Aug 30, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team opened the 2013 season with a 2-1 overtime victory against 11th-ranked Northwestern on Friday, August 30 in Providence, R.I. It marks the Friars' first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent since defeating 4th-ranked Princeton, 2-1, on September 20, 2009.
The Friars got on the board early in the first half as junior Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) found the back of the cage on a direct shot during a corner. Seniors Sally Adua (Madison, Conn.) and Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.) were credited with assists on the play. Tietze's registered the goal just 4:46 into the game.
The Wildcats tied the game, 1-1, at the 18:33 mark as Nikki Parsley beat the goalkeeper using a reverse stick from the center of the circle. Tara Puffenberger was credited with the assist as she fed Parsley the ball into the circle from the right side.
The two teams remained tied, 1-1, at the end of regulation and headed into the overtime session. Junior Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) ended the game, in favor of the Friars, just 3:33 into the action. Freshman Adrienne Houle (Burlington, Ontario) slipped a pass to the left post from the right side of the circle and Bernasconi one-timed it into the back of the cage.
Northwestern held an 18-8 advantage in shots and a 13-5 edge in penalty corners for the game.
Junior goalkeeper Deidra Clymer (South Windsor, Conn.) was stellar in cage for Providence, and finished the match with nine saves. Maddy Carpenter recorded one save in the loss for Northwestern.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, August 31 against Albany. The game will be played at 1:30 p.m. at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I.