News for 20 October 2013

All the news for Sunday 20 October 2013


Hockey 9s day three wrap

Thrills and spills in Perth on Saturday....



Shafqat Rasool and Rob Hammond cool off in The Naughty Corner

The teams with the greatest attacking artillery will take their places in the finals of the International Super Series Hockey 9s on Sunday. The women’s match will see world no. 2 ranked Argentina clash with the Hockeyroos followed by the same two countries battling it out for gold in the men’s competition.

Australia’s women have scored 18 times, one more than Las Leonas but the difference between the two is minute as evidenced by today’s pulsating 3-all draw. Argentina held leads of 1-0 and 3-1 only for the Hockeyroos to calmly edge their way back into the game.

Six different goal scorers showcased the world-class sides with the Hockeyroos making good through penalties to Georgie Parker and Casey Eastham and Ashleigh Nelson notching her fourth of the tournament.

Argentina captain Luciana Aymar produced a terrific effort to tune up for the final but Rachel Lynch repelled Las Leonas time and again, with defensive help and scrambling grit to give the teams a share of the points.

Lynch appreciated the efforts of all on Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day with the weather not always playing its part.

“I felt really good, we had a really good crowd out there and it’s fun to play in. I was very nervous but that turned into excitement, it’s cool to be wearing the pink.”

“Always playing Argentina, it’s going to be tough but we had a good build up getting lots of goals and that seemed to build our confidence,” Lynch said with one eye on tomorrow’s big game.

“Focus on tomorrow... and then we’ll see what happens. We will try to have a good game and take out the series,” Lynch said.

The Kookaburras and Pakistan played a feisty match where a spot in the gold medal match was up for grabs. The Australian men struck early blows through a Russell Ford penalty and Glenn Turner in the first five minutes and the Green Shirts were always playing catch-up from there.

The Kookaburras have not conceded a goal in their past two matches while striking 14 times this week. They will be looking to make it three from three at the Hockey 9s when they play Argentina, who they shared a 4-all draw with on the opening day.

The Lions knew a win against Malaysia would see them jump Pakistan for the berth against the Australian men. Lucas Rey eased the tension for his charges by opening the scoring in the eighth minute and they had one foot in the final with a two-nil advantage at half-time.

The 3-0 result against Malaysia was Argentina’s first win and they have scored 12 goals while conceding nine. They have been the entertainers of the competition with edge-of-your-seat draws against Australia and Pakistan.

Canada will go into tomorrow’s women’s playoff against Malaysia as favourites for bronze after seeing off their challenge 4-1. Kristine Wishart, Thea Culley, Amanda Woodcroft and Abigail Raye all found the back of the net for the 23rd ranked team, while Nadia Abdul Rahman scored a consolation goal for the Malaysians.

Hockey Australia media release



Kookaburras fired up for Final with win over Pakistan

Ford and Turner do the damage early


AUSTRALIA secured their place in the final of the International Super Series Hockey 9s with a feisty 2-0 victory over Pakistan in Perth on Saturday.

It was a contest which almost boiled over just before half-time when Rob Hammond and Shafqat Rasool tussled and Hammond appeared to receive a blow to the head from Shafqat’s stick.

Players from both sides squared up but umpire Devendra Patel managed to keep the teams apart for the remaining 39 seconds and the short half-time break appeared time enough for tempers to cool.

Honours might have been even in the posturing stakes but it was the Kookaburras who dominated in normal play and should have been more than two goals to the good at half-time.

The first was a slick corner exchange which featured Eddie Ockenden, Jamie Dwyer and finally Russell Ford who steered the ball home after only four minutes.

Two moments later, Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Butt made the mistake of trying to stop Glenn Turner’s progress along the back line and was beaten at his near post. But it was Butt who twice came to the rescue later in the half when Liam De Young let fly from 10 metres and then Jason Wilson attempted to slap home from a corner.

From then Australia dominated, creating numerous chances with Turner coming closest with a stinging shot which hit the post.

“It was a tough game against a fast, skilful team,” said Ford. “The key for us, as always, is to do the basics well. We turned the ball over a few times in the first half but the format suits us - there’s a lot of space so you can play a bit more freely. It allows our natural game to take its course so it suits us.”

Speaking about his altercation with Shafqat Rasool, Rob Hammond’s view after the game was conciliatory: “There’s a fair bit of a history between the teams – they are passionate as are we. Generally in our play we don’t take a back step and contact is important, but to go in with the stick is a terrible act. Still, we got the win and that’s good.”

KOOKABURRAS 2 (2)
Russell Ford 4 (PC)
Glenn Turner 5 (FG)

PAKISTAN 0 (0)
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Hockey Australia media release



Gritty in pink as Hockeyroos draw with Las Leonas

3-3 draw sets up a nail biting Final decider on Sunday



Casey Eastham, Georgie Parker and Jade Close celebrate.

Ratcheting it up a couple of cogs, the Hockeyroos and Argentina played out a pulsating 3-all draw that augurs well for tomorrow when it all goes on the line for the International Super Series.

Often about rapid movement and gunning it to the limits, the tactical side of Hockey 9s prevailed with neither side willing to give the other too much ground.

With mere seconds left, Argentina had the opportunity to win it with a numerical advantage in and outside the goal circle, but for a tricky bounce that avoided the stick of two prowling Las Leonas.

Victorian Claire Messent figured that the 3-all entree set the stage perfectly for Sunday’s Final at 12:50pm.

“I think a 3-3 draw was fair because we started a bit slow and didn’t challenge them enough and then when we challenged them we scored goals.”

Luciana Aymar snaked past two Hockeyroos, passed it to Martina Cavallero who one-timed it back to the seven-time World Player of the Year to deliver the Argentines’ first on seven minutes.

Aymar was in the thick of it moments later when she copped the ball to her face as she was surrounded by three ‘Roos outside her defensive ‘D’.

Jade Close gave the Hockeyroos a penalty chance and nearly converted it, finding the post but Georgie Parker was in the right place at the right time to square the ledger.

It stayed 1-1 to half-time because of Rachel Lynch in goals for the Australian women. Twice she pulled off diving cat-like smothers to quell the threat of Las Leonas set pieces.

They may have been pretty, but the Hockeyroos were also gritty in pink for Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Through determined defensive organisation and committed doubling back, they denied the Argentines time and space.

Following the restart, Argentina spied the small hole they craved and tore it open for 3-1. Waiting on a ball threaded through legs and sticks, Martina Cavallero was on the spot to angle the ball into the net. Whisking the ball downfield it became two goals in a minute when Carla Rebecchi scored.

Ashleigh Nelson pegged one back on 30 minutes with her fourth goal of the Hockey 9s tournament. There was no finesse, just power when she moved into the circle and blasted away, only for the ball to spill back to re-load a bullet.

Casey Eastham provided the grandstand finish with the penalty conversion, on the reverse-stick at 34 minutes.

Now to the Final, with nothing separating both sides, as evidenced by the draw today. If this result repeats tomorrow, a shoot-out will be required to determine the winner of the third edition of the International Super Series Hockey 9s.

HOCKEYROOS 3 (1)
Georgie Parker 13’ (PC)
Ashleigh Nelson 30’ (F)
Casey Eastham 34’ (PC)

ARGENTINA 3 (1)
Luciana Aymar 7’ (F)
Martina Cavallero 26’ (F)
Carla Rebecchi 27’ (F)

Hockey Australia media release



Australia end Pakistan’s hopes of Super 9s title

KARACHI: Pakistan’s hopes of making it to the final of the Super Series Hockey 9s, being held in Perth, were crushed by hosts Australia as they beat the national team 2-0 in a feisty encounter.

Both teams struggled to penetrate each other’s defences in the first period, with the contest almost boiling over just before half-time when Australia’s Rob Hammond and Shafqat Rasool tussled and Hammond appeared to receive a blow to the head from Shafqat’s stick.

As a result, players from both sides squared up but umpire Devendra Patel managed to cool the flaring tempers.

The second-half was all Australia, with the hosts scoring their opening goal through a penalty corner. Specialist Jamie Dwyer made a dummy and left the ball for Russell Ford, who sent it flying into the back of the net after only four minutes into the second period.

The hosts then doubled their lead two minutes later when Pakistan custodian Imran Butt made the mistake of trying to stop Glenn Turner’s progress along the back line and was beaten at his near post.

Butt attempted to make amends for his earlier mistake as he twice kept the Aussies at bay when Pakistan’s defensive line was beaten all hands up. However, the team failed to score.

Although it was Pakistan’s first defeat in the tournament, the previous day’s 5-5 draw against Argentina had cost them dearly. The greenshirts will now play for the third position against Malaysia today, who lost 3-0 to Argentina, enabling the South Americans to qualify for the tournament decider.

The Express Tribune



Pakistan lose to Australia in 9-a-side hockey

PERTH: Host Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 in the 9-a-side hockey tournament in Perth to crush all hopes of Pakistan making the final of the event.

The match was evenly poised at half time with the score 0-0 but Australia scored a couple of goals in the second half to clinch the match.

Even though this is Pakistan first defeat in the tournament but a draw against Argentina cost them dearly as in another match Argentina beat Malaysia 3-0.

Pakistan will now play for third position against Malaysia on Sunday where as Australia will play Argentina for the title.

The News International



Valuable lesson for juniors

By Jugjet Singh


THE Malaysian juniors lost 4-2 to World Cup hosts India at the Mejar Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in New Delhi late on Friday, but there was an overall improvement in their approach and attitude.

The juniors, in Group D with New Zealand, South Africa and England, are on a three-match tour of India to familiarise themselves with the World Cup venue, which will see 16 teams battle from Dec 6-15.

According to team manager Mirnawan Nawawi, there was vast improvement from the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup, where Malaysia were beaten 3-0 by India.

"Overall, it was a fantastic opportunity for us not only to get a feel of the World Cup venue, but also spar with India who might just be our opponents if we make the quarter-finals," said Mirnawan.

The other likely last-eight opponents -- from Group C -- are the Netherlands. Also in Group C are South Korea and Canada.

India fielded 90 per cent of the players who won the Sultan of Johor Cup and took a 3-0 lead off Gurjinder Singh (second minute), Talwinder Singh (11th) and Amir Khan (35th).

Malaysia narrowed the gap off Shahril Saabah (40th) before India nailed their fourth off Gurjinder (45th).

The second Malaysian goal, also off a penalty corner attempt, was scored by Zulhairi Hashim in the 51st minute.

"The players struggled to get used to the field conditions as it was slippery and a little bumpy. The players controlled the match well but India were more deadly in the semi-circle.

"And after India took the early lead, off their first penalty corner, Syamin Yusof and Rashid Baharom created very good chances to equalise in 10th and 18th minutes but their shots were well saved by the Indian goalkeeper," said Mirnawan.

The juniors will play their second match today, and wrap-up the series tomorrow.

New Straits Times



Danson hat-trick in Investec Premier


Reading v Surbiton Alex Danson

A hat-trick from GB and England ace Alex Danson helped Reading beat Sutton Coldfield 6-0 and stay top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Danson’s opening goal helped the hosts to a 4-0 lead at half time, with other scorers being Dirkie Chamberlain, Becky Halle and Leah Wilkinson.

To their credit, Sutton Coldfield tightened up their defence after the break, but Danson (pictured) still bagged two more to seal the win.

Surbiton move up to third with a 3-1 win over University of Birmingham. Rebecca Herbert got them off to the perfect start, tucking the ball past the Birmingham goalkeeper after 10 minutes. An own goal on 26 minutes made it 2-0 to Beeston.

Birmingham picked up in the second half with Faye Curran pulling one back, but just three minutes later Georgie Twigg put the game out of reach with Surbiton’s third.

A Suzy Petty hat-trick fired Beeston to a win on the road as they beat Olton and West Warwickshire.

Petty opened the scoring on 23 minutes, slotting home from a corner. Fifteen minutes later, she doubled Beeston’s lead, again from a corner. And she completed her hat-trick with a penalty stroke in the second half as Phoebe Richards and Erica Sanders also got their names on the score sheet.

Canterbury are still second in the table but are looking over their shoulders after drawing 2-2 with Leicester.

Canterbury were leading at the break thanks to a strike from Eliza Brett. Vanessa Hawkins cancelled that goal out on 52 minutes before Nikki Kidd restored Canterbury’s lead. But just three minutes later, Hannah Fair struck from a corner to draw the match.

Bowdon Hightown could have moved ahead of Clifton with a victory today but they stay one point below after the two sides played out a 2-2 draw.

Tina Cullen opened the scoring on six minutes before Clifton took the lead through goals from Els Mansell and Harriet Pearce. But on 50 minutes, Nat Wray scored the equaliser for the home side.

Buckingham manage to stay top of the Investec Conference West despite losing out to second-placed Slough.

Leanne King scored the only goal of the game for Slough to put them level on points with Buckingham. However, Buckingham boast a far superior goal difference having scored 21 goals and conceding only three in six games.

University of Durham remain top of the Investec Conference North with a 4-2 win away to Ben Rhydding. Second from bottom Ben Rhydding put up a good fight in the first half. Rachel Doherty and Eleanor Trafford were on target for the home side with Alice Toynton and Ellen Paterson hitting back to make it 2-2. But a double from Philippa Lewis in the second half saw Durham take victory.

Holcombe continue their domination of the Investec Women’s Hockey Conference East. Their latest victory, a 5-1 defeat of Horsham, is their sixth from six games.

Nicci Daly and Ono Lopez Crespo both snatched a brace each with Lauren Osborn also finding the net.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (October 19 2013):

Investec Premier Division: Bowdon 2, Clifton 2; Leicester 2, Canterbury 2; Olton & West Warwicks 0, Beeston 5; Reading 6, Sutton Coldfield 0; Surbiton 3, University of Birmingham 1.

Investec Conference East: Chelmsford 1, Ipswich 2; East Grinstead 3, Wimbledon 2; Horsham 1, Holcombe 5; Old Loughtonians 3, St. Albans 2; Sevenoaks 3, Harleston Magpies 0.

Investec Conference North: Ben Rhydding 2, University of Durham 4; Boots 1, Stourport 7; Doncaster 1, Brooklands Poynton 5; Kendal 2, Wakefield 4; Loughborough Students 3, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 0

Investec Conference West: Bristol Firebrands 2, Swansea City 0; Buckingham 0, Slough 1; Isca 6, Barnes 1; Trojans 1, Exe 0; Oxford Hawks 4, Gloucester City 2.

England Hockey Board Media release



Hillhead stun Grove Menzieshill to sit top of the table


Clydesdale came back from two goals down to draw with Dundee Wanderers. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Hillhead sit top of the Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1 tonight after a sensational 3-2 win over Grove Menzieshill at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

Keith Joss’ side are two points clear of Glynhill Kelburne after chalking up their fifth win of the season.

In the first match of Scottish Hockey’s ‘Awesome October’ at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Dundee Wanderers held Clydesdale to a 2-2 draw in Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1.

Jack Kinloch and Elliot Sandison gave the away side a 2-0 lead at half-time, but second half goals from Ciaran Crawford and Andrew Allan gave John McKnight’s side a crucial point as they retain their unbeaten status in the division.

Following the match, Dundee Wanderers’ goalkeeper Paul Johnstone said, “We made it quite hard for ourselves with a lack of discipline, particularly in the last twenty-five minutes, and when we only had eleven players. However, we’re bit disappointed to give up a two nil lead but in some ways we’re quite happy to take a point.”

The Taysiders opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the match when Jack Kinloch dispatched a penalty corner drag-flick past Clydesdale goalkeeper Andrew Scobie to make it 1-0.

Six minutes later, the Dundonians doubled their advantage after excellent wing play and cross from Chris Dailly found Elliot Sandison at the back post for an easy tap-in.

Clydesdale got themselves back into the match in the 48th minute when Ciaran Crawford rifled a drag-flick high into the top left hand corner of the net.

Following a concerted period of pressure and a number of penalty corner chances, Andrew Allan finally found an equalising goal after a neat set-piece to make it 2-2 in the 57th minute.

Despite attempts by Clydesdale to grab a winning goal, Wanderers held out for a point. As a result, Clydesdale drop to fourth while Wanderers move off the bottom of the table.

An exhilarating second game at ‘Awesome October’ saw AMM Gordonians almost became the comeback kings after being 5-0 down at half time to end a goal short of taking a point from champions Glynhill Kelburne, finishing 5-4.

The nine in a row champions dominated possession in the first half with their first three goals coming within the first five minutes of play. John Martin was first on the score sheet to make it 1-0, followed less than a minute later by captain Johnny Christie as he doubled the lead. Scott Sutherland made it 3-0 from a penalty corner.


Champions Kelburne survived a late AAM Gordonians comeback to win 5-4. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

In the 24th minute, Mark Ralph made it 4-0 from a penalty corner and the former Scotland international grabbed his second of the match right on half-time to make it 5-0 from a penalty corner drag-flick.

AMM Gordonians came back out in the second half full of confidence and soon put away their first goal of the game from a penalty corner by Oscar Stewart.

In the 47th minute, the Aberdonians got their second goal from Martin Babicky followed shortly afterwards by their third from John Hamilton.

The fourth goal came courtesy of a great partnership between Stewart and Craig Harper, with the latter getting on the scoresheet to leave the score at 5-4. However, Gordonians came up just short and the defending champions hung on to claim the three points and move into second place in the league.

Elsewhere, Western Wildcats move up to third after an excellent 4-0 away win against Inverleith. Harry Dunlop’s unbeaten side move up to third.

Finally, Grange climb to sixth after defeating Edinburgh University 4-3 at Peffermill. The students slip to bottom of the first division.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Grove Menzieshill six points clear after win over title rivals


A vital win for champions Grove Menzieshill today at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

As the showcase match at Scottish Hockey’s ‘Awesome October’, Grove Menzieshill recorded a vital 3-1 win over title rivals Milne Craig Clydesdale Western to maintain their 100% record at the top of Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 1.

Strikes from captain Louise Carroll and Scotland internationals Leigh Fawcett and Ali Bell gave the Dundee side three important points for the trip back to Tayside. Holly Cram was the goalscorer for the Titwood outfit.

After the game, Grove Menzieshill skipper Louise Carroll said, “I thought it was a really good contest. Both teams have lost players and for us, it’s good to get the young players in the first eleven and give them that experience. Today was a great result.”

The defending champions broke the deadlock in the 12th minute when Carroll rattled a low drive past Milne Craig Clydesdale Western ‘keeper Louise Duffy into the bottom left hand corner for a 1-0 lead.

Grove Menzieshill doubled their lead five minutes later when Leigh Fawcett’s reverse stick shot nestled in the bottom right hand corner of the goal to give her side a 2-0 cushion

Trailing by two goals at half-time, the Glasgow side were under pressure to get the next goal and Scotland striker Holly Cram dually delivered in the 56th minute when she swept the ball home at the back post following a penalty corner set-play.


Grove Menzieshill's Ali Bell races past Cat Ralph to score her side's third goal against Milne Craig Clydesdale Western. Photo credit: Duncan Gray

However, fellow Scotland team-mate Ali Bell showed her class to restore the two goal lead for Grove Menzieshill seven minutes from full-time. The midfielder scorched her way past the trailing defenders and sent a cracking shot from the right of circle past Duffy to make it 3-1.

With an important win over their close title rivals, Charlotte Jones’ charges now sit six points ahead at the top of the table.

The fourth and final match of day one at ‘Awesome October’ did not disappoint, when GHK and Glynhill Kelburne played an end to end pressured match resulting in the young Kelburne team taking a vital 2-1 win.


GHK lost out narrowly to Glynhill Kelburne at 'Awesome October'. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray.

GHK started stronger than the Paisley based team, having a lot of play in Kelburne’s half. However the away side took their chance from a penalty corner in the 26th minute when Laura Carlton slotted in the first goal of the match.

It was very even play thereafter but Kelburne got their second on the stroke of half time from Frances McKeown.

As the rain started to pour in the second half the tables turned, and GHK began to find a good momentum and had multiple penalty corners. In the 65th minute they were rewarded for their hard work with a penalty corner resulting in their first goal from Hannah Clarke, tapping in the rebound on the far post.

Both teams played out of their skins for the last twenty minutes, with multiple shots on target but non could find the finish they needed. Great finish to a great first day at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

Elsewhere, Dundee Wanderers moved into joint second position with a 5-0 home win over Grange EL. Watsonians moved up the table with a 4-3 defeat of Western Wildcats.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



UNC pulls away late; Penn State wins in penalty shootout


Casey Di Nardo scored twice in North Carolina's 5-2 victory. North Carolina Athletics

No. 3 North Carolina 5, No. 7 Boston College 2

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina earned a 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference win against Boston College on Saturday afternoon in a game that felt much closer than the final score would suggest. After the Tar Heels scored the first three before halftime, BC closed the gap with two of its own before UNC got some late-game breathing room with two more goals.

UNC improved to 11-2 overall and 3-2 in ACC play with the win at Francis E. Henry Stadium, while the visiting Eagles fell to 11-4 overall and 1-3 in the ACC.

The Tar Heels got what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the third minute of play, on the team’s second penalty corner of the afternoon. Sophomore Emma Bozek deflected in a ball from junior Samantha Travers for her fifth goal of the fall.

Carolina’s next two goals also came on corners. In the 12th minute, junior Charlotte Craddock sent a hard shot into the cage, assisted by graduate student Janne Grove and sophomore Emily Wold. In the 15th minute, Craddock assisted on a goal, sending a ball to the left of the cage where junior Loren Shealy redirected in to put the Tar Heels up 3-0 at halftime.

On a penalty corner in the 40th minute, junior Emma Plasteras redirected a ball from sophomore Romee Stiekema at the left post and sent it into the goal behind UNC goalkeeper Shannon Johnson for Plasteras’ team-high 11th goal of the season. In the 52nd minute BC struck on another corner, with freshman Emily McCoy scoring her eighth goal of the season on an assist from senior Hannah Mulvey.

In the 63rd minute, sophomore Casey Di Nardo scored the first of two goals to give the Tar Heels a bit of a cushion. Travers passed the ball downfield to Di Nardo, who carried it into the circle and went one-on-one with BC goalkeeper Leah Settipane to score and put the Tar Heels up 4-2. After the UNC goal, the Eagles took a timeout and pulled Settipane in favor of an extra field player. The offensive effort was unsuccessful and Di Nardo eventually took advantage of the goalie’s absence, scoring into an empty cage on a pass from Wold in the 69th minute, after which Settipane re-entered the game.

No. 5 Penn State 4, Michigan State 3

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – With its perfect Big Ten record and nine-match winning streak in serious jeopardy, Penn State, in its final home match of the season, dug deep against Michigan State who was also unbeaten in Big Ten play. Penn State scored twice in the final five minutes of regulation to tie the match at 3-3 and then completed the comeback victory by surviving two overtime sessions before coming through in the penalty shootout to win 4-3.

The Blue and White trailed by a score of 3-1 in the 66th minute, unable to find the back of the cage the entire second half, despite having multiple penalty corner opportunities and shots that the team could not convert into goals. Then everything changed for the Lions.

A pair of seniors in Brittany Grzywacz and Whitney Reddig got the PSU comeback in motion. Grzywacz fired a shot off a penalty corner toward the goal and Reddig astutely redirected the ball into the cage to close the Spartan lead to just one at 3-2.

The goal lit a fire under Penn State, as the team poured forward trying to tie the match before the time ran out. Just under two minutes after Reddig’s goal, the Nittany Lions found the equalizer.

Senior Abby Fuhrman ripped a shot from the right of the circle that was stopped by the MSU keeper and Taylor Herold was there to collect the rebound and place the ball in the net to tie the match and give the Lions new life. The goal was Herold’s second of the match and the team-leading 10th of the season.

Herold’s goal in the penalty shootout gave the Lions a 3-1 win and gives the Lions their 10th consecutive win and places them alone atop the Big Ten standings with a record of 4-0.

No. 9 Princeton 6, Brown 2

PROVIDENCE, R. I. – Led by a well-balanced attack, Princeton extended its Ivy League winning ways with a 6-2 victory against Brown on Saturday afternoon. The victory improves the Tigers to 8-4, 4-0 Ivy on the year and extends the squad’s conference win streak to 17.

In a lopsided offensive match, the Tigers held a 46-4 shot advantage, including a 28-2 on goal differential. Princeton was awarded 16 penalty corners, eight in each half, to Brown’s pair.

Princeton’s trio of sophomore Teresa Benvenuti and seniors Michelle Cesan and Julia Reinprecht led the offense with multi-point efforts. Cesan had two goals and an assist, while Reinprecht scored twice and Benvenuti had a goal and two assists.

Despite the Tigers’ flurry of shots, it took them until the 25th minute to capitalize. On their fifth penalty corner of the afternoon, Benvenuti sent in the go-ahead score off assists from Cesan and Annabeth Donovan.

Brown would not see a shot for the remainder of the half, as Princeton doubled its advantage before the break. Cat Caro picked up a Benvenuti deflection to make it 2-0 at 33:34.

Reinprecht opened the second period with consecutive goals, scoring the game winner at the 38:52-minute mark off a rebound.

She pounced again seven minutes later; this time off another successfully executed penalty corner play. Following the serve and stop, Benvenuti dished the ball to an unmarked Reinprecht outside the cage to put Princeton up 4-0 in the 46th minute.

After shutting out their last two Ivy opponents, the Tigers’ string of conference clean sheets ended with a Meghan O’Donnell goal in the 49th minute.

Responding from the Bear strike, Cesan followed Reinprecht’s suit and added consecutive goals of her own. The first came in the 57th minute, as she picked up a Benvenuti deflection. A minute later, sandwiched between Cesan’s goals was a second from the Bears. Brown only had two shots on target in the match, both from O’Donnell for goals.

Cesan rounded out her five-point outing with a straight on shot to put Princeton up 6-2 in the 65th minute.

NCAA