Junior Striker Kathleen Sharkey, Probably About to Score One of Her Nation-Leading 20 Goals. (photo credit: Beverly Schaefer)
Pop quiz, sports fans: if you ignore the football teams (hi sprint!), how many games have Princeton sports teams lost to Ivy League opponents this year?
Zero. Zilch. Nary a one. You read that correctly: field hockey, men’s water polo, women’s volleyball, and both soccer teams are UNDEFEATED in Ivy League play. (Granted, men’s water polo doesn’t actually play in the Ivy League, but they beat Harvard and they’re also undefeated in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division. Boom!)
Maybe sometimes you flip over the Prince at breakfast and inadvertently catch a score or headline while trying to read the Quote of the Day. Maybe the big event of your athletic calendar this fall was the time you wandered over to the football stadium after tailgates because there were pretzels for sale inside. Maybe you had no idea we were nationally ranked in a couple fall sports. (By “you,” of course, I mean me.)
Consider this blog post a mid-season recap; a cheat sheet of reasons to care about Tiger sports this fall. Let’s break it down, team by team!
(9-2, Ivy 3-0)
Holy crap, field hockey’s good. How good, you ask? Prepare yourself.
The team’s ranked #4 in the country. Striker Kathleen Sharkey ’12 leads the nation with 20 goals scored. And they already beat off the top team in the country, Maryland, 4-2, back in late September. Get down to 1952 Stadium!
Next home game: Brown at noon this Saturday, Oct. 16.
More Teams After the Jump!