Oct. 13, 2012
VILLANOVA, PA. - The Providence College field hockey team defeated BIG EAST foe Villanova, 1-0, on October 13 in Villanova, Pa. It was a pivotal conference match-up for each team, as five teams are fighting for the final two spots in the BIG EAST Championship field.
Syracuse and Connecticut have already locked up two of the four available spots in the tournament. Providence improves to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST with the victory. Villanova drops to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in league play. The Friars are currently third in the BIG EAST standings with two games remaining on the league slate vs. Rutgers (2-3) and Louisville (1-3).
After a scoreless first half of play, Providence struck first with a goal early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.) carried the ball into the top of the circle and poked a low shot past the Wildcat goalkeeper at 40:17. It marked her team-best eighth goal of the season. Freshman Emma Mackie (Delta British, Columbia) started the play and earned the assist as she dribbled the ball into the middle of the field from the left sideline and fed Malone with a pass just inside the circle.
Senior goalkeeper Kathi Weidman (Millersville, Pa.) posted her second shut-out victory of the season and first in BIG EAST Conference play with four saves. Alex Diekmann recorded three saves in goal for the Wildcats.
Villanova held an 11-8 advantage in shots on the day, but the teams were even with four shots on goal apiece. The Wildcats also had a 10-6 edge in penalty corners.
The Friars return to action on Tuesday, October 16 against cross-city rival Brown University. The game will be played at Brown in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. The Friars' next home game is scheduled for Friday, October 19 against BIG EAST foe Rutgers. The game will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. at 7:00 p.m. Live streaming video of the game will be available via Providence's athletic web site at www.Friars.com.
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