Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Princeton Athletics

PRINCETON, N.J. - The fourth-ranked Princeton field hockey team blanked Stanford 4-0 in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Field Hockey Championship on Saturday afternoon at Princeton's Class of '52 Stadium. Princeton will play Syracuse in the NCAA Quarterfinals Sunday at 2 p.m.

Princeton opened the scoring with two goals in the final six minutes of the first half as sophomore Katie Reinprecht, the two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, opened the scoring at 29:40 and set up a goal with 17 seconds left in the half.

On the first goal, freshman Julia Reinprecht, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year sent a shot for the right side past Stanford goalkeeper Alessandra Moss. Katie Reinprecht came in charging from the opposite side and knocked it over the goal line for her 14th goal of the season.

Katie Reinprecht then set up the next goal as she led a 3 on 1 into the circle, drawing out Moss. Once Moss committed to covering the shot, Reinprecht passed it to senior Christina Bortz on the left side, who put the ball in the net for her seventh goal of the season.

Princeton extended its lead in the second half when freshmanMichelle Cesan, a first-team All-Ivy selection, knocked in a crossing pass from senior Kaitlin Donovan for her 12th goal of the campaign. Sophomore Rachel Neufeld completed the scoring when she netted her sixth of the season by deflecting a Julia Reinprecht shot into the Stanford goal.

Princeton outshot Stanford 25-4 and outcornered the Cardinal 5-2. Junior goalkeeper Jennifer King made one save in the win while Moss stopped 10 in the loss.

Princeton improved to 15-2 overall with the win and advanced to Sunday's NCAA Quarterfinals for a chance to advance to the final four next weekend. The Tigers will meet eighth-ranked Syracuse, which defeated Boston College 6-2 in Saturday's second first round game at Class of '52 Stadium. The teams met last season in the NCAA quarterfinal round with Syracuse winning 3-2 in overtime at home. Princeton defeated Syracuse 3-2 earlier this season.