Aug 29, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team will open the 2013 season with back-to-back home games against 11th-ranked Northwestern and Albany at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The Friars host Northwestern on Friday, August 30 at Noon, followed by their match-up against the Great Danes on Saturday, August 31 at 1:30 p.m.
The Friars finished the 2012 season with a 9-9 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the BIG EAST Conference, which placed them in a tie for third in the league’s final standings. Seven of the Friars’ nine losses came against nationally-ranked opponents. Four of those losses were decided by one goal, including three in overtime. Providence returns 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including eight members of the starting line-up and nine of their top-10 scorer’s. In 2012, Providence qualified for the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship for the first time since 2009, and have appeared in the tournament in five of the last seven seasons.
The Friars return All-BIG EAST First-Team selection Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) and Second-Team honoree Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.). Malone, a midfielder, led the Friars in scoring last season with 27 points on nine goals and nine assists. Tietze, a defender, finished second in scoring with 26 points on 11 goals and four assists. Juniors Steph Guglielmo (Castle Rock, Colo.) and Kaleigh FitzPatrick (Dedham, Mass.) finished the 2012 season with 18 points (7 goals/4 assists) and 17 points (3 goals/11 assists), respectively.
Providence has put together a challenging schedule for the 2013 season, which features match-ups against seven teams who earned a spot in the 2013 Penn Monto / NFHCA Division I Preseason National Coaches’ Poll, including No. 4 Connecticut, No. 8 Old Dominion, No. 11 Northwestern, No. 15 Northeastern, No. 16 Boston University, No. 19 Boston College and No. 20 New Hampshire. The Friars’ BIG EAST schedule kicks off on Friday, September 20 against Georgetown.
In 2013, the BIG EAST will be comprised of eight teams: Providence, Georgetown, Old Dominion, Connecticut, Temple, Villanova, Rutgers and Louisville. The BIG EAST Championship is scheduled to be played at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. on November 8 (semifinals) and November 10 (championship).
#11 NORTHWESTERN: The Northwestern Wildcats will face the Friars to kick off the 2013 season on Friday, August 30 at Noon in Providence, R.I. The Wildcats finished the 2012 season with a 16-4 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Big Ten, which put them in a three-way tie for second place in the final league standings, with Michigan and Iowa. Northwestern returns 14 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including eight members of the starting line-up, and is ranked 11th in the 2013 Penn Monto / NFHCA Division I Preseason National Coaches’ Poll. Tara Puffenberger, who earned Third-Team All-America honors and First-Team All-Big Ten recognition in 2012, is expected to lead the Wildcats in 2013. Last year, she finished second on the team in scoring, with 40 points on 15 goals and 10 assists. Nikki Parsley, a two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection, also will return for the Wildcats. Parsley finished the 2012 season with five points on two goals and one assist. Rounding out the list of key returners for Northwestern is Lisa McCarthy, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2012. McCarthy finished third on the team in scoring with 24 points on three goals and a team-best 18 assists. The Wildcats lost Chelsea Armstrong (29 goals/7 assists) and Kaylee Pohlmeyer (5 goals/5 assists) to graduation.
ALBANY: Albany and Providence will play on Saturday, August 31 in Providence, R.I. at 1:30 p.m. The Great Danes will open the season against Bryant University on August 30 at 3:30 p.m., in a neutral-site game scheduled to be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. Albany is the preseason favorite to win the America East title in 2013. The Great Danes finished the 2012 campaign with a 13-8 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the America East. Albany won the 2012 America East Championship with victories over Maine (4-1) and New Hampshire (3-2) and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Great Danes fell to No. 3 Penn State in the first round, 2-1. Albany will be led by returners Daphne Voormolen, Corrine McConville and Laura Page. Voormolen recorded and McConville each recorded 14 goals and three assists last season, while Page notched 15 assists.
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