PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College field hockey team will take on BIG EAST foe Liberty at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 in Lynchburg, Va. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3/WatchESPN.
SCOUTING PROVIDENCE (10-5, 4-1 BIG EAST): The Providence College field hockey team enters the weekend with a 10-5 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars can clinch a spot in the four-team BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship with a victory at Liberty on Friday.
Providence has won seven of its last nine games on the season, including four of its last five. The only losses during the stretch have come against top-ranked Connecticut (2-0) and Massachusetts (1-0), who climbed in the national poll two days after defeating the Friars, and currently sits at No. 23.
Four Friars have cracked double digits in the scoring column, led by three-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Manon van Weezel (Waalre, Holland), who has 13 points on four goals and a team-best five assists. Sophomores Mikayla Michals (Needham, Mass.) and Izzy Mendez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) are tied for the team lead in goals scored, with five each. Michals has recorded 12 points and Mendez has tallied 11 points. Junior Natalie Mitchell (East Norriton, Pa.) also has collected 11 points this season on four goals and three assists.
Five of the Friars’ top-six point scorers this season are either freshmen or sophomores. Overall, the Friars’ freshmen and sophomores have combined to record 62 of the team’s 88 points through 15 games on 22 goals and 18 assists.
Senior goalkeeper Megan Guilbert (Morganville, N.J.) has played 1,055 minutes in the cage for Providence and owns a 1.79 goals against average and a 0.724 save percentage. Guilbert ranks second in the BIG EAST Conference in goals against average. She was recently selected to compete in the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division I Senior Game. Fellow classmate Megan Hamilton (Warrington, Pa.) was selected as an alternate for the event. Hamilton has tallied three goals this season, including the game winner in a 3-2 victory over cross-city rival Brown (3-2).
RECENT HISTORY BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND LIBERTY: The Flames hold a 3-0 all-time record in games played against Providence College, and each match has been decided by a single goal. The first meeting was in 2015, and the Flames took a 4-3 victory in overtime. Liberty joined the BIG EAST Conference as an affiliate member in field hockey during the 2016 season, and that campaign featured two meetings between Providence and Liberty. The Flames took a 2-1 victory during the regular-season, and followed with a 1-0 victory over the Friars in the BIG EAST semifinals.
SCOUTING LIBERTY (5-8, 3-2 BIG EAST): The Liberty field hockey team enters Friday’s game with a 5-8 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. Liberty began the season ranked 25th in the NFHCA Division I Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Flames have played the 14th most difficult schedule in the country to this point, according to FieldHockeyCorner.com ratings. Liberty has played six nationally-ranked opponents this season, accounting for six of the team’s eight losses.
Agueda Moroni leads the Flames with 28 points on 12 goals and four assists. Her 12 goals rank third in the BIG EAST Conference and 12th in NCAA Division I. She also ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in points per game and 16th in NCAA Division I (2.15). Jill Bolton is second on the team in scoring with 12 points on four goals and four assists. Mallory Fortenbaugh checks in with eight points on two goals and four assists. Victoria O’Keefe owns five points on two goals and one assist. Each of her two goals have been game winners.
Allison Schaefer has played 919 minutes in goal for Liberty and has registered a 2.06 goals against average and a 0.730 save percentage.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Friars will close out the regular-season schedule with a pair of games at home on Lennon Family Field next weekend. Providence will face BIG EAST foe Old Dominion on Friday, Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m. The regular-season concludes with a non-conference match against Penn on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 12:00 p.m. Prior to the Penn game, the Friars will honor their senior class during a brief ceremony. The senior class includes Megan Guilbert, Allie Lancaster, Abby Thornton and Megan Hamilton.
2017 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY • HONORS / AWARDS:
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct .2)
2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game (alternate)
Preseason All-BIG EAST
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 4)
2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game (alternate)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 25)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 18)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 9)
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 16)
Synapse Sports Week Honor Roll (Oct. 17)
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Aug. 28)
Manon van Weezel
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 16)
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