Field Hockey Set To Take On Rutgers In A BIG EAST Tilt On Friday

Oct. 17, 2007

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE (10-6, 2-1 BIG EAST): The Providence College field hockey team takes on BIG EAST foe Rutgers on Friday, October 19 in Piscatawy, N.J. at 7:30 p.m. The Friars are coming off of a 2-1 loss to Princeton on October 14, but prior to that loss, Providence won a pivotal BIG EAST match-up with 18th-ranked Syracuse (3-2) on October 12 in Providence, R.I. The victory over the Orange put the Friars in control of their own destiny as they seek their second-straight appearance at the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship. The Scarlet Knights, on the other hand, have been mathematically eliminated from post-season play at the BIG EAST Tournament with a 0-4 record in league action.

Junior Meghan Holden (Worcester, Mass.) leads the Friars' balanced offensive attack with 18 points on six goals and six assists. Freshman Julie Ruggieri (Barrington, R.I.) follows with 17 points on a team-high eight goals and one assist. Senior defender Michalagh Stoddard (Norwood, Mass.) has accumulated 16 points on five goals and six assists, while sophomore forward Nellie Poulin (Oakland, Maine) checks in with 14 points on six goals and two assists. Junior Jessica Lane (South Windsor, Conn.) and senior Abby Maguire (Southbury, Conn.) own 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Lane has scored each of her points on 12 assists, which marks a single-season career high. She also ranks third among BIG EAST Conference players in assists per game. Maguire has scored five goals and recorded one assist.

Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlain (Branford, Conn.) has played 1,062 minutes in goal for Providence this season and has posted a 10-6 overall record. She has made 73 saves and has allowed 20 goals for a 1.32 goals against average and a 0.785 save percentage.



After matching up with Rutgers on Friday night, the Friars head to Villanova to take on the Wildcats in BIG EAST play on Sunday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. in Villanova, Pa.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY (7-8, 0-4 BIG EAST): The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights enter Friday's game against Providence with a 7-8 overall record and an 0-4 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Scarlet Knights started the season with three-straight wins, but have only posted victories in four of their last 12 games. Rutgers is in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Each of its last three losses have come at the hands of nationally ranked opponents (#17 Louisville, 4-0; #19 Virginia, 2-1; #6 Connecticut, 2-1).

The Scarlet Knights, despite their record, have one of the most potent offensive players in the BIG EAST in Amy Lewis. Through 15 games, Lewis has scored 15 of her team's 21 goals and dished three assists for 33 points. As a team, Rutgers has a total of 65 points. Lewis is responsible for 71.4% of her team's goals and 50.7% of Rutgers' total points.

Corinne Bach is second on the team in scoring with eight points, all of which were recorded on assists. Six different Rutgers players have recorded one goal, including Catherine Badolato, who is tied for third on the team in scoring with four points (one goal, two assists). Kristen Johnson joins Badolato with four points on four assists.

Rosalyn Wentko has played the majority of minutes in the cage for Rutgers (649:35). She has allowed 12 goals and has recorded 42 saves for a 1.29 goals against average and a 0.778 save percentage. Wentko owns a 5-4 record, including three shut-out victories. Leslie Kelly has played 445:38 minutes in the cage this season and has posted a 2-4 record. She has allowed 14 goals and has recorded 44 saves for a 2.20 goals against average and a 0.759 save percentage. Kelly has earned the decision in each of Rutgers' last two games - a 2-1 loss to sixth-ranked Connecticut on October 13 and a 2-1 loss to 19th-ranked Virginia on October 6.


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