Oct. 10, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team heads to Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday, October 11 to face BIG EAST foe Temple at 3:00 p.m. The Friars will face their sixth nationally-ranked opponent of the season, as Temple is currently ranked 17th in the latest NFHCA Division I National Coaches’ Poll.
The Friars are currently 1-4 vs. ranked teams, and 5-6 overall. Providence’s only victory against a ranked foe this season came against then-No. 11 Northwestern (2-1, OT) on August 30. Three of the Friars’ five games vs. ranked teams were decided by one goal, including two in overtime.
Junior Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) is currently leading the nation in goals per game (1.27) and is tied for 4th in points per game (2.73). Through 11 games, Bernasconi has recorded 30 points on 14 goals and two assists. Her 14 goals and 30 points are the most by a Friar in a single season since Nellie Poulin ‘10 posted 14 goals and 30 points in 2009.
Salene Shaffer (Millerstown, Pa.), Kaleigh FitzPatrick (Dedham, Mass.) and Sally Adua (Madison, Conn.) have each scored two goals on the year for Providence. Freshman Adrienne Houle (Burlington, Ontario) leads the Friars with three assists. Houle is one of 11 Friars who have registered at least one assist this season. Seven members of the squad have recorded at least one goal.
(South Windsor, Conn.) has played 790 minutes in goal for Providence and owns a 1.68 goals against average and a 0.753 save percentage. Clymer has recorded two shut-out victories, marking the first two of her career.
The Friars have out-shot their opponents, 134-131, and trail their opponents in penalty corners, 83-70.
Providence returns to Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. for back-to-back home games against Villanova and Vermont next weekend. The Friars and Wildcats will face one another during BIG EAST play on Saturday, October 19 at Noon. Vermont comes to town on Sunday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the Vermont game, the Friars will honor their senior class as part of the program’s annual senior day celebration.
#17 TEMPLE UNIVERSITY (9-3, 2-1 BIG EAST)... Temple enters Friday’s game against Providence with a 9-3 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. For a fifth week in a row, Temple is ranked in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, as the Owls moved up a spot this week to #17. Temple is having its best season in six years.
Senior Molly Doyle, who is currently tied for fourth in the conference in goals, scored all four of Temple’s goals in two games last week. She scored the Owls’ goal in a 2-1 overtime loss at Louisville, and then recorded her first career hat trick by leading Temple to a 3-1 win over Bucknell.
Amber Youtz, who was named to the 2013 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, has missed each of Temple’s last four games. Youtz leads the team in scoring, despite her absence, with 25 points on 10 goals and five assists. Doyle is second in scoring with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Three other Owls have cracked double digits in the scoring column, including Nicole Kroener (13 points), Katie Foran (11 points) and Lauren Hunt (10 points).
Lizzy Millen has played 900 minutes in goal for Temple and owns a 1.38 goals against average and a 0.798 save percentage, to go along with three shut-out victories. - FRIARS -