

Williamson Joins Coaching Staff:
David Williamson joined the Tiger coaching staff as the team’s goalkeeping coach in 2013.
• He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Ulster.
• He previously worked at Monmouth, Kent State, the Irish Hockey and U.S. Field Hockey associations.







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