Field Hockey Upsets No. 5 Princeton, 2-0
State College, Pa., October 7, 2001 - The No. 15 Penn State field hockey team scored a goal in each half to upset No. 5 Princeton, 2-0, at Bigler Field on Sunday afternoon. Senior Kiley Kulina (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) paced the Nittany Lion attack with a goal and an assist. The Lions improve to 5-6 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 7-2.
This is the first ranked opponent the Nittany Lions have defeated this year. Penn State ends a three-game losing streak to the Tigers, which also includes last year's 4-2 PSU loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Penn State controlled the tempo of the game from the beginning. Senior Meredith Shulzitski (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) was on the receiving end of a pass from Kulina and banged in the eventual game-winning goal with just under 30 minutes to play.
In the second half, the Lions struck early again, going ahead 2-0. Penn State was awarded a penalty corner with 33 minutes left to play and the Lions took full advantage of it. Kulina drove in the shot off the penalty corner, which deflected off of a Princeton player and sailed into the cage. Senior Kelly Concini (Danville, Pa./Danville) and junior Jill Martz (Dalmatia, Pa./Line Mountain) assisted on the play.
The Penn State defense clamped down the rest of the way to claim the win. Sophomore Neilye Stoner (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) continues to be a force defensively, recording her fifth defensive save of the year. Junior Annie Zinkavich (Kingston, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) also had a standout performance recording her first solo shutout of the season. She made six saves in the game, including several key saves off of Princeton's penalty corners to keep the Tigers off the board.
"The whole team was very sharp today. We made quick passes and played with poise and patience to set up scoring opportunities," said head coach Charlene Morett of her team's play against Princeton. "We did a great job defensively - our sticks were low. Scoring first was a major goal for us today. Everybody just played a great game."
Penn State will stay at home for a contest against West Chester on Tuesday, October 9 at 3 p.m. The Golden Rams are Penn State's oldest rivals, with Tuesday's clash marking the 40th meeting between the teams.
No. 5 Princeton (7-2) 0 0 -- 0
SHOTS: PU 10, PSU 11