Vol. LXIII, No. 40
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
(Photo by Bill Allen/NJ SportAction)
SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton University field hockey freshman standout Julia Reinprecht dribbles the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Sunday, Reinprecht scored a goal as Princeton topped No. 5 and previously unbeaten Connecticut 3-1. Reinprecht has six goals and two assists this season to rank third in scoring for the Tigers.
Julia Reinprecht missed a golden opportunity as the Princeton University field hockey team was clinging to a 2-1 lead over undefeated and No. 5 Connecticut in the second half last Sunday.
With about 17 minutes remaining in regulation, the Princeton freshman star was caught out of position as a loose ball squirted through the circle.
Moments later, though, Reinprecht was in the right place at the right time as she pounced on a rebound and banged it home to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
After toiling for the Princeton High junior varsity field hockey team last fall, Ali Ryan was determined to take her game to the next level.
Ryan played year-round for The Edge club team and went to several camps this summer.
By the time this September rolled around, the much-improved junior was ensconced as the starting center half for the PHS varsity squad.
It was only the fourth game of the season but the Princeton High football team reached a critical crossroads by halftime of its clash last Saturday at Trenton High.
The undefeated Little Tigers found themselves trailing winless Trenton 14-0 at intermission, getting outplayed on both sides of the ball.
In addressing his players at the break, PHS head coach Steve Everette got to the heart of the matter.
In recent years, the Hun School field hockey has been known for starting slow and then catching fire down the homestretch.
When the Raiders fell 4-1 to WW/P-N to open the 2009 season, it looked like history might be repeating itself.
But instead of getting into another early season rut, Hun responded with four wins in its next five contests.
Over the last three years, Sarah Schulte has been a key defensive performer for the Stuart Country Day field hockey team.
This fall, though, Schulte has moved up to midfield and is emerging as an offensive catalyst for the Tartans.
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