Oct. 25, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Providence College field hockey team topped BIG EAST foe Rutgers, 3-0, on Friday, October 25 in Piscataway, N.Y. Junior goalkeeper Deidra Clymer (South Windsor, Conn.) posted her fourth shut-out victory of the season, and second in BIG EAST play, with six saves.
Sophomore Salene Shaffer (Millerstown, Pa.) gave the Friars a 1-0 lead at the 27:59 mark. She fired her shot from just inside the circle and found the back of the cage, unassisted. It marked Shaffer's third goal of the season, and capped off some intense offensive pressure by the Friars, who rattled off six-straight shots in a six-minute span leading up to the tally.
Rutgers stepped up its offensive pressure in the final three minutes of the opening half, earning four-straight penalty corners, but the Scarlet Knights were unable to find the back of the cage for the equalizer.
Providence took a 2-0 lead in the 48th minute as junior Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) connected on her team-best 15th goal of the season. She deflected the ball by the Scarlet Knight's goalkeeper off a feed from sophomore Emma Mackie (Delta, British Columbia). Bernasconi's 15 goals are the most in a single season by a Friar since 2008. That year, Nellie Poulin `10 recorded 16 goals.
The Friars added an insurance goal in the closing seconds of the game as junior Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) tallied her second tally of the season. The goal came at the 69:58, during a penalty corner, assisted by senior Kasey Bulman (Farmingdale, N.Y.).
The Friars are just the third team this season to hold Rutgers scoreless in a game, joining Connecticut and Albany. Providence outshot Rutgers, 19-12, including an 11-6 advantage in shots on goal. Rutgers held an 8-7 edge in penalty corners.
The Friars return to action on Monday, October 28 against non-conference foe Maine. The game will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. Cox Sports will televise the game locally, via tape delay. The game will air on Friday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.
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