PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will host BIG EAST foe Quinnipiac on Friday, Oct. 6. The game is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The match also will serve as the program’s annual “Bring A Professor To The Game” event. On Sunday, Oct. 8, the Friars will host Massachusetts in non-conference action at 1:00 p.m.
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE (7-4, 2-1 BIG EAST): The Providence College field hockey team enters the weekend with a 7-4 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars have won four of their last five games, including a 1-0 victory over Fairfield in the team’s most recent game on Oct. 1. Providence overcame a sluggish effort with an impressive goalkeeping performance by senior Megan Guilbert (Morganville, N.J.), who collected eight saves in the game. Junior Natalie Mitchell (East Norriton, Pa.) scored the game-winning goal with 15-seconds remaining in regulation to help the Friars earn the victory.
Mitchell is tied for the team lead in scoring with freshman Manon van Weezel (Waalre, Holland), with nine points each. Mitchell has tallied four goals and one assist, while van Weezel owns two goals and a team-best five assists. Sophomore Mikayla Michals (Needham, Mass.) checks in with eight points (three goals/two assists) and freshman Olivia Ward (Havelock, New Zealand) is fourth among her teammates in scoring with seven points (two goals/three assists).
As a team, the Friars have scored a total of 22 goals through 11 games, and 15 of their scores have come in the second half.
Guilbert, who has earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition in each of the last two weeks, has played 775 minutes in the cage and owns a 1.90 goals against average and 0.738 save percentage.
During BIG EAST Conference play, the Friars have scored eight goals in three games. Each of the eight goals has been scored by a different Friar, and 11 different players have scored at least one point on a goal or an assist. Freshman Maddie Babineau (Milton, Ontario) leads the Providence offense during conference play with four points on one goal and two assists.
SCOUTING QUINNIPIAC (3-9, 2-1 BIG EAST): The Quinnipiac field hockey team enters the weekend with a 3-9 overall record, however, the Bobcats are finding ways to win when it counts most - during BIG EAST Conference play. Quinnipiac is currently sitting in a three-way with Providence and Liberty for second place in the league standings, as each team has posted a 2-1 mark in conference play. The Bobcats have defeated BIG EAST foes Georgetown (2-1) and Liberty (1-0) and fell to Villanova (2-1).
Michelle Federico leads the Bobcats in scoring with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Dayna Barlow (nine points), Lauren Belskie (eight points) and Valerie Perkins (seven points) are each tied for second on the team in goals scored, with three a piece. Belskie leads the way in shot attempts (28), and has placed 18 of them on target for a 0.643 shots on goal percentage.
Belskie is Quinnipiac’s top scorer in BIG EAST Conference action, having tallied four points on two goals. She scored the game-winning goal for the Bobcats in a 2-1 victory over league foe Georgetown on Sept. 15 and also in a 1-0 victory over conference opponent Liberty on Sept. 22.
Livy Golini has played 840 minutes in goal for Quinnipiac and owns a 2.67 goals against average and a 0.667 save percentage. Her lone shut-out victory of the season came during the Bobcat’s 1-0 win over Liberty. Overall, she has faced 176 shots and has recorded 64 saves while allowing 32 goals.
RECENT HISTORY VS. QUINNIPIAC: The Friars and Bobcats met for the first time during BIG EAST Conference regular-season action on Oct. 8, 2016 during Quinnipiac’s first season in the league. The Friars came away with a 2-1 victory, in overtime, at Yale University’s Johnson Field in New Haven, Conn. Current senior Megan Hamilton (Warrington, Pa.) scored the game-winning goal just 2:55 into the overtime session during a penalty corner. Providence held an 11-6 advantage in shots during the game and a 4-3 edge in penalty corners. Megan Guilbert recorded three saves in the match, while Quinnipiac’s Olivia Golini posted seven saves and Angie King was credited with a defensive save.
SCOUTING MASSACHUSETTS (8-3): The Massachusetts field hockey team enters the weekend with an 8-3 overall record and will face VCU in Atlantic 10 action on Friday, Oct. 6 before making its way to Providence. The Minutewomen have posted a 6-0 record at home in Amherst, Mass. and are 2-3 on the road.
Sarah Hawkshaw leads the offense with 16 points on seven goals and two assists. Melanie Kreusch is second among her teammates in scoring with 15 points on six goals and three assists. Lucy Cooper rounds out the list of double-digit scorers with 13 points on four goals and a team-best five assists. Seven other Minutewomen have recorded at least one goal this season through 11 games.
Emily Hazard has played 750 minutes in the cage this season and owns a 1.21 goals against average and a 0.740 save percentage.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Friars will return to action on Friday, Oct. 13 against BIG EAST foe Georgetown. The match is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be played at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. The game will be televised via tape delay on YurView (Cox 4 & 1004 HD).
2017 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY • HONORS / AWARDS:
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct .2)
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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