1996 Season Review
BIG EAST Tournament Runner-Up
The Lady Friars won their last six of eight games of the regular season and finished as the BIG EAST Championship Runner-up after falling to fifth ranked Connecticut in the Championship final, 3-2.
The Lady Friars upset second seeded Boston College, 3-1 in the first round of the tournament held at Storrs, Ct. PC recorded 19 shots and 15 penalty corners while BC only managed 11 shots and six penalty corners. The Lady Friars had goals by Erica Hebert, Heather Koopman and Mirandi Balg.
PC advanced to the Championship game and played the Huskies who had been ranked nationally all year. The Lady Friars fell 3-2 for the BIG EAST Championship in front of over 1,000 spectators. Junior Paula Wagoner and sophomore Heather Koopman scored while rookie Andrea Weyl recorded 11 saves between the posts. It was not surprising to see one of Barto's teams reach the final. Although none of her current players had seen action in a BIG EAST final, Barto and her squads dominated the BIG EAST for three consecutive years - 1989-1990 and 1991 winning the Championship two of those years (1989, 1991) and losing in the final in 1990.
The Lady Friars began the season 0-3 dropping games to Ball State, Northeastern and Connecticut but quickly turned things around with wins over Villanova, Rutgers and Holy Cross in the following two weeks. PC also added wins against Syracuse (1-0), URI (4-0), and New Hampshire (1-0) to close out the season.
Wagoner continued her impressive career earning First Team All-BIG EAST honors for the second consecutive season and also garnering Third Team All-America honors. Senior Julie Fahey and junior Jamie Shipman were named Second Team All-BIG EAST while three freshmen were named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie squad. Wagoner led the team offensively with 20 points and was a finalist for PC Athlete of the Year.
Freshman Erica Hebert was third on the team in scoring with 17 points as she earned All-Rookie status. Junior Alissa Wickles finished with 10 points while sophomore Mirandi Balg recorded eight points for Providence.
The Lady Friars peaked at the right time as they began a hot streak on October 9th when the squad defeated Yale, 2-0. That win was the beginning of the squad winning seven of ten games and an impressive run into the BIG EAST Championship. In fact, in the last four games of the regular season, PC shutout their opponents and out-scored them 7-0.
Rookie Andrea Weyl started the last six games of the season and recorded nine starts throughout the season. Weyl allowed no goals in PC's last four games. The rookie earned a 6-2 overall record with a 1.49 goal against average and a .849 save percentage.
The junior class was the most productive this season offensively for the Lady Friars. Juniors Paula Wagoner and Heather Koopman led the Lady Friars in scoring production with 18 points each. They helped their class to 46 points overall while the seniors produced 11 points, the sophomores 11 points and the freshmen tallied 23 total points.
1997 Field Hockey Awards and Honors