Oct. 12, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team built a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game and then held on for a 3-2 victory against 18th-ranked Syracuse on October 12 during BIG EAST Conference action in Providence, R.I. Three different Friars scored first-half goals for Providence as it improves to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in the BIG EAST. Syracuse drops to 11-4 overall and 3-2 in the league.
Sophomore Adrienne Marois (Auburn, Mass.) got things started for the Friars just 8:06 into the game as she connected on a hard shot during a penalty corner assisted by junior Jessica Lane (South Windsor, Conn.). Senior Abby Maguire (Southbury, Conn.) struck next as she tipped in a free hit taken from the top of the circle at the 11:16 mark. Lane was credited with the assist. Then at 14:28, junior Meghan Holden (Worcester, Mass.) tipped in an initial shot by sophomore Nellie Poulin (Oakland, Maine). Poulin earned the assist.
In the second half, the score remained 3-0 in favor of Providence until the 49th minute of play when Maggie Befort knocked in a pass from Gloria Nantulya during a scrum in front of the cage. Befort's goal made the score 3-1. The Orange got within a goal (3-2) at 65:07 as Brittany Angellella scored during a penalty corner assisted by Leigh Fawcett and Befort.
Though the Friars held off the Syracuse attack, the second half of play belonged to the Orange. Syracuse outshot PC, 16-10 overall, including an 8-2 advantage in the second half. Syracuse also held the edge in penalty corners, 18-4. Twelve of Syracuse's corners came during its furious second half rally. The Friars, however, made the most of their chances on offense putting eight of their 10 shot attempts on goal, while Syracuse put seven shots on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlain
(Branford, Conn.) made five saves in the cage for PC. Heather Hess also made five saves in goal for Syracuse. The Friars return to action on Sunday, October 14 against Princeton at 1:00 p.m. The game will be played at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I.