Field Hockey Team Blanks Bucknell 2-0 in Season Opener
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LEWISBURG, Pa. (9/2/11) -- The seventh-ranked Princeton field hockey team opened the 2011 season with a 2-0 win at Bucknell on Friday night on Graham Field. Junior Charlotte Krause and freshman Colleen Boyce each scored their first collegiate goals in the win, while sophomore goalkeeper Christina Maida made three saves for the shutout.
Princeton pressured Bucknell through much of the first half, outshooting the Bison 5-1 in the opening 35 minutes and earning the half's only penalty corner. Krause opened the scoring in the game's 16th minute when she tapped in the ball on a scramble following the penalty corner for her first collegiate goal. Junior Molly Goodman assisted on the goal, which came after sophomore Amanda Bird's shot was stopped by Bucknell goalkeeper Erica Perrine.
Bucknell picked up its game in the second half and put pressure on the Princeton cage, outshooting Princeton 5-4 in the period and earning three penalty corners. The Bison's best chance to draw even came in the 50th minute following a corner. Maida stopped a shot from Vickie Resh and followed that up with a stop on a penalty stroke taken by Tayler Siegrist.
Less than a minute after those saves from Maida, Princeton added an insurance goal on a penalty stroke of its own as Boyce netted her first collegiate goal to make the score 2-0 in the 51st minute. Bucknell would get a corner and sent a shot wide in the remaining 19 minutes but couldn't get no closer and Princeton left with the 2-0 win.
Princeton outshot Bucknell 9-6 in the win, but was outcornered 3-1. Freshman Allison Evans and sophomore Kelsey Byrne led the Tigers with two shots each in the game, while five others added single shots. Both Maida and Perrine stopped three shots in the game, with Maida netting the win and the fourth shutout of her college career.
The win moves Princeton to 1-0 and was the Tigers' fourth-straight season-opening win. The Tigers also shut out Bucknell to open their 2010 campaign. Princeton continues its season-opening weekend on Sunday against another Patriot League opponent, 10th-ranked American.