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Princeton field hockey celebrates after winning the Ivy title.

Photo Credit: GoPrincetonTigers.com

No. 8 Princeton field hockey (13–4, 7–0 Ivy) completed an undefeated Ivy League season on Saturday, besting the Pennsylvania Quakers (7–10, 4–3) 3–1.

The win allowed the Tigers to secure the title of sole Ivy League champion. It is their second Ivy title in three years and 26th overall.

Princeton, winners of ten straight, found out Sunday night that they will be playing Syracuse at the University of Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

On Saturday in Philadelphia, Princeton fell behind early as Penn midfielder Erin Kelly tipped in a shot in the 11th minute. Princeton responded quickly to tie the game, as senior full back Carlotta von Gierke played in a ball off a corner to junior striker Emma Street, who scored her first goal of the season.

Neither team was able to score in the second quarter, with senior goalkeeper Grace Baylis having to make several saves. This brought the game into halftime tied at one.

After a frustrating first half, Princeton took the lead for good early in the third quarter when senior striker Taylor Nolan scored on an assist from sophomore striker Ali McCarthy. Princeton continued to shut down Penn on defense, taking a 2–1 lead into the final quarter.

Princeton pressed into the fourth, searching for another goal, but couldn’t get any balls to the back of the net. Penn eventually pulled its goalie late in the quarter, paving the way for junior striker Clara Roth to score on an empty goal with just 22 seconds remaining.

The Tigers came away with a 3–1 victory and their 22nd overall outright Ivy title. Next, Princeton will begin the trek to the Final Four in the NCAA tournament. The national semifinal and championship games will be hosted by Wake Forest University at Kentner Stadium in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

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