Oct. 30, 2007
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The 20th-ranked Providence College field hockey team defeated cross-city rival Brown, 6-1, on October 30 at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I. The Friars conclude their regular-season schedule with a 13-7 overall record and will now focus their attention on the BIG EAST Conference Field Hockey Championship, which is scheduled for November 3-4 in Syracuse, N.Y. Brown drops to 0-16 on the year.
Senior Michalagh Stoddard (Norwood, Mass.) got the Friars on the board just 11:59 into the contest as she connected on a direct shot off a penalty corner. The goal was assisted by juniors Meghan Holden (Worcester, Mass.) and Jessica Lane (South Windsor, Conn.). At the 14:28 mark, Providence went ahead, 2-0, as sophomore Adrienne Marois (Auburn, Mass.) tallied her first goal of the day on a penalty corner, assisted by Lane. Sophomore Nellie Poulin (Oakland, Maine) gave PC a 3-0 lead at 27:10 as she tipped in a pass from Stoddard. The Friars lead grew to four goals (4-0) at the 29:02 mark, as freshman Ashlyn Hudson (Stoughton, Mass.) received a pass at the right post on a breakaway and redirected it into the cage. Hudson's goal was assisted by Poulin.
Brown halted the Friars' scoring run with a goal of its own at 30:47, to get back within three goals (4-1) as Tacy Zysk scored off a feed from Victoria Sacco during a scramble in front of the cage. It proved to be the only goal of the day for Brown.
The Friars closed out the game in the second half with goals from Poulin and Marois to take the 6-1 victory. Poulin's second goal of the day came at 38:53 as she collected a pass from senior Abby Maguire (Southbury, Conn.) and knocked it into the back of the cage. Marois' second goal of the afternoon came off a penalty corner assisted by Lane at 46:46.
Rachel Chamberlain earned the win in goal for Providence. She played 48:19 minutes of action, allowed one goal and made one save. She was relieved by graduate student Kim Vesling (Pittsford, N.Y.), who registered four saves in 21:41 scoreless minutes of play. Lauren Kessler took the loss in goal for Brown. She allowed four goals and made four saves in 35 minutes. At the start of the second half Kessler was relieved by Kristen Hodavance. Hodavance made seven saves and allowed two goals.
Providence (13-7) returns to action on Saturday, November 3 against Louisville in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship. The game is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. at J.S. Coyne Field in Syracuse, N.Y. In the second semifinal, Connecticut will take on Syracuse at 1:00 p.m. The winner of each semifinal game will advance to the BIG EAST Championship game at Noon on November 4. The 2007 BIG EAST Champion will earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
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