October 17, 2013

Field Hockey Welcomes Defending National Champion No. 9 Princeton on Saturday (12 p.m.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Less than a week after a 2-1 overtime upset of No. 14 Louisville, the Brown field hockey team (5-6, 1-2 Ivy) gears up to take on another nationally-ranked foe in No. 9 Princeton (7-4, 3-0 Ivy) on Saturday. The Bears will face the defending National Champions and league-leading Tigers on Goldberger Family Field at 12 p.m.

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SCOUTING THE TIGERS

Princeton stands alongside Penn as one of two remaining undefeated teams in Ivy League play. The Tigers have amassed a lopsided 15 goals to their opponents' one in conference action and rank second in the Ancient Eight in most goals scored (29) and fewest goals allowed (19). With one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country, Princeton's four losses all came against top-five teams, including undefeated No. 1 Maryland (3-1 loss), No. 2 UConn (1-0 loss), No. 3 Penn State (4-3 loss) and No. 5 Syracuse (4-0 loss).

The Tigers boast several top-tier offensive options, led by top scorer Allison Evans with seven goals and three assists for 17 points. Teresa Benvenuti is next with six goals and four assists while Michelle Cesan has a team-best six assists to go with three goals. Anya Gersoff and Christina Maida have shared the goalie duties, with the former earning the start in eight games en route to a 5-3 record. The keepers combine for the two best goals-against averages in the league as Maida (1.42 GAA) and Gersoff (1.63 GAA) collectively give up under one and a half scores per contest.

SERIES HISTORY

Princeton holds a 27-8-1 advantage over Brown in the all-time series between the Ivy League rivals. The Bears last defeated the 21-time Ivy champs on Oct. 9, 1999, when Brown stole a 2-1 decision from the Tigers in Providence.

LAST TIME OUT

Freshman Katarina Angus (West Vancouver, British Columbia) deposited the game-winning goal four and a half minutes into overtime to lift the Brown field hockey team to a dramatic 2-1 win over No. 14 Louisville at Goldberger Family Field last Sunday. The upset marked Brown's first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since the Bears took down #20 Harvard, 1-0, on Sep. 24, 2005.

Senior Torie Stearns (Rye, N.Y.) scored the tying goal in the first half off a penalty corner, while senior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, Pa.) made a defensive save to support junior goalie Shannon McSweeney's (Boxborough, Mass.) 10 save effort.

UP NEXT

Brown hosts Holy Cross for a mid-week non-conference battle on Wednesday at 4 p.m.