Sept. 13, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team will play back-to-back road games this weekend against BIG EAST foe Georgetown and non-conference opponent Towson. The BIG EAST opener vs. Georgetown will be played on Friday, September 14 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. at 4:00 p.m. The Friars will face Towson on Sunday, September 16 in Towson, Md. at 2:00 p.m.
The Friars are currently in the midst of a three-game win streak, which marks the longest streak since earning five-straight victories toward the end of the 2009 season. After starting the season with back-to-back overtime losses against No. 22 Maine (3-2) and No. 14 Boston University (1-0), the Friars reeled off wins against Kent State (6-2), Harvard (3-0) and Holy Cross (3-2).
Sophomore defender Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) and junior midfielder Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.) lead the Friar offense with seven points each. Tietze has a team-best three goals and one assist. Malone owns one goal and a team-best five assists. Sophomores Steph Guglielmo (Castle Rock, Colo.) and Kaleigh FitzPatrick (Dedham, Mass.) each have six points on two goals and two assists.
Through five games, the Friars have out-scored their opponents, 14-8, including an 8-0 advantage in the second half. Providence also has a 42-33 edge in penalty corners.
Senior goalkeeper Kathi Weidman (Millersville, Pa.) has played 201 minutes in goal and owns a 2-0 record. She has recorded nine saves and allowed four goals for a 1.39 goals against average and a 0.692 save percentage. Sophomore Deidra Clymer (South Windsor, Conn.) has played 160 minutes in the cage and has posted a 1-2 record. She owns a 1.76 goals against average and a 0.733 save percentage.
Providence fell to the Hoyas last season, 3-2, in overtime. It snapped a string of five consecutive victories over Georgetown since it rejoined the BIG EAST Conference in 2006. During the streak of five-straight wins, Providence out-scored Georgetown, 26-3.
GEORGETOWN (2-4, 0-0 BIG EAST): The Georgetown University field hockey team enters Friday's game with a 2-4 overall record and will open BIG EAST play against the Friars. The Hoyas began the 2012 season with a 3-2 victory against Appalachian State on August 25, and went on to lose four-straight games. Georgetown earned a 4-1 victory in its most recent game against St. Louis on September 9. The Hoyas were in control the entire game, mounting a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
Kimberly Keating and Annie Wilson lead the Hoyas with six point each. Keating has netted three goals, while Wilson owns two goals and two assists. Catherine Shugrue leads Georgetown with 10 shot attempts through six games and sits in third place on the stat sheet with five points on two goals and one assist. Briana Pereira has played 385 minutes in goal for Georgetown and owns a 0.653 save percentage and a 3.97 goals against average. The Hoyas have been outshot, 105-44. Georgetown's opponents also hold a 48-26 edge in penalty corners. Last season, the Hoyas captured a 3-2 victory over Providence in overtime.
TOWSON (0-5): The Towson Tigers enter the weekend with a 0-5 record and will face Bucknell on Saturday, September 15 before hosting the Friars on Sunday, September 16. The Tigers are led offensively by Courtney Branco, who has scored four of her team's eight goals this season. Heather Jenney has five points on two goals and one assist. Tashani Dickson has played all 350 minutes in the cage for Towson and has a 0.559 save percentage and a 6.00 goals against average. Towson has been out-scored this season, 30-8, and out-cornered, 50-22.
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