Oct. 27, 2007
STORRS, Conn. - The 20th-ranked Providence College field hockey team struck first, but fell to BIG EAST foe and sixth-ranked Connecticut, 3-1, on Saturday, October 27 in Storrs, Conn. The Friars fall to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in the BIG EAST, while Connecticut improves to 18-2 overall and 5-1 in the league. With the victory, Connecticut claimed a share of the BIG EAST Conference Regular-Season title with Louisville and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship. The Friars will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed.
Providence took a 1-0 lead just 6:23 into the game as senior Abby Maguire (Southbury, Conn.) recorded an unassisted goal. UConn managed to tie the game, 1-1, in the 21st minute of play as Lauren Aird connected on a direct shot off a penalty corner assisted by Jennifer Kleinhans and Lizzy Peijs. The two teams remained knotted at 1-1 into the break.
In the 39th minute, UConn's Melissa Gonzalez scored off a rebound to give the Huskies a 2-1 advantage, and Lindsey Leck added an insurance goal with 25 seconds remaining in the game off a rebound. The Huskies' third goal of the afternoon came while the Friars were a player down due to a yellow card. Earlier in the half, UConn also competed with a player down on a yellow card, but the Friars were unable to capitalize on the extra-player opportunity.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlain (Branford, Conn.) collected five saves in the cage for Providence. Andrea Maineiro posted three saves in goal for Connecticut. UConn outshot Providence, 12-6, including an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Huskies also held the edge in penalty corners, 6-4.
The Friars return to action on Tuesday, October 30 against cross-city rival Brown in the 2007 regular-season finale. Upon completion of the regular-season schedule, Providence will take part in the BIG EAST Conference Field Hockey Championship in Syracuse, N.Y., scheduled for November 3-4. The Friars will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 seed Louisville at 11:00 a.m. on November 3 in the semifinals. Top-seeded Connecticut will take on No. 4 seed Syracuse at 1:00 p.m. All games will be played at J.S. Coyne Field in Syracuse, N.Y. Game times are subject to change. Additional information regarding the BIG EAST Conference Field Hockey Championship will be released in the coming days. Please check online for updates at www.friars.com or www.bigeast.org.
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