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PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton’s Mary Kate Neff scored twice in 24 seconds in the second half to help the No. 14 Tigers earn a 3-0 victory over the Columbia field hockey team Friday night. The Lions dropped their first Ivy League contest of the season to fall to 2-1 in conference play and 5-5 overall.
Princeton (6-5, 3-0) took a 1-0 lead into halftime on an Emma Street goal in the 12th minute. With the ball bouncing around the offensive zone, Street scooped up the ball and worked her way into a scoring position and reverse swept it into the far post.
The Tigers had a trio of penalty corner opportunities to add to the advantage, but Katie Dempsey came up with a pair of big saves to keep the Lions in the 19th and 20th minutes to keep Columbia in the game. From there, the Lions settled in defensively and limited Princeton’s chances, but only generated two shot attempts in the opening frame.
In the second half, Columbia kept the ball in its offensive third of the field, drawing multiple fouls to keep possession on its side. The Lions best opportunity came in the 51st minute when Meghan Fahey created space on the right wing and fired a reverse shot that was stopped by Grace Baylis.
On Princeton’s eighth corner of the night, Neff’s shot went off the stick of a Columbia defender and trickled past the end line to double the Tigers lead. Off a turnover on the restart Neff made it 3-0 when Princeton stormed down the field to create an odd-man rush. Julianna Tornetta fed a touch pass from the top of the circle to her right that Neff finished for her fifth goal of the year.
Maeve Doherty came up with a pair of defensive saves. Fahey led the Lions with two shots. Dempsey finished with five saves.
Columbia returns to the Baker Athletics Complex Sunday, October 8, when they face off against Holy Cross at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free and the game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.