Sep 3, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team will host Holy Cross in non-conference action on Wednesday, September 4. The game will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. The Friars enter the match with a 1-1 overall record, while Holy Cross owns a 1-0 mark on the year.
Providence defeated 11th-ranked Northwestern, 2-1, in overtime on August 30 to open the 2013 season. It marked the Friars’ first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent since defeating No. 4 Princeton during the 2009 season. It also was the Friars’ first victory in a season opener since 2008. Junior Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal for Providence just 3:33 into the extra session. On Monday, September 2, Bernasconi was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while junior goalkeeper Deidra Clymer (South Windsor, Conn.) was added to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Clymer has played all 143:33 minutes in goal for the Friars this season and owns a 0.762 save percentage and a 2.44 goals against average. She played stellar for the Friars in the victory over 11th-ranked Northwestern, making a career-high nine saves and allowing just one goal.
On August 31, the Friars dropped a 4-1 decision to Albany in Providence, R.I. Albany got on the board first with a goal at the 6:54 mark, but the Friars answered to tie the score, 1-1, less than a minute later. The Great Danes, however, took control of the game and scored three-unanswered goals down the stretch, including a penalty stroke to close the scoring at 59:50.
Six Friars have recorded at least one goal or one assist this season through two games. Providence returns nine of it’s top-10 point scorers from a year ago, including senior Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.) and junior Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany). Malone led the Friars with 27 points on nine goals and nine assists. Tietze finished the season with 26 points on 11 goals and four assists.
Through two games this season, the Friars are starting one freshman, three sophomores, four juniors and three seniors. Two of the three seniors in the starting line up (Caitlin Malone
and Sally Adua
) have an additional year of eligibility remaining beyond the 2013 campaign.
** Live Stats will be available for the Providence vs. Holy Cross match-up, and may be accessed by clicking on the following link: Game Tracker
HOLY CROSS: The Holy Cross Crusaders enter Wednesday’s game against the Friars with a 1-0 overall record. On September 1, Holy Cross defeated Siena, 3-2, in Worcester, Mass. Siena took an early lead in the game as Michaela Sullivan found the back of the cage just three minutes into the action. The Crusaders answered back with three goals in a span of 2:08 to take control of the game, 3-1. Siena cut its deficit to one goal (3-2) just before halftime, but Holy Cross held on for the win. Haley Makuch, Molly Feit and Lauren Sutherland each tallied goals in the victory. Kat Matchett picked up the victory in goal with four saves. Holy Cross out-shot the Saints, 13-6, and the teams were even with four penalty corners each.
The Crusaders compiled a 2-15 record during the 2012 season. Six of the team’s 15 losses were decided by one goal, including it’s 3-2 loss to Providence on September 11 in Worcester, Mass. During that match-up, the Crusaders took a 2-0 lead in the first half with a pair of goals by Carly Grimaudo. The Friars closed the gap (2-1) with a goal from Brittany Ross (Scarborough, Maine) just before halftime, and tacked on two unanswered goals in the second half from Tietze and Steph Guglielmo (Castle Rock, Colo.) to secure the win. Providence dominated the game statistically, out-shooting Holy Cross, 22-6. The Friars also held a 10-1 edge in penalty corners. - FRIARS -