No. 8 Princeton takes on Delaware to start their five-game, ten-day home stretch

PRINCETON (2-2) vs. DELAWARE (1-5)

Bedford Field • Princeton, NJ
Friday 16 Sept • 4pm

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Welcome to the start of a rather interesting 10 days for the Princeton field hockey team. Between now and September 25, Princeton will play five games taking place Friday-Sunday-Tuesday-Friday-Sunday, all at home.

When it’s over, Princeton will be halfway through their regular-season games. It will also have played against the country’s No. 1 and No. 3 teams, a recent NCAA champion, its opener in the Ivy League, and a team that scored an NCAA tournament goal last year.

It starts at 4 a.m. Friday when Delaware comes to Bedford Field.

Princeton vs. Delaware
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The next 10 days
The game between Princeton and Delaware begins with the most difficult part of the season for the Tigers. After playing Delaware, Princeton will reverse course and play Northwest No. 1 on Sunday, Maryland No. 3 on Tuesday, Sept. 23 against Ivy rival Penn, and then Sept. 25 against Lafayette, the runner-up in the Patriot League.

That’s five games in 10 days against some pretty tough competition. Princeton is 2-2 this season after playing two games each of the last two weekends. After that 10-day run, Princeton will have played nine of the 17 regular-season games on the schedule.

After the Lafayette game, Princeton will be off until the following Saturday when a game begins at Yale in the second half of the year, when Princeton will play eight games in 37 days.

history of the series
Princeton-Delaware’s history has been quite competitive. This year’s game is the 35thth Meeting between the two and Princeton leads 16-15-3.

Since 2001, only three schools not affiliated with the ACC or the Big Ten have won the NCAA tournament, and Princeton and Delaware are two of them. Princeton celebrates 10thth Anniversary of his 2012 NCAA title on October 8, and Delaware won the 2016 championship, defeating Princeton in the semifinals.

Princeton defeated Delaware 3-2 a year ago Claire Donovan scored the winning goal six minutes from time. Princeton’s other goals came from Samy Popper and Beth Jaeger.

Oh, and the other team that hasn’t won from the ACC and Big Ten since 2001? That would be UConn in 2017, when the team’s goalie was currently a Princeton assistant Sarah Mansfeld.

player of the week
Princeton goalie Robyn Thompson was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after making eight straight saves in 5-1 wins over Syracuse and 4-1 wins over Rutgers.

Thompson has made 21 saves in four games this season after making 31 saves in 10 games a year ago. The junior has a .694 save rate in four games, up from .608% a year ago.

Princeton finished 13thth in the preseason and then dropped to No. 17 after falling 4-3 to No. 2 North Carolina and 2-1 to now No. 1. 4Louisville.

After beating Syracuse, who was No. 7 last week, and Rutgers, who was No. 15, Princeton has now moved up to No. 8 this week. Princeton’s nine-point jump was the biggest of any team in the country this week.

looking ahead
Princeton and Northwestern have only met once, and that was a long time ago when the Tigers defeated the Wildcats 5-1 on September 16, 1981.

Northwestern is the defending NCAA champion. The 2021 Wildcats championship team consisted of two Princeton grads, Maddie Bacskai and Clara Roth.

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