PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will open BIG EAST Conference play against Temple on Friday, Sept. 15. The match will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. The Friars will conclude the weekend with a non-conference match against UC Davis on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11:00 a.m. in Providence.
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE (3-3, 0-0 BIG EAST): The Providence College field hockey team enters the weekend with a 3-3 overall record and the Friars are in the midst of a two-game winless streak. On Sept. 8, the Friars fell to Northeastern, 1-0, in overtime and followed with a 4-0 loss at No. 8 Boston College on Sept. 10. Two of the Friars’ three losses overall have come against nationally-ranked opponents. Providence started the season with a1-0 victory over No. 24 Maine on Aug. 25, giving them a 1-2 mark vs. ranked teams.
Four players are tied for the team lead in points this season. Senior Megan Hamilton (Warrington, Pa.) and junior Natalie Mitchell (East Norriton, Pa.) have each scored two goals. Freshman Olivia Ward (Havelock, New Zealand) owns one goal and two assists, while classmate Manon van Weezel (Waalre, Holland) leads the team with four assists. Eight players on the roster have cracked the scoring column this season with either a goal or an assist.
Senior goalkeeper Megan Guilbert (Morganville, N.J.) has played 425 minutes in the cage and owns a 2.31 goals against average and a 0.667 save percentage. She recently collected a career-high 14 saves in the Friars’ loss at No. 8 Boston College. Guilbert recorded her first shut-out victory of the season against No. 24 Maine on Aug. 25. It marked the fourth shut-out of her career and first vs. a nationally-ranked opponent.
SCOUTING TEMPLE (1-4, 0-0 BIG EAST): The Temple University field hockey team enters the weekend with a 1-4 overall record. The Owls started the season with four-straight losses, including two against nationally-ranked opponents Penn State (5-0) and Northwestern (9-1). Temple also fell to Saint Joseph’s in the season opener, 4-1, and since that game the Hawks have crept into the national poll.
The Owls’ lone victory of the season came on Sept. 9 in the team’s most recent game against Kent State, 1-0. Despite being out-shot, 16-4, and also trailing Kent State, 9-5, in penalty corners, the Owls came away with the one-goal victory in the closing minutes. Sarah Keer scored the game-winner with just 1:11 left in regulation on a penalty corner, assisted by Maddie Merton and Rachael Mueller. Sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock kept Temple in the game as she tied her career high with 11 saves.
Keer and Mueller are tied for the team lead in goals this season with two goals each. Mueller tops the team overall in scoring with six points on two goals and two assists. Kathryn Edgar, Maris Stern and Merton have each recorded one assist for Temple through five games.
Lilliock has played 309 minutes in the cage for the Owls and enters the weekend with a 4.08 goals against average and a 0.647 save percentage.
RECENT HISTORY VS. TEMPLE: Temple leads the all-time series against Providence, 4-2. Each of the last three meetings have been decided in either overtime or a shootout, and Providence has earned victories in each of the last two games. Last season, Providence defeated Temple, 3-2, in overtime in Philadelphia, Pa. In 2015, the Friars and Owls were scoreless through regulation and two 15-minute overtimes before Providence earned the victory in a shootout in Providence, R.I. In 2014, Temple defeated the Friars, 4-3, in overtime in Providence, R.I.
BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL: The Friars were picked to finish fourth in the 2017 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, with 33 points. Temple was picked to finish fifth in the poll (25 points).
SCOUTING UC DAVIS (0-6): UC Davis enters the weekend with an 0-6 overall record and will face Bryant on Friday, Sept. 15 before making its way to Friartown to face Providence. The Aggies have played a very difficult schedule, as four of their six opponents are currently ranked in the national poll.
Madison Cohen and Kim van der Meulen lead the offense, having each scored three points on one goal and one assist. Daniella Schoenfeld is the only other player on the roster to record a goal this season through six games.
Chelsea Bigelow has played 418 minutes in goal for UC Davis and owns a 4.19 goals against average and a 0.695 save percentage.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Friars will return to action on Friday, Sept. 22 against BIG EAST foe Villanova. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Villanova, Pa.
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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