Friday, October 23, 2009

Keeping the Streak Alive

It is a well-known fact that the field hockey team is a threat to win the Ivy League each season. No. 4 Princeton (11-2 overall, 4-0 Ivy League) has won 17 Ancient Eight titles overall, as well as three in a row. This season looks to be no different for the Tigers.

Led by an energetic group of underclassmen on offense and a talented set of experienced members on defense, there seems to be no stopping Princeton. In its first four Ivy League matchups of the season, the team only surrendered a total of four goals, while netting 20 of its own.

Tomorrow at noon, the Tigers put their unbeaten Ancient Eight streak to the test against Harvard (5-7, 2-2) in Cambridge, Mass. In the game, there is also another streak on the line: Princeton has won the last 15 contests played between the two squads.

This weekend, there is a fair amount at stake with regard to the Ivy League standings. If the Tigers defeat the Crimson and second-place Yale loses to Penn, Princeton will claim at least a share of the Ivy League title. The Tigers already played Yale this season, defeating the Bulldogs 5-2 at Class of 1952 Stadium. Therefore, their toughest league test may have already happened.
But count on this group of focused players to take nothing for granted. Any observer of the field hockey team will notice that the Tigers seem to leave everything out on the field each and every time they play. Perhaps it is this intensity that has enabled them to have so much success year in and year out.