Oct. 6, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team fell to No. 1 Syracuse, 3-0, on Saturday, October 6 at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. Providence trailed by two at the half and gave the top-ranked Orange a battle in the second half. The Friars drop to 5-6 overall (1-2 BIG EAST), while Syracuse remains unbeaten at 12-0 (4-0 BIG EAST).
Syracuse took a 2-0 lead at halftime as Leonie Geyer and Kelsey Millman found the back of the cage for the Orange. Geyer struck first at 9:47 as she connected off a direct shot on a penalty corner. The goal was assisted by Millman and Jordan Page. Millman earned the second Orange goal as she deflected the ball into the right post off a feed from Page. Syracuse held a 16-2 advantage in shots during the first half, including a 9-1 edge in shots on goal. The Orange also topped the Friars in the first half in corners, 8-0.
In the second half, the Friars put up a fierce challenge against the Orange. Providence out-shot Syracuse, 7-6, in the closing 35 minutes and penalty corners were even at 4-4. However, the Friars were unable to finish their opportunities on the offensive end. Of the Friars' seven second-half shots, five of them were on cage.
Providence held the Orange in check on the defensive side of the field until 2:31 left in regulation. Stephanie Hussey secured a loose ball in the circle just in front of the Providence goalkeeper and blasted it into the net for the insurance goal. For the game, Syracuse held a 22-9 advantage in shots and a 12-4 edge in corners.
Senior Kathi Weidman (Millersville, Pa.) collected nine saves in the cage for Providence. Syracuse goalkeeper Leann Stiver recorded six saves.
The Friars will play their next three games on the road, beginning with Vermont on Monday, October 8 in Burlington, Vt. The match is scheduled to begin at Noon. Providence gets back into BIG EAST Conference play against Villanova on Saturday, October 13 in Villanova, Pa. at 1:00 p.m. The road trip concludes with a cross-town match-up at Brown University at 4:00 p.m.
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