Oct. 22, 2011
LOUISVILLE, KY. -
The Providence College field hockey team fell to 19th-ranked Indiana, 6-2, in non-conference play on October 22 in Louisville, Ky. The Friars got two goals from freshman Callie Vitalo (East Setauket, N.Y.) on the afternoon, marking the first goals of her collegiate career.
The Hoosiers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half of play, and extended their lead to 4-0, just 3:32 into the second half. During that span, Jaclyn Zamudio tallied two of Indiana's four goals.
Vitalo then scored back-to-back goals in span of 3:13 to get the Friars within two goals (4-2). The goals were identical in nature, as both were scored on a penalty corner play at 51:03 and 54:16. Senior Deirdre Quinn (Walpole, Mass.) was credited with the assist on each goal. Quinn moves into the team lead with six assists on the season, marking a single season career high for the senior.
The Friars comeback effort was thwarted as Indiana managed to tally two goals down the stretch for the 6-2 victory.
Senior Shannon DiStefano (Longmeadow, Mass.) took the loss in goal for the Friars. She recorded six saves and allowed three goals. Junior Kathi Weidman (Millersville, Pa.) relieved DiStefano at the start of the second half, and made three saves while allowing three goals.
The difference in the game rest in the play of Indiana in the first half. The Hoosiers outshot Providence, 12-1, in the opening 35 minutes and held a 10-2 advantage in corners. In the second half, the Friars were outshot, 7-5, and the each team recorded three penalty corners.
Providence will conclude its season with a pair of games next weekend at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. On Saturday, October 29 the Friars will host BIG EAST foe Georgetown at 1:00 p.m. Providence concludes its season with a non-conference match against UMass on Sunday, October 30. Prior to the game against UMass, the Friars will honor their senior class, consisting of Deirdre Quinn (Walpole, Mass.), Ashley Mulkey (Windham, N.H.), Stephanie Matone (Washington, N.J.) and Shannon DiStefano (Longmeadow, Mass).