PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will open its 2016 campaign with a pair of road games against Maine on Friday, Aug. 26 (1:00 p.m.) and Sacred Heart on Aug. 27 (1:00 p.m.). Both games will be played at the Maine Field Hockey Complex in Orono, Maine.
Live Stats vs. Maine
Live Stats vs. Sacred Heart: N/A
PROVIDENCE VS. MAINE ALL-TIME
First Meeting: 1978 - Providence 4, Maine 1 (Providence, R.I.)
Last Providence Victory: 2014 - Providence 3, Maine 2 (Orono, Maine)
Last Maine Victory: 2015 - Maine 4, Providence 1 (Providence, R.I.)
All-Time Series: Providence leads, 20-13-1
SCOUTING MAINE (0-0): The Maine Black Bears posted a 19-4 overall record in 2015, including a 7-1 mark in America East action. The Black Bears won the America East regular-season title and advanced to the America East Championship Game, where they fell to Albany, 2-0. The Black Bears return 11 letter-winners from last year’s team, which finished the season ranked No. 17 in the NFHCA Coaches’ Poll.
Maine returns its top three scorers from a season ago in Danielle Aviani (27 points), Sydney Veljacic (26 points) and Libby Riedl (25 points). Veljacic led the team in goals (12), while Aviani checked in with 11. Riedl was the team leader in assists, with 13.
Maine also returns two experienced goalkeepers in Emma Cochran and Emily Corbett. The duo split time in the cage last season, as Cochran posted a 10-2 overall record and Corbett earned a record of 9-2. In 818 minutes of action, Cochran compiled a 1.37 goals against average and a 0.692 save percentage. Corbett played 811 minutes in goal and posted a 1.21 goals against average and a 0.767 save percentage.
Last year, the Black Bears earned a 4-1 victory over Providence on Sept. 11 in Providence, R.I. Maine held a slim 12-11 advantage in shots during the game, but took advantage of its opportunities inside the circle. The Friars held a 7-4 edge in penalty corners during the game. Four different goal scorers found the cage for Maine, while Providence’s Adrienne Houle (Burlington, Ontario) tallied the lone marker for the Friars.
PROVIDENCE VS. SACRED HEART ALL-TIME
First Meeting: 2001 - Providence 2, Sacred Heart 0 (Providence, R.I.)
Last Providence Victory: 2003 - Providence 4, Sacred Heart 0 (Providence, R.I.)
Last Sacred Heart Victory: n/a
All-Time Series: Providence leads, 3-0
SCOUTING SACRED HEART (0-0): The Sacred Heart Pioneers finished the 2015 season with a 2-14 overall record and a 0-6 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Heading into the 2016 campaign, the Pioneers have been picked to finish fourth (of seven) in the MAAC and return 18 letter-winners.
Rebecca Hauser and Nichole Tolli were named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team. Hauser, as sophomore, finished the 2015 season with five points on two goals and one assist. Tolli, a junior, was an All-MAAC Second-Team selection in 2015. She also scored five points last year on two goals and one assist. The Pioneers lost starting goalkeeper, Mary Altepeter, to graduation. Emily Degennaro returns for her sophomore campaign in the cage having played just 52 minutes. She posted a 8.10 goals against average and a 0.538 save percentage.
Providence and Sacred Heart last met in 2003 and featured a 4-0 victory by the Friars in Providence, R.I. Providence and Sacred Heart have met just three times during the history of the two field hockey programs. The Friars lead the all-time series, 3-0.
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE COLLEGE (0-0): The Friars posted a 4-14 overall record last season and finished in a tie for third in the BIG EAST Conference standings. Providence returns 12 letter-winners from last year’s squad, including six members of the starting line-up, and adds nine newcomers to the roster.
The Friars played a demanding schedule, which featured six nationally-ranked opponents (0-6). Providence also lost six games by a one-goal margin. Providence’s opponents held a slim 215-214 margin in shot attempts during the 2015 season, while the Friars posted a 125-94 advantage in penalty corners.
The Friars welcome back two of their top-three scorers from the 2015 campaign in senior Adrienne Houle (Burlington, Ontario) and junior Megan Hamilton (Warrington, Pa.). Houle paced the Friars with 13 points on six goals and one assist. Hamilton checked in with 10 points on four goals and two assists. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Houle was named to the All-BIG EAST First-Team, while Hamilton earned Second-Team honors. Houle was a unanimous selection to the 2016 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
Junior Megan Guilbert (Morganville, N.J.) and sophomore Lydia Rice (Carle Place, N.Y.) will compete for the vacancy in goal left behind by Deidra Clymer. Guilbert played 375 minutes in the cage as a sophomore and compiled a 2.80 goals against average and a 0.694 save percentage.
2016 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY AWARDS/HONORS
- Preseason All-BIG EAST Team (unanimous selection)
- GO FRIARS! -
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