October 13, 2012

Field Hockey Travels to #3 Princeton for Saturday Contest

PROVIDENCE, RI - In their second road contest of the week, the Brown field hockey team (3-7) returns to Ivy League play as it travels to New Jersey to take on the third-ranked Princeton Tigers (10-1). After a thrilling win against Fairfield on September 30th, Brown was defeated by Maine during the final minute of play in this past Monday's match-up. Sophomore Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA) and freshman Hannah Rogers (Los Altos, CA) each scored an unassisted goal against the Black Bears, and Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) was impressive in net, making seven saves over the course of the afternoon.

Fans who won't be making the trip to Princeton with the Bears can still follow all of the action on Bedford Field. Live video ($) and live stats (free) will be available through Princeton's website, accessible at www.goprincetontigers.com.

Brown vs Princeton
Series Record:
Princeton, 26-9 (first meeting – 1979)
Last Brown Win:
2-1 (1999)
Last Princeton Win:
6-0 (2011)

About Brown: Brown enters its fourth Ivy League contest of the season looking for its first win in conference action. Contributing the team's goals in Monday's 3-2 loss to Maine, Meghan O'Donnell (5g) and Hannah Rogers (4g, 2a) lead the team in scoring with ten points each. O'Donnell also leads the team in goals, and is on a two-game goal scoring streak after scoring all three of Brown's goals against Fairfield. Sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) has contributed nine points to the team's offensive efforts, tallying three goals and three assists. Brown continues to develop its play-making abilities, as six additional players have added points for the Bears. Freshman Alexis Miller (Caldwell, NJ), junior Charlotte Small (Summit, NJ), sophomore Haley Alvarez (Martinsville, NJ), and junior Maggie Brady (Tulsa, OK) have all scored at least one goal, while junior Torie Stearns (Rye, NY) and freshman Katelynn Mudgett (Burlington, CT) have each contributed an assist. Sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborough, MA) has played every minute in goal for the Bears, making 90 saves as the defensive cornerstone. She currently has a GAA of 3.0 and a .750 save percentage.

Last time vs. Princeton: In their last meeting, Princeton defeated Brown in a 6-0 shutout, scoring three goals in each half of play.  Allison Evans scored two goals and added an assist for the Tigers, and Rachel Neufeld also contributed two goals to the victory. In spite of Brown's aggressive play early in the contest, Princeton scored the eventual game winner less than seven minutes into the match-up. Princeton's goalkeeper, Christina Maida, made six saves, while Brown's Shannon McSweeney stopped twelve shots in her net.

About Princeton: The Princeton Tigers enter this Saturday's Ivy League match-up undefeated in league play. Their only loss this season came at the hands of the second-ranked Syracuse Orange in a 2-0 defeat. After taking the 2011-2012 school year off to train with the US National field hockey team, Kathleen Sharkey leads the Tigers in scoring with 47 points (21g, 5a). She is followed by 2012 US Olympian Katie Reinprecht (4-12-20) and Michelle Cesan (6-3-15), an alternate on the US Olympic field hockey team. Reinprecht's younger sister Julia (0-7-7) was also a member of the US squad that competed in London this summer. Three different goalkeepers have seen action this season, with Christina Maida starting ten of Princeton's eleven games. She has made 30 saves, and currently has a GAA of 1.36 and a save percentage of .698.

Up Next: Brown will follow this Saturday's Ivy League road contest with a game against cross-town rival, Providence College. The game will be held on the Bears' home field at 4:00 on Tuesday, October 16th.