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Road Gauntlet Concludes This Weekend for No. 9 Field Hockey

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 10/23/2013
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 No. 9 Princeton (8-4, 4-0 Ivy) at Harvard (5-3, 1-3 Ivy)
Game Info: Saturday, Oct. 26 • 12 noon
Location: Cambridge, Mass. • Parking Advisory
All-Time Series: Princeton leads 36-5-2
Princeton records: Home: 18-2; Away: 18-3-2
Last Meeting: Princeton won 7-0 on Oct. 20, 2012 at Bedford Field
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Game Notes:  Princeton Game NotesHarvard Game Notes
 No. 9 Princeton (8-4, 4-0 Ivy) at No. 15 Albany (13-3, 2-1 America East)
Game Info: Sunday, Oct. 27 • 2 p.m.
Location: Albany, N.Y.
All-Time Series: Princeton leads 2-0
Princeton records: Home: 1-0; Away: 1-0
Last Meeting: Princeton won 6-3 on Sept. 28, 2008 in Albany, N.Y.
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Game Notes:  Princeton Game Notes Albany Game Notes

This Week for the Tigers:
• The No. 9 Princeton field hockey team  (8-4, 4-0 Ivy) closes its five-game road swing with a final pair of matches this weekend.
• The trip opens at Harvard (5-3, 1-3 Ivy) on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12 noon and concludes at No. 15 Albany (13-3) at 2 p.m. the following afternoon.

Last Time Out:
• The Tigers took over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with a 6-2 win at Brown on Oct. 19.
• Princeton held a 2-0 advantage by halftime and went on a 4-2 run over the second period to improve to 4-0 in league play.

On Deck:
• The Tigers conclude the home slate with Cornell (Nov. 2) and Rider (Nov. 3).
• Prior to its match versus the Broncs, Princeton will honor the graduating senior Class of 2014. 

Follow the Tigers:
• Live audio, video and stats will be available for all Princeton home games at GoPrincetonTigers.com.
• Princeton’s match at Harvard will streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Get Connected: Are you following Princeton on social media? Follow the athletics department at Facebook.com/PrincetonAthletics, Twitter.com/PUTIGERS, Vine.co/PUTIGERS and Instagram.com/PrincetonAthletics.

Scouting Harvard:
• Harvard (5-6, 1-3 Ivy) enters this week’s meeting riding a 3-1 stretch, most recently defeating Colgate 5-2 on the road on Oct. 20.
• The Crimson will head to Boston College on Wednesday, Oct. 23 for a midweek clash before hosting the Tigers.
• On the year, Harvard is outscoring opponents 25-21 and holds a 144-129 shot differential.
• Marissa Balleza leads the Crimson offense with six goals and two assists.
• In the cage, Jenn Hatfield has 58 saves, a .734 saves percentage, 21 goals against and a 1.91 goals against average.

All-Time vs. Harvard:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Harvard, 36-5-2, including going 18-3-2 in Cambridge, Mass.
• Princeton has not lost to Harvard since 1993, when the Crimson earned a 2-1 double overtime victory on Oct. 23.
• In their last meeting, the Tigers picked up a 7-0 shutout win over the Crimson on Oct. 20, 2012 at Bedford Field.

Scouting No. 15 Albany:
• The sixth ranked opponent for the Tigers, No. 15 Albany enters Sunday’s match sporting a 13-3, 2-1 America East record.
• The Great Danes opened the year riding a nine-game unbeaten streak.
• UA has only faced two ranked teams, suffering 2-1 losses to then-No. 6 Stanford (Sept. 29) and then-No. 4 Virginia (Oct. 6).
• Daphne Voormolen headlines the attack with 14 goals and seven assists, followed by Paula Heuser’s 12 goals and seven assists.
• Maxi Primus serves as the team’s primary goalie, tallying 38 saves, a .731 saves percentage, 14 goals against and a 1.29 goals against average.

All-Time vs. Albany:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Albany, 2-0, earning a win at home and on the road.
• In their last meeting, the Tigers earned a 6-3 win on Sept. 28, 2008 in New York. 

Tigers Featured on HBO Real Sports:
• Princeton was featured on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on Oct. 22 for their work with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
• The team adopted seven-year old Carmela Loschiavo, who battled a pediatric brain tumor, finding a very special source of inspiration from the brave little girl.
• If you missed the segment, it will be available on repeats on HBO or OnDemand.

Goals and Assists Abound at Brown:
• Princeton had three players record multi-point games in the team’s 6-2 win Brown last week.
Michelle Cesan led the way with two goals and an assist.
Julia Reinprecht added two goals, including the game-winner, while Teresa Benvenuti added two assists and a goal. 

Trending Now: The Tigers hold advantages over opponents in: scoring, 35-21, shots, 234-98, and penalty corners, 107-42, on the year. 

A Closer Look at the Losses:
• All four losses have been to teams ranked currently ranked in the top-10.
• The Tigers are 1-4 versus ranked opponents on the year.
• Princeton has not lost to an unranked opponent since 2011.

Extending Ivy Win Streak:
• The Tigers enter Saturday’s meeting with Harvard riding a 17-game Ivy League winning streak.
• Princeton has gone 7-0 in league play seven times over 11th-season head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn’s tenure.

Sole Possession:
• Princeton owns sole possession of first place in the Ivy League at 4-0 midway through the conference slate.
• Penn dropped to second place after suffering a 4-3 overtime loss at Columbia on Oct. 18.
• The Tigers and Quakers will square off in the regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. in Philadelphia. 

Multi-Goal Games:
• Four different Tigers have recorded multi-goal games this year.
Teresa Benvenuti leads the way with two, including a team-best three-goal game at Dartmouth on Sept. 21. 

The National Scene:
• The Tigers remained tabbed No. 9 in this week’s national top-20 poll for the third consecutive week.
• Princeton is also ranked No. 9 in this week’s RPI poll. It is the only Ivy team in the top-25.
• As a team, the Tigers are tabbed in the top-20 in the following national statistical categories:
• No. 5 - penalty corners per game (8.92)
• No. 15 - assists per game (2.42)
• No. 19 - points per game (8.25)
• No. 20 - scoring average (2.87)
Michelle Cesan is ranked No. 20 in assists per game (0.58). 

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 in artificial turf 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, most recently being named to the U.S. Pan Am Cup roster and helping Team USA to silver and a 2014 World Cup berth.
• 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.

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.








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