Sept. 18, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team opens the 2013 BIG EAST Conference schedule against Georgetown on Friday, September 20 at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Friars hold a 6-1 record vs. the Hoyas since Georgetown rejoined the BIG EAST Conference for field hockey during the 2006 season. The only blemish for Providence on the schedule during that stretch was a 3-2, overtime, loss during the 2011 campaign. Last season, Providence defeated Georgetown, 5-2. With the exception of the Friars’ lone loss to Georgetown, the program’s six victories since 2006 have been decided by 3+ goals.
Providence will play under the lights for the third time this season. The team has compiled a 2-0 record, thus far, in night games having defeated Holy Cross (4-0) and New Hampshire (2-1).
Junior Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) has scored at least one goal in five of the Friars’ six games, including each of the last four matches. She leads the team in scoring with a career-high 16 points on eight goals. Bernasconi has been opportunistic in front of the cage, having scored each of her eight goals on just 12 shot attempts. According to the most recent NCAA Division I statistical report, Bernasconi is tied for fourth in the nation in goals per game (1.33) and tied for eighth in the nation in points per game (2.67).
Junior Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany), junior Kaleigh FitzPatrick (Dedham, Mass.) and sophomore Salene Shaffer (Millerstown, Pa.) have each scored one goal for the Friars this season. Junior Steph Guglielmo (Castle Rock, Colo.) and freshman Adrienne Houle (Burlington, Ontario) lead the team with two assists each. In all, 10 Friars have scored at least one point this season through six games, with a goal or an assist.
Providence enters the game with a 3-3 overall record, including a 1-2 mark vs. nationally-ranked opponents. Four of the Friars’ matches have been decided by one goal, and the team has posted a 2-2 record in those games. In the Friars’ most recent game on September 15, they fell to 19th-ranked Boston University, 2-1, in overtime.
Junior Deidra Clymer (South Windsor, Conn.) has played 438:33 minutes in the cage for Providence this season and owns a 0.737 save percentage and a 1.60 goals against average. She recorded her first career shut-out victory against Holy Cross (4-0) on September 4.
GEORGETOWN (0-4, 0-0 BIG EAST): The Georgetown Hoyas enter Friday’s game against Providence with a 0-4 overall record. Sarah Butterfield leads the offense with four points on two goals. Maria McDonald is second on the team in scoring with two points on one goal. Aliyah Graves and Molly Denzel have each recorded one assist.
Rosalie Nolen has played 263 minutes in goal for Georgetown and owns a 3.99 goals against average and a 0.659 save percentage. Nolen has allowed 15 goals and has recorded 29 saves.
Georgetown has been out-shot by its opponents, 84-25. The Hoyas’ opponents also have recorded a 46-19 advantage in penalty corners. - FRIARS -