PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will travel to Storrs, Conn. on Friday, Sept. 29 to face top-ranked Connecticut in BIG EAST action. The match is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. Following the Friars’ conference tilt with UConn, the team will return home to Lennon Family Field to face Fairfield in non-conference play on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1:00 p.m. The Providence vs. Fairfield match will serve as the backdrop for the program’s annual Pink Out Friartown event.
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE (6-3, 2-0 BIG EAST): The Providence College field hockey team is in the midst of a three-game win streak and enter the weekend with a 6-3 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the BIG EAST. During the three-game win streak, the Friars have recorded 13 goals. Eight of those 13 tallies came during BIG EAST victories over Temple (4-2) and Villanova (4-1).
Freshman defender Manon van Weezel (Waalre, Holland) leads the Friars in scoring with nine points on two goals and a team-best five assists. She has earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors on two occasions this season. Sophomore Mikayla Michals (Needham, Mass.) is second on the team in scoring with eight points on three goals and two assists. Junior Natalie Mitchell (East Norriton, Pa.) and freshman Olivia Ward (Havelock, New Zealand) each check in with seven points a piece.
Senior Megan Guilbert (Morganville, N.J.) has played 635 minutes in goal for Providence and owns a 2.09 goals against average and a 0.672 save percentage.
The Friars have played three nationally-ranked opponents this season and have posted a 1-2 record in those games. Providence defeated No. 24 Maine to open the season (1-0), and fell to No. 14 Northwestern (4-0) and No. 8 Boston College (4-0).
Last year, the Friars fell to then-No. 1 Connecticut, 2-0, on Sept. 30 in Providence, R.I. The teams were even in overall shot attempts, 8-8, and both teams registered five shots on goal. Connecticut held a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners.
SCOUTING #1 CONNECTICUT (9-0, 2-0 BIG EAST): The Connecticut Huskies enter Friday’s match as the only unbeaten team in the nation, with a 9-0 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Huskies have one of the most potent offenses in the country and are currently ranked third in NCAA Division I field hockey in goals per game (4.33), second in points per game (12.89), second in assists per game (4.22), second in penalty corners (9.44) and second in scoring margin (+3.60).
The offense is led by Charlotte Veitner, who ranks third in the nation in goals per game (1.44) and second in points per game (3.44). She has collected 31 points on 13 goals and five assists. Amanda Collins is second on the team in scoring with 18 points on five goals and a team-best eight assists. Connecticut has scored four-or-more goals in five of its nine games this season, and the team has out-scored its opponents, 39-6.
Nina Klein has played 633 minutes in the cage this season and owns a 0.85 goals against average and a 0.800 save percentage. She has recorded four shut-out victories, including a 1-0 overtime win against NCAA defending champion and fifth-ranked Delaware in the team’s most recent game on Sept. 24.
Heading into its third BIG EAST Conference game of the season, Connecticut is currently riding a 19-game win streak in regular-season conference play.
SCOUTING FAIRFIELD (2-7): The Fairfield field hockey team enters the weekend with a 2-7 overall record and will face LIU Brooklyn in MAAC action on Friday, Sept. 29. The Stags have lost five of their last six games, including three-straight heading into their match-up against LIU Brooklyn. Three of those five losses have been decided by one goal, including its most recent match on Sept. 27 against Dartmouth (3-2).
Andrea Soler leads the Stags in scoring with nine points on four goals and one assist. Jacklyn Gallagher is second among her teammates in scoring with six points on two goals and two assists. A total of eight players have registered at least one goal this season.
Caitlin Gilligan has played the majority of minutes in the cage this season (421) and owns a 3.33 goals against average and a 0.649 save percentage. Zoe Rosen has logged 221 minutes in goal and has recorded a 3.80 goals against average and a 0.707 save percentage. Gilligan is 1-5 overall on the season, while Rosen checks in with a 1-2 record.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Friars will return to action on Friday, Oct. 6 against BIG EAST foe Quinnipiac. The match is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The program will host its annual Bring A Professor To The Game initiative on Oct. 6.
2017 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY • HONORS / AWARDS:
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28, Sept. 25)
Preseason All-BIG EAST
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 4)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 25)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 18)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28)
Manon van Weezel
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 4, Sept. 18)
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