This Week for the Tigers:
• The Ivy League race will come down to this weekend’s meeting between the league-leading No. 9 Princeton field hockey team (12-4, 6-0 Ivy) and second place Penn (13-5, 5-1 Ivy).
• The duo will square off for league supremacy and the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 12 noon in Philadelphia.
• Please note the match originally was set for 11:30 a.m., but was adjusted to accommodate Penn’s field dedication ceremony.
Last Time Out:
• The Tigers closed out the home half of the 2013 schedule with consecutive victories, beginning with a dominating 4-0 win over Cornell on Nov. 2.
• The next afternoon proved to be a bigger battle versus Rider despite holding a 39-6 shot advantage.
• After the Broncs scored the equalizer with 14 seconds left in regulation, Michelle Cesan lifted the Tigers to a 2-1 overtime victory.
On Deck: Princeton’s postseason fate will be dependent on the results of Saturday’s meeting at Penn and will be announced on the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10 p.m. live on NCAA.com.
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• Penn (13-3, 5-1 Ivy) enters this week’s meeting riding a four-game winning streak.
• The Quakers lone Ivy loss came to Columbia, 4-3 in overtime, while Princeton defeated the Lions 5-0 in its annual meeting.
• The Tigers will be the first ranked opponent for Penn this year.
• The Quakers are led by Jasmine Cole, the national leader in goals per game, who has 18 goals and three assists over 16 matches.
• Carly Sokach has been Penn’s only goalkeeper, tallying 107 saves, a .781 saves percentage, 30 goals against, 1.79 goals against average and five shutouts.
All-Time vs. Penn:
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Penn, 23-15-3, including a slight 11-10-1 advantage at Penn.
• In their last meeting, the Tigers shutout the Quakers 7-0 on Nov. 3, 2012 at Bedford Field.
• Princeton has not lost to Penn since 2004, tallying five consecutive shutout victories since 2008.
Nine Straight Ivy Titles:
• Following Saturday’s win over Cornell Princeton clinched a share of its ninth consecutive Ivy League title.
• Princeton has won 22 Ivy titles over program history, including 19 of the last 20 years.
• The Tigers must defeat Penn this weekend to win the outright championship and automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
• With a loss, Princeton and Penn share the title and the Quakers earn the automatic postseason berth by virtue of winning the head-to-head matchup.
Cesan’s Golden Goal Garners Ivy Player of the Week Honors:
• Coming off her overtime game-winning goal Michelle Cesan was name Ivy League Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
• She has scored a pair of game winners in the last three matches, tallying at least a point (four goals and three assists) in the last five games.
• After inserting the ball on a penalty corner, Cesan received it on the left post from Amanda Bird to send in the golden goal in the 76th minute versus Rider on Nov. 3.
• She has eight goals and eight assists for 24 points on the year, all team leading.
• Princeton is 10-0 when Cesan has recorded at least a point.
Extending Ivy Win Streak:
• The Tigers enter Saturday’s meeting with Penn riding a 19-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.
• The Tigers hold advantages over opponents in: scoring, 49-26, shots, 333-123, and penalty corners, 141-55, on the year.
• When scoring first Princeton is 11-0.
Caro Makes it Five in a Row:
• Freshman Cat Caro extended her scoring streak to five consecutive games this weekend.
• The striker scored the game-winner versus Cornell on Nov. 2 and added a second half goal in Princeton’s overtime win over Rider the next day.
• She ranks fourth on the team in goals with seven.
Overtime Success: Princeton is 2-0 in overtime matches this year, most recently topping local rival Rider in extra time, 2-1, last weekend.
A Closer Look at the Losses:
• All four losses have been to teams ranked currently ranked in the top-7.
• The Tigers are 2-4 versus ranked opponents on the year.
• Princeton has not lost to an unranked opponent since 2011.
Another Streak to Track: Princeton currently is riding a six-game winning streak entering this weekend’s action.
• Princeton is the top-ranked team in the Ivy League in the following categories:
• Goals against average (1.60)
• Shots (20.81/game)
• Goals allowed (26 goals and 1.62/game)
• Teresa Benvenuti is No. 1 in shots/game (4.93)
• Christina Maida is No. 1 in goals against average (1.48); Anya Gersoff is No. 2 (1.54)
• Five 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 fifth consecutive week.
• Princeton moved up in the RPI poll from No. 9 to 5. It is the only Ivy team in the top-30.
• As a team, the Tigers are tabbed in the top-20 in the following national statistical categories:
• No. 6 - penalty corners per game (8.81)
• No. 15 - scoring average (3.01)
• No. 15 - winning percentage (.750)
• No. 16 - points per game (8.44)
• No. 17 - goals per game (3.06)
• No. 17 - scoring margin (1.41)
• No. 19 - assists per game (2.31)
• Anya Gersoff is ranked No. 17 in goalie win-loss (7-3, .700)
The Captains: Seniors Kelsey Byrne, Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht will serve as tri-captains in 2013.
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 Carmella 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.
• 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 helping Team USA to silver at the Pan Am Cup 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...A Year to Remember:
• Princeton won its first-ever national championship, 3-2, versus then-No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 18, 2012.
• 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.