PRINCETON, N.J. -- After week one of the 2012
Ivy League field hockey season, six of the eight teams have at
least one victory under their belts, with Penn and Princeton each
racing out to a 2-0 mark.
Princeton's unbeaten record is even more impressive based on their first two opponents: No. 5 Duke and No. 13 Wake Forest. The fourth-ranked Tigers held each of its first two adversaries to two goals, defeating the Blue Devils, 5-2, and the Demon Deacons, 4-2.
Penn, on the other hand, is off to its first 2-0 start in over 10 years thanks to wins over Lehigh (5-2) and Towson (4-3). Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale are each 1-1, while Columbia and Cornell are each looking for their first win of the season. The Lions suffered a pair of one-goal losses, falling at Richmond, 4-3 in overtime, and at VCU, 2-1. Senior goalkeeper Christie O'Hara made 17 saves in goal for Columbia against the Spiders. Cornell also saw solid goalkeeping during its 6-1 loss to No. 2 North Carolina, as junior Carolyn Homer registered a personal-best 15 saves in the contest.
Good goalie play in a tough loss seemed to be a theme for the Ivy League in week one. Harvard junior Jenn Hatfield's career-high 15 shots in her first career start was not enough for the Crimson, which fell to Sacred Heart, 2-1, in double overtime.
In Brown's 3-2 win over Vermont, a trio of Bears scored their first collegiate goals as junior Maggie Brady, sophomore Haley Alvarez and freshman Hannah Rogers. Yale scored its first goal of the season in its second game –- in fact, its first three goals of the season –- a 3-2 win over Quinnipiac.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton senior striker Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) wasted no time getting back in the college groove after spending last season training with the US National Team. The 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year led her squad to a 2-0 record with seven goals and one assist for 15 points in the two games. She also recorded the gamewinning score in each contest. Sharkey factored in eight of the nine goals that the Tigers scored in their first two games, including scoring all four against Wake Forest.
Sharkey posted three goals and one assist in the 5-2 win over Duke, and followed that with a four-score performance against the Demon Deacons. The award is the sixth of her career and her first since Nov. 9, 2010. She also earned Rookie of the Week twice in 2008. A Princeton has earned back-to-back Player of the Week honors dating to last season, as Amanda Bird took home the final honor in 2011.
Sharkey’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 15 Pts., 14 Shots, 10 SOG, 2 GW
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman attack Elizabeth Hitti (Ashland, Mass.) was instrumental in her team's opening-weekend performance. Hitti finished with three points on one goal and one assist in two games.
All three of Hitti's points came in the Quakers’' 5-2 win over Lehigh. The freshman's goal in the 58th minute broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winner. She also assisted on Penn's second goal of the game that gave her squad a 2-0 edge. Hitti is the first Penn Rookie of the Week since Alex Iqbal received the award on Oct. 18, 2011.
Hitti’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GW
Lisa Masini, Dartmouth (Sr., D - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 5 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GW
Shannon McSweeney, Brown (So., GK –
2 GP – 2GS, 140:00 Mins., 11 GA, 5.50 GAA, 29 Svs., .725 Sv. %, 1-1
Christie O’Hara, Columbia (Sr., GK – St. Louis)
2 GP – 2GS, 138:26 Mins, 6 GA, 3.03 GAA, 26 Svs., .812 Sv. %, 0-2
Hannah Rogers, Brown (Fr., F – Los Altos, Calif.)
2 GP, 1 G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GW
Julie Tahan, Penn (Jr., A – Morristown, N.J.)
2 GP, 3 G, 6 Pts., 5 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GW
Cynthia Tassapoulos, Harvard (Sr., GK – Dallas)
1 GP – 1 GS, 70:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 4 Svs., 1.000 Sv. %, 1-0
Wednesday, September 5
Cornell at Bucknell, 7 pm
Thursday, September 6
Princeton at Penn State, 6 pm
Saturday, September 8
Penn at Liberty, 11 am
Colgate at Brown, 12 pm
Hofstra at Yale, 1 pm
Harvard at Providence, 1 pm
Bucknell at Columbia, 1 pm
1-American vs. Dartmouth, 1 pm
Sunday, September 9
2-Penn vs. Appalachian State, 12 pm
Richmond at Princeton, 12 pm
La Salle at Columbia, 1 pm
Boston College at Harvard, 2 pm
Dartmouth at Maryland, 2 pm
Cornell at Penn State, 2pm
1-at College Park, Md.
2-at Lynchburg, Va.
WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
|Player of the
|Brown||November 2, 2010*||Leslie Springmeyer|
|Columbia||October 25, 2011||Gabby Kozlowski|
|Cornell||September 6, 2011||Carolyn Horner
|Dartmouth||October 4, 2011||Lisa Masini
|Harvard||September 27, 2011||Carly Dickson
|Penn||September 18, 2007||Kara Bolger|
|Princeton||September 4, 2012||Kathleen Sharkey|
|Yale||November 1, 2011||Erin Carter
|Rookie of the
|Brown||November 1, 2011||Meghan O'Donnell
|Columbia||October 27, 2009||Gabby Kozlowski|
|Cornell||October 26, 2010||Hannah Balleza|
|Dartmouth||September 27, 2011||Ali Savage
|Harvard||October 25, 2011||Noel Painter
|Penn||September 4, 2012||Elizabeth Hitti
|Princeton||October 4, 2011||Sydney Kirby
|Yale||November 9, 2010||Erica Borgo|