Late Sunday night, the Princeton field hockey team drew Maryland for its first round match in the NCAA Tournament. The team, coaches included, watched the selection show together in Dillon Library over chocolate-chip cookies and milk.
The Tigers earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a 2-1 win in overtime against Penn on Saturday night. This is the Tigers’ 11th straight Ivy League championship and the 21st in the past 22 years.
Senior forward Maddie Copeland was named Offensive Player of the Year and freshman Sophia Tornetta was awarded Rookie of the Year. After Saturday’s victory, Kristen Holmes-Winn, who has been head coach for the last 11 Ivy titles, was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
Before the selection show began on Sunday night, the team entered into TTM: “Turbo Tournament Mode.” Continuing a tradition that began in 2009, the team watched a video that laid out the rules of TTM. First, your nails must be painted orange and black at all times. Second, you must wear Princeton field hockey clothes. Third, keep your muscles moving at all times. Fourth, “cafturate” (a portmanteau of caffeine and hydrate). And the list goes on.
Holmes-Winn said that while TTM is sometimes silly, it carries with it a significant sense of legacy and tradition on the team. “It helps [the women] connect to the past in a powerful way,” Holmes-Winn said. Though the team has made it to the NCAA tournament 11 years in a row, TTM aims to remind the team that it is tough to get into the tournament and celebrate this accomplishment, she said. Continue reading