Sept. 15, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team opened the 2007 BIG EAST Conference schedule with a 5-0 victory against Georgetown on Saturday, September 15 at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I. Seniors Abby Maguire (Southbury, Conn.) and Michalagh Stoddard (Norwood, Mass.) each tallied two goals in the victory. Freshman Julie Ruggieri (Barrington, R.I.) also added a goal for the Friars. Providence improves to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST Conference. Georgetown drops to 1-6 on the year (0-1 BIG EAST).
PC got on the board for the first time at the 10:38 mark of the opening half as Stoddard scored on a direct shot off a penalty corner. Juniors Meghan Holden (Worcester, Mass.) and Jessica Lane (South Windsor, Conn.) each were credited with an assist on the play. Less than five minutes later (15:00), Maguire struck for her first tally of the day as she tipped in a free hit from Lane. The Friars went ahead, 3-0, at the 25:15 mark as Ruggieri connected on her third goal of the season off a feed from sophomore Nellie Poulin (Oakland, Maine). The score would remain 3-0 into halftime.
Stoddard started the scoring for Providence in the second half with another goal off a penalty corner in the 48th minute. Holden and Lane each earned assists on the play. Maguire netted her second goal of the day and fourth of the season at the 52:46 mark to make the final score 5-0. Maguire knocked in a crossing pass from freshman Ashlyn Hudson (Stoughton, Mass.).
Providence outshot Georgetown, 23-6, including a 14-4 edge in shots on goal. The Friars also held the advantage in penalty corners, 9-6.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlain (Branford, Conn.) played 52:46 minutes for PC and collected two saves. Graduate student Kim Vesling (Pittsford, N.Y.) entered the game for Chamberlain with 17:14 remaining on the clock. She helped to keep the shutout intact and recorded two saves. It marks the second game this season that the goalkeeping duo has combined to shutout an opponent. The Friars have held their opponents scoreless in each of their last four games. Deirdre Crovo made nine saves in goal for Georgetown in 70 minutes of action.
Providence (5-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) returns to action on Wednesday, September 19 against non-conference foe Northeastern. The game will be played at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I. at 7:00 p.m.
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