Defending Champ Princeton Visits to Open Ivy Play Saturday

Defending Champ Princeton Visits to Open Ivy Play Saturday

Sept. 8, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ivy League play begins in earnest for the Yale field hockey team on Saturday, as the defending league champions visit Johnson Field. Princeton, which was among those also receiving votes in the most recent national poll, brings a mark of 0-2 into the Noon showdown. Yale is 1-1 on the season.

The Tigers have won or shared 11 of the last 12 Ivy League field hockey championships, and posted a perfect record (7-0) in league games last year. Yale's last win over Princeton was Oct. 15, 1977 (1-0).

Senior back Emily Palilonis (Hightstown, N.J.) scored Yale's lone goal in last season's 5-1 Bulldog loss at Princeton. Palilonis scored on a penalty stroke right at the end of the game. Senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (Milwaukee, Wisc.) made eight saves in the loss. Princeton limited Yale to just two shots on goal.

The Tigers feature the reigning Ivy League player of the year in junior midfielder Paige Schmidt, who was third-team All-American last year. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Reinprecht was Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Freshman attacker Tina Bortz earned the first Ivy League Rookie of the Week award for 2006 after scoring two of the Tigers' three goals in a season-opening 3-2 loss at No. 19 Richmond.

Yale is coming off a 6-0 loss at No. 8 UConn Wednesday night. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 3-1 win over VCU, getting goals from freshman midfielder/forward Katie Cantore, junior forward Cat Lindroth and junior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer.

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report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity