At the Top: No. 3 Field Hockey Overpowers Columbia for First in Ivy League
In a battle for sole possession of first place in the Ivy League, the No. 3 Princeton field hockey team overpowered Columbia, 8-0, Friday evening in New York City. The Tigers earned their second consecutive conference shutout victory and improved to 8-1, 3-0 Ivy, while dropping the Lions to 6-3, 2-1 Ivy.
Princeton took control immediately and managed possession for nearly the entire 70-minute contest. Michelle Cesan opened up action with a goal at 6:21, as she dribbled the ball through the left side past Columbia's goalie Christie O'Hara.
Goals continued to come in two minutes increments for Princeton, as Evans notched her second consecutive goal at 10:10. Reinprecht connected with Evans again, as she received a cross from the right side of the cage and shot it in past a diving O'Hara.
Play remained in the Columbia half of the field, as Princeton prevented the Lions from finding any successful movement in its circle. While the defense deflected all of Columbia's attempts, the offense continued to extend its lead. Kathleen Sharkey added to her already incredible scoring total, sending in her 18th goal of the year off a penalty corner served up by Julia Reinprecht and K. Reinprecht, her third dish of the evening.
In her return to the collegiate pitch after missing the last five games with the U.S. Junior National Team, sophomore Sydney Kirby made her presence known. The midfielder sent in a shot that was saved by O'Hara, but was able to possess the deflected ball and send in her first goal of the year in the 22nd minute.
Also notching their first goal of the year was Stephanie Goldberg, who received a cross from Evans on the left side to send Princeton in with a 6-0 lead at halftime.
At the break, the Tigers held a 20-0 shot advantage, with 15 being on frame.
Following intermission, Princeton saw its third first-time scorer see the back of the net. This time it was freshman Debi-Michelle Jantzen scoring her first career goal off an Allegra Mango assist at 46:12.
Columbia managed to finally send in a shot in the 56th minute. The Lions would tally eight shots in the second half, three of which were on frame, but second half Tiger keeper Julia Boyle deflected them all. Boyle and starting goalie Christina Maida would combine for the shutout in the match.
Sharkey wrapped up the game adding her second goal, off an unassisted drive and shot near the top of the circle.
Princeton would conclude the game with a 28-8 shot differential and 20-3 on goal advantage. Both sides would end with eight penalty corners apiece.
The Tigers return home to host another top-five opponent in No. 4 Maryland on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m.