Site Navigation
 

Field Hockey Weekly Release - Week 11

Princeton's Michelle Cesan (left), Harvard's Marissa Balleza (middle), Princeton's Cat Caro (right)

NCAA Tournament Bracket

Updated Field Hockey Statistics through Nov. 10

Photos courtesy of Harvard and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Coming into Saturday’s matchup between Penn and No. 9 Princeton, a win by either team would give them the Ivy League’s automatic qualifier berth to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. When the dust settled, the Tigers had a 5-1 victory, a 7-0 Ivy record and their 19th League title in the past 20 years.

Princeton (13-4, 7-0 Ivy) completed its eighth perfect Ivy season in the last 11 years and earned its 22nd overall League championship. The Tigers return to the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time, where they will face No. 6 Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2:00 p.m. in College Park, Md. The Nittany Lions defeated Princeton earlier this season, 4-3 on Sept. 15.

Penn (13-4, 5-2 Ivy) finished the season one win shy of its program record of 14, set by the 1988 Final Four squad.

In other Ivy action, Cornell (10-7, 4-3 Ivy) shut out Dartmouth (7-10, 3-4 Ivy), 3-0, Yale (8-9, 4-3 Ivy) defeated Brown (6-11, 1-6 Ivy), 2-1, and Harvard (8-9, 2-5 Ivy) needed overtime to get past Columbia (6-11, 2-5 Ivy), 2-1.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In the final regular season game of her stellar career, Princeton senior Michelle Cesan (Harding, N.J.) went out with a bang, finishing with five points on two goals and one assist in the Tigers’ 5-1 win over Penn that gave them the outright Ivy League title.

Cesan netted the gamewinner in the 16th minute, just minutes after Penn had tied the game at one apiece. She then helped give the Tigers a 3-1 lead in the 18th minute, as she and freshman Annabeth Donovan assisted on senior Amanda Bird’s goal. Cesan finished Princeton’s scoring with just over 90 seconds remaining in the contest, finding the back of the net off a corner.

Cesan takes home her second Player of the Week honor in as many weeks and the fourth Ivy League weekly award of her career, as she was named Rookie of the Week twice in 2009.

Cesan’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GW

CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
The past two Rookies of the Week, Harvard’s Marissa Balleza (Nov. 5) and Princeton’s Cat Caro (Oct. 29) shared the final such award of the 2013 season.

The Crimson was 5:11 away from a 1-0 loss to Columbia when sophomore Elizabeth Jacobson scored to tie the game and send it to overtime. Two minutes into the extra session, Balleza (Severna Park, Md.) found Jacobson for the gamewinner to complete Harvard’s come-from-behind victory.

Balleza earns her third Rookie of the Week award of the season, the first Crimson to do so since Katie Zacarian in 2000.

Balleza’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 1A, 1 Pt., 4 Shots, 4 SOG

Caro (Bridgewater, N.J.) got the scoring started in Princeton’s 5-1 Ivy title-clinching win over Penn. Off a corner just 2:06 into the contest, Caro gathered a saved shot and sent it to the back of the net for a 1-0 Tigers lead.

Caro has now scored at least one goal in the last six games, all Princeton victories. In fact, the Tigers are 8-0 when Caro records at least one point. She earns her second Rookie of the Week honor of the season.

Caro’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 4 SOG

HONOR ROLL
Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 12 Shots, 7 SOG, 1 GW

Elizabeth Jacobson, Harvard (So., D – Branchburg, N.J.)
1 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW

Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.)
1 GP-1 GS, 64:04 Mins., 2 GA, 2.19 GAA, 18 Svs., .900 Sv. %, 0-1-0

Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.)
1 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG

Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 2 DS

Carly Sokach, Penn (Jr., GK – West Pittston, Pa.)
1 GP-1 GS, 70:00 Mins., 5 GA, 5.00 GAA, 14 Svs., .737 Sv. %, 0-1-0

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, November 16
NCAA Tournament First Round (College Park, Md.)
No. 9 Princeton vs. No. 6 Penn State, 2 pm

Sunday, November 16
NCAA Tournament Second Round (College Park, Md.)
Princeton/Penn State at No. 1 Maryland/TBA^

KEY
^-Maryland will face winner of Quinnipiac-American play-in game in first round

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 10 – Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
September 17 – Allison Evans, Princeton (Jr., F – Macungie, Pa.)
September 24 – Erica Borgo, Yale (Sr., F – Randolph, N.J.)/Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
October 1 – Carly Sokach, Penn (Jr., GK – West Pittston, Pa.)
October 8 – Cassidy Arner, Princeton (Jr., F – Red Hill, Pa.)/Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
October 15 – Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
October 22 – Marisa Siergiej, Cornell (So., D – Harrison City, Pa.)
October 29 – Carly Sokach, Penn (Jr., GK – West Pittston, Pa.)/Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia)
November 5 – Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Sr., F – Harding, N.J.)
November 12 – Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Sr., F – Harding, N.J.)

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 10 – Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
September 17 – Georgia Lord, Cornell (Fr., F - Cranleigh, England)/Sarah Finnemore, Harvard (Fr., F - Norridgewock, Maine)
September 24 – Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
October 1 – Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
October 8 – Elise Tilton, Penn (Fr., F – Bangor, Maine)
October 15 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.)
October 22 – Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.)
October 29 – Cat Caro, Princeton (Fr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.)
November 5 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.)
November 12 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.)/Cat Caro, Princeton (Fr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.)

HONOR ROLL
September 10 – Gabrielle Garcia (Sr., F – Yale); Elizabeth Hitti (So., F – Ashland, Mass.); Meghan O’Donnell, Brown (Jr., F – Winchester, Mass.); Kimberly Pianucci, Columbia (So., GK – Glen Gardner, N.J.); Hailey Reeves, Princeton (Fr., F – West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., D – North Wales, Pa.)
September 17 – Hannah Balleza, Cornell (Sr., M – Severna Park, Md.); Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.); Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.); Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Anna Masini, Brown (So., M – Ann Arbor, Mich.); Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.); Elise Tilton, Penn (Fr., F – Bangor, Maine)
September 24 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.); Teresa Benvenuti, Princeton (So., M – Morristown, N.J.); Clayton Christus, Brown (Jr., F – Bernardsville, N.J.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.); Katie Ruesterholz, Columbia (Fr., F – Basking Ridge, N.J.)
October 1 – Avery Burns, Brown (Sr., M – Millersville, Md.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Anya Gersoff, Princeton (So., GK – Greenwood, Colo.); Maggie Scanlon, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Shaker Heights, Ohio); Elizabeth Schaeffler, Cornell (So., GK – Timonium, Md.); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.); Heather Zezzo, Dartmouth (Fr., D – Jamison, Pa.)
October 8 – Mallory Bannon, Cornell (Sr., D – Hopkinton, Mass.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.); Hannah Rogers, Brown (So., F – Los Altos, Calif.); Emily Schuckert, Yale (Sr., M – Wilmington, Del.); Marlee Silverstein, Columbia (Jr., GK – Medford, N.J.); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
October 15 – Katarina Angus, Brown (Fr., D – West Vancouver, Canada); Amanda Bird, Princeton (Sr., M – Vancouver); Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.); Christina Friebott, Columbia (So., M – Wilmington, Del.); Georgia Holland, Yale (So., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.); Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.); Maggie Scanlon, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Shaker Heights, Ohio); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
October 22 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna, Md.); Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Sr., F – Harding, N.J.); Christina Freibott, Columbia (So., M – Wilmington, Del.); Rhoni Gericke, Yale (Fr., F – Cape Town, South Africa); Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Meghan O’Donnell, Brown (Jr., F – Winchester, Mass.); Ali Savage, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Orange, New South Wales, Australia); Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.); Julie Tahan, Penn (Sr., F – Morristown, N.J.); Nicole Wells, Yale (So., M – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
October 29 – Marissa Balleza, Harvard (Fr., F – Severna Park, Md.); Maryrose Croddick, Penn (Jr., D – Fair Haven, N.J.); Alexis Miller, Brown (So., M – Caldwell, N.J.); Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.); Heather Schlesier, Yale (Jr., GK – San Diego); Katy Weeks, Cornell (Fr., F – Kenilworth, Ill.)
November 5 – Cat Caro, Princeton (Fr., F – Bridgewater, N.J.); Jasmine Cole, Penn (Fr., F – Montclair, N.J.); Emily Corcoran, Penn (Jr., F – Bryn Mawr, Pa.); Ellen Meyer, Dartmouth (Jr., GK – Prospect, Ky.); Heather Schlesier, Yale (Jr., GK – San Diego); Marlee Silverstein, Columbia (Jr, GK – Medford, N.J.)
November 12 – Georgia Holland, Yale (Sr., M – Stony Brook, N.Y.); Elizabeth Jacobson, Harvard (So., D – Branchburg, N.J.); Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Jr., GK – Boxborough, Mass.); Elly Plappert, Cornell (Sr., F – Newton, Pa.); Lauren Skudalski, Columbia (Jr., D – Wyoming, Pa.); Carly Sokach, Penn (Jr., GK – West Pittston, Pa.)

WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY

Player of the Week
School Last Occurence Player
Brown October 23, 2012* Shannon McSweeney
Columbia September 11, 2012* Gabby Kozlowski
Cornell October 22, 2013 Marisa Siergiej
Dartmouth October 29, 2013* Ali Savage
Harvard September 27, 2011 Carly Dickson
Penn October 29, 2013* Carly Sokach
Princeton November 12, 2013 Michelle Cesan
Yale September 24, 2013* Erica Borgo
     
Rookie of the Week
School
Last Occurence Player
Brown October 30, 2012
Alexis Miller
Columbia October 1, 2013 Katie Ruesterholz
Cornell September 17, 2013* Georgia Lord
Dartmouth November 8, 2011 Ali Savage
Harvard November 12, 2013* Marissa Balleza
Penn October 22, 2013 Jasmine Cole
Princeton November 12, 2013* Cat Caro
Yale November 9, 2010 Erica Borgo

*Shared honor

National Rankings
Team (top-30 as of November 10)

Category Team Rank Actual
Scoring Average Penn 9
3.2
  Princeton 12 3.12
  Dartmouth 26
2.64
Goals Per Game
Penn 8
3.35
  Princeton 12 3.18
  Dartmouth 28 2.65
Goals Against Average Princeton 23 1.56
Scoring Margin
Princeton 13
1.56
  Penn 21 1.24
Shutouts Per Game Penn 18 0.29
  Harvard 25 0.24
Winning Percentage
Penn 7
0.765
  Princeton 7 0.765
Assists Per Game
Dartmouth 16 2.35

Princeton 18
2.29
  Cornell 28 1.94
  Penn 28 1.94
  Yale 30 1.88
Saves Per Game Brown 3
10.82

Yale 8
9.0
  Columbia 15 8.06
  Dartmouth 19 7.82
  Penn 22 7.47
Points Per Game
Penn 11 8.65

Princeton 11
8.65
  Dartmouth 23 7.65
Save Percentage
Yale 9
0.789

Penn 12
0.784
  Brown 16 0.773
Penalty Corners Per Game
Dartmouth 3
9.24
  Princeton 4 9.06
  Penn 8 8.47
  Two teams
19 7.65
Defensive Saves
Columbia 5 16.0
  Dartmouth 7 13.0
  Yale 7 13.0
  Brown 14 10.0
  Penn 29 6.0

Individual (top-30 as of November 10)

Category Name Team Rank Actual
Points Per Game
Jasmine Cole Penn 6
2.29

Ali Savage Dartmouth 6
2.29
  Emily Corcoran Penn 14
2.06
Goals Per Game Jasmine Cole
Penn 2
1.06

Ali Savage Penn 13
0.88

Emily Corcoran Dartmouth 23 0.76
  Two players   29 0.71
Assists Per Game
Six players

22 0.53
Goals Against Average Anya Gersoff Princeton 23 1.49
Saves Per Game Shannon McSweeney
Brown 3 10.12

Carly Sokach Penn 13 7.12

Ellen Meyer Dartmouth 14 7.06
  Kimberly Pianucci Columbia
21 6.29
  Heather Schlesier Yale 24 6.06
Save Percentage
Heather Schlesier Yale 6 0.795

Carly Sokach Penn
13 0.776
  Shannon McSweeny Brown 16 0.771
Defensive Saves
Georgia Holland
Yale
2 10.0
  Lauren Skudalski Columbia 4 8.0

Claire Kneizys Columbia 7 6.0
  Two players

14 5.0
Goalie Win-Loss Percentage
Carly Sokach
Penn 7 0.765
  Anya Gersoff Princeton 9 0.75