October 22, 2003: Sports
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from the field
PHOTO: Kristen Holmes-Winn requires her athletes to play within the system. (Beverly Schaefer)
New field hockey coach Kristen Holmes-Winn never took a class at the University, but Princeton taught the 1997 University of Iowa grad a lesson shell always remember.
Holmes-Winn, a three-time All-American, played her final collegiate field hockey game against the Tigers in a dramatic 1996 N.C.A.A. quarterfinal. Princeton was down 42 with 11 minutes left, she recalls. Our team probably started thinking about what we were going to wear on the plane to the Final Four instead of finishing off the match, and before we knew it, it was 44 and we were going into overtime. Princeton advanced to the Final Four.
The lesson: You have to play moment to moment. As soon as you start thinking about what youre going to have for dinner, before you know it, youre down a goal, or its tied.
Princetons field hockey team has won nine straight Ivy League championships and appeared in four Final Fours and two N.C.A.A. championship games since 1996. Holmes-Winn replaces Beth Bozman, who became head coach at Duke.
Holmes-Winn comes to Princeton from Champions Edge, Inc., a company she helped start that hosts field hockey clinics for middle and high school students. She spent three years as an assistant coach at Iowa and played with the U.S. national team from 1994 to 1998. She recently spoke with Argelio Dumenigo for PAW.
Why did you decide to coach at Princeton?
I knew that if I got back into coaching, Id really want to be part of an institution that could offer a balance of academics and athletics for student-
athletes, because I think its getting further and further away from that at a lot of the other universities. When I talk to parents, its pretty amazing to be able to say, Your daughter is going to get the best education in the world and shes also going to be able to contend for a national championship. Its not easy. You have to be really creative, and you have to have a sense of urgency in your training and your planning to get the most out of the time you have with them.
What can fans expect from you?
They can expect a very exciting style of hockey. I anticipate us scoring a lot of goals and trading a lot of chances, and thats because were going to invest extra players up front, so were going to be able to put a lot of pressure on other teams backfield. I think theyll see very balanced hockey; were going to utilize every single person on the team.
How is your style different from that of Beth Bozman?
I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Beth did at Princeton. Beth and I could not be more polar opposites in our approach to the game; not that one is better than the other. Im a very structural-type coach, and I demand that all my athletes play within the system. Beths teams played a more free-flowing type of game.
How do you replace the scoring of All-American Ilvy Friebe 03?
I think we have multiple scoring threats Claire Miller 04, Alexis Martirosian 05, Natalie Martirosian 05, and Shahrzad Joharifard 05 and I wont allow our team to rely on one person to get the job done.
What are the teams strengths and weaknesses?
The overall work ethic is an enormous strength. Ive never worked with a harder-working group. Theyre also embracing the new system, and they are up for the challenge. Well be vulnerable in goal because of our youth. Well need to get the team to combine more. I think the team has been more reactive in the past. We want to make other teams react to us. Well dictate the pace and tempo of play and make other teams adjust to us.
In football, Tigers lose two
PHOTO: Tail Back Branden Benson 05 in the game against Lafayette. (Beverly Schaefer)
The Tigers football squad had seen this one before: the pass lofted into the endzone over the scrambling heads of a handful of players; the triumphant snag as the seconds spun down; the losers slow walk back to the sidelines, while the unlikely victors celebrated.
Only last time, the Tigers were dancing.
This time, a 49-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds propelled Columbia past Princeton October 4 in the Ivy opener for both teams, 3327.
Columbia snapped an eight-game Ivy League losing streak dating to 2001. With three straight losses starting the season, the Tigers Ivy aspirations are already sputtering.
After Princeton amassed a 200 lead in the first quarter, the Lions scored the next 27 points. A one-yard touchdown run by Branden Benson 05 with 26 seconds remaining knotted the score at 27, but Columbia used its final seconds to seal the victory.
The win was Columbias first at Princeton since 1945. Last years hero against Columbia, 2002 quarterback Dave Splithoff 04, made his long-awaited season debut at defensive backfield. It is shaping up to be that kind of season for the Tigers.
A week earlier, Princeton fell to Lafayette, 2813, after trailing 280.
By Sophia Hollander 02
The hottest Tigers squad this year has been MENS WATER POLO, which finished September with an 110 record, and captured its first E.C.A.C title when it beat archenemy Navy, 86. John Stover 06 has been the undisputed star of the team.
WOMENS SOCCER, undefeated at press time, had to wait until September 27 to claim its first Ivy win, a 42 victory over Yale. Emily Behncke 06 always seemed to get a goal when it was needed most.
In WOMENS GOLF, Sharla Cloutier 07 and Avery Kiser 05 form a potent one-two punch. The pair finished first and second overall at the Princeton Invitational September 27, giving the Tigers their second tournament victory of the year.
By Nate Sellyn 04