Oct. 19, 2007
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -
The Providence College field hockey team earned a 2-1 victory over BIG EAST foe Rutgers on Friday, October 19 in Piscataway, N.J. The Friars improve to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the BIG EAST. Rutgers drops to 7-9 on the season and 0-5 in the conference.
Junior Jessica Lane (South Windsor, Conn.) registered her team-leading 13th assist to help the Friars tie the game, 1-1, in the first half and followed with the game-winning goal in the 41st minute. It marked Lane's first goal of the season. The Friars improve to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the BIG EAST. Rutgers drops to 7-9 on the season and 0-5 in the conference.
The Scarlet Knights entered the game with nothing to lose, having been mathematically eliminated from BIG EAST post-season play. Rutgers jumped out to a 1-0 lead 14:38 into the contest as Karen Brewster connected on an unassisted goal.
The Friars answered three minutes and three seconds later at the 17:41 mark to tie the score, 1-1. Senior defender Michalagh Stoddard (Norwood, Mass.) drilled a direct shot on a penalty corner into the back of the cage. Junior Meghan Holden (Worcester, Mass.) and Lane were credited with assists on the play.
The two teams were scoreless through the remainder of the first half and went into halftime knotted at 1-1. Lane connected on the eventual game winner 5:58 into the second half. Holden was credited with the assist, marking her second of the game.
Providence outshot Rutgers, 10-8, but the Friars attempts proved to be more dangerous as they held a decisive 7-2 advantage in shots on goal. PC also held the edge in penalty corners, 8-4.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlain (Branford, Conn.) allowed one goal and made one save in the victory for Providence. Leslie Kelly took the loss for Rutgers in the cage with five saves.
Providence (11-6) returns to action on Sunday, October 21 against BIG EAST foe Villanova at 1:00 p.m. The game will be played in Villanova, Pa.