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From l to r: Michelle Cesan, Julia Reinprecht & Annabeth Donovan
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Field Hockey Takes Top Ivy Postseason Honors for Second Consecutive Season

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/13/2013
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Coming off another dominating Ivy League season, the Princeton field hockey team has had players earn the top Ivy postseason honors for the second consecutive year. Senior Michelle Cesan was named Offensive Player of the Year and classmate Julia Reinprecht collected Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Annabeth Donovan was named co-Rookie of the Year with Penn’s Jasmine Cole.

Seven Tigers in total were recognized, as veterans and multi-year recipients Teresa Benvenuti, Amanda Bird, Allison Evans and Sydney Kirby collected All-Ivy Team accolades.

Cesan (left) finished with team-bests in goals (10), assists (9) and points (29) en route to earning the league’s top offensive honor. She closed out the regular season scoring eight goals over the last seven games, including three game-winners spanning the last four matches.

She follows Kathleen Sharkey ’13 as the second straight Tiger to be named Offensive Player of the Year since its inception in 2011.

The 2009 Rookie of the Year Reinprecht (right) earns the second top postseason award of her career. In a unique year for the central midfielder, she not only was a key cog on the defensive line, but  was a major contributor on the offensive front. She helped direct Princeton to three shutouts, while finishing with seven goals, including a game-winner, and added an assist for 15 points.

Reinprecht adds to an incredible Princeton field hockey family legacy, as her sisters Katie ’13 and Sarah ’09 both garnered top postseason Ivy honors over their respective careers. Katie was Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, while Sarah was named Rookie of the Year in 2005. Between the three sisters, the Reinprechts have earned six top postseason Ivy honors.

Both Cesan and Reinprecht were also named unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selections, marking the fourth consecutive season the duo garnered such accolades. Only Princeton has had players earn four First-Team All-Ivy awards, with Cesan and Reinprecht making it five Tigers in league history in 2013.

Rounding out Princeton’s top honorees is another individual who is the third sister in her family to play for the Tigers in Rookie of the Year and First-Team All-Ivy selection Donovan (left).

After coming in off the bench in Princeton’s first two games, the freshman moved permanently into the starting lineup for the final 15 matches. Donovan transitioned from the midfield to the central defender position working successfully in tandem with Olympian Reinprecht. Along with contributing to three shutouts, she tallied three assists and a goal for seven points.

Princeton is the only school to have three consecutive Rookies of the Year, accomplishing the feat three times. The last time it happened prior to this year was 1995-97, when the awards went to Kirsty Hale ’99 (1995), Gia Fruscione ’00 (1996) and Hilary Matson ’01 (1997).

Last season’s Rookie of the Year Benvenuti (right) earned her second straight First-Team All-Ivy honor. Over 16 starts, she scored eight goals and made seven assists, second-best on the team, for 23 points.

2013 also marks the sixth consecutive season that Princeton has had at least four first teamers.

A now three-time All-Ivy selection and the 2011 Rookie of the Year, junior Evans (left) was tabbed to the second team. The striker served as the team’s second-leading scorer with nine goals, while adding five assists for 23 points in 17 starts.

Senior midfielder Bird (right) closed out her Ivy career with her third consecutive league accolade. She earned her second straight honorable mention honor following her five-assist and two-goal season.

The final Tiger to pick up conference recognition was junior Kirby (left). A three-time all-league selection, the striker was named an honorable mention honoree. Over 17 appearances, she had four assists and a game-winning goal for six points on the year.

The 2013 Ivy League champion and defending national champion Tigers (13-4, 7-0 Ivy) now prepare for their 19th NCAA tournament appearance this weekend versus Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in College Park, Md.

 

2013 ALL-IVY LEAGUE HONOREES

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Sr., M – Harding, N.J.)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M – North Wales, Pa.)

CO-ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
Annabeth Donovan, Princeton (Fr., D – Unionville, Pa.)

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY
Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.)
Erica Borgo, Yale (Sr., F – Randolph, N.J.)
Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Sr., M – Harding, N.J.)*
Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
Annabeth Donovan, Princeton (Fr., D – Unionville, Pa.)
Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., D – Stony Brook, N.Y.)*
Carolyn Horner, Cornell (Sr., GK – Allentown, N.J.)
Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., M – North Wales, Pa.)*
Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)*
Marisa Siergiej, Cornell (So., D – Harrison City, Pa.)
Carly Sokach, Penn (Jr., GK – West Pittston, Pa.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY^
Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.)
Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.)
Eliza Becker, Dartmouth (So., M – Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Allison Evans, Princeton (Jr., F – Macungie, Pa.)
Christina Freibott, Columbia (So., M – Wilmington, Del.)
Meghan O’Donnell, Brown (Jr., F – Winchester, Mass.)
Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Heather Schlesier, Yale (Jr., GK – San Diego)
Julie Tahan, Penn (Sr., M – Morristown, Pa.)
Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
Nicole Wells, Yale (So., M – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)

HONORABLE MENTION
Amanda Bird, Princeton (Sr., D – Vancouver, Canada)
Avery Burns, Brown (Sr., D – Millersville, Md.)
Kyla Cordrey, Harvard (Fr., M – Summit, N.J.)
Jenn Hatfield, Harvard (Sr., GK – St. Louis)
Sydney Kirby, Princeton Jr., F – Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Liz Malone, Columbia (Sr., F – Walpole, Mass.)
Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.)
Olivia Quaglia, Dartmouth (Sr., D – Los Altos, Calif.)
Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.)

KEY
* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in the voting, the second All-Ivy team was expanded from 11

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