Oct. 2, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team defeated cross-city rival Brown, 5-1, on Wednesday, October 2 at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The Friars improve to 5-5 overall, while Brown drops to 3-5 on the season.
Junior forward Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) recorded her second hat trick of the year (and career) in the victory, including two goals in the opening two minutes of play. Her first tally of the night came just 27 seconds into the action, as she converted a pass from freshman Adrienne Houle (Burlington, Ontario). Bernasconi notched her second goal at the 1:47 mark, as she tipped in a feed from sophomore Emma Mackie (Delta, British Columbia).
Brown cut the deficit to one goal (2-1) at 23:46 as Torie Stearns collected the ball in the middle of the circle and fired a low, hard shot just wide of goalkeeper's pads and into the back of the cage.
The Friars killed any momentum that Brown may have generated by netting back-to-back goals at 28:43 and 29:58, to give Providence a 4-1 advantage. Senior Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.) started the run with her first goal of the season, as she redirected a pass from junior Kaleigh FitzPatrick (Dedham, Mass.) from the top of the circle. Senior Sally Adua (Madison, Conn.) converted the Friars' fourth goal with a deflection at the right post off a feed from Malone.
Providence went into halftime with a 4-1 advantage, having only attempted four shots in the opening 35 minutes. Brown held a 1-0 edge in penalty corners in the first half.
In the second half, Providence outshot the Bears, 14-4, and recorded a 12-2 advantage in penalty corners. Despite the Friars' offensive pressure, Bernasconi recorded the lone goal of the second half to make the final score, 5-1. She collected a loose ball in the circle after a blocked shot and slipped the ball passed the Bears' goalkeeper with a reverse stick.
Junior goalkeeper Deidra Clymer (South Windsor, Conn.) collected two saves for the Friars in the cage. Shannon McSweeney recorded seven saves for Brown.
The Friars finished the game with an 18-6 advantage in shots and a 12-3 edge in corners.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, October 5 against 2nd-ranked Connecticut. The game will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.
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