Oct. 27, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team fell to Louisville, 2-1, in its regular-season finale on October 27 in Providence, R.I. The Friars drop to 9-8 overall and 3-3 in BIG EAST play, while Louisville improves to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in the league.
In the first half, much of the action was featured in the midfield as both teams struggled to generate a dangerous attack inside the offensive 25. The Friars held a 4-3 advantage in shots during the half, but the Cardinals managed to take the lead with 17-seconds remaining on the clock. Alyssa Voelmle earned the goal as she was fed a ball from the baseline of the field near the corner. Voelmle carried the ball into the right side of the circle and fired a hard, low shot into the left side of the cage, unassisted.
In the second half, the Friars tied the game, 1-1, on a penalty corner at 42:11. Sophomore Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) tallied the goal off a direct shot, assisted by sophomore Kaleigh FitzPatrick (Dedham, Mass.) and junior Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.). It marked Tietze's 10th goal of the season.
Louisville answered with what proved to be the game-winning goal at 49:12 as Becca Maddock came up with a Friar turnover deep in the defensive end. She fed Erin Schneidtmiller with a pass inside the circle and Schneidtmiller found the back of the cage.
The Friars held an 11-9 edge in shots, while Louisville recorded a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Providence returns to action in the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Conference Field Hockey Championship in Louisville, Ky. The semifinal round is scheduled for Friday, November 2 and the winner of each semifinal game will advance to the championship game on Sunday, November 4. The Friars enter tournament play as the No. 4 seed and will play the No. 1 seed, which will be the winner of the Syracuse vs. Connecticut regular-season finale scheduled for later this afternoon. Louisville enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed and will play the loser of the Syracuse vs. Connecticut game.