Defending National Champion Princeton Highlights Opening Weekend for Field Hockey
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The opening weekend of the
35th season of Ivy League field hockey features all eight squads in
action, including a number of contests against top-25 opponents. In
total, five of this weekend's games will be broadcast on The Ivy
League® Digital Network.
The defending National Champion Princeton Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the country, open their season with a home contest against No. 10 Duke on Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, Yale faces No. 7 Virginia on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and Harvard will travel to play No. 14 Massachusetts on Friday at 5:00 p.m. In the rest of Friday's action, Columbia takes on Longwood at 1:00 p.m., Brown hosts Bryant at 4:00 p.m., Cornell squares off against Lock Haven at 5:00 p.m., Penn travels to Lehigh at 6:00 p.m. and Dartmouth heads west to face Cal at 7:00 p.m.
On Saturday, Yale hosts Sacred Heart at 2:00 p.m. and Princeton plays Fairfield at 4:00 p.m. Sunday features five games, including Rider at Brown at 12:00 p.m., Bryant at Harvard at 1:00 p.m., Columbia against James Madison in Washington at 1:00 p.m., Cornell at Albany at 2:00 p.m. and Dartmouth against UC Davis in Berkeley, Calif. at 2:00 p.m.
Although Princeton lost a number of starters from its National Championship squad, the Tigers still have the tools to win it all. Gone are Kathleen Sharkey (unanimous Offensive Player of the Year in 2012) and Katie Reinprecht (unanimous Defensive Player of the Year in 2012), but Princeton returns last year's Rookie of the Year in Teresa Benvenuti, as well as first-team All-Ivy performers Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht. Senior goalkeeper Christina Maida, who earned Longstreth/NFHCA All-America Third Team honors and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team, also returns.
Cornell and Dartmouth each bring back a pair of first-team All-Ivy recipients from a year ago. For the Big Red, seniors Hannah Balleza and Caroyln Horner are back, while the Big Green returns senior Olivia Quaglia and junior Ali Savage. The final returning first team player from last year is Yale senior Erica Borgo.
Brown and Penn each welcome back a pair of second-team All-Ivy performers. The Bears will look to juniors Clayton Christus and Shannon McSweeney to lead the squad, while the Quakers hope junior MaryRose Croddick and senior Julie Tahan improve on last season's performances.
Harvard junior Caitlin Rea earned second team
honors last season and hopes to build on that in 2013, while
Columbia has to replace first team performers Katie
DeSandis and Gabby Kozlowski. The Lions
will look to junior Lauren Skudalski, who has
started every game of her career, to lead not only the defense but
the entire team, as she was named team captain.
Friday, September 6
Columbia at Longwood, 1 pm
No. 7 Virginia at Yale, 2 pm
Bryant at Brown, 4 pm [IVY]
Lock Haven at Cornell, 5 pm
Harvard at No. 18 UMass, 5 pm
Penn at Lehigh, 6 pm
No. 10 Duke at No. 3 Princeton, 6 pm [IVY]
Dartmouth at Cal, 7 pm
Saturday, September 7
Sacred Heart at Yale, 2 pm
Fairfield at No. 3 Princeton, 4 pm [IVY]
Sunday, September 8
Rider at Brown, 12 pm [IVY]
Bryant at Harvard, 1 pm
Columbia at James Madison, 1 pm
Cornell at Albany, 2 pm
1 - Dartmouth vs. UC Davis, 2 pm
1 - Berkeley, Calif.
[IVY] game will be broadcast on The Ivy League® Digital Network