PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will host 13th-ranked Boston College in its 2014 home opener on Friday, Sept. 5 at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The Friars opened the season with a 2-0 record, having defeated Vermont (5-1) on Aug. 29 and Lock Haven (2-1, 2OT) on Aug. 30.
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE vs. BOSTON COLLEGE ALL-TIME
First Meeting: 1976 - Boston College 8, Providence 1
Last Meeting: 2013 - Boston College 2, Providence 0
Last Providence Victory: 2008 - Providence 2, Boston College 1 (2OT)
All-Time Series: Boston College leads, 24-18-1
Current Streak: Boston College has won each of the last five meetings.
Friars All-Time In Home Openers Under Head Coach Diane Madl: 6-6
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE FIELD HOCKEY:
The Friars will face their first nationally-ranked opponent of the season, when it hosts 13th-ranked Boston College on Sept. 5. The Eagles are one of four opponents on the Friars' schedule currently ranked in the Penn Monto / NFHCA Division I National Coaches' Poll, joining Connecticut (No. 3), Old Dominion (No. 9) and Michigan (No. 17).
The last time Providence defeated a ranked opponent dates back to last season's home opener vs. 11th-ranked Northwestern on Aug. 30, 2013. Providence defeated Northwestern, 2-1, in overtime.
Steph Guglielmo was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 1 for her performance in the Friars' season-opening weekend. On Aug. 29, she netted her first career hat trick and first career multi-goal game in a 5-1 victory over Vermont. She followed up with the game-winning goal in double-overtime to help Providence defeat Lock Haven, 2-1, on Aug. 30. Guglielmo heads into Friday's game vs. Boston College with a team-best eight points on four goals.
Deidra Clymer was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after collecting nine saves last week, including eight in the Friars' 2-1, double-overtime victory vs. Lock Haven on Aug. 30. Three of her eight saves came during overtime.
Daniella Bernasconi tallied two goals and one assist during the Friars' season-opening weekend. She recorded one goal and one assist vs. Vermont on Aug. 29 and followed with a goal vs. Lock Haven in the 2-1 double-overtime victory.
Daniella Bernasconi's five points last week moved her into 20th on the Friars' all-time career scoring list, with 55 points (26 goals / 3 assists). She also sits in a tie for 13th all-time in career goals at Providence (26), with Sharon Clegg, who played for the Friars from 1977-80.
Through two games to start the season, six Friars have tallied at least one goal or one assist. Providence has outscored its opponents, 7-2. The Friars also hold the overall advantage in shots, 44-18, and penalty corners, 13-8.
Providence was picked to finish fourth in the 2014 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, having accumulated 14 points. Defending BIG EAST and NCAA National Champion Connecticut was picked to win the league and secured five first-place votes and a total of 25 points. Old Dominion was picked second (21 pts, one first-place vote) and Temple sits in third place (16 pts). Villanova (nine points) and Georgetown (five points) round out the preseason rankings.
Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.), Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) and Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) were named to the 11-player 2014 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. The Friars' three selections match Connecticut for the most honorees by a single institution. Malone and Tietze were unanimous picks. Malone was a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2013, while Tietze and Bernasconi were named to the Second Team.
Providence College has been selected to host the 2014 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship on November 7 & 9 at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The top four teams in the league's final regular-season standings will earn a berth to the tournament. Providence hosted the tournament in 2009 and fell to Syracuse, 2-1, in the semifinals. The Orange were ranked fifth in the nation at the time.
Providence has competed in five of the last eight BIG EAST Conference Field Hockey Tournaments, and has advanced to the championship game twice (2006, 2007).
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SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE:
The Boston College Eagles enter Friday's game ranked 11th in the Penn Monto / NFHCA Division I National Coaches' Poll and have posted a 1-1 record, thus far, in 2014. Boston College opened the season with a 3-0 victory at Quinnipiac on Aug. 29, then fell to Lafayette, 4-2, on Aug. 30.
Sophomore Brittany Sheenan has scored two of the Eagles' five goals this season on just two shot attempts. She was credited with the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory against Quinnipiac to start the year. Abby Bascetta, Kelcie Hromisin and Emily McCoy have each scored one goal for Boston College.
Leah Settipane has played 140 minutes in goal for Boston College and owns a 2.00 goals against average and a 0.600 save percentage. She has posted one shut-out victory this season vs. Quinnipiac and is 1-1 overall.
In 2013, the Eagles finished the season with a 12-8 overall record and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Boston College fell to eventual national champion Connecticut, 2-1, in overtime.
Boston College has been picked to finish fourth in the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll.
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