Oct. 17, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College field hockey team will host back-to-back home games this weekend at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. On Saturday, October 19 the Friars will host BIG EAST foe Villanova at Noon. On Sunday, October 20 Providence will face Vermont at 1:00 p.m. Prior to Sunday’s game, the program will honor its senior class with a brief pregame ceremony. The Friars’ senior class includes Sally Adua (Madison, Conn.), Hillary Anderson (Barrington, R.I.), Kasey Bulman (Farmingdale, N.J.), Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.) and Brittany Ross (Scarborough, Maine).
Providence is led offensively by junior Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), who has 30 points on 14 goals and two assists. Bernasconi has been a fixture among the nation’s leaders in goals and points, and currently ranks 4th in the nation in goals per game (1.17) and points per game (2.50). She has recorded at least one goal in nine of the Friars’ 12 games this season.
The Friars have posted four of their five victories at home on Lennon Family Field, and look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Providence is currently 5-7 overall this season, including a mark of 1-5 vs. nationally-ranked opponents.
Deidra Clymer (South Windsor, Conn.) has played 860 minutes in goal this season for Providence. She has a 1.79 goals against average and a 0.756 save percentage to go along with two shut-out victories.
Providence has out-scored its opponents, 24-22, through 12 games. The Friars’ opponents have a slight advantage in shots (157-154) and penalty corners (91-85).
VILLANOVA (3-9, 0-4 BIG EAST)... Villanova enters Saturday’s game against Providence with a 3-9 overall record and a 0-4 mark in BIG EAST Conference regular-season play. The Wildcats are led offensively by Jessica Swoboda and Maddy Harding. Swoboda has collected a team-best 14 points on five goals and four assists. Harding checks in with 13 points on five goals and three assists. The duo has accounted for 10 of the Wildcat’s 20 goals this season overall.
Alex Diekmann has played the majority of minutes in goal this season, logging 700 minutes of action. She owns a 3.70 goals against average and a 0.570 save percentage. Diekman has posted one shut-out victory and stands at 3-7 overall this season.
VERMONT (0-13)... Vermont will face UMass Lowell on Friday, October 18 in Lowell, Mass. prior to its match-up against Providence. The Catamounts enter the weekend with a 0-13 overall record. Vermont has been out-scored, 63-16, and out-shot, 368-92. The Catamounts’ opponents also have held a decisive advantage in penalty corners, 117-42.
Ashley McDonald leads the offense with 16 points on eight goals, while Colleen Slaughter has recorded 14 points on five goals and a team-best four assists. Stephanie Zygmunt has played 852 minutes in goal for Vermont and owns a 5.09 goals against average and a 0.717 save percentage. - FRIARS -
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