"PRINCETON, N.J. -
The eighth-ranked Syracuse University field hockey team had its season come to an end this afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Class of '52 Stadium on the campus of Princeton University. The fourth-ranked Princeton Tigers outscored Syracuse 5-0 in the second half to defeat Syracuse 7-3 and to advance to the Final Four. The Orange finishes 2009 with an 18-4 record, while the Tigers improved to 16-2.
Princeton opened the scoring just three minutes into the contest as Kaitlin Donovan put home her own rebound into the low right-hand side of the cage.
Junior forward Lindsey Conrad evened the score just two minutes later. The junior used a slow sweeping shot after dribbling the ball into the left part of the circle. It was Conrad's team-best 17th goal of the season.
Kathleen Sharkey gave Princeton a 2-1 lead fifteen minutes into the contest. Sharkey advanced the ball into the circle herself and beat freshman goalkeeper Leann Stiver low glove-side.
The Orange evened the score again as another low sweeping shot, this time by freshman back Amy Kee found the back of the cage. It was Kee's 12th goal of the year. The play was created by SU's third penalty corner of the day at 27:34. Junior back Maggie Befort provided the push and sophomore midfielder Martina Loncarica was there on the stop. It was Befort's ninth and Kee's team-high 17th assists of the season.
Loncarica gave the Orange its first lead at 30:36. The sophomore hit a rocket from the top of the circle. It was Loncarica's third goal of the season.
Syracuse outshot Princeton, 9-8, in the first half. Both squads recorded three penalty corners.
Sharkey scored Princeton's third goal to put the score at 3-3 at 39:36.The sophomore beat Stiver through the five-hole after a scrum in front of the cage.
The Tigers took a 4-3 lead on Sharkey's third goal of the afternoon at 42:03. Michelle Cesan provided the assist on the play.
Sharkey scored for the fourth time to give Princeton a 5-3 advantage with just 20 minutes to play. Alexandra Douwes and Cesan had the assists on the direct corner.
Princeton took a 6-3 lead with Donovan scoring off a pass from Julia Reinprecht. Cesan's goal with just four minutes remaining gave the Tigers a 7-3 advantage.
Stiver and graduate goalkeeper Ashleigh McGowan combined to make six saves for the Orange. Jennifer King had four for the Tigers. Princeton outshot Syracuse, 22-12, and held a 9-6 advantage in corners.