Courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
NEW YORK -- Led by a three-goal Kathleen Sharkey effort, the No. 2 Princeton field hockey team handed No. 13 Lafayette a 6-0 loss Tuesday in an play-in game for the 2012 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. The Tigers (17-1) now await their NCAA Tournament fate, with brackets being announced Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Scoring on its first five shots, Princeton pounded the Lafayette circle over the first 13 minutes. Allison Evans opening the scoring drive nearly immediately. Katie Reinprecht dished the ball to an open Evans on the right side to put in the eventual game-winner at 2:34.
The Tigers did not waste much time adding to its lead, finding the back of the net twice in the seventh minute. Sharkey not only had a hat trick in the match, but also got in on the assist game. She found an open Sydney Kirby on the right side to put Princeton up 2-0 at 6:12.
Thirty-eight seconds later Sharkey netted her first goal of the day, grabbing a deflection outside the Leopard cage.
Leading 3-0, Princeton continued to pepper in shots on the Lafayette cage. At 9:40, Reinprecht followed through on an Evans blocked shot to add a goal of her own. She finished with an assist and a goal in the game.
The Tigers' first half domination concluded with a second Sharkey goal at 12:59. Teresa Benvenuti picked up a redirected ball and passed it to Sharkey to earn her ninth multi-goal game this season.
Benvenuti later made a critical defensive save in the 26th minute, stopping a Lafayette Jenna Seybert shot in front of the cage.
Princeton went into halftime with a 5-0 advantage, before adding a sixth goal. At the 52:55 mark, Amanda Bird sent the ball to an open Sharkey in front of the Leopard cage to score her 32nd goal of the year.
Goalie Christina Maida posted her second-consecutive shutout. She tallied five saves in the victory.
Princeton led in shots, 18-7, shots on goal, 10-6, and saves, 6-4, while Lafayette held a 6-4 advantage in penalty corners.