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September 17, 2013

Field Hockey Weekly Release - Week 3

Updated Field Hockey Statistics through Sept. 15

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the first time in almost a year, the Princeton field hockey team suffered the agony of defeat. The defending National Champion Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the country, fell to No. 13 Penn State, 4-3, ending their 17-game winning streak.

Princeton's lass loss came on Sept. 23, 2012, to Syracuse. The Tigers (3-1) remained in first-place in the Ivy League standings, just ahead of Penn (2-1), while Brown, Columbia and Cornell come in at 2-2.

Two teams went undefeated last week in Cornell and Harvard (1-2). The Big Red bounced back from its 0-2 start by defeating St. Francis, 4-1, and Georgetown, 3-1, for its best start since 2011, while the Crimson shut out Holy Cross in its only contest of the week, 4-0, to pick up its first win of the season.

The coming week features the start of Ivy League play. On Friday, Sept. 20, Brown will travel to New York to take on Columbia at 5:00 p.m. The following day, Penn will host Cornell and Dartmouth will take on No. 3 Princeton at noon, while Yale will play Harvard at 1:00 p.m.

The Ivy League® Digital Network features Cornell at Penn and Princeton at Dartmouth on Saturday, as well as Pacific at Penn at noon on Sunday. September 22 also features a matchup between 2012 Final Four participants, as No. 3 Princeton will take to the road to play No. 6 Syracuse at 3:00 p.m. The Orange handed the Tigers their only loss of the season last year. Sunday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton played in a pair of one-goal games last week, defeating Michigan State in overtime, 2-1, before falling to No. 13 Penn State, 4-3. Tiger junior Allison Evans (Macungie, Pa.) assisted sophomore Teresa Benvenuti for the overtime gamewinner against the Spartans and then followed that up with a one-goal, one-assist performance against the Nittany Lions. With the Tigers trailing, 2-0 in the first period, Evans found senior Julia Reinprecht to put Princeton on the scoreboard and cut the lead in half. She then found the back of the net herself in the 57th minute to bring Princeton to within one again, 4-3, but the Tigers were unable to net the equalizer.

Evans takes home her first career Player of the Week award and her second career Ivy League weekly honor, as she earned Rookie of the Week accolades on Sept. 13, 2011.

Evans’ Weekly Stats
2 GP, 1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 5 Shots, 2 SOG

CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Cornell and Harvard each were undefeated last week thanks to the play from a pair of rookies, Big Red forward Georgia Lord (Cranleigh, England) and Crimson forward Sarah Finnemore (Norridgewock, Maine).

Lord’s first career goal was the first of four for her squad against St. Francis (Pa.), as Cornell erased an early 1-0 deficit to win, 4-1. Lord then found her groove against Georgetown, as she helped set up the Big Red’s first goal of the day and then scored herself to give her team a 2-0 advantage.

Lord’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 12 Shots, 5 SOG

Finnemore also finished with two goals on the week, but her offensive output came in just one game, a 4-0 Crimson win over Holy Cross. After a scoreless first half, Finnemore got the scoring started in the 52nd minute with an unassisted goal. She then put her team up 3-0 less than eight minutes later off an assist from Marissa Balleza. Finnemore now has three goals on the year, the most by a Harvard freshman since Noel Painter scored eight in 2011.

Finnemore’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GW

HONOR ROLL
Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.)
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GW

Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.)
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 9 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GW

Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
2 GP, 3G, 6 Pts., 6 Shots, 6 SOG

Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.)
2 GP, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG

Anna Masini, Brown (So., M – Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SO

Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.)
2 GP, 4 Shots, 1 SOG, 3 DS

Elise Tilton, Penn (Fr., F – Bangor, Maine)
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, September 20
*Brown at Columbia, 5 pm

Saturday, September 21
*Cornell at Penn, 12 pm [IVY]
*No. 3 Princeton at Dartmouth, 12 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Yale, 1 pm

Sunday, September 22
Brown at Colgate, 12 pm
Richmond at Columbia, 12 pm
Pacific at Penn, 12 pm [IVY]
Vermont at Yale, 2 pm
No. 3 Princeton at No. 6 Syracuse, 3 pm [ESPN3]

KEY:
*-Ivy League contest
[IVY] game streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 10 – Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
September 17 – Allison Evans, Princeton (Jr., F – Macungie, Pa.)

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 10 – Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
September 17 – Georgia Lord, Cornell (Fr., F - Cranleigh, England)/
                        Sarah Finnemore, Harvard (Fr., F - Norridgewock, Maine)

HONOR ROLL
September 10 – Gabrielle Garcia (Sr., F – Yale); Elizabeth Hitti (So., F – Ashland, Mass.); Meghan O’Donnell, Brown (Jr., F – Winchester, Mass.); Kimberly Pianucci, Columbia (So., GK – Glen Gardner, N.J.); Hailey Reeves, Princeton (Fr., F – West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., D – North Wales, Pa.)
September 17 – Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.); Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.); Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.); Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Anna Masini, Brown (So., M – Ann Arbor, Mich.); Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.); Elise Tilton, Penn (Fr., F – Bangor, Maine)