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Sharkey, Reinprechts Ready to Begin 2014 World Cup Run With Team USA

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/30/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Kathleen Sharkey '13 will join Katie and Julia Reinprecht on Team USA's World Cup team.
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PRINCETON, N.J. – Fresh off a Champions Challenge win in Scotland earlier this month, former Tigers Kathleen Sharkey ’13, Katie Reinprecht ’13 and Julia Reinprecht ’14 will once again don the Red, White and Blue as the United States women’s field hockey team travels to the Netherlands for the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup.

Regulars on the national team, Princeton’s alumnae will join former Tiger assistant coach Nathaniel Franks ’07, who will serve as the squad’s performance analyst. Currently ranked 10th in the world, Team USA will compete in Group B alongside No. 2 Argentina, No. 3 England, No. 6 Germany, No. 7 China and No. 11 South Africa.

The program’s all-time points (245) and goals (107) leader, Sharkey played an integral role during the Champions Challenge, scoring a goal in a 3-0 semifinal win over Spain. The U.S. would go on to defeat Ireland (3-1) to capture its first-ever Challenge win.

Dishing out the second-most assists in program history (50), Katie Reinprecht joins sister Julia, Sharkey and fellow Tigers Amy MacFarlane ’98 and Michelle Cesan ’14 as the only five players in Ivy League history to ever garner four first-team all-conference honors.

Along with Cesan, Reinprecht was one of five recipients of this year’s C. Otto von Kienbusch Award announced at the 17th annual Princeton Varsity Club banquet. The award is presented annually to a Princeton senior woman of high scholastic rank who has demonstrated general proficiency in athletics and the qualities of a true sportswoman.

The host nation and top-ranked Netherlands will compete in Group A, along with No. 4 Australia, No. 5 New Zealand, No. 8 South Korea, No. 9 Japan and No. 12 Belgium. Group play begins on Saturday, May 31 and will run through Tuesday, June 10. The semifinal round is slated for Thursday, June 12 with the championship scheduled for Saturday, June 14.

Team USA opens group play on Sunday, June 1 against England at 7 a.m. (EST) before taking on Argentina on Tuesday, June 3. The national squad will close out round-robin action against China (6/6), Germany (6/8) and South Africa (6/10).

ESPN3 is scheduled to broadcast the entire 2014 Field Hockey World Cup. To follow Sharkey, the Reinprechts and the rest of Team USA, use the links below:

Sunday, June 1
USA vs. England, 7 a.m.

Tuesday, June 3
USA vs. Argentina, 11:30 a.m.

Friday, June 6
USA vs. China, 4:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 8
USA vs. Germany, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 10
USA vs. South Africa, 8:30 a.m.

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