Sept. 27, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team will travel to Storrs, Conn. on Friday, September 28 to face No. 5 Connecticut in BIG EAST Conference regular-season action. The game will be played at George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex at 7:00 p.m.
The Friars enter the match with a 5-3 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the BIG EAST. Each of the Friars' three losses on the season have come against nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 22 Maine (3-2 OT), No. 14 Boston University (1-0 OT) and No. 22 Boston College (3-2). The loss to Boston College on September 23 snapped Providence's five-game win streak. The Friars have out-scored their opponents, 27-15, through eight games, including a 16-3 edge in the second half.
Junior Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.) leads Providence with 14 points on four goals and a team-best six assists. Sophomore Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) is second with 13 points on a team-high five goals and three assists. Sophomore Steph Guglielmo (Castle Rock, Colo.) owns 12 points on four goals and four assists. Senior goalkeeper Kathi Weidman (Millersville, Pa.) has played 411 minutes in the cage this season and owns a 1.87 goals against average and a 0.694 save percentage. She heads into the Connecticut match with a 4-1 record and one shut-out victory. Sophomore Deidra Clymer (South Windsor, Conn.) has played 160 minutes in goal and owns a 1.76 goals against average and a 0.733 save percentage.
Last season, the Friars fell to then-No. 4 Connecticut, 4-0, in Providence, R.I. The last time the Friars defeated the Huskies dates back to the 2006 season. In the season finale, the Friars posted a 2-1 victory en route to the BIG EAST Regular-Season Championship.
Friar Head Coach Diane Madl is a 1989 graduate of Connecticut. Madl was a two-time All-America selection and helped the Huskies capture the national title in 1985. She also won the Honda Broderick Award in 1989 as the nation's top collegiate field hockey player.
The Providence vs. No. 5 Connecticut field hockey game will feature live stats. To access the live stats, please click on the following link: GameTracker
CONNECTICUT (9-0, 2-0 BIG EAST)... The Connecticut field hockey team is currently one of two undefeated NCAA Division I teams in the country. The Huskies are ranked fifth in the NFHCA National Coaches' Poll and are No. 1 in the RPI. Marie Elena Bolles, Chloe Hunnable and Louisa Boddy are ranked in the top-40 nationally in scoring. Bolles owns a team-best 20 points on eight goals and four assists. Hunnable checks in with 19 points on six goals and a team-best seven assists, while Boddy has 13 points on five goals and three assists. Husky goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield leads the country with a 0.56 goals against average and is also first in save percentage at 0.868. Mansfield, the 2012 Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, has allowed only five goals in nine games this year. All five goals came against ranked opponents. - FRIARS -
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