Aug. 30, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will host 14th-ranked Boston University in its home opener on Friday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The Friars enter the game with a 0-1 record this season, having dropped its season opener to No. 22 Maine, 3-2, in overtime on August 28.
In the season opener, the Black Bears took a 1-0 lead 5:11 into the first half as Jessica Skillings netted her first tally of the season off a feed from Holly Stewart. The Friars tied the score, 1-1, in the 20th minute as junior Brittany Ross (Scarborough, Maine) found the back of the cage after collecting a loose ball in front of the goalkeeper. Maine regained the lead in the 34th minute as Stewart knocked in a rebound off of the goalkeeper's pads. The Black Bears maintained their 2-1 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Friars tied the game, 2-2, in the 64th minute as sophomore Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) tipped in an initial shot taken by sophomore Steph Guglielmo (Castle Rock, Colo.). Guglielmo's shot came during a penalty corner and she was credited with the assist on the play. Bernasconi's goal eventually forced overtime as regulation ended in a 2-2 tie. Maine scored the game-winner with 7:43 remaining in overtime on a penalty corner to take a 3-2 victory.
The Friars return their top four scorers from a year ago (2011). Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) led the Friars with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) was second on the team with 10 points and led the Friars in goals (five). Brittany Ross (Scarborough, Maine) and Hillary Anderson (Barrington, R.I.) finished with nine points and eight points, respectively. Overall, the freshman and sophomores on last year's team combined to score 22 of the team's 24 goals, recorded 14 of the team's 23 assists. The totals accounted for 58 of the Friars' 71 points.
This season, the Friars return 14 letter winners, including eight players who saw significant time in the starting line-up. With the valuable experience that the freshmen and sophomores earned last season, the team looks to make a return to postseason play in 2012. In addition to the 14 letter winners, the Friars add six freshmen and one graduate student to the mix. Several of the new players on the roster will make an immediate impact on the field in 2012.
Tietze was named to the 2012 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team on August 14. She was honored as a member of the All-BIG EAST Second Team at the conclusion of the 2011 campaign.
Live stats for the game vs. Boston University will be available by visiting the Friars' athletic web site at www.Friars.com.
#14 BOSTON UNIVERSITY (2-0): The Boston University field hockey team is ranked 14th in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Division I National Coaches' Poll and enter Friday's game with a 2-0 record. Each of the Terriers' games this season have been decided in overtime. On August 24, Boston University opened the year with a 4-3 overtime win at Delaware. The team followed with a 2-1 overtime victory at Rutgers on August 27. Friday's game at Providence will mark the third-consecutive road game for BU.
The Terriers are led offensively by Jacinda McLeod, who has recorded four of the team's six goals this season. Tabi Hatch has scored two goals, while Ella Gunson owns a team-best three assists. Boston University has split its goalkeeping duties this season as Valentina Cerda and Jess Maroney have each posted a 1-0 record. Cerda got the win in goal against Delaware to open the season, while Maroney took the victory in BU's most recent game against Rutgers.
The Terriers are out-shooting their opponents, 30-14, and have held a steep advantage in penalty corners, 17-4, through two games.
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