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Leopards Fall to Tigers in NCAA Play-In Game

Nov. 6, 2012

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  1 2 Final
 #2 Princeton 5 1 6
 #12 Lafayette 0 0 0

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 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 PU - Evans  Reinprecht  2:34
 PU - Kirby  Sharkey  6:12
 PU - Sharkey  Unassisted  6:50
 PU - Reinprecht  Unassisted  9:40
 PU - Sharkey  Benvenuti  12:59
 PU - Sharkey  Bird  52:55
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - Deutsch (17-2) 18:46 5 3
 PU - Maida (17-1) 70:00 0 5

NEW YORK, N.Y. - No. 2 Princeton scored five goals in the first half and one in the second to shutout No. 12 Lafayette at Columbia University on Tuesday afternoon, earning an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.

With the loss, the Lafayette field hockey season is not necessarily over, however. Due to the team's top-10 RPI and No. 13 ranking in the latest NFHCA poll, the Leopards still have a strong chance at earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Lafayette will learn its fate tonight at 8 p.m. when the NCAA announces the 16-team field on the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Selection Show.

Princeton did most of its damage right away, scoring four goals in the first ten minutes. Allison Evans, Sydney Kirby, Kathleen Sharkey and Katie Reinprecht each scored for the Tigers and Sharkey added two more throughout the game to complete the hat trick.

After giving up five goals in the first 13 minutes, head coach Andrew Griffiths chose to replace sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch with senior Mara Kish, the first time this season Deutsch has given up more than three scores. Kish was solid for the remainder of the game giving up just one goal in over 51 minutes.

One area in which the Leopards looked comfortable was their penalty corners. Lafayette edged Princeton in corners 6-4 and saw their most threatening scoring chances off of corner opportunities.

Sophomore Jenna Seybert led the attack with three shots on goal, while junior Aimee Smith, sophomore Brittany Blass and senior Emily Valeo each added an on-goal opportunity. Senior Deanna DiCroce was held without a shot for just the fourth time this season and first since the 2-0 win over Bucknell on Oct. 13.