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Princeton Field Hockey Edged in NCAA Tournament at No. 5 Connecticut

Princeton's Allison Evans
Princeton's Allison Evans

STORRS, Conn. -- UConn's Anne Jeute scored two goals to help the fifth-ranked Huskies to a 3-2 win over the Princeton field hockey game in the first round of the 2011 NCAA field hockey tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Connecticut played very well in the first half and completely stymied the Tigers. Princeton stayed in the game though as the Huskies were only able to convert on one of their nine shots on goal as Christina Maida made stopped four shots. Chloe Hunnable scored the only goal of the first half in the eighth minute on a direct corner.

"UConn had an exceptional first half and their midfield was tremendous," said Princeton head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn. "We had a hard time getting meaningful ball pressure which hurt us. In the second half we were able to make some adjustments to match up a little bit better at midfield. I thought UConn was great today but I was happy to see my team get it together and play better in the second half."

In the second half it was UConn that would tally first as Jeute scored two minutes into the half. Princeton's Allison Evans answered a minute later to trim the lead back to a goal as Sydney Kirby assisted her team-leading 11th goal of the season. Jeute extended the lead back to two goals in the 49th minute and held on from there.

Princeton got back within a goal with no time on the clock as Kelsey Byrne scored on a penalty corner.

The Tigers were outshot 16-3 in the game and outcornered 4-3. Maida finished with five saves.

The loss ends Princeton's season at 10-8 overall.

"We had a lot to overcome this year," remaked Holmes-Winn. "We lost four players to the national team who will fortunately be back next year, so we had some big holes to fill. We didn't talk a whole lot about the NCAA tournament during the season; we took it day by day. We focused a lot on how to fill the voids and our think our team did an exceptional job with that. I think we were able to exceed everyone's expectations."