Oct. 19, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team scored two second-half goals to defeat Rutgers, 2-1, in BIG EAST Conference play on October 19 in Providence, R.I. The Friars improve to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the league, while Rutgers drops to 8-8 (2-4 BIG EAST).
With the victory, Providence secures one of two remaining spots in the BIG EAST Conference Field Hockey Championship. Syracuse and Connecticut also have clinched spots in the tournament, with one spot remaining. Providence will return to the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since 2009.
Rutgers took a 1-0 lead into halftime as Sophie Wright tipped in a goal off a feed from Alyssa Bull during a penalty corner at 31:33. Providence came out of the gates on fire with three shots and one offensive penalty corner in the first five minutes of play, but Rutgers settled in and rattled off eight shots to finish the half. The Friars' three shots were their only attempts of the half. Rutgers also held a 5-1 advantage in penalty corners.
In the second half, the Friars tied the game during a penalty corner at 50:25. Sophomore Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) scored the goal off a direct shot, assisted by sophomore Kaleigh FitzPatrick (Dedham, Mass.) and junior Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.).
Providence kept the pressure on and recorded what proved to be the game-winning goal two minutes later. Sophomore Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) dove to tip in a ball at the right post that was fed to her by junior Hillary Anderson (Barrington, R.I.). Anderson earned the assist on the play.
Providence outshot Rutgers, 7-1, in the second half and 10-9 for the game. The Friars also recorded a 3-1 edge in penalty corners in the second half and Rutgers held the advantage on corners for the game (6-4).
Senior goalkeeper Kathi Weidman (Millersville, Pa.) notched the win in goal for Providence with four saves. Sarah Stuby also registered four saves on the night for Rutgers.
Providence returns to action on Sunday, October 21 against New Hampshire. The game will be played in Durham, N.H. at 1:00 p.m.