No. 4 Princeton sticks it to field hockey in weekend game

Contributing Writer
Thursday, October 21, 2010

The field hockey team (2-10, 1-3 Ivy League) had no luck against Princeton in the 2000s, losing all 10 games by wide margins. The 2010 contest was no different.

The team fell 7-1 to No. 4 Princeton (10-2, 4-0) over the weekend at the Class of ’52 Stadium. The Tigers dominated in most aspects of the game, outshooting Brown 36-1. Tiger forward Kathleen Sharkey led the quick Princeton offense, notching two goals (a conference-high 22 on the season) and an assist.

But there was at least one bright spot on Saturday. Midfielder Charlotte Small ’14 netted her first collegiate goal in the closing moments of the first half off a feed from forward Leslie Springmeyer ’12. The assist was Springmeyer’s second on the year, which set up the strong counterattack one-timer by Small.

“(Springmeyer) gave a beautiful pass across circle,” said Head Coach Tara Harrington ’94. “On the reception, there was an immediate shot by Charlotte. It was to the opposite post, and it would have been hard for anyone to stop that shot. It was beautiful.”

Small’s goal was the first goal by a player coming off Bruno’s bench this year. After the goal, Bruno’s defense was able to keep the slippery Princeton attackers in front of them, and the ‘D’ only allowed one goal in the second half.

“With the speed that Princeton possesses, it took us a little bit to settle in, to communicate and to be confident (on defense),” Harrington said. “I think at halftime we sorted some things out and the women went back out in that second half very determined to communicate, be in good positions defensively and stick to our game plan.”

Goalie Lauren Kessler ’12 recorded 13 saves between the posts, with seven of those stops coming in the second half. Tri-captain midfielder Katie Hyland ’11 also recorded a defensive save.

“A lot of what our team did in the second half was very smart play, very strong play against one of the best teams in the country,” Harrington said.