PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will host BIG EAST foe Georgetown on Friday, Oct. 13 at Lennon Family Field in Providence R.I. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., and will be broadcast via tape delay on YurView at 10:00 p.m. The match-up between the Friars and Hoyas also coincides with Providence College's Spirit Week, which is a series of student-centered events on campus surrounding Friars Athletics. The Friars will close the weekend with a road game against non-conference opponent Dartmouth on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1:00 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE (8-5, 3-1 BIG EAST): The Providence College field hockey team enters the weekend with an 8-5 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The team is currently tied for second place in the league standings with Liberty. Providence has won five of its last seven games, but are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Massachusetts, who just entered the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches’ Poll at No. 24 on Oct. 10.
Sophomore Mikayla Michals (Needham, Mass.) leads the team in scoring through 13 games with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Junior Natalie Mitchell (East Norriton, Pa.) and freshman Manon van Weezel (Waalre, Holland) are tied for second on the team in scoring with nine points each. Mitchell has tallied four goals and one assist, while van Weezel has collected two goals and a team-best five assists.
Michals also leads Providence in scoring during BIG EAST Conference play with five points on two goals and one assist. Sophomore Izzy Mendez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) has scored two of her three goals this season during BIG EAST action for four points. Senior Allie Lancaster (Cornville, Maine) and Maddie Babineau (Milton, Ontario) also have recorded four points each in conference play. Both players have tallied one goal and two assists against league foes.
Senior Megan Guilbert (Morganville, N.J.) has played 915 minutes in the cage and owns a 1.76 goals against average and a 0.744 save percentage. In BIG EAST play, Guilbert has registered a 1.50 goals against average and a 0.778 save percentage. Both totals rank second among her goalkeeping counterparts in the league.
RECENT HISTORY BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND GEORGETOWN: Last season, Providence escaped Washington, D.C. with a 3-2 overtime victory against Georgetown. Despite a hefty advantage in shots (27-8) and penalty corners (18-5), the Friars needed extra time to seal the win. Current sophomore Sylvia Miller (Severn, Md.) tallied the game-winning goal as she put home a rebound off the Hoyas’ goalkeeper just 1:51 into the extra session. The Friars were facing a 2-1 deficit in the game before Michals scored the equalizer with 2:56 remaining in regulation.
SCOUTING GEORGETOWN (7-6, 1-3 BIG EAST): The Georgetown field hockey team enters the weekend with a 7-6 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Hoyas are having one of their best seasons in program history. The team’s seven victories overall are the second-most in a single-season since joining the BIG EAST in field hockey during the 2006 campaign. Georgetown’s highest win total during that span came in 2015, when the squad finished the year with an 8-11 mark.
Cami Osborne leads the team in scoring with 19 points on nine goals and one assist. She has played all 13 games for Georgetown and has appeared in the starting line-up five times. Ali Cronin is second on the team in scoring with 14 points on four goals and six assists. Four other Hoyas have cracked double-figures in the points column, including Lindsay Getz (12), Helena Masiello (11), Nell Van Schaack (11) and Anna Farley (11). Katie Maransky leads the Hoyas in assists, with seven.
Georgetown has out-scored its opponents, 38-27. It also has posted a 120-60 advantage this season in penalty corners (9.23 penalty corners per game). In BIG EAST play, the Hoyas rank second in the league in penalty corners with 29 in four games (7.25 penalty corners per game).
Chloe Verwiel has played 938 minutes in goal for Georgetown and owns a 1.94 goals against average and a 0.723 save percentage.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH (4-6): The Dartmouth field hockey team enters the weekend with a 4-6 overall record and will face Yale on Saturday, Oct. 14 prior to hosting Providence on Sunday, Oct. 15 in Hanover, N.H. The Big Green have won two of their last three games, with their only loss coming to Penn (3-0) on Oct. 7.
Two players have cracked double-digits in the points column, led by Katie Spanos, who has notched 15 points on five goals and five assists. Gemma Bautista is second among her teammates in scoring with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Nine other players on the roster have scored at least one goal this season.
Hailey Valerio has played all 730 minutes in the cage this season and has posted a 3.93 goals against average and a 0.650 save percentage. She has led the Big Green to a 4-1 record when holding opponents to three goals or less in a game. Two of Dartmouth’s six losses on the year have come at the hands of nationally-ranked opponents: Delaware (9-1) and Princeton (5-0).
Dartmouth has earned victories in each of the last three meetings against Providence, including the most recent game between the two teams in 2015, which the Big Green won, 5-2. In that match, Providence out-shot Dartmouth, 12-9, and held an 8-2 edge in penalty corners. The Friars also fell to Dartmouth in 2012 (3-1) and 2009 (4-0). The last time the Friars defeated Dartmouth dates back to the 2009 campaign (4-0).
WHAT’S NEXT: The Friars will return to action on Friday, Oct. 20 against BIG EAST foe Liberty. The game will be played at 3:00 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va., and will be broadcast live on ESPN3/WatchESPN.
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 (Oct. 9)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28)
Manon van Weezel
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 4, Sept. 18)
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