PRINCETON, N.J. (11/8/12) - The Princeton women's hockey team heads back out on the road to face Rensselaer and Union on Nov. 9 & 10, with all three teams seeking its first league wins of the season.
Princeton is 2-3-1 overall after starting the season with a pair of wins against non-conference opponents. Two of the Tigers' losses were to nationally ranked teams, No. 2 Cornell and No. 9 Harvard. The team also lost to Dartmouth, while tying Colgate the last time out. Junior Sally Butler and senior Corey Stearns have a team-leading six points. Butler has a team-best four goals and two assists, while Stearns has a team-high five assists and one goals. Senior Kelly Cooke and sophomore Brianna Leahy contribute five points apiece. Five other skaters have a point or more. Freshman Kimberely Newell has started in goal in all six games. She has an .897 save percentage and a 3.82 goals against average.
Rensselaer is 2-5-1 overall and 0-2 in the ECAC, with losses to St. Lawrence (3-2) and Clarkson (6-2). The Engineers are coming off of a 5-1 win over Vermont from Oct. 31. Rookie Alexa Gruschow sits atop the scoring column with six goals and four assists for 10 points. Junior Jordan Smelker adds seven points, while sophomore Eleeza Cox and senior Taylor Horton contribute five apiece. RPI utilies a two-goalie system between sophomores Kelly O'Brien and Brianna Piper. O'Brien has started in five games, and has a 2.91 GAA and an .875 save percentage. Piper made made three starts and has a 3.19 GAA and an .869 save percentage.
Princeton leads the series with RPI, 7-4-3 and are undefeated in the last six meetings with three wins and three ties. The Tigers took 2-1 game on the road in February after a 1-1 tie in October.
Union has started off with a 3-5 mark and is 0-2 in the league with losses to Clarkson (0-6) and St. Lawrence (6-1). The Dutchwomen most recently split with Syracuse on last weekend, with a 2-1 loss and a 4-2 win. Three skaters have a team-best six points, including two freshmen Courtney Turner and Jessica Kaminsky, along with Stefanie Thomson. Turner has a team-high three goals while Thomson and Kaminsky have four assists apiece. Netminders sophomore Shenae Lundberg and senior Alana Marcinko have both started in four games each. Lundberg has better numbers with a 2-2 record, a 9.12 save percentage and a 2.97 GAA. Marcinko has a 1-3 mark with an .864 save percentage and a 4.82 GAA.
The Tigers are unbeaten in the series with Union, winning all 18 games since the series began in 2004.