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Princeton Field Hockey to Face Connecticut in NCAA First Round Match-Up

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Courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Princeton field hockey team played its way into the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament with a win Tuesday afternoon and on Tuesday night learned that its opponent in the first round of the tournament will be fourth-ranked Connecticut.

Princeton is currently 10-7 overall on the season. The Tigers have won their last four games, the last by shutting out their opponent. This afternoon Sydney Kirby scored in the second overtime to lead Princeton past Northeast Champion Rider and into the tournament field.

The Tigers are making their 16th trip to the NCAA tournament and are 18-15 overall. Princeton has reached the NCAA quarterfinals in each of the last three seasons, advancing to the semifinals in 2009. Last year Princeton defeated Wake Forest and lost to Virginia in the NCAA tournament.

The Tigers will face UConn for the second time this season after dropping a 3-1 decision in Storrs on Oct. 16. A second scheduled game between the two on Oct. 30 was cancelled because of snow. The other game taking place at the regional at Connecticut will be Big 10 champion Penn State and Northeastern.

Princeton was 1-4 against tournament teams this season, earning a win over Penn State. Princeton also faced Connecticut, Syracuse, Richmond and Maryland. The Tigers and Huskies will meet this Saturday.