The 2012 Tigers opened with a seven-game win streak, outscoring their opponents 36-10. A loss to Syracuse stopped the run, but Princeton answered with a run of six shutouts in their next nine games. The champions of the Ivy League entered the NCAA tournament with one loss and had conceded less than a goal per game, the only team to have done so that season. The Tigers defeated four teams who were tournament-bound during the regular season, including the #3 and #4 seeds in the tournament. Forced to compete in the play-in game, Princeton shut out Lafayette and then defeated Drexel in the first round, giving the Tigers a three-game run of 18-0. A 5-2 defeat of Virginia on the road moved Princeton to the semifinals, were they won a pair of 3-2 games to claim the title. The Tigers became the first team to win NCAA Division I tournament after advancing out of the play-in game. The only Division I team to hold opponents to under a goal per game, Princeton also led the nation in scoring, averaging 4.64 goals per game, and in margin of victory at 3.65. Kate Reinprecht was named the National Player of the Year, and her sister Julia and Kat Sharkey joined her as consensus first-team All-Americans. Michelle Cesan and Christina Maida were also named All-Americans as the Tigers faced the nation’s toughest schedule.
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