Field Hockey Weekly Release - Week 2
Photos courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Dartmouth Athletics Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The first weekend of the 35th season of Ivy League field hockey saw the Ancient Eight combine for eight wins, as Columbia (2-0), Penn (1-0) and Princeton (2-0) remain undefeated.
The No. 3 Tigers opened their 2013 campaign in the same manner that they closed the 2012 season – with a win over a top-10 ACC squad. Last season, that win was against No. 1 UNC in the National Championship. In 2013, it was a 3-1 victory over No. 10 Duke. Princeton then defeated Fairfield, 4-3, for its 16th-straight win dating back to last year. Freshman Hailey Reeves scored her first career goal in the win over the Blue Devils and tallied her first career assist the next day against the Stags.
Columbia also opened with a pair of wins, shutting out Longwood, 5-0, before holding off James Madison, 2-1. It marks the Lions' first 2-0 start to the season since 2010. Penn defeated Lehigh, 5-4, in its only game so far of 2013. Quakers sophomore Elizabeth Hitti netted the gamewinner and tallied an assist in the victory.
Brown (1-1), Dartmouth (1-1) and Yale (1-1) split their first two games of the year, while Cornell and Harvard are each 0-2 on the young season.
Columbia and Princeton highlight the upcoming week's schedule. The Lions will take part in the Terrapin Invitational in College Park, Md., where they will face No. 2 Maryland on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and No. 20 American on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. The Tigers, meanwhile, will host Michigan State on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and No. 13 Penn State on Sunday at noon. Both games will be broadcast on the The Ivy League® Digital Network.
Brown will compete in the Catamount Classic in Burlington, Vt., while other big games this week include Yale at No. 13 Albany on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth headed west to face Cal and UC Davis, and came back with a split, thanks to the efforts of junior Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia). Savage tallied an assist in the Big Green's 4-2 loss at Cal, and then erupted for seven points on three goals and an assist in Dartmouth's 4-3 win over UC Davis. It marked the third hat trick of Savage's career and the third-straight season she tallied at least one hat trick.
Savage takes home the third Player of the Week honor of her career and her sixth weekly award, as she was named Rookie of the Week three times in 2011.
Savage's Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 2A, 8 Pts., 8 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GW
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia is 2-0 for the first time since 2010, thanks in no small part to the play of freshman Katie Ruesterholz (Basking Ridge, N.J.), who needed just three shots to score three goals in the two games. Ruesterholz found the back of the net twice in the Lions' 5-0 win over Longwood and then tallied Columbia's first goal in its eventual 2-1 win over James Madison.
Ruesterholz' Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 6 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG
Gabrielle Garcia, Yale (Sr., F – Garden City, N.Y.)
2 GP, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG
Elizabeth Hitti, Penn (So., F – Ashland, Mass.)
1 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW
Meghan O'Donnell, Brown (Jr., F – Winchester, Mass.)
2 GP, 3G, 1A, 7 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GW
Kimberly Pianucci, Columbia (So., GK – Glen Gardner, N.J.)
2 GP-2 GS, 136:50 Mins., 1GA, 0.51 GAA, 20 Svs., .952 Sv. %, 2-0
Hailey Reeves, Princeton (Fr., F – West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG
Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Sr., D – North Wales, Pa.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG
Friday, September 13
Penn at Saint Joseph's, 3:30 pm
St. Francis (Pa.) at Cornell, 4 pm
Dartmouth at Northeastern, 6 pm
Michigan State at No. 3 Princeton, 6 pm [IVY]
Harvard at Holy Cross, 7 pm
Saturday, September 14
1-Columbia at No. 2 Maryland, 11 am
Yale at No. 13 Albany, 1 pm
2-Brown at Vermont, 2 pm
Sunday, September 15
1-No. 20 American vs. Columbia, 12 pm
Georgetown at Cornell, 12 pm
No. 13 Penn State at No. 3 Princeton, 12 pm [IVY]
Penn at Bucknell, 1 pm
2-Brown vs. Maine, 2:30 pm
Yale at Hofstra, 3 pm
1-Terrapin Invitational (College Park, Md.)
2-Catamount Classic (Burlington, Vt.)
[IVY] game streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network