Aug. 27, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. --The Providence College field hockey team will begin its season on Tuesday, August 28 at 4:00 p.m, when the Friars travel to Orono, Maine to take on the No. 22 University of Maine Black Bears.
The last time Providence College and Maine met was on September 16, 2011 at Lennon Field in Providence, R.I., resulting in a 5-0 victory for the Black Bears.
In her 11th season, Head Coach Diane Madl is looking at a young roster, consisting of six freshmen, eight sophomores, five juniors, three seniors and one graduate student. Last season, Providence's top four scorers were freshmen and sophomores. The Friars will be looking for leadership from last season's top goal scorer, sophomore Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) and top scorer, sophomore Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) on offense. Bernasconi tallied five goals, while Tietze backed her up with four goals and three assists, earning her a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team. Juniors Brittany Ross (Scarborough, Maine) and Hillary Anderson (Barrington, R.I.) finished with nine points and eight points, respectively. Overall, the underclassmen on the team combined to score 22 of the team's 24 goals, and recorded 14 of the team's 23 assists.
Maine begins its 2012 campaign ranked 22nd in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll. The Black Bears are coming off a busy weekend with a 4-1 loss against No. 17 Boston College on Saturday, August 25 and a 3-1 loss against Michigan State on Saturday, August 26. Freshmen forwards Cassidy Svetek and Jessica Skillings led Maine with one goal apiece. Senior goalkeeper Sydney Kolysher stopped nine shots for both games.
Following Tuesday's game with Maine, the Friars will be home on Friday, August 31 to face No. 14 Boston University at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at Lennon Family Field on the Providence College campus.