Friar Field Hockey Game Preview vs. Rhode Island

Sept. 11, 2007

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE (3-2, 0-0 BIG EAST): The Providence College field hockey team enters Wednesday's game against Rhode Island with a 3-2 overall record. The Friars are in the midst of a three-game winning streak, during which the team has given up just one goal. Providence also has posted shut-out victories in each of its last two games.

The Friars are coming off of a 6-0 victory over Dartmouth in their most recent game on September 9. PC's six goals mark a single-season high and the most goals in a game since defeating Monmouth, 6-0, on September 10 a season ago.

Sophomore Nellie Poulin (Oakland, Maine) leads the team in scoring (six points) and goals (three) through the first five games of the season. Freshman Julie Ruggieri (Barrington, R.I.) is second among her teammates in scoring with five points on two goals and one assist. Senior Abby Maguire (Southbury, Conn.) and junior Ali Kornfeld (Kingston, Pa.) each have recorded four points on two goals apiece.

Maguire recently moved into a tie for 10th place in career goals at Providence (26 goals). She is tied with Sharon Clegg (1977-80). Maguire currently ranks 16th all-time in career scoring at PC with 60 points on 26 goals and eight assists.

Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlain (Branford, Conn.) has played 336 minutes in the cage and has an impressive 0.83 goals against average and a 0.840 save percentage. She has recorded 21 saves and allowed just four goals. Chamberlain has earned one shut-out victory this season and has teamed with graduate student Kim Vesling (Pittsford, N.Y.) for a team shut out against Dartmouth on September 9. According to the latest NCAA Division I Field Hockey statistics, Chamberlain ranks among the top-10 nationally in save percentage (8th, 0.840) and goals against average (9th, 0.83 GAA).



On Monday, September 10 two Friars were honored by the BIG EAST Conference in its weekly statistical report. Chamberlain earned the league's Defensive Player of the Week honor, while Ruggieri was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Chamberlain earns the honor for the first time this season and the sixth time in her career.

Looking at the game vs. Rhode Island, the Friars hold a 3-2 record against the Rams since sixth-year Head Coach Diane Madl took over the reigns of the program in 2002. Last year, Providence defeated Rhode Island, 3-0, in Kingston, R.I. The last time URI defeated Providence dates back to the 2005 season when the Rams took a 3-2 victory in overtime at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I.

Following the Friars' game vs. Rhode Island on Wednesday, PC closes out its homestand with games against Georgetown (September 15) and Northeastern (September 19). The Friars' match-up with Georgetown marks the 2007 BIG EAST Conference season opener.

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND (4-0, 0-0 ATLANTIC 10): The Rhode Island Rams enter Wednesday's field hockey game against Providence with a 4-0 record. The Rams most recent victory came in the form of a 3-1 defeat of Siena on September 8 in Kingston, R.I. URI also picked up wins over Sacred Heart (2-1), Hofstra (1-0) and St. Francis (Pa.) (1-0). Rhode Island is one of nine teams remaining in NCAA Division I field hockey to hold an undefeated record this season.

Jill Powers leads the Rams in scoring with six points on two goals and two assists. Annie Kane and Jen Cetenich are tied for second on the team in scoring with four points each. Kane owns two goals on the year, while Cetenich has one goal and two assists.

M.J. Britt is URI's primary goalkeeper. She has played 280 minutes in goal and owns a 0.50 goals against average and a 0.913 save percentage. Britt ranks first in the nation among NCAA Division I goalkeepers in save percentage (0.913) and second in goals against average (0.50). She has recorded two shut-out victories in four games for the Rams.


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