Story and photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. – The National Champion Princeton field hockey squad continued to pull in national honors, as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) named five Tigers to its All-American teams, including first team honors for senior Katie Reinprecht, who was also named the 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I National Player of the Year.
Reinprecht ends the ACC's two-year hold on the National Player
of the Year, as UNC's Katelyn Falgowski received
the honor in 2011 and Maryland's Katie O'Donnell
was the recipient in 2010, the inaugural year for the award.
Reinprecht is coming off a whirlwind year, helping guide the Tigers to the program's first-ever NCAA National Championship behind a 21-1 overall and perfect 7-0 Ivy record. She was named the unanimous Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, the Longstreth/NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year and was tabbed a four-time First-Team All-Ivy and All-Region selection.
The four-time unanimous first-team All-Ivy recipient concluded the year with a team-best 19 assists and scored nine goals for 37 points. She averaged 0.90 assists per game, ranking second in the nation. She concludes her career ranked second in career assists with 49, second in assists in a season with 19 and fourth in a career in points with 155.
Reinprecht was joined on the All-America first team by her sister, Julia Reinprecht, as well as fellow senior Kathleen Sharkey. A two-time second team selection, J. Reinprecht earns her first All-America First Team recognition. Both K. Reinprecht and Sharkey earn their third consecutive first team accolade and fourth All-American honor.
Junior Michelle Cesan earned her third All-America award, picking up second team honors for the second consecutive season, and classmate Christina Maida was named an All-America for the first time. The goaltender was named to the third team.
All five Tiger All-America selections were also named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team following Princeton's 3-2 victory over No. 1 North Carolina to claim the program's first national title.