Sept. 6, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The 20th ranked Providence College field hockey won their first game of the 2009 season with a victory over University of New Hampshire. It was a closely contested match-up, which ultimately led to a 4-3 Friar victory. Providence improves to 1-2 on the season.
The Friars jumped out to an early 2-0 lead to start the game, with goals from Ashlyn Hudson (Stoughton, Mass) and Nellie Poulin (Oakland, Maine). Hudson struck, unassisted, at 16:23 off a rebound. Poulin tallied her goal off a deflection and freshman Nicole Fernandez was credited with the assist. New Hampshire was able to get back one of those goals at 21:00, when Kara Connolly ripped a shot and scored an unassisted goal. Providence quickly responded with another goal from Poulin at the 33:38 mark, which gave the Friars 3-1 lead headed into halftime. Hudson was credited with the assist.
New Hampshire scored two quick goals in the first ten minutes of the second half to tie the score, 3-3. Meg Shea netted both goals in the span. The first came off a rebound at 39:54. The second goal was scored was tallied on a corner, with an assist from Kyle Lyons at 43:17. Midway through the second half Poulin was able to tip in what turned out to be the game winning goal for the Friars. Senior Adrienne Marois (Auburn, Mass.) earned the assist. Poulin's three goals in the game marked her second career hat trick.
Senior goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlain (Branford, Conn.) was solid in goal for the Friars with 10 saves. UNH goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast tallied 10 saves in the losing effort.
Providence continues its six-game home stand against non-conference foe Dartmouth on Friday, September 11. The game will be played at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.