Princeton University

Tigers Host RPI/Union Before Hitting the Road for Six Straight –

Princeton looks to grab four essential league points this weekend before it takes to the road for the next three weekends. The Tigers look to rebound after matching losses to top-10 teams on the road last weekend in No. 5 Colgate and No. 8 Cornell. Sophomore Carly Bullock ranks second in the nation in goals per game with seven tallies in six games. Junior Karlie Lund has six points with two goals and four helpers and junior defender Stephanie Sucharda has set up four goals. Sophomore Stephanie Neatby owns a .932 save percentage and a 1.98 goals against average. Princeton’s penalty kill ranks eighth nationally killing off 23 of 26 penalties (88.5%), while its power play is 4 for 26 (15.4%).

After dropping its first four games of the season, the Engineers have rebounded and with a 3-1-2 record since mid October. In league action they played to a 2-2 draw with Yale before a 4-1 win over Brown. Senior Shayna Tomlinson leads the offense with three goals and six assists for nine points. Junior Jaimie Grigsby follows with six points on two goals and four assists. Juniors Makenna Thomas and defender Josefine Hansen chip in four points apiece. Junior Lovisa Selender is the team’s backbone in goal and has a .930 save percentage and a 2.17 GAA. Rensselaer’s penalty kill is solid, ranking third in the country killing off 20 of 22 penalties (90.9%).

Princeton has a 13-6-5 advantage in the all-time series with Rensselaer since they first met in 2006.  The Tigers swept the series last year winning 4-0 in Troy before a 4-2 win at home in February.

Union is 3-6-1 on the season, winning three of its last four games including a sweep of Brown and Yale in the ECAC opener on Oct. 27 & 28. The Dutchwomen then split a series with Merrimack last weekend. On the road, Union is 0-4-1. Junior defender Ariana Kosakowski and sophomore Cheyenne Harris each have seven points. Harris has a team-high six assists, while Kosakowski has scored four times. Sophomore Katelyn Russ ties her with four goals as well. A pair of freshmen Helen Markovic and Hannah Schultz chip in five points apiece. Freshman Coco Francis has seen the majority of action in goal, starting in five games with a 3-1-1 record, a 1.74 GAA and a .946 save percentage. Last year’s starting netminder Kate Spponer, along with classmate Amelia Murray have both seen 113 minutes. Union’s power play ranks 10th in the nation, converting on 7 of 31 chances (22.6%).

Princeton has a substantial lead over Union in the all-time series, losing just one game in 28 tries for a 26-1-1 record. The Tigers have won the last six meetings, three by way of shutout, including a 7-0 game at Messa Rink last December. Princeton followed up with a 4-1 win at Hobey Baker Rink in February.

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