PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will travel to Newton, Mass. to face No. 8 Boston College on Sunday, Sept. 10 at the Field Hockey Complex. The match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra/Watch ESPN.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE VS. #8 BOSTON COLLEGE
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SCOUTING PROVIDENCE (3-2): The Providence College field hockey team enters the match against 8th-ranked Boston College with a 3-2 overall record. The Friars are coming off of a 2-1 overtime loss against Northeastern in their most recent game on Sept. 8. Northeastern took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but the Friars were the aggressors in the second half, out-shooting the Huskies 5-0 in the final 35 minutes of regulation. Freshman forward Olivia Ward (Havelock, New Zealand) recorded her first career goal at Providence to tie the game, 1-1, at 45:48 and force overtime. In the extra session, Providence quickly earned a penalty corner, but was unable to convert. Northeastern’s June Curry-Lindahl tallied the game winner 4:54 into overtime as she collected a rebound and fired the ball high into the cage. Overall, Providence held a 7-6 advantage in shots and an 8-3 edge in penalty corners.
Four Friars are tied for the team lead in points, with four each. Senior Megan Hamilton (Warrington, Pa.) and junior Natalie Mitchell (East Norriton, Pa.) have each tallied two goals, while Ward checks in with one goal and two assists and fellow freshman Manon van Weezel (Waalre, Holland) owns a team-best four assists.
Underclassmen have made a significant impact on the field as the Friars’ starting line-up has featured a mix of three freshman and four sophomores. The underclassmen have combined to score 12 of the Friars’ 23 points this season on three goals and six assists.
Hamilton, a Preseason All-BIG EAST Team selection, moved into 19th place on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list (63 points). She also is tied for 14th all-time in career goals at Providence, with 26.
Senior Megan Guilbert (Morganville, N.J.) has played 355 minutes in the cage this season and owns a 1.97 goals against average and a 0.583 save percentage. Guilbert posted her fourth career shut-out in the season opener against 24th-ranked Maine (1-0) on Aug. 25. It marked her first career shut-out victory against a nationally-ranked opponent.
On Sunday, the Friars will face their third nationally-ranked opponent. Providence is currently 1-1 this season in games against ranked teams, having defeated No. 24 Maine (1-0) and lost to No. 14 Northwestern (4-0).
SCOUTING #8 BOSTON COLLEGE (4-1): The 8th-ranked Boston College field hockey team enters Sunday’s game with a 4-1 overall record. The Eagles won four-straight games to start the season, but fell to No. 5 Syracuse, 6-0, on Sept. 8 in Newton, Mass. Boston College is 3-1 this season against nationally-ranked opponents, having defeated No. 18 Albany (2-1, 2OT), No. 14 Northwestern (3-2, 2OT) and No. 6 Maryland (2-1).
Nine different players on the roster have recorded at least one goal through five games, led by Jaime Natale’s three goals. Caroline McGovern and Lucy Lytle have each scored two goals this season. Both of McGovern’s goals were game winners. Alesandra Miller, Chelcie Mendonca and Ymke Rose Gote are tied for the team lead in assists with two each. Thirteen of the 18 field players to see game action this season have scored at least one point on a goal or assist.
Sarah Dwyer has played 387 minutes in the cage for Boston College and owns a 1.99 goals against average ad a 0.542 save percentage.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Friars will return to Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. next weekend to face BIG EAST foe Temple on Friday, Sept . 15 at 6:00 p.m. Providence then welcomes UC Davis for a non-conference match on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11:00 a.m.
2017 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY • HONORS / AWARDS:
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28)
Preseason All-BIG EAST
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 4)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28)
Manon van Weezel
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 4)
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